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Machine Gun matches

Post by Garrett » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:49 am

Someone was asking over on about rifle-caliber machine gun matches. While there are a number of subgun matches being held around the country, there are very few matches that cater to rifle-caliber MGs.

While I don't own a rifle-caliber MG, I still find it an interesting discussion. I made a couple of comments there, but I thought it might be of interest to people here.

I still like the idea of setting up a belt-fed bonus array at the Creek subgun match some time. We'd need a few self-resetting steel targets that can handle rifle rounds. That, and someone that wouldn't mind bringing along a belt-fed (have an SOT bring a posty, maybe).

But it could be a fun setup.

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Re: Machine Gun matches

Post by klyph12 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:19 am

Mickey Thompson does a monthly belt fed match in AZ at Rio Salados

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Re: Machine Gun matches

Post by Paul Winters » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:35 am

Many years ago, before the subgun match expanded from Friday only to both Friday and Saturday, there was a match for belt fed and rifle caliber full auto rifles. At first, the challenge was to cut a 4x4 post in half, but due to knots and different wood consistency, this was changed to helium balloons held by string attached to a 2x4. It seems it was two groups of 3 or 4 balloons. The balloons would actually duck or move when a bullet came close. This was also a little inconsistent depending on the balloon action in the wind. A shooter who got a brief moment when the balloons were not moving in the wind had a much better chance than one trying when the wind had them dancing around. I played a couple of times, but it seemed more chance. I was a loader on Joe's 1919 and we went though a belt without hitting them all. T & E was useless and needed to be disengaged to have free movement. Also played with a 16, but it was a challenge in the wind at about 75-100 yards.

Just a little Creek history.

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