Nova Scotia Rifle Association

Service Conditions Program

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The NSRA has two rifle shooting components to Service Conditions Shooting - Service Rifle and Precision Rifle shooting. Both are closely linked to military small arms training, and have a distinctly military appearance. Matches run by the NSRA conform closely to the national matches conducted by the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association and the Department of National Defence.

Service Rifle and Precision Rifle shooting, tests both the mental and to some degree the physical abilities of the competitors, with various distances and target presentations. Marksmanship, timing, concentration, reflexes and the ability to assess wind and weather conditions are the skills needed to excel at these games. Every day on the range presents a different challenge.

The NSRA has produced several national champions in Service Rifle shooting and Precision Rifle shooting over the years. The people in the Service Conditions section are serious about their marksmanship, yet serious about having fun. We are always interested in helping new shooters gain the skills required to experience the challenges and excitement of the sport.

Service Rifle:

Any NATO or Commonwealth service rifle, current or past issue (or civilian equivalent), that retains the external characteristics of the original, is eligible for competition. The most commonly used rifle in the NSRA Service Rifle program is the Colt AR-15 with either iron sights or an Elcan optical sight.

Most Service Rifle matches are conducted at ranges of 100 to 500 yards (or meters). Various shooting positions are used - prone, sitting, squatting, kneeling or standing. Various sized targets are presented for various lengths of time. Some of the most interesting matches incorporate more than one variable. Service Rifle matches are fairly active and are a lot of fun to shoot.

Precision Rifle:

A "field-practical" rifle with a telescopic sight is used in Precision Rifle shooting.

Most Precision Rifle matches are conducted in the prone position, at distances of 200 to 800 yards (or meters). The targets are relatively small and require accurate compensation for wind conditions and bullet trajectories. Various sized targets, exposure times, and target movements are used in Precision Rifle matches.

Precision Rifle shooting is generally done in teams, the two people alternate between firing and spotting. The firer shoots at the target, while the spotter advises of aiming corrections and changing wind conditions.   Currently two of the five NSRA matches do not allow for spotters.

Precision Rifle shooting is a quick-thinking game that is incredibly exciting.

For more information about Service Conditions shooting, contact the Section Chairperson.

If you would like to be put on an e-mail list to get notices and reminders about Service Rifle or Precision Rifle events, please contact your Section Chairperson.

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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2021

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