Hey guys, Josh Kent with us arms company here to bring to you today, a coverage on a competitive course of fire called a excellence in competition for all of you guys that are looking to get into competitive shooting long range rifle, marksmanship, or those of you who are already competitive marksman, we’re gonna cover the courses of fire that we fired not too long ago, out at Quantico at the Eastern fleet.
And we did really well. We, we took first place. With one of our champion rifles and the next couple of minutes, we’re gonna cover the courses of fire and how to do ’em, how to be successful. Again, everything that we’re gonna cover is not all that you can use or, or would do to be successful in the matches, but it’s a broad overview and brush stroke stuff that would make you successful in these matches.
So stay tuned with us and we hope you like it. All right, guys, before we go into the series of. For a excellence in competition. We’re gonna talk about some of the things that you’re gonna need for a service rifle or a high power rifle rifle match. So obviously your rifle, typically what you’re gonna want is a, a 20 inch barreled rifle, which would be the equivalent of an M 16 style or M 16, a two style rifle.
You can have an adjustable butt stock in that competition, and you can have a optic up to four and a half power, and also you’re gonna want a good leather sling 1917 style sling that you’re gonna have to use and shoot out of in your seated prone, rapid and prone, slow fire positions. So again, you want the most accurate rifle you can have here at us arms company.
We, we produce rifles that shoot sub minute, all day from our Utah out to our champion and SPR, and then you’re gonna want an optic now for some of the old timers, those guys still use iron sites, which commendable to them. And but you can use up to a four and a half power scope. So to help you kind of dial in those groups.
So again, those are the basic things that you’re gonna want. Again some of the, the serious competitors would use a shooting coat. You would probably want a mat and some very good match grade ammunition to keep your groups tight. But again, the bare necessities for the rifle would be rifle, sling, and optic gonna give you guys the rundown on the course of fire today.
But first we’re gonna talk about how to manipul. Some of the functions here on our champion rifle system and the Arrowhead optic low powered variable optic from swamp Fox optics. Okay. So starting with our rifle to manipulate the length of pull on our butt stock mag pull butt stock, we have the lock and our adjustment here.
So when you want to lengthen it out or close it in, you squeeze up. Which unlocks the lock, and then you find your position that you want the stock in, let it click into place and then lock it. Okay. Now we’re gonna flip around to the other side of the safe and, and fire function. So this is in the fire mode here.
If we were to cock it, that’s gonna be safe. Keeps us from firing the weapon system. When you guys are ready to fire, flip that switch down and then. Find your target. Good side alignment, good site picture, then squeeze the trigger and the weapon will go off. Okay. When we’re locking our bolt to the rear, getting ready to load the weapon system, this is our bolt latch.
So we would charge the weapon down and lock it and then press that bolt latch up, which is going to lock our bolt to the rear. At which time you can insert your magazine, your ammunition, and then depress. That bolt latch, which allows the bolt to go forward and put ammunition into the chamber. So I wanted to just give you a quick rundown competitors on the function of our rifle system.
Next, we’re gonna talk about the Arrowhead scope from swamp Fox optics. So this scope that we’ve got for you is in 10th mill increments, which means each click is 0.3, 5 99 inches of movement for every click now to operate this weapon system, all of them, we have zeroed for you at 200.
So for your first target iteration, Be on zero. And then, so the crosshair or the dot that is in the center of the optic, you would place in the center of your target and squeeze the trigger. Now, when you move out to the 300, you’re going to lift this turt up. And for this particular rifle, it is up 0.8 or eight clicks.
We pull up and go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and then press back down to lock it into place. Okay. That’s the 300 yard zero for this rifle. Now at the 600 yard line, it is 5.3. Come in close. We would lift that up. And as we look at our tour here, we would dial all the way around to the five. And then go 1, 2, 3, and then lock it down into place. Okay. So for this, for this rifle here, that is what we would shoot for the 600 yard line.
Okay. Competitors. The next thing we’re talking about here is the use of a sling in this course of fire. So a lot of people look at a sling as just something to carry a rifle with, which you can, but we can actually use the sling to stabilize our position, whether we’re in the seated, the knee, or some other position like that to achieve a higher level of marksmanship. So when we look at the 1917 style sling, we have the front portion, which would end up going up on the high portion of the arm, which is right here. And then we have the tail, which is what attaches to the butt stock of the sling down here.
