2011 began at the Ada, Oklahoma Rifle & Pistol Club with an entertaining match. At 10:00 AM on January 2 on a clear and cold day with no wind a few local shooters assembled with various 7.62x39mm chambered rifles and Wolf HP ammunition to fire a match based on the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s M1 Garand Match.
NRA targets reduced for 100 yards were posted and shooters fired five sighting shots from the prone position. After groups were observed and holes pasted the match began with twenty slow fire shots in a twenty minute time limit from the prone position. As this was intended to be a fun match and learning experience, competitors were allowed to use slings, rests or rest the magazine on the ground to determine what provided the best accuracy with the individual firearms. Any sight was allowed and while most used iron sights one AK variant was equipped with an EOTech Holographic sight another that had been assembled to resemble an Iraqi Tabuk squad designated marksman’s rifle complete with a POSP SVD version scope calibrated for use with 7.62x39mm ammunition. Those shooters firing SKS rifles used iron sights and hasty slings while the AK shooters tended to experiment.
No shooter was able to keep all of their shots in the black of the 100 yard target during the slow fire stage but to everyone’s surprise the top four scores were within a two point range. New targets were hung and shooters returned to the firing line to fire ten shots, including a reload, in eighty seconds. Shooters began in the standing position with rifles loaded but chambers empty. At the signal to fire shooters assumed a prone position and cycled bolts to chamber a round. All shooters easily finished the string of fire with plenty of time to spare. Targets were again scored and replaced while the rapid fire string was repeated this time with shooters assuming a sitting position from standing.
The final stage of fire required ten rounds to be fired in a ten minute time limit from the standing position with no support. Rifles were loaded one round at a time, a simple process for the SKS, while the easiest method with the AK47 appeared to be to remove the magazine from the rifle after each shot and charge it with another round.
Everyone present enjoyed the opportunity to get out and fire a fun match. Even though the rifles and ammunition are not noted for their accuracy, the playing field was pretty level and scores were determined more by skill of the shooter than by choice of equipment. In fact the highest score, 85% out of 100, was fired with one of the iron sighted Yugo SKS rifles.