While most of our courses are now field courses, we did a rifle course for a few years that was a tough test. We called it "A Balanced Rifle Course."
There were three strings, each ten rounds, two five shot runs.
You had to start each stage with your equipment in exactly the same configuration, and all gear you used had to be on your person.
Stage 1, 100 yards, one target. Five shots to the body, five shots to the head, no time limit. You could use a scope, sling or bipod, but they had to still be on the rifle for the next two stages.
Stage 2, 2-7 yards, five targets nestled down in the weeds. Two runs of one shot each, warp speed. And now you find out a scope at 2 yards sucks, and a bipod doesn't help.
Stage 3, 50 yards, five targets w/ no-shoots. Two runs, one shot each target. Do you sit, kneel, go prone? Not if you want to win. But don't hit a no-shoot.
The winners used low-power variables that they could crank up enough to score head shots a 100 yards. And as a shooting rest, a cardboard box with two "V" slots cut in it, attached to their belt with string.
We were debating allowing the boxes for future matches when we had a sudden change in the club, and had to abandon that course. (We couldn't just use an odd corner of any range, as we had to build overheads to satisfy the neighbors.)
For a few winters, we did "Mad Minute" which doesn't require movement. One target at 100 yards, one at 50, and you have sixty seconds. You must alternate individual shots between the targets (100-50-100-50-100-50.....) and we would score all your hits. We used a barricade with a port to require offhand, and no using the barricade for support.
We stopped because it was too hard on the rifles. The winning score the last time was sixty shots for 59 hits (I forget the points score) and it was 60 only because I muffed the second reload. Iron-sighted shorty.
Ned, we'll be shooting 3-gun April through October next year, 2nd Sunday of the month.
[This message has been edited by Patrick Sweeney (edited 11-17-2001).]