Garand match


March 20, 2008, 07:57 PM
I'm gonna take part in a Garand match at my local club next weekend. What should I bring besides my M1 and some ammo?

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March 20, 2008, 09:09 PM
I don't know what type of Garand Match you are going to. My club holds two types 1) one where only people who use Garands are eligible for prizes, or 2) one that follows the CMP rules for a Garand Match. That is, a rack grade rifle, 200 yards, and a course sequence that is fired "backwards".

The Camp Perry Garand CMP type match is fired with issued ammo. Maybe yours allows byoc.

I will assume a CMP type match.

Bring a spotting scope.

Bring a Mat. If you don't have one, roll of carpet, canvas tarp, something thick to lay on.

Put a sling on your rifle.

Bring extra clips.

Got a Single Loading device SLED?

Bring a shooting stool.

Don't forget ear and eye protection.

When it gets to be summer time, don't forget a towel to wipe your face.

Do you have a shooting coat, or just a coat? I use to shoot with the canvas army field jacket and a welder's glove on the support hand. Now I have all the equipment.

Come with a plan. You don't get an alibi. So if your rifle pukes, jams, clips don't feed in rapid fire, have a plan.

March 20, 2008, 09:12 PM
earplugs, definetly earplugs

and a camera! we'd love to see some of the action

and earplugs...

March 20, 2008, 09:41 PM
At the very minimum bring
- your rifle & sling
- several enblocs
- ammo (unless it's issued)
- extra ammo... cause you never know what can happen!
- eye & ear protection
- pens (for scoring)

If the range has pits, then you'll need a spotting scope, or binoculars at the the very least, to see the targets as they are marked.

There's lots of extra goodies that match shooters use such as carts, spotting scopes, shooting mats, shooting coats and shooting gloves/mitts. Not required, but they can make the day easier.

Also don't forget chow & water. Some days on the range can get awfully long with out either.

The most common Garand match format is the CMP 'B' course of fire:
5 sighting shots (5 min)
10 slow-fire prone (10 min)
10 rapid fire prone (70 sec)
10 standing (10 min)

Have fun and let us know how you do!

March 21, 2008, 12:07 AM
A friend who might be interested in shooting or watching.

Also, grease, cotton rags, and a combo tool. As said, snacks and drinks. Cleaning kit if you like. folding chair/stool. Hand wipes and a small bag for gathering your trash.
Open chamber plug if you have one.

March 21, 2008, 12:30 AM
Good for you. You'll have more fun than is legal in some places and meet a whole bunch of great people. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have of the other shooters.
Take drinking water and, most assuredly, a shooting mat of some type. Where you are will determine how thick. A rain suit wouldn't be a bad idea either. Being cold and wet will wreck your day.

March 21, 2008, 07:34 AM
Don't forget to bring a long sleeve sweat shirt or something to protect the elbows.

March 21, 2008, 09:02 AM
All the above.
I use a shooting coat and mat and don't forget a good Match type leather sling, Turner and Brownells are excellent.

Water, don't forget water, stay hydrated.

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