What is Highpower Rifle Shooting?

Highpower Rifle Competition is a contest of marksmanship skill. Participants compete by shooting at paper targets in a variety of positions and at various distances from the target.

A typical Highpower match has a course of fire of either 50, 80, or 100 shots. All of these shots are typically fired at 200, 300, and 600 yards away from the target, in standing, sitting, and prone positions. On ranges that do not go out to these distances, reduced targets are used.

The target consists of a paper face with a number of concentric circles printed on it. The points value of the circles decreases as the distance from the center increases. Competitors score points by shooting at the target and marking in which scoring ring their shot goes. The closer towards the center of the target that the bullet hits, the higher the point value for that shot.

Targets are mounted on frames and placed behind a berm of earth. Scorers in these "pits" lower the targets after each slow fire shot fired, examine the hole to see what the points value the shot has, mark the target with that value, and raise the target to be exposed for the next shot.

Highpower Rifle matches differ greatly from other sporting events. There are no stands filled with cheering fans. There are no large banners with sponsor's logos. There are only competitors that compete not for any large cash prizes but for the sheer enjoyment of being able to place an object the size of a grape into a target a third of a mile away.

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