PRS Introduces 2017 Gas Gun Series!

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Precision Rifle Series has recently announced the 2017 Gas Gun Series. In the world of precision shooting, “gas gun” is used to differentiate from “bolt gun”. But to the rest of us, this simply means any semiautomatic rifle with a high power scope mounted. The Series will have 3 Divisions that shooters can compete under, a Tac Light, Tac Heavy, and an Open Division. The Tac Light is for 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Rem rifles, Tac Heavy is for 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Win rifles, and Open is for any rifle up to .30 Caliber, with a muzzle velocity of under 3,200 fps. The official rule book for the 2017 Gas Gun season can be found here. Handguns will be apart of the competition, although competitors really have to only be competent with them, and not ace the handgun matches, to make a difference in the overall scoring.

The opener match for the Series will be at CORE Shooting Solutions in Baker, Florida on Feb 17-19 2017. Registration is $250, and you can begin here.

These are layouts of the Skill Stages posted, essentially they are qualifiers that allow shooters to see how they did compared with other competitors throughout the PRS series from all over the country.

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We first reported on PRS competitions on TFB early this year. The competition series is slowly gaining traction and attention each year. Essentially the concept is applying USPSA to long range precision rifle shooting, using mostly steel targets. Before PRS, if you wanted to compete long range, you were limited to traditional F Class NRA and CMP matches. Although these are incredibly challenging, they typically have very little practical value when it comes to Military/LE/Hunting applications with long guns. PRS is the niche that is looking to fill that.



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • I would’ve rather see some short range rifle stages rather than pistol stages.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Would it still qualify as “precision” with short range stages? Or would the targets be very small, just kinda close?

      • You can make it more precise than those huge B/C zone steel targets.

        I would use IPSC Turtle Targets, as they are less forgiving on horizontal alignment, between 0-25 yards. Make it say, less than 25% of the match shots just like the 2 MOA or less are greater than 25% of the match shots. But I would use it as a switching gears test, have a turtle target at 25 yards (a fairly easy shot) and then right next to it a 300-500 yard steel target.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          You sold me. I like the idea of switching gears on people. Maybe even a few distance shots, some up close pistol hosing and then back to long range precision again.

  • TDog

    “Gas gun”… because calling it another AR would be too obvious.

    • glenn cheney

      Not usual for me to have much to contribute around here, not without csusing a dust-up, But, Sam at SGAMMO is dealing us 25 bucks off his more popular 500 round cases.
      I’m in 50 bucks higher on 1,000 than current 6.5 AR 15 platform, Creedmoor not on sale.
      Creedmoor sees you coming.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    This just might get me interested in PRS. I’m thinking a 6.5 creedmore AR could be in order.

    • glenn cheney

      Excellent choice, check out 7mm-08 as well. If you’re going to be calling long distance, it’s the barrel.
      Best I’m aware polygonal rifling…swim with the polywogs.
      I’m sitting on a few 6.5 LBC .264 Parallel throats, not compound.
      Have a couple .308’s for hogs yet to be unwrapped.
      Black Rain Ord. I think is the polygonal.
      Superior hands down, match for match, same configurations, polywog vs. your choice.
      Love to see a utube comparison of a polywog vs. top end 24″ class bbl., 1,000/1,200 yd. Grendel shoot off. Interesting.
      I’m using 4.5×18 scopes with upgraded light transmission spec’s, budget, four being cerekoted so I’ll recognize my platforms. I own zero dot anything, don’t run, don’t gun 3 times nor 5.

      Metro areas around farm land, can’t have piggies running thru back yards leaving red contrails. Not everyone has a higher than 5.56 tool, the 7.62×39’s are still only 200 yard tools and our subjects f interest like to stay out about 300-400 yards unless enticed closer. They just keep their distance, night time, diff. story, so a 600 yard harvestor’ is just what the Doc. ordered.
      News at 11., Creedmore will serve you well.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        How are the 7mm-08s doing in AR10 platforms? Is there as good of a selection of factory ammo as the 6.5?

        • glenn cheney

          Bout the same I’d say. Uncle Vladimir and WPA team up to cheap you up on 6.5 Grendel at 140.00, 25 bucks off 500 round case at SGAmmo. 100gr. FMG, Hornady SST’S for serious huntin’….a buck a poke, n.p. there.
          Match Creedmoor will fetch 40 bucks plus in Nostlers, 140 gr. For a box of 20, so, Creedmoor currently at premium to more available 7mm-08, .243, or other more venerable calibers.
          I recall one snipit commenting 7mm-08 doesn’t feed at optimum due to cartridge shape, but that was pointed to what feeds best and who needs 30 rounds for hunting, don’t answer that.

          Ammo isn’t gonna be cheap unless you have an edge.
          If you need magnum power, Creedmore is your call.
          Money will not be an issue, if ya’ want to hear her “bark.”

          • glenn cheney

            I know a buddy, he trains in Colorado, Florida based, knows all about CORE.
            He run s with last year’s SWAT Natl Champs.
            I just gave him a 16″ AR 10 .308 bbl., that’s how he deals direct for ammo for cheap, availability and choices of BOOLETS.
            He handloads, Bergers, 160 sumpthin grains, 800 yd. club, now going for 1,000.
            Man, I must be getting old.
            I augmented Bullwinkle’s “boolets.”
            Tastes like “more.”
            I’d say, if we were, say, up against a fence in Bulgaria right now. I’d want 6.5 Grendel and 30 round mag.
            So would Bulgarians.
            What platforms yh

          • glenn cheney

            MY ANDROID GOT HIT TODAY, SHTF in far away places…just spent hour on phones with tech., I’m routed to service center, the above post was by phone, and discombobulated…now on laptop.
            Third time this year for me.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I think at this point with what is on the market creedmore does seem to be the way to go. Most of the Hornady stuff is supposed to be sub MOA so that should suit most of my needs.

          • glenn cheney

            Hornady’s SST, Imo, is under priced vs. comparable loads. Hunting ammo is not the most popular “stuff” to find these days.
            I have no use for FMJ’s, frangibles, penetrators, tracers or exploding targets.
            I own no prepper stuff, call a bug out bag a range bag out of ignorance. I old school, and if I were to go “deer hunting” my first choice would still be my Model 700 BDL .270 Remington with that 3×9 Illuminator scope, Denver, U.S.A. made.
            Yes, I will use the Grendels for accuracy, but more so for secondary and tertiary rapid target acquisition with some semblance to bullet placement needs.
            That bolt gun needed one cartridge. DRT. Pigs? Have wings.

        • glenn cheney

          Better, 7mm-08 been around for long time, necked down .308 wIN. if I recall.

          • glenn cheney

            AR-10 6.5 Creedmore, 140 gr. class. AR-15 platform, 6.5 Grendel. 120’s gr. range, top shelf combo, 123 gr. Senar, Lapua brass, seasoned to “taste.”
            Key is Lapua brass, must have some capacity edge, you’d think brass is brass, but….it is what it is. I just read the spec’s, remind myself I promised not to get into re-loading.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    I’m not sure if I like adding pistol to the PRS. There is so much action pistol competition already. If they add shotgun stages I’m done.

  • Combat3

    So I’m guessing the M1 Garland would quailify for this event ?

    • glenn cheney

      Garand can qualify for any, if you can handle that peep sight, at 500 yds., you have about two to three feet on either side of a UUUGGEE target.
      M1 Garand would need some optic enhancement, bwdik?