Comments: High Power Primer

Good post. I keep planning to get in to high-power...someday!

Posted by Thibodeaux at August 16, 2005 08:55 AM

Your categorization of your M1 as a "match rifle" because it has a laminated wood stock is incorrect.

While your rifle is not legal for the John C Garand "matches", it is most certainly legal as a "service rifle" for CMP Excellence In Competition and NRA Highpower Rifle matches.

Refer to CMP rule 6.1.1(2) Stocks: Must be standard military-issue wood or synthetic stocks or similar stocks of commercial manufacture.

Posted by JR at August 31, 2005 06:35 PM

You're also wrong about the stainless steel barrel, BTW.

I also disagree with your analysis of the rules of the sport. Highpower is a test of marksmanship ability within a framework of rules. It is not, nor was it ever intended to be, a test of tactics or a simulation of combat.

If you want matches that simulate tactical scenarios, there are other sports for you out there.

Highpower is just fine the way it is.

Posted by JR at August 31, 2005 06:40 PM

Things are busy right now, but I'll re-check the rules. From my understanding the interpretation of the section you cited is that the stock must be of wood similar to that used by the military. Uncle Sugare never used laminates, so its ineligible for Service Rifle. But like I said I'll re-chek when I have some time.

The SS barrel - how am I wrong on that? Again Service Rifle is designed to keep the rifles in a condition similar to that in which it was made. SS was never a military spec & the rules for SR don't allow SS. Again I'll look it up when I have time.

& I never said it was supposed to be a test of tactics or a combat simulation. What it was in the begining & to some extent still is is a method of emphasizing the basics of martial riflery through competition. The whole purpose of High Power was to make sure the civilians would have some familiarity with riflery in case they were ever called up for service. Not that they would be ready to go into combat skipping basic training, but that they'd have the basics down so less time could be spent in basic training teaching them which end of the rifle to put against their shoulder.

Course I am relatively unlearned int he varieties of rifle sports. If you woudn't mind what are some of the more realistic &/or advanced matches?

& don't worry; since the rules for High Power have went through only relatively minor changes in the last 102 years I doubt they'll change any because of the grumblings of a psuedononymous blogger.

Posted by Publicola at September 1, 2005 03:33 AM
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