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The Course of Fire

The course of fire consists of shooting from different positions at various distances from the target.

Positions

The most common positions used in Highpower are Standing (or Offhand), Sitting, and Prone.

Distances

A typical "across the course" Highpower match will have the competitors firing at 200, 300, and 600 yard distances from the targets. If a match is being fired at a range where the distances are reduced, the targets are smaller to simulate the greater range.

Time Limits

Different phases of a match are fired at different speeds depending on the time limit.

A slow fire stage requires competitors to fire one shot at a time. They must load each round individually. Each shot is also scored individually. Usually shooters have as many minutes to fire that stage as there are shots to fire. For example, a ten shot slow fire string will have a time limit of ten minutes.

Rapid fire means that competitors must get into position and fire the requisite number of rounds from their magazine within the specified time limit. At the start of the phase, shooters are in a standing position. When the targets are exposed, competitors go into a sitting or prone position (depending on the phase being fired), fire the rounds in their magazines, change magazines or reload, and finish shooting the string. The time limit for this type of fire is 60 seconds per string for sitting and 70 seconds for prone.

The National Match Course

This is a 50 shot course of fire that is common in service rifle only matches.

Position
# of Shots
Distance
Standing slow fire 10 200 yards
Sitting rapid fire 10 200 yards
Prone rapid fire 10 300 yards
Prone slow fire 20 600 yards

The 80 Round Regional Course

This course of fire is probably the most popular in NRA Highpower Rifle Competition

Position
# of Shots
Distance
Standing slow fire 20 200 yards
Sitting rapid fire 20 200 yards
Prone rapid fire 20 300 yards
Prone slow fire 20 600 yards

The 100 Round Regional Course

Shooting a 100 shot Regional Course makes for a long day. It is the 80 round Regional course with an extra slow prone match.

Position
# of Shots
Distance
Standing slow fire 20 200 yards
Sitting rapid fire 20 200 yards
Prone rapid fire 20 300 yards
Prone slow fire 20 600 yards
Prone slow fire 20 600 yards