Okay. And you can adjust this in and out how you want it to be. Now, these slings are brand new, so they a little tough to move in and out. But what you want to do when you get ready to get into a seated or prone position is just kinda loosen this sling up slightly. You can clip it back in if you so choose to, but as we go to put this sling on, okay, if we took the rifle and aimed it, center line down the center of our body, If I’m a right-handed shooter, the Sling’s gonna go on my left arm.
So I would take the sling, turn it half, turn out, put the sling up on the top of the shoulder as high as I can get it. Almost like putting a tourniquet on and then I could cinch this up, like, so, okay. So I’m just gonna cinch this up, down on the arm. And then that’s gonna, once I, even the slack out now, when I go to set this up, I go arm around and over, up on the rifle.
And so now if I go into a prone position, I’m here and now I have a, a, a, a stable firing position out of my sling. Okay. Now, if we go into the seated position, same thing applies sling high up on the shoulder arm in and around. We find a cross leg position and that, that stock is gonna come in, elbows in and we’re set down on the rifle.
So the sling provides a skeletal lock between your body and the rifle. So it can be used as a support mechanism to achieve tighter groups at range. When you’re ready to take the sling off or loosen it, just grab the outside leg where the two hooks are pull up on it, that will loosen the sling. And then you can just rotate it back in and stow it as such. Now, if you’re ready to just stow it completely away, you take the tail end here down at the butt stock. Stop, reach up and just hook it back into the running portion or the forearm portion of the sling. And so once you’ve done that, your sling is now stowed away and you’re able to carry it and walk away with it.
Here to talk about the very first course of fire in a excellence and competition match, which is the 200 standing off hand. It is the, in my opinion, the most difficult portion of an excellence in competition, simply because you don’t have a whole lot of contact with the ground, you have to find that structural support with your body and the rifle. Okay. But in this course of fire, you’ve get, you get one minute per round. So if you fired 10 rounds, you would get 10 minutes to shoot this course of fire.
So one of the things, one of the tips that we recommend. Is that once you find where your natural point of aim your feet on the ground, where that natural point of aim brings you to the center of the target, don’t move your feet, stay in that position. Okay. And what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna pull around and manually load ensuring that your zero is there. Okay. And then drop that bolt. All right. Once the round is loaded, you can now pick up your standing offhand position. You wanna settle down into a natural point of aim and fire that shot once that shot is fired, your bolts are locked to the rear. You can take a break and just stand there when you’re ready to take the next shot, you grab the next round, load that round into the chamber. Close the bolt and pick up another standing offhand position. And again, in this position, you wanna try to find your natural point of aim, where your wobble is in the center of the target.
And you would do that for 10 or 20 rounds, depending on the course of fire, but in excellence in competition, you would fire at least 10 rounds and you would have 10 or 20 minutes to fire that number of rounds. Now, again, if to expires and you have unfinished rounds, you lose those points. It’s 10 points per round. That is the standing offhand for an EIC match.
Okay competitors. We’re gonna talk about the 200 rapid seated, which is fired in a excellence in competition match, which we fired out at the Eastern fleet of Quantico. So from the 200, the commands are standing from a standing position with empty chamber and bolt closed load your two round magazine. So the way you’re gonna set this up, it is a 10 round course of fire. You have one magazine of two and a secondary magazine of eight rounds. So from the standing position, you’ll start on an empty chamber. You will load a two round magazine. At this point, you can go ahead and sling up, or even before this point, you should be slung up, excuse me. And go ahead and get that sling high up on your arm and shift that out. Okay. So you would be in the standing position as such. Okay. Target’s 200 yards away. We confirm that our zero is on. They’re gonna give the command to stand again on empty chamber load. And they’re gonna say ready on the right. Ready on the left. Ready on the firing line. That’s making sure that all competitors are prepared to fire and on the command of targets, you have 60 seconds to fire your 10 rounds with the magazine change. So on the command of targets, you drop down into your seated position, pick up your position, charge the gun and go through your course of fire.
Once you fire the first two rounds, you drop that magazine, and load your eight round magazine and finish up those eight rounds in a time of 60 seconds. And again, you’re, you’re trying to achieve the highest portion of accuracy that you can. And a lot of times you guys will see that your pulse plays into shooting in the seated position as well.
Okay, guys, at this time, we’re gonna do a quick just run through of the 200 seated rapid to show you what it looks. So again, the commands are competitors on the line stand, on an empty chamber with bolts forward, load your two round magazine.
