Rifle Range

The Polk County Gun Club hosts a rifle range with three distances: 100, 200, and 300 yards (R to L). Our members practice various rifle disciplines, and our club hosts various competitions throughout the year.


NRA High Power Rifle

NRA High Power Rifle at PCGC

Polk County Gun Club holds High Power Rifle Matches throughout the year embracing both NRA (National Rifle Association) and CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) Rules. The “rules” are similar but sometimes have slight differences. These matches are typically held on the third Saturday in the months they are held.

The High Power Rifle “Season” begins with NRA-Sanctioned Tournaments beginning in April and lasts through September for a total of 6 tournaments. These tournaments are 80 shots for record with sighters. CMP-Sanctioned Garand Springfield Modern (GSM) Tournaments begin in October and last through January of the following year. GSM Tournaments consist of a total 4 tournaments, 30 shots for record with sighters.

The High Power Rifle Season ends in February with the “Frozen Chosin” Korean War Commemorative Tournament. To compete in this tournament, the rifle design must pre-date 1954. If a participant wishes to compete with a rifle post-dating 1953, it is permissible; however, the contestant is not eligible to have their name and score engraved in the coveted canteen cup trophy.

About NRA High Power Rifle

Every NRA High Power Rifle tournament for which classification records are kept is a multiple or a combination of slow fire, and rapid fire strings, shot from standing, sitting/kneeling, and prone positions. The popular National Match Course, for instance, consists of 20 rounds slow fire standing; 20 rounds rapid fire sitting or kneeling; 20 rounds rapid fire prone and 20 rounds slow fire prone. Matches fired all at one distance and in one position are known as "single-stage" matches and are usually 20 shot matches (2 times one of the basic strings). Some clubs conduct tournaments with lesser round count usually 50 rounds.

"Slow Fire" does not require much explanation. The shooter takes his position on the firing line, assumes the prescribed position and is allowed one minute per shot to fire the string. Slow fire is shot standing or prone. 200 yards standing (SR target), 300/600 yards (MR-63 reduced target) or 600 yards (MR target).

"Rapid Fire," on the other hand, is more elaborate. In rapid fire sitting or kneeling, the shooter uses a preparation period to establish sitting or kneeling position; The shooter starts out in position with an unloaded firearm, their magazines are laying on the ground or stool, when the targets appear or the command to “targets” is given, the shooter loads his firearm and commences firing the rifle, loads with 2 and 8 or 2 strings of 5 (if a bolt gun) for a total of 10 and finishes the string. The procedure for rapid fire sitting or prone differs only in the firing position and the time spent shooting. 60 seconds sitting, 70 seconds prone.

Rifle: Rifles to be used in High Power Rifle competition must be equipped with either metallic sights or a 1-4.5x25mm scope, should be capable of holding at least 5 rounds of ammunition and should be adapted to rapid reloading. Tournament programs often group competitions into two divisions, Service Rifle and Match Rifle. The rifles currently defined as "Service Rifles" include the M1, M14, M16 and their commercial equivalents. Winchester and Remington have made their Model 70 and Model 40X rifles in "match" versions and custom gunsmiths have made up match rifles on many military and commercial actions. 1903 and 1903-A3 Springfield, 1917 Enfields and pre-war Winchester Model 70 sporters in .30-06 are all equipped with clip slots for rapid reloading. The most suitable rear sights are aperture or "peep" with reliable, repeatable 1/2 minute (or finer) adjustments. Front sights should be of either the post or aperture type.

Sling: The shooting sling is helpful in steadying the positions and controlling recoil. The sling may be used in any position except standing.

Spotting Scope: A spotting scope or a substitute optical device is important for scoring and observing the placement of shot spotters on the target. The beginning shooter will benefit from the use of about any telescope which gives an erect image. The most suitable spotting scopes, however, have a magnification of from 20 to 25 power and an objective lens at least 50mm in diameter. Eyepieces angled at 45 to 90 degrees are convenient for using the scope without disturbing the shooting position.

Shooting Coat: The shooting coat is equipped with elbow, shoulder and sling pads which contribute to the shooter's comfort. Since there are several styles of shooting coats of varying cost, the shooter is advised to try out several types before making an investment.

