In short, the aim of the competition is to use rifles and ammunition matching as close as is practical/possible to issued Service Rifle and issue Cartridge. It is expected that all competitors will enter 'in the spirit of the shoot' and abide by the Rifle Eligibility Rules set out below.


Although the Bruce Rifle Club  Service Rifle Competition rules are based on the New Zealand Service Rifle Association Service Match Code v4, it is a Bruce Rifle Club organised competition and therefore the Club is not withholding 'hard and fast' to the rules of the NZSRA. In any dispute the SMC may be referred to, but the final decision of all disputes is in the hands of the Match Director and Chief Range Officer.


For further info on the NZSRA go to http://nzservicerifle.org.nz/ 


This may seem unnecessarily bureaucratic, but remember two things

  • People do sometimes cheat (even shooters)
  • Service matches are designed not to reward tack-driving accuracy.


Except on medical/disability grounds, the use of shooting aids will not be allowed. Examples of such include; rests, bi-pods, slings, mats, heavy shooting gloves & jackets.


Providing a completed Entry Form to the BRC SRC Match Director indicates that shooters agreement to abide by the Rifle and Ammunition Eligibility Rules detailed below.


Should any competitors Rifle or Ammunition be found to contravene the BRC SRC Rules at any stage of the Competition, that shooter is welcome to finish shooting all matches but they will be marked as ‘DQ’ (Disqualified) in the official results and they will not be eligible to receive any Trophies. No one will be sent home or told they cannot shoot.


There is no Open Class. If you aren’t quite sure if your rifle is eligible to be used in the SRC, please feel free to contact the Match Director before entering. At worst a loan rifle can be provided, or some parts can be loaned to make your rifle ‘more eligible’.


BOLT ACTION RIFLE SPECIFICATIONS.


To shoot in Bolt Action Class, rifles must be essentially as originally issued. This means that modifications such as provided on sniper rifles, optical sights, modified triggers, or after market barrels are not allowed.


Stocks may be repaired to bring them back to original condition. If stocks of different length of pulls were offered for the specific rifle in question, they may be fitted as suits the shooter. No other modification is allowed to the stock and no repair shall be of a type that enhances the inherent accuracy of the rifle as issued unless it was a generally accepted standard modification for general use.


Sights may be maintained to keep them in good working order and may be replaced with alternative sights, as offered for that rifle, as long as they are of a combat type and not intended only for competition. No target sights permitted.


As barrels wear out they may be repaired or replaced. If genuine replacements are not readily available in New Zealand they may possibly be replaced with after market barrels as long as they conform to the original specs and contours. All barrels and chambers must accept and be capable of feeding, firing and cycling general issue military ammunition of the appropriate calibre. Stainless steel barrels and match designated versions are not permitted.


Magazines may be repaired and maintained but must not be modified in any way that changes their function or to gain advantage over the standard form. 


No competitor may add items, unless specified, to their firearm that could be considered as providing advantage either by providing a superior grip, accuracy or recoil control. This includes muzzle brakes, flashlights, lasers, secondary optics, rifle mounted magazine holders etc.


A-CATEGORY SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE SPECIFICATION


Rifles must conform to the Service Rifle Class equivalent with the exception of buttstock, pistol grip, flash hider, and bayonet lug.  


Stock: A-Category Semi-Automatics may have any commercially available thumbhole stock.

Pistol Grip: No free standing pistol grips allowed on A-Category Semi-Automatics.

Bayonet Lug: No bayonet lugs allowed on A-Category Semi-Automatics.

Flash Hiders: No flash hiders allowed on A-Category Semi-Automatics. Muzzle Brakes are not allowed. Suppressors are not allowed. 


E-CATEGORY MSSA RIFLE SPECIFICATIONS


Because of difficulty in determining what constitutes a modern MSSA Service Rifle, the BRC has decided that it would issue the allowed specifications for the rifles most commonly used. 


The purpose of this specification list is threefold;

1. The clear and unambiguous description of what is and is not acceptable as regards MSSA Service Rifles and accessories.

2. To recognise the ability of all modern MSSA type rifles to mount optics.

3. The leveling of the playing field so that shooters who choose rifles other than an AR-15 are able to become more competitive.

