Rules - 2014

Rules - 2014

SHOOTERS CUP 2014 RULES – SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION CHAPTER 78

Raahauges is a COLD RANGE. All weapons must be unloaded, including law enforcement officers.
The primary control area for weapons unloading and inspection is at berm 1, area “C.” Please make finding this area and unloading your first priority upon arrival.

  • Firearms:
    • Duty Pistols (Military or Law Enforcement)
    • Factory production pistols
    • Semi-Automatic or Revolver
    • Caliber:
      • Semi-automatic: 9mm, .40 cal, .45 Cal ACP
      • Revolver: .38 cal special, .357cal magnum (using .38 special ammunition), or .45 ACP.
    • Each competitor will use the same pistol to complete all stages of the match.
  • Sights: factory iron sights (night sights are permitted). No optics or lasers are allowed.
  • Holster, belts, ammo pouches may be military, law enforcement or civilian which securely holds the weapon during normal activities including running or jumping and completely covers the trigger guard.
  • Magazines for semi-automatics-military or law enforcement issue or factory issue. No extended high capacity magazines that exceed factory capacity or protrude beyond the butt of the holstered weapon. No artificially weighted magazines.
  • Trigger pull must be a minimum of 3 ½ pounds.
  • No “ported” or “compensated” barrels.
  • No artificially weighted weapons.

    It is our intent to allow any practical real world pistol and supporting gear, configured in the way a professional actually carries it when working, without allowing “Gamers” to garner an advantage through the use of “race guns” and impractical, heavy, or insufficiently secure and protective gear. We would appreciate a reasonable compliance with this intent which will prevent the necessity of composing volumes of rules or the adoption of extensive existing rules from other established disciplines. If it doesn’t make sense for the field, please don’t use it here.
  • Classification of “Shooters.”
    • Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard Military, and Military Fraternal Organizations and ROTC Cadets currently enrolled in a university program will all be in the same class, called “Competitive Actions Shooters.” All law enforcement officers, military personnel and those representing military fraternal organizations may be asked to present their credentials for inspection and verification.
    • Teams: a team will be comprised of five individual competitors from one organization. One member will be designated the team ‘captain.’ No alternates and no trading members after registration of the team on “match day.” Team members present at registration will comprise the team throughout the entire event.
  • Ammunition: Factory full metal jacket ball ammunition only. Standard velocity. No reloaded ammunition.
  • Rules:
    • Unsafe handling of the weapon will result in immediate disqualification in the match. Not limited to the examples below:
      • Endangering any person.
      • Dropping a loaded weapon.
      • Repeated “finger in the trigger guard” violation following one warning.
      • A premature shot in the holster.
      • Accidental discharge within three (3) feet of the ‘shooter.’
      • Shot over the ‘Berm.’
      • Unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Scoring:
    • This is a “Timed” event and the fastest time of an individual will be the overall winner. The fastest combined time of 5 shooters on a single team will designate the ‘winning team.’
    • Failure to engage a target is a ten (10) seconds penalty.
    • Missing any designated target is a ten (10) seconds penalty.
    • Hits on a non threat, “no shoot” or “out of order” target result in a twenty (20) second penalty, and no credited score for that target.
    • Cardboard and paper targets-for each concentric ring out from the high point x, a two (2) second penalty will be added.
    • Targets must be engaged in tactical priority or as directed by the ‘safety officer.’ Tactical priority failure will result in a twenty (20) second penalty per target so miss-engaged. (Warning;
    • In some cases involving falling targets, this would be combined with the target being unavailable for score in the “correct sequence”, resulting in an additional ten (10) second missed target penalty for a total penalty of thirty (30) seconds.)
    • Missing a clay pigeon target is a ten (10) second penalty.
    • Accidental discharge down range (beyond the three (3) foot disqualification distance) will result in a fifteen (15) second penalty.
  • Tie Scores: The senior range officer will stage a 10 round shoot off between tie scoring individuals or teams.
  • Judging: The senior range officer has the final determination of all occurrences’ and events and scoring on the range.
  • In disagreements with the range safety officer a competitor may file an arbitration complaint by posting $100.00 with the registrar, Terry Cagnolatti, on the day of the event. Arbitration officers are; the Senior Range Officer Joel Adams, Green Beret Cup Chair Steve Cowan, and President of Special Forces Association Chapter 78 Lonny Holmes. If the complaint is found in favor of the competitor the $100.00 will be returned, otherwise the money will go to the “Shooters Cup Fund.”
  • If a shooter is unable to complete an event because of pistol malfunction, loss of pistol operating parts or physicial disability, his time to be scored for the team aggragate will be 1 1/2 times the slowest overall shooter of that specific event. His individual time will be 1 1/2 times the slowest individual shooter for that event, thus placing him in last position for the event. Thus his team will remain in competition for the overall prize, but with an overall reduced score.
  • *New since 2012*
  • All competitors must wear gun belt, holster and ammo pouches during the entire event.
  • All competitors must remember their issued number and tell each event Range Safety Officer and scoring person in case of loss. RSO’s or scoring persons may then place the individuals number in a visible place with a marking device.