Shooting Glove: The shooting glove's primary function is to protect the forward hand from the pressure of the sling. Any heavy glove will serve the purpose until the shooter makes a final choice among several shooting gloves available.

Sight Blackener: The shooter using metallic exposed front sight such as the blade found on the service rifle will require some means of blackening the sight. A carbide lamp will do this job or a commercial sight black sold in spray cans can be used.

In recent years the electronic scoring of targets has evolved to the point it is reliable and accurate, for clubs using this medium for scoring an electronic tablet is used. It is best for the competitor to equip themselves with an electronic tablet with sufficient battery life to last ~3 hours of use.

Score book: If the shooter is to learn from experience, they should record the conditions and circumstances involved in firing each shot. Sight settings, sling adjustments, wind and light conditions and ammunition used all have a place in the score book. Actual shot value is the least important data recorded.

Ammunition: Most competitors eventually turn to hand-loads. Careful hand-loading will yield ammunition less expensive and more accurate than otherwise available. Both tracer and incendiary ammunition are prohibited by NRA Rules and armor-piercing ammunition may be prohibited by local range regulations. Remember, there will sighting shots allowed so bring enough ammunition for the course of fire plus at least 10 extra rounds for sighters and 10 extra rounds in the event of a “re-fire” if your firearm malfunctions during a rapid fire stage.

Benchrest Rifle

Pre-registration is required. Contact Shelley Gudger 864-567-2675 or email [email protected]

Benchrest shooting is a shooting sport discipline in which rifles are rested on a table or bench — rather than being carried in the shooter's hands — while shooting at paper targets, hence the name "benchrest". Both the forearm and buttstock of such a rifle are usually fully supported by bean bags, a bipod/monopod (front/rear) combination, and/or a specially designed fixture device called shooting rest, so that the gun can remain stable while pointing at the target without needing to be held by someone. When shooting, the shooter simply sits/stands comfortably behind the table/bench, operates the action and pulls the trigger, without needing to worry about carrying any weight of the gun.

PCGC benchrest uses targets by Ultimate Benchrest also known as U.B.R., however our rules differ slightly from U.B.R. equipment rules (see below). Each target consists of six bullseyes. A total of four targets will be shot by each shooter requiring 24 shots for score and unlimited sighters. Only two targets will be shot at a time, so you don’t have to worry about the barrel over heating. The value of the DOT is Eleven Points and each successive ring is one point less; Ten, Nine, Eight and so on for a maximum score of 264. The targets are designed to even the playing field between different calibers and are available in sizes .224, .243 and .308. You will shoot the appropriate target for your caliber. As always PCGC tries to accommodate any shooter wanting to compete and we will do our best to continue to do so, however we hope that you will find a class listed below that suits your equipment. We welcome those new to shooting and will be glad to assist you as best we can. We strive to have a fun, but most importantly a safe competition.

We have 30 benches, 10 designated to each yardage (100, 200, 300). For this reason, we will be designating classes to a specific yardage which will allow us to utilize the entire range during a match. Since shooting cannot start until noon on Sundays, we are limited to two relays. To reserve a spot on the line, email Shelley Gudger with the class/classes you plan to participate, include the caliber and the weight of your gun/guns. Reserving a spot on the line by pre-registration is required.

All PCGC Safety Rules for the rifle range will be observed. Any shooter who does not follow the Safety rules will be disqualified. The rules will be announced at the safety meeting prior to each match. Please note that NO ONE will handle a firearm or be at the firing line until instructed. Firearms are to be made safe AT ALL TIMES with bolts or magazines out and safety indicators in place.

The only time a rifle may be loaded is when the range is hot and, on the command, “Commence Fire”.


1. You will be instructed when you may set your equipment on the bench.
2. Only one gun per shooter will be allowed in any class, but you may shoot in two classes.
3. You must complete the match with the same rifle, if there is a mechanical issue, you must notify match director or be disqualified.
4. Target scoring will be done in private by the match director or a designated person.
5. Shooters may protest scoring after the targets have been posted for viewing
6. Target scores in dispute will be ruled upon by three designated referees.
7. Scoring is by best edge as determined by a scoring reticle.
8. Tie breaks will be done by Creedmore, first dropped point will break the tie.
9. Awards will be given to the top three of each class, if there are three shooters in a given class.
10. Cost is $20 per gun.
11. If there is any question as to what class a gun should fall in, the 3 Referees will decide.