This list does not cover all rifles nor does it extend to bolt action rifles. Bolt action rifles remain "Iron Sights" only and, as with semi-autos not listed, are covered by the "As issued General Issue" regulations.


AR15:

NB: "standard" refers to features and or parts identical (fire control components to be NZ legal for an MSSA) to those that make up such rifles as the military issue M16A1/A2/A4 rifles and CAR15/M4 carbines. Any acceptable variation from the "standard" is detailed below. Under no circumstances will National Match or accuracy enhanced models be considered as standard regardless of their use in other countries by military or civilian agencies.


Upper Receiver: A1, A2 or Flat Top A3/A4. No Match style, high rise, or similar receivers allowed. Milspec standard A1/A2 style charging handles only.


Lower Receiver: A1/A2 style with standard Milspec controls. No extended magazine, bolt or safety levers. A left handed safety may be fitted if it is the same type as the safety on the right hand side of the rifle. Magazine wells may not be modified.


Barrel: No match/target use intended barrels allowed. Chamber is to be 5.56 NATO, SAAMI STD .223 Remington or a chamber that will feed all Milspec ammo. Barrel diameter is based on A1, A2 or commercial A2 HBAR styles. The Front sight block must be of the A1/A2 design and be pinned to the barrel. Twist rates from 1/7 to 1/12 are acceptable. 20,18,16,14.5, or 10.5 inch barrel lengths are acceptable.


Stocks/Pistol Grips: Pistol grip is to be A1, A2, Magpul MOE or Magpul K-grips. Hogue and other accessory pistol grips are not allowed.  Acceptable butt stocks are A1, A2, CAR15, M4, Magpul CTR/MOE, B5 SOPMOD or Command Arms Arsenal.


Handguards: Handguards can be M16A1, M16A2, M4, KAC M4/M5 RAS style or Free float. Free Floating handguards must have at least two rows of non-detachable Picatinny rails. M-Lock, smooth tube or vented only handguards are not acceptable. 


Trigger: Milspec standard A1/A2 style with a single stage release; no match single or 2 stage triggers may be fitted.Trigger Pull weight must be between 4.5 to 8 pounds.


Magazine: Any capacity up to 30 rounds. Magazine must not be modified to allow hand loaded ammunition to be seated further out. New style anti tilt followers and Magpul bases are acceptable.


Open Sights: Must have standard military issue M16A1/A2/M4 front sight/gas block or clip on Milspec type of front sight such as a Magpul or similar. Flat top receivers may use a carrying handle sight or a clip on Milspec type of rear sight such as MaTech or Magpul. Front post must be a minimum of 0.050 inch and rear peephole sizes are to be no smaller than A2 Milspec standard. Sights that co-witness with an Aimpoint style scope are acceptable. Fibre optic or "Hi Viz" type front posts are not acceptable.


Scope Mount: Any commercial or military mount that attaches to the receiver is acceptable. Mounts that attach to the carrying handle and place the optic in front of the receiver and just above the hand guards are acceptable.


SIG 550/PE90:

Upper Receiver: SIG issue standard upper receiver. No extended or modified cocking handles.


Lower Receiver: Standard Milspec lower. No extended magazine, bolt or safety levers.


Barrel: No stainless barrels allowed. Chamber is to be 5.56 NATO or a chamber that will feed all Milspec ammunition. Barrel diameter is based on standard SIG550/PE90 dimensions. The Front sight block must be of the standard design and be pinned to the barrel. Twist rates of 1/7 to 1/10 are acceptable. Rifle must have a flash suppressor.


Stocks: Standard Sig550/PE90 stocks, pistol grips and hand guards must be used. The fore-end may be replaced with a Brugger & Thomet 21051 4 rail guard. Free floating of the barrel is not permitted.


Trigger: Milspec 550/PE90 style with a two stage release, no match or single stage triggers may be fitted. Minimum pull weight must be 6.5 pounds.


Magazine: Any capacity up to 30 rounds. Magazine must not be modified to allow hand loaded ammunition to be seated further out.


Open Sights: Standard Milspec, the standard issue flip up night sights are permitted.


Scope Mount: Any commercial or military mount that attaches to the receiver is acceptable.


