Re: Burden Memorial LR Regional 05/23-05/25
Probably a bit more detail than you need - but for those reading not familiar w/ the way High Power Rifle works...
The abbreviations HM, MA, EX, SS, & MK refer to shooter classes, not the rifle - a concept that is somewhat foreign to most people outside conventional iron-sight matches. Basically they (the NRA) calculates a rolling average of your last 120 record shots and issues a card when you reach the next level. Its entirely possible to have multiple cards in multiple disciplines - I have a SS card in Across-The-Course matches (three-position, rapid fire, iron sights only), an Expert card in mid-range (300-600yd) conventional Prone, a Master card in long-range conventional Prone, an Expert card in F-Class (from when they didn't distinguish between long range and mid-range - 900 & 1k really drag my scores down), and supposedly either a Master or High Master card coming from my mid-range F-Class matches so far this year - shooting F-Open @ 500/600yds tends to result in scores in 98%+ range. There are variations (different number of rounds used for classification in Across The Course, and different percentages in US NRA Fullbore) but the chart below should give you an idea of the way it works. Also... classes can be combined or 'rolled up' - if there are less than five competitors in a class, they may be combined with adjacent classes at the match director's discretion - so there may be a 'MK/SS/EX' class at some matches, etc.
HM = High Master >= 98%
MA = Master 96.50% - 97.99%
EX = Expert 94.00% - 96.49%
SS = Sharpshooter 91.50% - 93.99%
MK = Marksman < 91.50%
It's a little weird... the sling shooters all pretty much shoot the same category, maybe two at the most (Palma aka 'Target Rifle', and Any Rifle/ Any Sight), so they get divided up by the shooter classification - the High Masters aren't competing directly with the Sharpshooters and Marksman class people. In theory anyone can win the match, but reality dictates its usually one of the High Master competitors. With the relatively low numbers of F-Class shooters around here, we barely have enough to separate by F/Open and F/TR. About the only time I see F-Class split out *also* by shooter class is @ Nationals. And even then... it's not always an accurate way of classing shooters, as it is highly susceptible to what kind of range a person competes on (windy vs. sheltered) and at what distances. Better than nothing at all.
Our targets are all decimal aka 10-X. We use the exact same target faces as the Prone shooters, with a different repair center that has a 1/2 moa X ring and 1 moa 10-ring instead of a 1 moa X and 2 moa 10 ring (1/2 the diameter, but 1/4 the area to land a shot in). All the other scoring rings are moved in correspondingly.
The main reason the F-Class scores are at the bottom of the page has to do with the archaic software that they use around here for matches (DOS based application that barely even runs on Win XP). The people who wrote it never envisioned F-Class, and the people who use/maintain it today don't want to acknowledge it. Nuff said.
Last edited by milanuk; 06-02-2009 at 09:34 AM.