1. Rimfire, Factory and AR classes will shoot at 100 yards.
2. Custom and Modified factory class will shoot at 200 yards.
3. Unlimited class will shoot at 300 yards.

Equipment Rules:

For all classes, guns are to be fired from two-piece rests with sand bags utilized in conjunction with front and rear rests or a front bipod. A scale will be available to weigh your rifle.

Factory Class: Weight limit 13.5 lbs. Factory rifles are by major market manufacturers only, Remington, Coopers, Sako’s, Kimber’s, Savages, etc. Proof of mark or name on the barrel, or letter of verification of manufacturer. If there is no mark found or letter accompanying a gun, it is

Modified. Any letter must include the caliber and serial number of said gun. Triggers may be tuned or replaced by one being used by the manufacturer. Original stocks may be bedded or replaced with by another stock that is being used by the manufacturer. Barrel crowns may be recut. Any evidence of other changes not listed will place your gun in the Modified class. Any attachments to stocks are restricted to the front portion of stock and may not exceed three inches in width. No custom shop type factory rifles, these will shoot in the Modified class. MAX .30 Caliber.

Modified Factory Class: Any factory class action that has been modified. This includes re-barreling with a non-factory barrel, restocking with any flat bottom stock, rechambering, etc. Stocks not to exceed three inches in width. Max .30 Caliber.

Custom Class: Weight limit 13.5 lbs. Stocks not to exceed three inches in width. This will be your mail ordered rifle, whether you order it in parts or as a whole. Even if you bought it used. These are Kelby’s, Bats, Stiller’s, Panda’s and all others of this type. Max .30 Caliber.

Unlimited Class: Any custom gun that weighs over 13.5 lbs. Max .30 Caliber.

AR Class: Any semi-automatic AR-15/AR-10, Max .30 Caliber

Rimfire: There will be one class for .22’s and .17’s.

*Shooters can move up in a class if they so choose.

Shooting Format:

When the range is deemed safe, shooters will be instructed to bring their firearm to the line.

1. The line will be called hot.
2. 25 minutes will be given for sighting in and score for targets 1 and 2. You must shoot the targets in numerical order.
3. The only time a rifle may be loaded is on the command “Commence Fire”.
4. When you have finished with targets 1 and 2, make your rifle safe, insert safety indicator and stand behind the yellow line.
5. When everyone has completed shooting, the RSO will instruct you to remove your rifle and place it in the racks provided.
6. Once all guns are removed or made safe and the line is cold, the target crew will replace Targets.
7. While the target crew is replacing targets, everyone will remain behind the yellow line.
8. Once the target crew has returned, the second relay will be called to bring their rifle to the line.
9. Repeat format for 2nd relay.
10. For targets 3 and 4 the same format will be followed, and a 20-minute block time will be given for firing time.

Any shooter who fires after the line has been called safe will be disqualified. A shooter that needs to shoot for any reason will notify the match director or RSO to explain the reason. The RSO will determine what occurs and will make the appropriate notification to all match participants.


It is the shooters responsibility to be sure to shoot the correct target. Make sure that the number on your target is the same as your bench number. It is also the shooters responsibility to be sure that the correct caliber is noted at the top of the target.

There are six bulls on each target. There must be only one shot per bull or the lowest score will be counted. If during the sight in period you shoot a bull, notify the RSO immediately so that it can be noted.

Shooters shooting the wrong target will be considered a crossfire and penalized by the crossfire rules. To clarify this, if a target is posted on the target frame you are shooting, and it is incorrect I.E., you are shooting a .224 cal. and a .30 cal. target is posted, that is an incorrect target. SHOOTERS IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE SURE IT IS RIGHT.

Cross fires will result in a one-point deduction per record bull shot. The offense is to be reported to the RSO at the time of and before the relay is over either by the guilty party or by the person whose target is shot upon. Handled correctly and when instructed by an RSO, the guilty party may then shoot his own target and receive his penalty. The person whose target is shot upon, may shoot his target when the transgression is noted by the RSO.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Gudger at 864-567-2675.