M14/M1A/Norinco M305:

Receiver: Standard Milspec, "Rear or Double Lug" National Match types are not acceptable.


Barrel: No Stainless or match barrels allowed. Diameter and profile must be the same as Mil Spec M14 barrels. Heavy barrels are not allowed. Chamber may be 7.62 NATO or 308 Winchester. Chamber must feed all Milspec ammunition. Barrel should be fitted with a Milspec Flash eliminator; muzzle brakes of any type are not permitted. Norinco M305 style flash suppressors are acceptable. Twist rates from 1/10 to 1/12 are acceptable.


Stock: Stock must be of Original USGI profile (not the E2 Variant) and may be made of wood or plastic/fibreglass. No match or competition style stocks are allowed. This includes but is not limited to McMillan, JAE and Sage stocks. It is acceptable to shim up the area between the trigger guard pressure pads and the lower part of the stock where the two parts touch to allow sufficient tension for firm bedding of the stock and receiver. However bedding of the receiver to the upper surface of the stock is under no circumstances allowed. Free floating of the barrel is not allowed.


Trigger: Milspec 2 stage trigger. Trigger pull should have a minimum pull weight of 5 pounds.


Magazine: Any capacity up to 20 rounds. Magazine must not be modified to allow hand loaded ammunition to be seated further out.


Open Sights: Standard Milspec, National Match sights are not permitted. Fibre optic or "Hi Viz" type front posts are not acceptable.


Scope Mount: Any commercial or military mount that attaches to the receiver or replaces the handguard is acceptable.


AR10:

Note: This specification covers original and the modern versions of AR10s. The two will be differentiated by the terms "Original" and "Modern".

Upper Receiver: "Original" versions may use an upper receiver based on the original carry handle design. Scopes, if used, should be mounted to the carry handle. "Modern" AR10s can be fitted with A1, A2 or flat top. No match style, high rise, or similar receivers allowed. Milspec A1/A2 style charging handles only.


Lower Receiver: "Original" or "Modern style" with standard Milspec controls. No extended magazine, bolt or safety levers. A left handed safety may be fitted if it is the same type as the safety on the right hand side of the rifle. Magazine wells may not be modified.


Barrel: No stainless barrels allowed. Chamber may be 7.62 NATO or 308 Winchester. Chamber must feed all Milspec ammunition. Barrel diameter is based on either the "Original" barrel diameter or in the case of a "Modern" the barrel profile must be of the same type as fitted to Factory DPMS and Armalite guns. The front sight block must be of the A1/A2 design and be pinned to the barrel. Twist rates from 1/10 to 1/12 are acceptable.


Stocks: All "Original" style stock assemblies are acceptable, (Portuguese, Transitional and Sudanese). "Modern" hand guards may be A1, A2 or M4/M5 RAS style fore ends. Free floating of the barrel is not permitted. Pistol grip is to be A1, A2, Magpul MOE or Magpul K-grips. Hogue and other accessory pistol grips are not allowed.  Acceptable butt stocks are A1, A2, CAR15, M4, Magpul CTR, or Command Arms Arsenal.


Trigger: Milspec with a single stage release, no match or 2 stage triggers may be fitted. Minimum pull weight is 5.5 pounds.


Magazine: Any capacity up to 20 rounds. Magazine must not be modified to allow hand loaded ammunition to be seated further out.


Open Sights: For "Original" the original sights as fitted are acceptable. "Modern" must have standard military issue M16A1/A2/M4 front sight/gas block, flat top receivers may use a carrying handle sight or a clip on Milspec type of sight such as MaTech or Magpul. Front post must be a minimum of 0.050 inch and rear peephole sizes are to be no smaller than A2 Milspec standard. Sights that co-witness with an Aimpoint style scope are acceptable. Fibre optic or "Hi Viz" type front posts are not acceptable.


Scope Mounts: "Original" rifles with Flat top conversions are not acceptable. Mounts that attach to the carrying handle and place the optic in front of the receiver and just above the hand guards are acceptable.


SLR/L1A1/FN FAL:

Note: All FAL style rifles are covered under this specification:

Upper Receiver: Must be original unmodified with dust cover. The dust cover may be replaced with an aftermarket cover that allows the mounting of a scope. The dust cover must be able to be removed and may not be permanently attached to the receiver


Lower Receiver: Standard Milspec lower. No extended magazine, bolt or safety levers.


