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RULES

1.1 Participants are subject to match disqualification for violation of any rule or regulation. The match will be run on a COLD RANGE.
1.2 COLD RANGE (definition): Participants firearms will remain unloaded (no ammo or magazine in gun) at the match site except under the direction of a match official.
1.3 Unloaded firearms may be handled and/or displayed only in areas dictated by RO’s or a Vehicle. Pre-loading a shotgun at your vehicle is ok. Pre-loading is defined as loading a magazine tube, having one on the lifter if desired, but nothing in the chamber and bolt must be forward. No magazines inserted on box fed shotguns.
1.4 Long guns (carry from vehicle or between stages)
1.4.1 Long guns should be cased or carried with the muzzle STRAIGHT up or STRAIGHT Down. Long guns should be carried with detachable magazines removed, bolt forward or back, your choice.
1.5 No participants or spectators shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site before or during shooting. Any participant found to be impaired and deemed unsafe as a result of legitimate prescription drugs may be directed to stop shooting and requested to leave the range.
1.6 Eye and Ear protection is mandatory for participants, spectators and range personnel while on or near a stage of fire.

2. Disqualifications (DQ’s)

2.1 The following will earn you a Match DQ and does not allow the shooter to continue with the match or eligible for prizes or refunds.
2.2 Match disqualification for negligent discharge, which is defined as a discharge of a rifle, carbine or shotgun while the butt stock is not touching your shoulder or a discharge of a pistol while not aimed at a target. Shooter must have a sight picture during all shots.

2.3 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for dropping a gun (loaded or unloaded) anytime between the Load and Make Ready command and the Range is Safe/Clear command from the Range Officer.

2.4 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for allowing the muzzle of his/her loaded firearm to break the safety plane of the designated shooting area or breaking the 180 degree plane unless the stage description says otherwise.
2.5 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for unsportsmanlike conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct is at the discretion of the Match Director.
2.6 A participant will be disqualified from the match for cheating, which includes but is not limited to Intentionally altering targets prior to them being scored to gain an advantage or to avoid a penalty.  Altering or falsifying score sheets or falsifying scores in a scoring tablet. Altering the configuration of firearms or equipment to gain advantage. Altering the course of fire. (i.e., moving props and or targets) This includes, but is not limited to, the repositioning or altering of targets, no-shoots, barriers, barrels, walls, tables, grounding containers, fault lines, painted markings, banners, trees, bushes or anything else deemed by match officials to create an unfair advantage.
2.7 Consuming or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site while shooting is taking place.
2.8 Shooting prohibited ammo
2.9 Failing to help reset and/or tape targets. (One warning will be issued by the RO on the stage.)
2.10 This is not an all-inclusive list of unsportsmanlike
conduct.
2.11 A participant shall be disqualified for unsafe gun handling. This includes, but is not limited to: handling a gun while people are down range, handling a gun on a stage without permission of the range officer, pointing a gun, loaded or unloaded at their self or another person.

3. Sportsmanship & Conduct
3.1 Participants and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous, sportsman-like manner at all times. Disputes will be handled promptly and fairly by the Range Master or Match Director. No yelling at staff or other competitors or arguing with RO’s is allowed.
3.2 Clothing with any offensive or obscene logos, sayings, pictures or drawings will not be worn or displayed while at the match site/range.

3.3 Reshoots may only be authorized by the Range Master or Match Director.

3.3.1 Reshoots will not be given if an item doesn’t perform and the competitor brought it or had it brought to the range.

3.3.2 If an item that belongs to the range doesn’t perform, a reshoot will be considered by the Range Master or Match Director.

3.3.3 If a target falls over or wasn’t reset and the shooter hasn’t fired at it yet, the shooter will fire a shot at where the target should have been. Reshoots will not be issued for this.