F-Class Rifle

F-Class Rifle at PCGC

Since 2015, Polk County Gun Club (PCGC) has hosted monthly NRA-approved F-Class rifle tournaments.  “F-Class” is a long-range, precision rifle competition in which competitors shoot from the prone position using (unattached) front and rear rests. Scores are forwarded to the NRA, and qualified competitors receive NRA classifications (Marksman, Sharpshooter, Master, High Master).

F-Class tournaments at PCGC offer both high-power and small bore competition.  High-power shooters engage 300-yard targets from positions at one end of the firing line, while small bore shooters engage 100-yard targets from positions at the other end of the firing line.  High-power competitors shoot at the NRA 300-yard F-Center target.  Small bore competitors shoot at the NRA A-33 target.

PCGC F-Class tournaments are held on the fourth Saturday of the month from April through October.  Tournaments begin with a safety briefing at 0900.  The first shot downrange is at about 0910.  The award ceremony – the final event in the tournament - typically is completed by about 1145.

PCGC F-Class tournaments consist of three consecutive matches (twenty record shots per match), for a total of sixty shots for record.  (Competitors are welcome to shoot only one or two of the three matches but are encouraged to shoot all three to compete for aggregate awards.)

Each match is shot in a “block time” of 26 minutes, which provides time for both sighter shots and the twenty record shots.  For sighter shots, a Shoot-N-C sighter target is placed adjacent to the record target.  Competitors may shoot “sighter” shots into the sighter target at any time during the match.

Targets are scored by “walk up and paste” after each match.  Between matches, high-power competitors score and change the F-Center target in preparation for the next match.  Small bore competitors score after each match but leave the target on the frame to shoot consecutively at the three bulls on the NRA A-33 target.

Tournaments are administered by the match director at the PCGC 300-yd range.  Competitors should plan to arrive no later than 0830 on the date of the match to sign in and place equipment on the firing line.  PCGC has twenty positions for high-power competitors and ten positions for small bore competitors.  Since PCGC F-Class tournaments feature only one relay, prospective competitors are advised to contact the match director in advance of the tournament to reserve a place.

For additional information or pre-registration, contact F-Class Match Director Dan Henk at:  [email protected] or phone:  (828) 440-1029.

F-Class Equipment Rules at PCGC

High Power F-Class

High-power F-Class at PCGC is shot at 300 yards (3/300 format).  A tournament offers three consecutive 20-round matches for a total of 60 record shots and a potential high score of 600/60X. (Unlimited sighter shots are permitted during the 26-minute bloc time of each match.)

High power F-Class has two distinct official subclasses and a local category:

F-Target Rifle (or FTR) is limited to calibers 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) and 5.56mm (.223 Remington).  Rifles in this category have a weight limit of 18.18 lbs (with all permanent attachments), use a bipod for the front rest and a bag for the rear rest. (Any good tactical rifle within the weight limit could be a serious competitor in this subclass.)

F-Open (FO) may include any caliber with a bore size of .32 or less, although most competitors at PCGC shoot the 6BR cartridge or something similar.  Rifles in this category have a weight limit of 22.0 lbs (with all permanent attachments).  They are fired off a front rest with an (unattached) rear bag.

Novice.  Although not an official NRA-sanctioned subclass, at Polk County Gun Club, individuals participating in F-Class competition for the first time may choose to compete as Novice shooters.  The registration fee is waived and the competitor is eligible to compete for a first place Novice award.  Coaching is permitted for Novice shooters and scores are not submitted to the NRA.

Most high-power F-Class rifles on the PCGC firing line resemble heavy varmint or benchrest rifles, and many are built with single-shot bench-rest actions.  Some competitors have shot very well using rifles with Savage and Remington factory actions.  F-Class high power rifles at PCGC generally are equipped with scopes in the 25-55 power range.

In each monthly tournament, PCGC presents aggregate shooting awards to first, second, and third place winners in each of the two subclasses.

Small Bore F-Class

Small bore F-Class at PCGC is shot at 100 yards (on the NRA A-33 target).  A tournament offers three consecutive 20-round matches for a total of 60 record shots and a potential high score of 600.  (The A-33 target does not have an X-ring.) Unlimited sighter shots are permitted during the 26-minute bloc time of each match.

