Practical Pistol

INTRODUCTION:

Our main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship.  We provide shooters with practical and realistic courses of fire (COF) that simulate potentially life-threatening encounters, or that test skills required to survive life-threatening encounters.  We offer a practical shooting sport that allows competitors to concentrate on developing skills and fellowship with like-minded shooters.

SHOOTER RESPONSIBILITIES:

     A.  Always follow the 4 Universal Laws of Gun Safety.
          1.  All guns are loaded until proven otherwise.
          2.  Don’t point the muzzle at anything you wouldn’t want to put a hole into should the weapon fire.
          3.  Keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to destroy what the weapon is pointed at.
          4.  Be sure of your target or threat, backstop and beyond.
     B.  Exhibit safe gun handling at all times.
     C.  Assist as needed, with target repairs and picking up brass.
     D.  Be ready to shoot when called to the line.
     E.  Be courteous and respectful to Match Officials and other shooters.
     F.  Have fun, socialize, learn and improve your gun handling and shooting skills.

CLASSIFICATIONS:  

Distinguished Master
 Master
 Expert
 Sharpshooter
 Marksman 

 Novice
DIVISIONS:   

 1.  Men                

 2.  Women
 3.  Junior (12-18)     
 4.  Senior (60-64)
 5.  Super Senior (65 and Older)

 HANDGUN DIVISIONS:

  1.  Service Pistol
  2.  Service Revolver
  3.  Back Up Gun   
  4.  Unlimited Pistol or Revolver

  EQUIPMENT RULES:  

Allowed equipment will meet the following criteria for use in Service Pistol or Revolver Divisions.  Any deviation will place the shooter into the Unlimited Division.
    A.  Practical for self-defense use.

    B.  Concealable – All equipment will be so placed that, when wearing an open concealment garment with your arms extended to your sides and parallel to the ground, it cannot be seen from the front, rear or sides.
    C.  Must be suitable for and worn in a manner that is appropriate for all-day continuous wear.
    D.  Police or Military Officers may use their duty rig, but all retention features must be used and all belt equipment must be present.

  UNLIMITED DIVISION EQUIPMENT:
     A.  Compensators of any type including hybrid or ported barrels
     B.  Add-on weights for a competitive advantage
     C.  Heavy and/or cone style barrels without a barrel bushing
     D.  Sights of non-standard configuration (i.e., ghost rings, Bo-Mar Rib, etc.)
     E.  Lasers or Electronic Aiming Devices mounted on guns


   MATCH FORMAT:

A match will normally consist of four (4) stages.  Each stage will require 12 to 20 rounds.  One stage do-over, in the case of equipment or mental malfunction, or shooter’s choice, will be allowed per match.  The shooter must declare his intention to reshoot the stage before the next shooter is called to the line.  The last shooter of the string must declare his intention to reshoot before departing the stage.  The best score of the two will be used for match scoring purposes.

To qualify for year-end awards recognition, a shooter must attend and post a completed score in a minimum of five (5) of the eight (8) scheduled matches prior to the PM match of 09/19/2015.


RANGE SAFETY OVERVIEW
Range Commands:
Downrange is not safe
Load and make ready/holster
Range is hot
Is the shooter ready?
< >
Start Signal (Verbal command "fire", whistle ,or shot timer, etc.,)
Make clear & safe, show same to the Range Officer
Point muzzle downrange, release the slide, press the trigger
Holster a safe weapon
Range is now safe

Terms to be Aware of (Unsafe Actions):
< > – finger in the trigger guard:  Corrective Action - index trigger finger

< > – muzzle not in as safe direction:  Corrective Action - point muzzle down range

< > -  “Cease Fire” – shooter has done something unsafe or range has become unsafe:  Corrective Action - immediately stop the course-of-fire
Finger in the trigger guard while not on target
Failure to use cover as directed
Not reloading as required
Not shooting while moving as required
Not drawing from concealment as required
Failure to use holster retention device as intended
Round/s fired over the backstop
Not following C-O-F rules as specified


Disqualification:

If at anytime during a course of fire the shooter breaks the "180 rule", (Meaning: when the shooter allows the muzzle of his weapon break the fault line, or allowing the weapon in hand to swing back towards the fault line), immediate disqualification will follow. The RO will ask will you to STOP, unload the weapon make it safe, and holster it.
Endangering another person
Handling a loaded firearm except while on the firing line
Dangerous or repeated “finger in the trigger guard” violations
Accidental discharge closer than 2 yards to the firing line
Gross Unsportsmanlike Conduct, as determined by the Range Master.

Registration for matches are between 8:00 & 9:00 am the morning of the match. Registration fees are $10.00 for each weapon. A shooter may compete with a second gun if he chooses. Round count for each match is typically between 60 - 75. If a shooter chooses to re-shoot a stage more rounds will be needed. A shooter needs to bring a holster, belt, and holsters for spare magazines or speed loaders. It is recommended that each shooter has at least 3 magazines or speed loaders. Also, each shooter is require to wear a concealment garment. Either a jacket, vest, or long shirt as well as ear and eye protection. For more information contact Bruce Densbergeratnmsagunclub.pistol@gmail.com