Now they’re gonna give the commands to look down the line to make sure everyone is ready. Ready on the right, ready on the left, already on the firing line, and targets. On targets you’re gonna drop down into your seated of position, charge the weapon, and continue or prepare to engage the 200 yard target.
Make a reload.
Expending those last eight rounds for the best grouping that you can. Once you’re done reach to the outside, pull that sling up and out and it’ll loosen it off your shoulder. Place the weapon on safe and you’re ready to stand up.
Okay. Competitors. The next stage of fire will be the 300 rapid fire prone. Same as the last time you’re gonna start from the standing position. You’re gonna start with a two round magazine. You have 70 seconds on this one with a mag change to fire 10 rounds. So the commands are, once you get stood up, make sure that your sling is on how you want it. If you want to use it, we would recommend that.
So again, high in the arm, bite the sling down, loosen it up. Right there to where you get it even. And again, with bolts closed on an empty chamber load, your two round magazine. You need to ensure that your data or dope, data on previous engagement, is set for your 300 yard zero. Again, they’re gonna look down the line and ensure that everyone’s ready.
Ready on the right, ready on the left, all ready on the firing line. On the command of targets, you have 70 seconds to drop down into your position, prone position, and finish those 10 rounds for record. So on the command of targets, drop down into your position.
Make a reload.
To which the bolt are locked to the rear after 10 rounds, drop that magazine, let the bolt go forward. Place the weapon on safe. This time you can stand up, again, pull the outside leg of your sling to loosen it up off your arm.
Okay. Competitors. The last stage of fire is the 600 slow fire prone, unsupported. First thing you wanna do when you get back here is confirm the. For that 600 yard shot. Get in your sling, get it high up on the arm. And then this back portion of the sling, you can just kinda let it hang loose. Just free it up to where it’s outta your way and just pick up a good position off of your elbows.
For this course of fire, you’ll have 10 or 20 rounds. You’ll have one round per minute. All right. That is the time, allotted time, to fire a single round. You’re given that minute to take a look at the wind and determine where you wanna place your crosshair or dial your elevate, not elevation, but windage knob to direct the bullet into the wind to get a center hit for windage.
So on the line, when everyone is ready, the time will begin when the call for targets comes up. And if you’re firing 10 rounds again, you have 10 minutes. So ready on the right. Ready on the left. All ready on the firing line, targets. You’ll pick up one round and load that round.
Okay. This time you put the butt stock into your shoulder and settle on your target. Find that natural point of aim.
At that time, the bolt will lock to the rear when you’re ready to take your next shot, place that next round on the ramp of that follower to press your bolt latch and pick up another position again.
And you will do that for the consecutive number of rounds. Again, remember the biggest chance for a miss at this range is due to windage. So if you see a heavy wind blowing, four mile per hour wind, for these is about the bracket you wanna look at four mile per wind being a light breeze upon your face.
If you see that all the way down the range, you want to correct for that range. So if it was four miles per hour, you would dial six. So if it’s 600 yards, you would dial 0.6 or six clicks into the wind. Now for these Swamp Fox optics. If I pull the knob out and dial it to me, that’s adjusting my bullet impact to the right. And if I pull the knob out and adjust it a left, I’m turning it away from me. So again, for a full value, four mile per wind, if it was going right to left, I’d want to adjust to the right. I would go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and I would push that knob back in and I would go into my center. Okay. Now if the wind dies down and there’s no wind pull that knob back out 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, back to your zero, press it in and hold center.
Again, pay attention to the wind. That is your biggest reason for a miss at the 600 yard line.
All right guys. So we’ve covered everything in an excellence in competition match with our champion rifle, how to set the sling up, how to use the sling, how to manipulate the turrets on the swamp Fox Arrowhead scope.
The 200 standing, the 200 seated rapid, the 300 rapid prone, and the 600 slow fire. Again, some of the things that you wanna make sure that you do, good sling set up high on the arm. If you’re a left-handed shooter, it’s gonna go high on your right arm. Again, half turn out arm through. So make sure that the elevation is right and correct on the scope, make sure that you hold hard onto your position. And if you see wind that could drift your bullet off the center of the target, make a dial or hold to bring that round back into the center of the frame. So again, we look forward to you guys shooting our weapons. We look forward to you shooting competitively and thank you for your time.