Wow, what a year 2020 was! In 2020 we hosted 2 successful national level matches for the PRS and NRL. It was our second year hosting a national level match and we had a great time, even with the additional stresses of 2020. In 2021, we have decided to move away from the national level matches. We (Chas and Dawn) have talked about it a lot, and are making the change for a number of reasons and instead, we have decided to start our own small, match series (because that makes us less crazy... right?).
The Devil’s Brigade Rifle Series is a grassroots, local based, mid to long range rifle competition series. The goal of this rifle series is to bring in new shooters to the sport while keeping the experienced competitors shooting without breaking the bank and keeping the competition interesting by competing against their peer shooters within their division. With the intent of having matches within an easy drive and in beautiful landscapes the Devil’s Brigade Rifle Series will easily be the prettiest rifle series in North America.
Northern Montana is a beautifully rugged area that hides many great marksmen, but you would not know it. Most of these guys never attend any Precision Rifle Series or National Rifle League matches. Just a few reasons for this are:
· Location- Everything is far away from the end of the earth.
· Time- Being able to take 4-5 days off work to travel to a match is not feasible.
· Experience- Since most of these shooters have never been to a match it’s extremely hard for them to take that chance and go to a 2-day match to get their butt kicked by “professionals”.
· Money- All the above boils down to money. The travel cost, time away from work, food, hotels, and paying $250-350 in entry fees just to get beat on.
The Devil’s Brigade Rifle Series (DBRS) will be a series of 1 day matches with the intent of keeping costs low and the fun and skill building high. Culminating in a 2-day finale that will be open to outside series shooters, who won’t be eligible for series trophies, but are welcome to participate and can join in the raffle prize table and will be eligible for the match trophy. The proceeds from the raffle will go to our friends at the Green Beret Foundation.
DBRS will have divisions that will break down the skill level of the competitors. The divisions will be based on the percentage that they shoot of the top shooter’s score. Shooters can gain “rank” by shooting 3 matches in a row at the higher level. Once the shooter is in a rank, they cannot go down a rank.
Divisions are as follows:
· Marksman- (0 - 55%)
· Expert- (55.01 - 80%)
· Master- (80.01 – 100%)
· Ladies and Juniors (14 and under) will be ranked according to their abilities. They will be kept track of separately for a finale trophy for each category, but during regular season matches no distinction will be given.
When competitors are at their first match, that is where they will gain their division. They will be automatically placed into the Master Division at their first match to prevent any sand baggers and then disseminated afterwards to their skill level.
Match style and content will be up to the individual match directors as long as MDs follow firearm safety rules, the 180 degree firing line, and common sense. Each match should follow the “dead target” rule of once it is hit the shooter moves on. We are not trying to burn barrels and components of the individuals, but to build skills and enjoy ourselves. Competitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
These matches would have no prize table, except for the 2 day finale. Cash payout to the top 3 of each division would be optimal, but that is the MD’s discretion.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: (links will be added as soon as possible)
March 6, 2021 - Heart 2 Ranch (Ronan, MT)
April 3, 2021 - Cut Bank, MT (Cut Bank Creek)
April 24, 2021 - Glasgow, MT
May 1 or 8, 2021 - Kevin, MT
May 22, 2021 - Devil's Playground Match (Poplar, MT)
May 29, 2021 - Jordan, MT
June 19, 2021 - Havre, MT (South - Baldy Mountain)
July 3, 2021 - Valier, MT (Two Medicine Canyon)
July 10, 2021 - Shelby, MT (East - south of Dunkirk)
July 24, 2021 - Cut Bank, MT (Cut Bank Creek)
September 11, 2021 - North Dakota
September 18, 2021 - SEASON FINALE - TBD (maybe Dupuyer, MT)
We are still working on a couple more matches/dates. Stay tuned to the website for current info.
You can participate in the DBRS as a member, for a small fee of $40 (there are also family discounts when signing up multiple people within a family). By signing up for a membership, you will qualify for the Series Trophies at the finale, and you will get some sort of series swag (probably a tumbler, water bottle or hat). The fees also help pay for the cost of the administrative side, and will be used to help pay for the two day finale to keep the entry fee low.
We can't wait to see all the new and returning shooters! The first match in Ronan is just about a month away, so watch for the link to sign up on our website. We will post it as soon as we get it. Email us or call us with any questions!