BRIISM
Brian Richardson's (BR) Informal/Individual Surplus Match (IISM):

What is this?
This is to try your own hands with one or several surplus rifles in an informal match setting. In other words you compete against yourself using different surplus rifles you may have on hand. No nerve-racking about time and no demanding math to add up.

--- Later on this can transfer over agreeably to competition format with others or a forum based match ---

Rules are as follows including stages or course of fire:

A. All rifles will have original military iron sights, barrels, triggers, & configurations.
B. All rifles will be fired with no sling aid.
C. Any ammunition surplus, factory, or reloaded may be used – but specified as such.
D. All non-bench free-shooting positions will be unaided by artificial support.

1st course of fire: DETERMINING RIFLE’s ACCURACY POTENTIAL
50 yds. BenchRested (on sandbags, any support front/rear, or adjustable/stationary rest)
3 sighters are allowed at any time. (On separate target)
5 shots will be scored as measured group size.
Group size is edge to edge holes minus the bullet diameter.
(Does not matter where the point of impact is!) Group size only! 5 shots!
THIS SHOWS THE OVERALL POTENTIAL OF THE RIFLE

2nd course of fire: DETERMINING RIFLE’s ACCURACY POTENTIAL PART 2
100 yds. BenchRested (on sandbags, any support front/rear, or adjustable/stationary rest)
3 sighters are allowed are allowed at any time. (On separate target)
5 shots will be scored as measured group size.
Group size is edge to edge holes minus the bullet diameter.
(Again does not matter where the point of impact is!) Group size only! 5 shots!
THIS SHOWS THE OVERALL POTENTIAL OF THE RIFLE

3rd course of fire: SHOOTER’S CONFIDENCE & PROFICIENCY
50 yds. Standing (no leaning, no support)
3 sighters are allowed at any time. (On separate target)
5 shots will be scored as measured group size.
Group size is edge to edge holes minus the bullet diameter.
(Does not matter where the point of impact is!) Group size only! 5 shots!
THIS SHOWS THE SHOOTER’S PROFICIENCY at a self-assuring short distance.

4th course of fire: SHOOTER’S PROFICIENCY
100 yds. Standing (no leaning, no support)
3 sighters are allowed at any time. (On separate target)
5 shots will be scored as measured group size.
Group size is edge to edge holes minus the bullet diameter.
(Does not matter where the point of impact is!) Group size only! 5 shots!
THIS DEMONSTRATES THE SHOOTER’S PROFICIENCY at a self-assuring 100 yard range.

5th course of fire: SHOOTER’S HIT PROBABILITY & PRACTICAL PROFICIENCY
110 yds. Standing (no leaning, no support)
3 sighters are allowed at any time. (On separate 5” bulls-eye paper target)
5 shots will be scored as a “hit” or no “hit” on standard sporting clays
Clean break counts as a numerical hit 1 through 5 (5 shots only!)
(Not fragmentation from point of impact higher than or below sporting clays)
THIS DEMONSTRATES THE SHOOTER’S PROFICIENCY at 100 yard range.

6th course of fire: SHOOTER’S HIT PROBABILITY & PRACTICAL PROFICIENCY
110 yds. Sitting or Kneeling (no leaning, no support)
3 sighters are allowed. (On separate 5” bulls-eye paper target)
5 shots will be scored as a “hit” or no “hit” on standard sporting clays
Clean break counts as a numerical hit 1 through 5 (5 shots only!)
(Not fragmentation from point of impact higher than or below sporting clays)
THIS DEMONSTRATES THE SHOOTER’S PROFICIENCY at 100 yard range.

7th course of fire: SHOOTER’S HIT PROBABILITY & PRACTICAL PROFICIENCY
110 yds. Prone (no leaning, no support)
3 sighters are allowed. (On separate 5” bulls-eye paper target)
5 shots will be scored as a “hit” or no “hit” on standard sporting clays
Clean break counts as a numerical hit 1 through 5 (5 shots only!)
(Not fragmentation from point of impact higher than or below sporting clays)
THIS DEMONSTRATES THE SHOOTER’S PROFICIENCY at 100 yard range.

Why Surplus rifles?
Many of these rifles can be affordably acquired in reasonable shooter’s condition offering outstanding value… high power, old warhorse performance at generally easy on the pocketbook prices starting at $50 to $250. Surplus ammunition is often $3.75 or less than $6 for 20 shots vs. $15-$30 for modern commercial loads at the local kwikmarts and superstores. Historic significance is pretty cool to truly grasp. There is nothing snooty or snobbish in this particular shooters circle. Indulge yourself or introduce an individual to the shooting sports. This is the fundamental launch-pad for firearm safety, trigger time, and marksmanship.

Why some shooting at only 50 yards?
Shooting at this close range shows excellent sight picture and effectively no wind and trajectory dynamics plus this distance encourages shooter confidence.

Why only 100 yards?
Many shooters only have access to 100 yard ranges, and this distance is a yardstick you might say for establishing MOA.
Why group size for some criteria while sporting clays for others?
Many surplus rifles are not regulated for <100 yards/meters and were drift-set by armors using particular ammo or re-sighted by individual shooters of the era. Sorting clays offer easy to score reactive target statistics confirming hit probability w/ out all the math… plus entertainment that keeps a shooter coming back fired up for more.

Why completely original surplus guns?
Let’s keep it in historical accuracy and perspective.

Why no slings?
Many surplus guns do not arrive on these shores with original or traditionally proper leather or web. Countless rifles have none at all. Lastly this makes it fairer for folks that do not know how to make use of a sling.

I hope this match of sorts you’ll find interesting or motivating. I’m sure many a shooter plays this game in there heads and the concepts are nothing new. A couple of the enjoyable features for this course of fire are that you might only need 2 boxes of ammo and less than two hours. If you feel like posting results on how your ol’ USA, Swiss, German, Finnish, Swede, Brit, Russian, Czech, Yugo, Polish, Latin, Turk, Mid-East, Indian… etc. (whatever it is in any action) shoots in BRIISM format please post it on the honor structure under this thread. Talk about your surplus shooter. Give details about the gun’s accuracy and your knack for shooting.

Brian Richardson
http://www.northernrim.com