4. Ammunition
4.1 Shotgun ammunition will be 20 gauge or larger.
4.1.1 No steel shotgun ammunition allowed.

4.1.2 Nothing larger than #6 shot and max velocity of 1400 FPS. Must be made of lead or bismuth.
4.2 Rifle ammunition shall be .223 or larger
4.2.1 No Steel core ammo allowed (Note: Steel cased is ok, as long as the projectile isn’t steel core. If you are in doubt, see if the projectile (not case) sticks to a magnet. If it DOES NOT, you’re good. If it DOES, using a pair of wire cutters, cut the tip of the bullet off approx. 1/8” back. If you CAN’T cut it, it’s steel core and CAN NOT be used. If you CAN cut it, it’s lead and CAN use it. This rule applies to both steel and paper targets.
4.2.2 Rifle ammo may not exceed 3,000 feet per second from your gun. (This causes damage to targets).
4.3 Use of prohibited types of ammunition will result in a match disqualification.

4.4 Minimum Safe Distance

The minimum safe distance for shooting a target, steel/metal prop, wall, etc.. is:

Clays: 2 yards

Birdshot on Steel targets or props: 7 yards

Slug on Steel targets or props: 35 yards

Pistol on Steel targets or props: 8 yards

Rifle on Steel targets or props: 35 yards

Shooting a target or prop at less than the above-mentioned safe distance will result in a 60 second penalty plus the cost of the target/prop. The Range Master or Match Director sets the price of the targets/props. Money is due immediately.

5. Firearms
5.1 All firearms used by competitors shall be serviceable and safe.
5.2 If a competitor's firearm becomes unserviceable during competition, the shooter must contact the Range Master or Match Director to receive approval to change guns.

5.3 There is no changing guns or altering guns during the match without approval from the Range Master or Match Director.

6. Firearms Classifications and Divisions:
6.1.1 Open Division: Shotgun: Box fed, unlimited capacity, speed loading devices (sticks), electronic/holographic sights are allowed.
6.1.2 Open Division: Rifle: Bipods, Bags, Tripods or any other supporting device, more than (1) holographic or electronic sights are allowed.
6.1.3 Open Division: Pistol: Comps, Barrel Ports, Holographic sights, and up to 171.25 mm magazines are allowed.
6.1.4 Tactical Optics Division: Shotgun:No more than 9 in the gun at the start. After the stage starts, load as many as you like.
 Iron sights only. No Box fed magazines or speed loading devices. No barrel, ported chokes or comps.
6.1.5 Tactical Optics Division: Rifle: No bipods or any other supporting devices other than your magazine, body part or stage props provided by the range. (1) Holographic or electronic, magnified optic allowed. Back up or Offset Iron sights are allowed.
6.1.6 Tactical Optics Division: Pistol: No barrel ports or comps. Iron sights only. Up to 141.25 mm length magazines.

6.1.7 Limited Division: Shotgun: Can hold no more than 8 rounds in the tube.  (Changed 3/15- Plugs are allowed). No Box fed magazines or speed loading devices. No barrel ports or comps.
6.1.8 Limited Division: Rifle: No bipods or any other supporting devices other than your magazine, body part or stage props provided by the range. (1) Holographic or electronic, NON-magnified optic allowed. Back up or Offset Iron sights are allowed. Magazine can’t be capable of holding more than 32 rounds.
6.1.9 Limited Division: Pistol: No barrel ports or comps. Iron sights only. Up to 141.25 mm length magazines.

 

6.1.10 Heavy Division: Follows Tactical Optics rules on shotgun and pistol.

6.1.11 Heavy Division: Rifle: Follows Tactical Optics rules except the caliber. It will be 308 (7.62x51) only

6.1.12 Heavy Rifle requires 1 hit anywhere inside the outermost scoring perf. Pistol requires two hits.

6.2 Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC)

6.2.1 This division follows the OPEN division rules with the addition that you can substitute ONE gun per stage with your PCC. It is up to the shooter which gun they want to substitute. They are still required to engage every target and regular penalties with be used. There is no length on the magazine for the PCC only. All other Open Division magazine rules are applied.

6.2.2 The Match Director or Range Master has the right to prohibit PCC on any complete or portion of a stage for safety reasons. i.e. Can’t have pistol bullets going a certain direction.


6.3 Any violation of the above division rules will put you in the Open division unless it is determined you are trying to game the scores, and in which case you may receive a penalty or Disqualification of the MD or RM choosing.
6.5 No changing divisions during the match, unless done by RM or MD. It will be up to the RM or MD as to which division you will go to.

