As-issued Vintage Military Rifle (VMR) Games levels the equipment playing field, emphasizing personal skills while also avoiding the escalating arms race for more and more precise—and expensive—target rifles and designer cartridges.
When CMP introduced the “as-issued” games a little over a decade ago, a military surplus Mauser or Mosin-Nagant could be had for about $100 and an M1 carbine in NRA Very Good condition fetched, if memory serves, about $400. Today—thanks in large part to the skyrocketing popularity of the carbine—a quick online check of non-collector milsurp M1 carbine prices varies from $630 to $1350. Whether that is still “inexpensive” is up to the individual shooter’s wallet.
Her first gun was a Mauser that her dad re-barreled. Becky cut down the stock from a Mannlicher-style stock to a traditional sportier shape. Through both wood burning and scrimshawing, she refinished the stock. Now, the gun has been used by each of her boys to shoot their first deer.
The sling may be the most underrated accuracy aid in rifle competition.
Poor or inconsistent ignition has long been known to be one of the usual suspects when one encounters multiple vertical fliers.