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SMALLBORE RIFLE: The term “smallbore” as applied to firearms is universally defined as arms chambered for the .22 long rifle cartridge. There are many disciplines in small-bore rifle competition. The STMTC conducts regular conventional outdoor prone matches at our Blackhawk range southwest of San Antonio.
The “Outdoor Conventional Prone” course of fire is unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for record at 50 yards; unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for record at 50 yards using a smaller target that represents 50 meters; and unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for score at 100 yards. The course is fired prone using a shooting sling for support and rifles equipped with metallic sights only, however at some larger matches ‘scope sights are allowed in some events.
The “Three Position” course of fire is a common and popular course of fire for intercollegiate competition because it most closely follows the format for competitions in the Olympics. The course of fire consists of unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for score from the standing position; unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for score from the kneeling position; and unlimited sighting shots and twenty shots for score from the prone position. All firing is done at 50 yards and is fired on a very demanding international target.
Serious three position (3P) shooters must be in excellent physical condition, have good eyesight, and be willing to invest in sophisticated rifles and other shooting gear. 3P matches are conducted by STMTC concurrently with our conventional prone matches at the Blackhawk range.