SCORE, RIFLE MATCH— How is the score counted at a rifle match?
The targets used in the U. S. Army, National Guard, National Rifle Association, and all affiliated rifle clubs, consists of a bullseye, the size depending on the distance shot, and a shot in the bullseye counts 5. Outside of the bullseye is a ring and a shot inside of this ring, but not in the bullseye, counts 4. Outside of this ring is another and a hit between these two rings counts 3. All hits on the target outside of the ring counts 2 each. For 200 and 300 yards the bullseye is eight inches in diameter, the first ring or “four ring” 26 inches, and the outside ring 46 inches; the entire target measures 4x6 feet. For longer distances, up to 600 yards, the target is 6 feet square, and the bullseye and rings are correspondingly larger. The count is the same. The expression “75 out of a possible 100” means that if all the shots could be kept inside the bullseye the score would be 100, which would be the highest possible, but the shooter plated some of them on other parts of the target and as a consequence his score is 75, hence “75 out of a possible 100.” Smaller targets with a larger number of rings are used for gallery shooting, and the different branches of shooting require score is counted in the same way, the value of the shot depending on its nearness to the bullseye.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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