Prone Shooting is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games Sport.
As the name suggests competitors lay down on a ground sheet and the rifle is supported by means of a sling attached from the upper arm to the rifle. Distances shot are 20, 50 and 90 Meters, and a normal match consists of 60 business shots fired within 75 minutes. At MISC our 50M range features electronic targets although many ranges only offer paper targets for shooters to use. In major events, the competitors also shoot a final to determine the winner.
Each competition shot fired can score a maximum of 10.9 points. Each target has a inner ten (or in old terminology a “Bulls Eye”, to score a 10 the bullet has to touch or clip this inner ten. But if a shooter has a perfect shot and eliminates the inner ten then they score extra, the total number of points and inner tens will decide the final score for the shooter.
In Prone the 20 metre card has 11 targets on it, the very centre one been used for sighting in the rifle, then one competition shot is fired into each of the other 10 targets.
The 50 metre paper target (not used at MISC) has 5 targets on it, again the very centre one is used for sighting in the rifle, then 5 competition shots are fired into each of the 4 targets.
The 90 metre card has 3 targets, usually the bottom target is used to sight in the rifle, then 10 competition shots are fired into each of the other 2 targets. MISC does not offer a 90 metre range, and indeed very few ranges in Victoria do.