Barrel: No stainless barrels allowed. Chamber is to be 7.62 NATO or a chamber that will feed all Milspec ammo. Barrel diameter is based on standard L1A1/FAL dimensions. The front sight/gas block must be of the standard design. Twist rates of 1/10 to 1/12 are acceptable. L2A1, Israeli Heavy barrels and similar heavy barrels are not permitted. Free floating of the barrel is not permitted.


Stocks: All original stocks are acceptable. This includes L1A1, wooden and plastic stock sets, FN wooden and plastic stock sets and FN G1 metal fore ends. The Israeli wood and metal fore ends are acceptable. FN "Para" folding stocks are acceptable.


Trigger: Milspec 2 stage trigger. Trigger pull should be between 5 and 8 pounds.


Magazine: Any capacity up to 30 rounds. Magazine must not be modified except when an L1A1 magazine is modified to work in a FAL.


Open Sights: Standard Milspec, including C1A1, and Hythe pattern sights. Fibre optic or "Hi Viz" type front posts are not acceptable.


Scope Mounts: Replacement dust cover scope mounts and mounts that attach to the side of the receiver are acceptable.


AK47/Norinco 56/84/Valmet/Galil/LM4:

Upper Receiver: Must be original unmodified with dust cover. The dust cover may be replaced with an aftermarket cover that allows the mounting of a scope. The dust cover must be able to be removed and may not be permanently attached to the receiver.


Lower Receiver: Standard Milspec lower. No extended magazine, bolt or safety levers.


Barrel: Must feed the appropriate Milspec ammunition. Barrel dimensions must conform to Milspec issue barrels. Twist rates should conform to the Milspec rate.


Stocks: All original stocks are acceptable. Due to the number of variations in AK stock design it is up to the shooter to submit any unconventional or aftermarket stocks to the BRC SRC Match Director for approval at least 2 weeks before a competition. Free floating of the barrel is not permitted.


Trigger: The trigger must be unmodified and should be a 2 stage design with a minimum pull weight of 4.5 pounds.


Magazine: Any capacity up to 35 rounds, and the magazine may be modified to fit different AK variants e.g.: Norinco 84s to Valmet.


Open Sights: Standard Milspec; Fibre optic or "Hi Viz" type front posts are not acceptable.


Scope Mounts: Replacement dust cover scope mounts and mounts that attach to the side of the receiver are acceptable.


OPTICAL SIGHT ELIGIBILITY LIST

Any of the following optics may be fitted to any eligible MSSA Service rifle. 

The acceptable mounts are noted (where applicable) in the rifle specification list.

  • Aimpoint Red dot scopes and Chinese copies. 
  • British SUSAT. 
  • Burris 332 3x (Affordable AR specific sight with holdover reticle) 
  • Colt type 3 and 4 power scopes including Chinese copies. 
  • ELCAN C79 & M145m4 
  • Elcan Spectre OS 4x scope (Note The Spectre DR 1-4X is not applicable) 
  • Eotech Holographic sight. 
  • Hensoldt Wetzler and ZF 4 x24 (G3 scopes). 
  • IOR 4x24 M2 & M1 
  • Kobra Red dot 
  • Lucid P7 Weapons Optic fixed 4x
  • Bushnell TRS-25 Red Dot
  • Browe Combat Optic
  • PO 3.5x21P 
  • Pk01 V red dot 
  • Primary Arms 4x Compact PrismScope 
  • Russian POSP type 4 power scopes. 
  • Sun Optics PS30332IR (3x) 
  • Sun Optics PS30432IR (4x) 
  • Trijicon 4x (or less) ACOG, Reflex and Chinese copies. 
  • Trilux. 
  • US Optics SN12 4 power. 
  • Vortex Spitfire 3x prism

Any battery operated sights must remain on the rifle even if the battery fails; it is up to the shooter to change the battery and no extra time will be given for this.


All scopes must stay on the rifle for the duration of the competition. The list purposely omits variable power scopes; the established military scopes are all fixed between 1 and 4 power; to this end  BRC will not disadvantage existing shooters by allowing variable power scopes and civilian hunting or target scopes in Service Class.