Shooting vintage military rifles is catching on nationwide.
Every year, the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) holds both eastern and western games. These events include shooting with M1 Garands and M1 Carbines, ’03 and ’03A3 Springfields, vintage military rifles and vintage sniper rifles.
Although age 62 is not the ideal time to take up a new shooting discipline, I’m building a World War II military rifle collection so I thought a trip was in order to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility near Phoenix, Ariz. last October to see what the CMP games were all about. CMP’s games offer a large variety of competitions but a primary one is called “GSM” which is an acronym for Garand, Springfield and (vintage) military rifle. Also on one afternoon there would be a vintage sniper rifle match, which particularly interested me.
Here’s the course of fire for GSM. All shooting is done at 200 yards. The first stage is slow fire from prone with only slings for support. The shooter gets 15 minutes for a maximum of five sighting rounds, but then must fire 10 shots for score on the standard SR target. (That target is 40″x42″ with a 13″ black 9 and 10 rings.) The next stage is 10 shots rapid fire from prone. (No sighters.) This must be done in 80 seconds. Final stage is 10 shots slow fire, offhand in 10 minutes. The GSM match was held on three days.
Story By: Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos By: Yvonne Venturino
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