A Postal Match is a match in which the competitors fire on their home ranges using targets which have been marked for identification. The fired targets are then returned to the Postal Match Sponsor for scoring and awards.
Postal Matches help fill the need for specialized matches among groups that are unable to support their own separate competitions or for individuals who wish to compete but are not able to travel the distances required for certain venues.
SDSSA members have several postal venues to chose from, the Brookings Postal League, The Dakota Postal League, the North Dakota offering and several NRA postal venues. Information about these venues can be found below complete with contact information.
Contact Leland Nordquist - 605-693-3903
The Brookings Indoor Silhouette Postal League starts each year in December, with the final targets being due sometime in March. You shoot at your home range or a range that is convenient to you. When you sign up, you are sent certified targets that are stamped with your name and the class you have chosen to shoot in. When your targets are shot, you mail them in to the Match Coordinator for scoring and posting. There is a class for many different types of long guns and pistols, so it is easy for a new shooter to fit into a category using the firearm that you currently own.
The league keeps dozens of shooters from around the state busy punching holes in 4 sets of paper silhouette targets during the winter months. Some of the shooters shoot in as many as 5 of the 8 different categories and that boils down to 800 shots, not counting practice shots. That's dedication!
The 2 most popular categories the last couple years are the Open Sights Hunting Rifle and Peep Sights Hunting Rifle. That shows that a lot of the older hunting rifles that we couldn't part with, but didn't use a lot, are being put to good use. Pistol shooters are also welcome in this league and have a good following of shooters as well.
For those of you who haven't shot the Silhouette Postal League, it follows NRA guidelines and classifications but is not an NRA event. The only requirement is that you be a member of the South Dakota Shooting Sports Association.
We have been shooting the Silhouette Postal League since 1987. We can all be thankful to have this venue and hope that it is an opportunity for generations to come. We look forward to having you join us. Keep on shooting!
Dakota League pistol competition is based upon NRA style bull's-eye pistol shooting, that is, one handed. The course of fire is the same as a NRA bull's-eye match: slow fire, which allows 10 minutes for 10 shots; timed fired (larger scoring rings), which consists of two strings of fire, 5 rounds per string, 20 seconds per string; and, rapid fire, which consists of two strings of fire, 5 rounds per string, 10 seconds per string. Ideally, these should all be shot on a turning target system, the same as at a match.
Iron sights or optics are a matter of personal choice; the NRA does not differentiate. Competition is limited to rim fire .22 pistols or revolvers.
Over the course of the league, there are 8 sets of targets to be shot, typically 2 sets per month. Each set is one slow fire, one timed fire, and one rapid fire, for 30 shots, and 300 points possible.
Dakota League is a team competition, but individuals can shoot as well, for high individual score honors, as do the team shooters. A maximum of 8 shooters can be on a team, and for a club to field a team, the club must be affiliated with the SDSSA.
Team sign up typically takes place in early Dec. each year, with the first two sets of targets due in early Jan.
Information on all the following events can be found in detail at the NRA website:
NRA Center Fire Pistol-Conducted annually, January through December. This competition is open to any individual who enters and fires the required course of fire between January and December. Individuals may enter this postal only once per calendar year. The postal winner will receive an award and special categories and classification awards will be based on Participation.
NRA Conventional Pistol-Conducted annually, January through December. This competition is open to any individual who enters and fires the required course of fire between January and December. Individuals may enter this postal only once per calender year. The postal winner will receive an award and special categories and classification awards will be based on participation.
Conventional and Center Fire Pistol Aggregate - The combined scores from both the Center Fire and Conventional Pistol postals will determine an aggregate pistol winner who will receive an award plaque.
NRA Open Air Pistol-Conducted annually, September through May 5th. Open to all air pistol shooters. This is an individual event. Courses of fire are 60 shots for men or 40 shots for women, 40 or 60 shots for junior men and junior women.
NRA Conventional 3 and 4-Position Smallbore Rifle-Conducted annually, November through March. Open to all smallbore rifle shooters. Competition is for 3-Position and 4-Position Smallbore Rifle. The team match is an unfired match generated by the fired scores of four participating individuals. This match is open to Adult as well as Junior competitors.
NRA National Women on Target® Postal Matches-Conducted annually, January 1 through December 27. This match is open to all Females, but only once per calendar year. Membership in the NRA is not required but is encouraged. There are no age minimums or maximums.