7. Scoring / Penalties
7.1 Scoring per stage will be time plus penalties/points. Stage points will be assigned when stages are announced. A maximum time allowed to shoot any stage will be set prior to the start of the match.
7.1.1 Any paper target designated as a “shoot” target requires
Rifle and Pistol: One (1) hit in the A or B area, or if using the new USPSA targets with no B, then it’s 1 hit in the A  or two hits inside the outermost scoring perforations on the target. 

7.1.2 Falling targets must fall to the ground to score or be penalized.
7.1.3 Static targets must be struck solid enough to cause an audible sound or visible impact by the R.O. Only R.O.’s will call hits.

 

7.1.4 Calibration: None. Make the targets fall

50 yards or less:
Failure to Neutralize Paper: Shooter only has one hit on paper but it’s not in the A or B area: 5 seconds
Unhit: Any target not hit, no matter if the shooter fired at it or not: 10 seconds
Each hit on a designated “No-Shoot” target: 5 seconds
Missed Flying Clay: 5 seconds
Failure to rotate Spinner: 60 seconds, or 30% of the PAR time for that stage, whichever is less.
50 yards or greater:
Failure to Neutralize Paper: Shooter only has one hit on paper but it’s not in the A or B area: 10 seconds
Unhit: Any target not hit, no matter if the shooter fired at it or not: 15 seconds.

7.1.4.1 It is the shooters responsibility to designate a squad mate to walk with the RO when scoring targets and clearing guns. For the sake of match efficiency, we wont wait on the shooter to verify a target.

7.1.4 Procedurals: Firing a shot outside of the designated shooting area: 5 seconds per shot fired. Plus, the shots fired won’t be scored. If a falling steel is knocked down while shots fired outside the shooting area, the shooter will receive a Unhit penalty because it was not engaged from the shooting area. If paper and the engagement was made up, the best two hits will not count.

7.1.5 A participant will earn a 60 second penalty for abandoning an unsafe gun.

 

7.1.6 Abandoning Guns- Once your hand comes off the gun, it is no longer in play.

 

7.1.7 A participant trying to gain a competitive advantage on Stars or similar targets by purposely shooting the center or arms will be assessed a 120 second penalty. This penalty is at the sole discretion of the Range Officer.

7.1.8 Shooting over, under or through walls is prohibited. Any shots that does will receive a 20 second penalty per shot plus no points for that target. Shooting a wall is a 20 second penalty per shot that hits it

 

8. Standings
8.1 First Place (lowest time) for each stage, in each division, will receive 100% of the points available for that stage. Second place and below will receive points on a percentage basis from the first place time multiplied by the number of stage points.
8.2 All divisions will be scored separately.
8.3 Total points accumulated for all stages will determine match placement by division.
8.4 Highest score in each division wins.

9. Coaching
9.1 Unpopular with most matches, but we highly encourage coaching from your shooting buddy, while you’re on the clock!! You won’t hear a word from the R.O., as their job is to maintain a safe and fair shooting environment. You’re responsible for assigning a shooting coach(s). They can call out your load sequence on shotgun, hand you ammo or magazines or whatever. They CAN NOT call your hits on targets. They CAN NOT hand you a gun.

10. Arbitration Rules & General Principles
10.1 Administration – Occasional disputes are inevitable in any competitive activity governed by rules. It is recognized that at the more significant levels of competition, emotions run high and the outcome is much more important to the individual competitor. Remaining calm and rational while arbitrating disputes will make this unpleasant job easier.
10.2 Access – Protests may be submitted for arbitration. Protests arising from a safety infraction will only be accepted to determine whether or not an infraction as described by the range official was in fact unsafe.
10.3 Appeals – Decisions are made initially by the Range Officer for the stage or area. If the complainant disagrees with a decision, the Range Master should be summoned and asked to rule. If a disagreement still exists, the Match Director must be summoned and asked to rule. His decision is final. Under no circumstance will any kind of hollering or unprofessional attitude be tolerated. If this happens, you will be escorted from the property and banned from coming back.

10.4 Video- Video can be looked at by the Range Master or Match Director. The RM or MD will watch the video and document points or penalties they see regardless if the RO documented them.

11.1 The Match Director has the right to change or alter rules as needed. Any topic not covered in this ruleset is completely up to the match director.