In the NRA rules, small bore F-Class does not have meaningful subclasses. Calibre is limited to .22 LR and the weight of rifles with all attachments cannot exceed 18.18 lbs.  However, PCGC has divided its small bore F-Class competition into three distinct subclasses in order to encourage participation:

Small bore Heavy includes any rifle with a weight above 11.5 lbs (with all permanent attachments) up to the NRA limit of 18.18 lbs.  There is no limit on scope power.  The rifle may be shot off a bipod or a front rest, both with a rear bag.

Small bore Light includes any rifle with a weight up to 11.5 lbs (with all permanent attachments).  There is no limit on scope power.  The rifle may be shot off a bipod or a front rest, both with a rear bag. Rifles in this category may also compete as “Heavy,” if declared as such at the start of the match.

Small bore Sporter is restricted to a weight limit of 7.5 lbs (with all permanent attachments) and a scope power of 6X or less.  It may be shot off a bipod or a front rest, both with a rear bag.

Novice. Although not a formal NRA or PCGC subclass, individuals participating in F-Class competition for the first time may choose to compete as Novice shooters.  The registration fee is waived and the shooter is eligible to compete for a first-place Novice award.  Coaching is permitted for Novice shooters and scores are not submitted to the NRA.

Military Training Rifles.  Rifles in caliber .22 LR issued as “training rifles” to security forces prior to 1970 (including firearms such as the Springfield M-22, German DSM-34, Mossberg M-44, MAS-45, Lee Enfield No. 7 and Romanian Cougir) are counted as “Light” small bore rifles regardless of weight. No limit on scope power.

In each monthly tournament, PCGC offers aggregate shooting awards to first, second, and third place winners in each of the three small bore subclasses.

At PCGC, the F-Class small bore program specifically is intended to draw in casual shooters and junior shooters that do not have the sophisticated equipment used by most of the high-power F-Class competitors.  Just about anyone with a reasonably accurate .22 should be able to install a 6X scope, find a simple front rest along with a rear bag, and compete.

Small bore F-Class competitors at PCGC may choose not to have their scores submitted to the NRA.

Seasonal Aggregate Awards

In addition to the awards for monthly aggregate high scores (first, second and third in each subclass), PCGC also recognises top scorers for excellence in shooting over an entire annual shooting season.

First, second and third place seasonal aggregate awards are given in each subclass, both high power and small bore.  These awards are based on a competitor’s three best monthly aggregates.  Since PCGC hosts seven tournaments in an F-Class shooting season, there is opportunity for competitors to compete for seasonal aggregate awards in two different subclasses.

Buffalo/Rimfire Vintage Rifle

Buffalo/Rimfire Vintage Rifle at PCGC

In 2020, Polk County Gun Club introduced a new rifle competition:  Buffalo/Rimfire Vintage Rifle.  This activity is intended to evoke the atmosphere, equipment, shooting skills and camaraderie of rifle competitions of a bygone era, offering both high power and small bore shooting options.  Vintage Rifle competitions in 2022 will be conducted quarterly as Saturday morning events on 29 January, 30 April, 30 July and 29 October. Tournaments begin with a safety briefing at 0900.  The first shot down-range is at about 0910. Two consecutive 20-shot matches then are held. The final match ends at about 1100.  The award ceremony (the final event) typically is completed by about 1145. Competitors should plan to arrive no later than 0800 to register for the tournament and to place their equipment on the firing line.

Buffalo/Rimfire Vintage Rifle tournaments are conducted at the PCGC 300-yard range.  Due to the limitations of space, the tournament can accommodate a maximum of forty buffalo rifle shooters, twenty mini-buffalo challenge shooters and twenty vintage rifle shooters, so it is important for prospective competitors to reserve a position in advance to be sure of a place on the firing line. It is likely that there will be enough space for shooters to participate in two matches if they so desire. Registration fee is $20 per match.

In each of these shooting options, a match consists of 20 shots for record on the designated target, along with unlimited “sighter” shots, all in a block time period of 25 minutes.  The tournament features two relays (one match per relay) so it is possible to participate in up to two matches during the course of the tournament.  Awards for match winners (first, second and third place) are specially-designed medals.

