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The 1 MOA-All-Day Challenge

The very first marksman challenge was about maintaining a 4 MOA standard across four positions. I specifically chose that one because there’s a lot of people crawling around internet forums claiming that it’s an easy feat to accomplish. 

As of today, nobody has posted a successful 4 MOA Challenge. It’s simply not as easy as the internet would have us believe.

I want to come back to the original rifle fundamentals challenge and add a variation.

Let’s get to it.

The 1 MOA-All-Day Challenge

I’ll get right to the point. The 1 MOA challenge is about maintaining a 1 MOA standard of precision for as many shots as you can. 

You may fire all shots from any position. 

However, there’s a catch. I know very well that once you dial in a natural point of aim, it’s easy enough to shift it and drill each target. The exercise here is to really get practice developing that natural point of aim.

So to increase the challenge, you must stand up between each shot. A sequence might look something like this:

  1. The rifle is on the ground (loaded or unloaded, your choice), you are standing behind it
  2. Get into a shooting position with the rifle and achieve natural point of aim on target
  3. Fire a single shot at the desired target
  4. Place the rifle on safe and stand back up, leaving the rifle on the ground
  5. Repeat for all shots


Obviously, you will need to use a rifle and ammunition capable of delivering consistent 1 MOA of precision. I realize that’s already a tough ask.

This challenge has a 10-minute time limit, to reach any of the three score levels.

The target is the same one we used for the 4 MOA challenge. Print it on standard 8.5×11 paper and you have the option to place the target at 25 yards or 100 yards.

You must specify the range (bottom right corner).

If shooting at 25 yards, then you must break the center dot of each circle. 

If shooting at 100 yards, then breaking anywhere inside the outer black border of each circle is acceptable.

The target for this challenge, click to download
  • Level 1: 10 hits within the required precision standard
  • Level 2: 15 hits within the standard
  • Level 3: Clean target with all 20 hits within the standard

Remember, you must reset your position between each shot by standing up and leaving the rifle on the ground. A rest such as a pack, bipod, or sandbag is acceptable.

highly suggest you start this one out slow without worrying about time and then practice getting into position and achieving a natural point of aim.

Good Luck!

Good luck with the challenge, I look forward to seeing your results!

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Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's a former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.

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Doc Josh
Doc Josh

What is the dial below the scope on the thumbnail for the article? Is that an inclinometer?

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Doc Josh
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Neat piece of gear…I’d probably never get to use it here on the plains.

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