Rifles from Brazil, Sweden & Soviet Union take aim in New Mexico
While we weather out the winter winds here in the DC Metro area, Patrick Hernandez and his colleagues from the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles & Pistols Shooters (NMMSRPS) are taking to the sands of Albuquerque. Though their temperature isn't all that more welcoming then ours, they braved the conditions for a chance to take part in their Mid-Range High Power Shooting Match.
What makes this match so special? Sure, the NMMSRPS is an NRA Club, but there are thousands of those. What makes this match special, and what makes all the matches of the NMMSRPS so special, is that they are all shot with Military Surplus Firearms.
Don't have a military surplus firearm? Then you can't play their reindeer games.
To get a better idea of what was in the works during Mid-Range match, here's a list of the competing rifles by country (native language spelling and descriptions provided by Patrick Hernandez):
- Federative Republic of Brazil … República Federativa do Brasil ... IMBEL FAL (Fuzil Automático Leve) M964 (7,62x51 mm NATO)
- Greater German Reich …Großdeutsches Reich ... Karabiner 98 Kurz (7,92x57 mm)
- German Democratic Republic … Deutsche Demokratische Republik ... Einheitsgewehr Modell 1891-1930 (7,62x54R mm) (Standard Model 1891-1930)
- Republic of India … Bhārat Gaṇarājya ... Rifle 7,62mm 2A (7,62x51 mm NATO)
- Empire of Great Japan … 大日本帝國 / Dai Nippon Teikoku ... 三十年式歩兵銃 / Sanjyuu-Nen-Shiki Hoheijyuu (6,5x50SR mm) (Type 30Rifle)
- Kingdom of Spain … Reino de España ... Fusil Mauser Español Modelo 1893 (7x57 mm)
Kingdom of Sweden … Konungariket Sverige ... Gevär Modell 1896 (6,5x55 mm) and Prickskyttegevär Modell 1941 (6,5x55 mm)
Swiss Confederation … Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft ... Infanterie-Repetier-Gewehr Modell 1889/1911 (7,5x55 mm)
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics … Союз Советских Социалистических Республик ... Cнайперская Bинтовка Oбразца 1891-1930 Года (7,62x54R mm)
(Snayperskaya Vintovka Obrazets 1891 - 1930 Goda) (Sniper Rifle Model of Year 1891-1930) and Карабин Oбразца 1944 Года (7,62x54R mm) (Karabin Obrazets 1891 - 1930 Goda) (Carbine Model of Year 1944)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ... Rifle, No. 4 Mk I (.303 Inch)
United States of America ... U.S. Magazine Rifle, Caliber .30, Model 1903 (.30-06) and United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 (.30-06)
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela … República Bolivariana de Venezuela ... Fusil Semi Automático Modelo 1949 (re-barreled to 7,92x57 mm) (SAFN Model 1949)
Firing 300, 400, 500 and 600 yards down range, competitors shot from any position at 1/2" steel targets ... each with a 12" circle at the center. For the surplus shooters, it's zero sum game. That means a hit is a hit and a miss is a miss. No ten ring, no nine or eight or any other. All you have to do is hit it.
It was the European models that came out on top. Ted Fesser and his Swedish M41 Sniper Rifle scored a perfect 40 for 40. Following close behind was a Patrick Garcia's USSR made 1891/1930 Bolt-Action PU Sniper Rifle with a 39 out of 40 (9 for 10 on the 600 range). Coming in third was the Brazilian IMBEL FAL M964 shot by Ron Duncan, Sr. — Bom trabalho Ron!
We thank Patrick for keeping us in the loop. Hopefully he'll have better luck tagging the steel with his Einheitsgewehr next time out.
Find out more about becoming an NRA Affiliated Club, like the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles & Pistols Shooters, by going the NRA Clubs & Association's website at clubs.nra.org.