Why Shoot High Power Service Rifle? – Serena Juchnowski

I am a college student, competitive high power service rifle shooter, hunter, and freelance writer working towards a career in the outdoor industry. This piece elucidates some of what I have learned from shooting and why others may enjoy the sport as well.  High Power Service Rifle is a special type of sport. It takes... Read More

High Power Service Rifle Competition: How to Master the Sitting Position – Serena Juchnowski

The sitting position in high power service rifle competition is more stable than the standing position, but it still requires discipline and attention to detail. In the National Match course for high power service rifle, the 200-yard rapid fire stage follows the slow-fire standing stage. Most competitors choose to shoot rapid-fire at 200 yards from the sitting position, while a few may prefer kneeling. Both are permitted. Competitors must fire ten rounds in a time period of sixty seconds with a magazine change. These ten rounds should be split between two magazines, with two rounds in one magazine and eight in another. The two-round magazine must be loaded and fired first, then ejected and switched with the eight-round magazine. In some matches, competitors fire their rapid immediately after the standing stage, while in other matches, they may have to pull their gear off of the line and bring it on again after all competitors (except those in the pits) fire the standing stage. There are two primary reasons for this second method. One, all competitors on the firing line fire the standing stage before anyone shoots rapid-fire sitting. This method helps in equalizing the conditions for the competitors. Second, the time between standing and sitting allows competitors with match rifles to make adjustments to their stocks and adapt their rifles for the next position. For service rifle shooters, not as much time is needed, as there are no adjustments to make other than unhooking the sling from the rifle and maybe adjusting the stock. While permissible service rifle stocks only adjust in length, match rifle stocks can have adjustable butt plates, cheek pieces, and many other fine-tuned adjustments. This article will focus on service rifle and the sitting position. Every person shoots sitting slightly differently because each person’s body is different. The two most popular styles are crossed legged and crossed ankle. Crossed ankle is more common among those individuals with knee problems, as it places less stress on the knees. As in the standing position, natural point of aim and consistency are of utmost importance.... Read More

Women Who Shoot High-Power Competitions – Serena Juchnowski

Though some of the most recognized and popular figures in the shooting sports today are women, there are not as many girls involved in competitive shooting as there could be. If one visits the National Matches held annually at Camp Perry, Ohio, one will see firsthand the disparity between the number of female and male competitors. Anyone on the firing line will tell you that women seem to have a natural advantage as shooters. This leads us to the question: Why are there not as many females involved as males?      Sara Rozanski, now a member of Team CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) and an incredibly accomplished high-power shooter, noted that when she shot on the ORPA (Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association) Junior High Power Rifle Team, she was one of six girls on the team. While she acknowledged that “there’s definitely a lot more females shooting in general,” she agreed that the lack of scholarships is a significant factor in the lack of female participation in high power. Rozanski sums up the sport well, saying that “High power is…not a lucrative sport. You can’t get scholarships on it. You don’t win a lot of money on it. It’s more or less…about shooting the best for yourself and then the prestige of whatever match you’re shooting in…you’re more or less just shooting for yourself to see if you can shoot better than the time you did before. It’s kinda weird. Not many people, I think, go into a sport unless they’re kinda getting something out of it other than for themselves, they’re either getting money out of it or huge awards or huge notoriety, that’s not this sport at all.” In other words, if girls are going to pick a shooting sport, many will choose one that will help them in some other way.  ... Read More

2018 ORPA Highpower Rifle Match – Serena Juchnowski

Sunday, June 24 marked the return of the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association (ORPA) matches to Camp Perry under the leadership of ORPA’s new highpower director, Samantha Henderson. This was an enjoyable learning experience and she noted that everyone has been incredibly nice and helpful. This 80-shot NRA match with two sighers at each position was, like the former day’s CMP events, shot on CMP’s electronic targets featuring Kongsberg technology. Competitors slept in an hour later with a match start time of 8:00 am, and the day proved much cooler and drier than the previous. Nearly everyone knew those shooting around them, increasing camaraderie and lending a more comfortable atmosphere to the match. Scorecards were turned in at each yard line. This was both a good and a bad thing as some competitors liked not knowing their total score as it alleviated some mental pressure while others did not like knowing where they stood.... Read More

Strickland Tops CMP 800 Aggregate and EIC Rifle Matches at Camp Perry

Four a.m. – that is the time many Ohio competitors awoke in time to drive to Camp Perry for the June 23 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) 800 aggregate and subsequent EIC match. With everyone ready to go and at the 200-yard line by approximately 6:45 am, it seemed that the impending rainstorms may be just narrowly avoided. Firing was to commence at 7:00 am, but a miscommunication with range operations delayed the start until 8:00 am. Many used the extra time to visit with friends, load magazines, check zeroes, and to cover their gear in case of rain.... Read More

CMP Clinics Offer Top Notch Marksmanship Training at 2018 National Matches – Serena Juchnowski

Before the firing of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Trophy events, the National Matches schedule offers training clinics for all levels of shooters to receive personalized help and information. For junior shooters, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Junior Highpower Rifle Clinic offers one-on-one training, dry firing and class work focused on safety, trigger control, fundamentals and effects of weather, among other things. For those looking for more than the basics, an Advanced CMP Highpower Clinic offers marksmen supplementary training, dry firing exercises and position work. Many juniors (age 20 and below) attend the USMC clinic year after year, using the opportunity to freshen up their skills before the bigger National Trophy matches, to socialize with other juniors and to receive coaching.... Read More

Iron Women Compete in the 2018 Rattle Battle – Serena Juchnowski

“I thought it would be a good promotion for the shooting sports to put together an all-girls team,” said New Jersey Garden State Gunners Coach Walter Bachmann. “This was the first year that we were able to do that while we were out at Camp Perry.” During the 2018 National Matches, New Jersey fielded what, to everyone’s knowledge, was the first all-female team to ever compete in the National Trophy Infantry Team match, more commonly known as the Rattle Battle.... Read More

NRA Youth Education Summit 2018: Surprises and Successes – Serena Juchnowski

Whether someone is applying for a job, hoping to get into a college, or studying for a test...they may think that they are doomed to failure. Participants in the second session of the 2018 NRA Youth Education Summit (NRA Y.E.S.) proved that you never know unless you try, challenging a common misconception about the Y.E.S. program. Many potential applicants avoid or pass up the application for NRA Y.E.S. because they think that it is meant only for competitive shooters or for those with considerable firearm experience...and that's definitely not the case. The Y.E.S. program seeks to educate and foster leadership among teenagers with an interest in and passion for freedom and the United States. While Y.E.S. often attracts applicants with a background in shooting and hunting or those with military aspirations, neither are prerequisites for applying.... Read More

NRA Youth Education Summit 2018: Postcards from the Summit – Serena Juchnowski

“Every session of Y.E.S. every year is a little different, just because we have different kids and different personalities.” Abigail Klein captured some of the magic and uniqueness of the NRA Y.E.S. program in just one statement. Over the past 22 years of the National Rifle Association’s Youth Education Summit (NRA Y.E.S.), hundreds of students have experienced a week of learning, leadership, cultural immersion and camaraderie in the political center of the United States. NRA Y.E.S., sponsored by Friends of NRA and the NRA Foundation, is a week-long leadership program that seeks to educate the younger generations about the United States, history, government, firearm safety and the Second Amendment. Students participate in group debates, current event discussions, a tour of the NRA Firearms Museum, visit the National Mall and various other locations around Washington, D.C...and compete for the opportunity to secure thousands of dollars in scholarships.... Read More