This competition offers the following options:

  • Mini-Buffalo Challenge. This option is for small bore rifles in calibre .22 Long Rifle and is fired off of shooting sticks at 200 yards on a special bison target with scoring rings.  Rifles must be of a single-shot design introduced prior to 1896 (not including bolt actions) or rifles judged by the Match Director to be of equivalent technology.  The Mini-Buffalo Challenge has two subclasses:  iron sight and scope sight.  Iron sights must be period-correct to 1896 or earlier.  Scope sights must be externally adjusted, having bodies no larger in diameter than ¾ inches and objective lenses no larger in diameter than 1-1/4 inches. In each subclass, awards will be presented to first, second and third place high single match winners.
  • Buffalo Rifle. This option is for center fire “buffalo rifles” fired off of shooting sticks at 300 yards at a special bison target with scoring rings.  Rifles must be single-shot or lever action with bore diameters of .375 inches or larger and of a model introduced prior to 1896 (but also allowing exact modern reproductions) and firing a cartridge available in 1896.  There are two buffalo rifle subclasses:  iron sight and scope.  Iron sights must be period-correct to 1896 or earlier.  Scope sights must be externally adjusted, having bodies not larger in diameter than ¾ inches and objective lenses no larger in diameter than 1-1/4 inches.   In each subclass, awards will be presented to first, second and third place high single match winners.

For additional information or pre-registration, contact Tournament Chair Steve Bengston at:  [email protected] (Phone:  864 612 9903)

CMP GSM Vintage Rifle


CMP GSM Vintage Rifle at PCGC

GSM is the acronym for Garand, Springfield, Modern Military and is listed in the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Rule Book as a “discipline” in this manner.  A reason for the creation of this program was to initiate new shooters into the sport of high-power rifle competition.

Generally, Garand refers to a WWII era M1 rifle, Springfield to a WWI era M1903 rifle, and Modern Military to Vietnam era rifles.

Garand Springfield was the initial focus of the program but to be more “inclusive”, Modern Military became an “add-on” for those not fortunate enough to own the vintage WWI and WWII rifles.

Garand, Springfield, Modern Military matches are essentially a Service Rifle Match with shooting taking place from the standing and prone positions.


CMP GSM Vintage Rifle Winter League

Match Dates:

October 16th
November 20th
December 18th
January 15th
February 19th

All matches are open to the public, and new shooters are welcomed. Clinic attendees get quality instruction from a CMP-Certified instructor and a certificate of training to satisfy CMP purchase requirements. Match fees are $15 cash or check. Clinic instruction begins at 8am, match begins at 10am.

Participants need a rifle (serviceable M1 Garand, 1903 or 1903a3 Springfield, or any vintage US or foreign military rifle, CMP compliant modern military or unlimited M1), their own ammo (at least 35 rounds safe for your firearm), and hearing and eye protection.

A Wi-Fi enabled device to monitor shot locations/scores is also needed.  Polk County Gun Club is fortunate to utilize the Silver Mountain Electronic Scoring System in our high-power rifle matches. Bringing your own tablet or using your phone is advised, however PCGC has "loaner" Kindle tablets.  However, you may prefer to use your own tablet type device that may be larger for clarity.

Course of fire

Prone slow-fire - 5 sighting shots and 10 shots for a record in a time limit of 15 minutes (loading one round at a time).

Prone rapid-fire - 10 rounds fired in a time limit of 80 seconds. Shooters are required to stand and load 2 rounds for Garand with bolts closed on empty chambers (we will cover how to do this in the clinic) or 5 rounds for bolt actions with bolts remaining open. On the command to fire, shooters assume their prone position, shoot 2 or 5 rounds, and reload to finish the string.

Standing slow-fire - 10 rounds from standing position in a time limit of 10 minutes


CMP achievement pins of Gold, Silver, and Bronze will be awarded based on cut scores for each rifle category of Garand, Springfield, Vintage Military, and Modern Military (CMP Games Rulebook available here).

Oct, Nov, Dec, and Jan matches will be used for league aggregate awards of plaques for High Individual in each rifle, 3 Gun Agg, and League Agg using the best three scores. The February match is the "Frozen Chosin" Club Trophy Match.

Contact Greg Ficklin for more information at [email protected] or (864) 415-9561.

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