Has your old Victorian era military rifle or pistol become a
"safe queen" for lack of a venue to use it? Have you ever wondered how
well your shooting stacks up against your friends in The Barracks but
haven't been able to attend a Muster because of time or distance? The
GAF has just the program for you; The GAF Postal Shoot and Standard
Course of Fire.
The GAF Standard Course of Fire is based on the Army standard for
marksmanship qualification during the 1880s, but using a reduced-sized
target at reduced ranges to accommodate the modern shooter. This course
of fire may be completed either independently at any time convenient to
the member, or through competition in the semi-annual GAF postal match.
A registration fee for the GAF postal match is required, but there is
no registration fee if the standard course of fire is shot independent
of a GAF postal match. There is also a similar GAF Junior Postal Shoot.
The standard GAF course of fire must be shot using with a standard
military pistol, rifle or carbine that was used by any countrie's
military force during the Victorian era. The firearm may be an original
or reproduction, but must be equipped with standard issue military
sights, i.e., no telescopic or post-production sights installed. The
replacement of lost, damaged or incorrect sights with the correct
sights will qualify the firearm for use. Firearms may be tuned to
Only Firearms approved by the Grand Army of the Frontier may be used in
a GAF Postal Shoot. See approved list link below. A GAF member may
petition the marksmanship director to add a firearm to the list but
must provide verifiable documentation that said firearm was used by a
military force during the Victorian era.
Battle Rifle List
Modern variations or descendents of these Victorian era firearms, such
as the Mauser Model 98 rifle used during WWI and WWII, and the Smith
and Wesson Model 10 (Military and Police) shall not be used. There are
no limitations on MILSPEC calibers in MILSPEC weapons; however, NON
milspec calibers/handguns are limited to .36 caliber and above.
The standard course of fire will consist of shooting at a different
from each of the four different positions with either a rifle or
pistol. The positions that will be used are Standing (off-hand),
Kneeling, Sitting, and Prone.
Rifle shooters will use the reduced-size
M1885 Army Rifle A1 Target shot standing, the reduced-size M1885 Army Rifle B5 Target
shot sitting and another shot kneeling and the reduced-size
M1885 Army Rifle C Target shot from the prone position, all at a
range of 13 1/2 yards (40' 6"). This will allow a 100 yard sight
setting to be utilized on most rifles.
Handgun shooters will use a different copy of the reduced-size M1885 Army Rifle A1 Target
shot at a range of 8 yards from each of the 4 positions (standing,
kneeling, sitting and prone. Pistols should be shot one handed.
Exceptions for health or safety reasons may be made at discretion of
match director, but cycling the handgun with the offhand is not allowed.
Each of the four targets will be shot with five (5) rounds for a total
of 20 rounds per firearm. If a round cuts the line of a scoring ring,
the higher value will be awarded. In a postal match, all ties will be
broken first by the X ring count, and then by total string distance
from the center (The distance of each hole from the center of the
target will be measured. The smallest distance will win.)
Targets should not be marked in any manner except to list the GAF ID
and name or alias of the shooter, the date the target was shot, the
firing position and the firearm used. Targets will be forwarded to
either the Postal Match Director or the GAF Director of Marksmanship as
appropriate for scoring. If the shooter desires the return of the
targets, they should include a SASE for that purpose. Decisions by the
judges are final.
The following items are allowed for use when shooting the GAF Standard
Course of Fire: Sling, gloves, sight darkening substance, spotter or
coach, spotting scope or binoculars, and ground cloth. Eye and ear
protection are highly encouraged.
When competing in any GAF sponsored match, any shooter who scores 85%
or higher of the highest possible score will be authorized to wear the
GAF Marksmanship Award.
Postal Matches will require a registration fee of $5 to compete in any
single division. Each shooter may participate in all divisions and with
multiple weapons in each; however, the shooter must register each
weapon used. For example, the use of 3 different weapons would require
three registrations and a payment of $15. (this registration fee may be
waived at the Match director's discretion)
GAF Postal Matches will be conducted during the months of March to May,
and September to November annually. Registrations must be made during
the first two months (March through April and September through
October) of each semiannual match. Results of the postal match will be
announced in The
Barracks on CASCITY.COM .