FCL Action Shooting Rules – Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. on the Pistol Range

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FCL Action Shooting Rules

Fitchville Action Shooting Match Procedure

  • Setup begins at approximately 0730, volunteers are encouraged to assist.

  • Sign up begins at approximately 0830:

    • Action Handgun Match Fee: $5/run

    • Shooters under 18yrs of age: FREE

    • All Non-Members and members -must sign a Release of Liability Waiver (one per year)

  • Events start at 0900:

    • Please be on time, if not early, in order to hear complete instructions for the days courses of fire and prevent delays for other shooters.

    • Every shooter will run the course of fire once per match fee.

  • CCW holders, please unload your carry gun at your vehicle before proceeding to sign-in. Exercise caution when readying all equipment before the event begins.  Be sure to follow the Rules and Regulations listed in regards to handling and storing firearms as well as practical common sense.

Fitchville Action Shooting Required Equipment

  • Action Handgun

    • A semi-automatic pistol or revolver in safe operating condition.

    • A safe, strong side holster of good quality construction.

    • At least 3 magazines or speed loaders. (more recommended)

    • At least 50 rounds of appropriate, safe ammunition. (more recommended)

    • A safe ammunition carrier of good quality construction.

Range Safety Officers will determine the appropriateness and safety of all equipment

General Rules and Regulations

  • Follow the fundamental firearm safety rules at all times:

    • ALWAYS keep a firearm pointed in a safe direction; either downrange or towards ground.

    • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

    • ALWAYS keep a firearm unloaded until told to load by the Range Safety Officer (RSO)

  • Proper eye and ear protection MUST be worn at all times.

  • DO NOT handle any firearm while behind the line without approval from a RSO.  NEVER handle any firearm while someone is forward of the firing line.

  • No loaders may be in any firearm (speed loaders or magazines) until you are told to load by a RSO.

  • Do not anticipate a RSO’s command; wait and listen for all commands.

  • Adhere to an appropriate personal conduct (be courteous, limit profanity, etc.)

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please bring them to the attention of the nearest RSO.

Action Handgun Rules and Regulations

  • All pistols MUST be either holstered with the action open, or benched with the muzzle pointed downrange and the action open.

  • All revolvers MUST be either holstered with a closed, empty cylinder, or benched with the muzzle pointed downrange and an open, empty cylinder.

  • No loaders may be in any handgun (speed loaders or magazines) until you are told to load by a RSO.

  • During any course of fire, ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction; muzzle below horizon, obey 180° rule.

  • Do not execute any course of fire in an unsafe or dangerous manner. If you have a malfunction or misfire, fix it or ask for assistance from a RSO.

  • Always show an empty, clear firearm at the end of your run.

Action Handgun Classifications

  • Men’s Pistol

  • Men’s Revolver

  • Women’s Pistol

  • Women’s Revolver

  • Youth Pistol

  • Youth Revolver

  • Rimfire Pistol

  • Rimfire Revolver

Fitchville Action Shooting Scoring Procedure

 Run time is recorded with an electronic shot timer.

  • AS targetTime ends at last shot fired

  • Hits are scored as outlined below:

  • A Zone hit: 0 pts;

  • B Zone hit: 1 pts;

  • C Zone hit: 2 pts;

  • D Zone hit: 3 pts

  • Misses:    10 pts

  • Penalties:  5 pts

  • Total points dropped are added together and multiplied by a time factor of 0.5s/pt

  • Run Time + (Point Dropped*0.5) = Overall Time


 Hints and Tips

  • Come prepared to the match, this will prevent undue stress and allow you to focus on the day’s events and not waste time rushing to find equipment.

  • Weather conditions can be unpredictable. Bring appropriate gear for all conditions including rain coat, hat, warm clothing (for cool days), etc.

  • Wear suitable clothing. Range conditions may vary; long pants and boots/hiking shoes are a good choice.

  • Run each course of fire at your own pace, pushing yourself only enough to stay safe. As a great instructor once said,  “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast”

  • Each course of fire combines accuracy, strategy and speed. Combing these factors will result in an overall time you will be pleased with and enjoyable run.

Most importantly, relax, have fun and stay safe!!!

Range Commands

 Cease fire – Anyone may call a cease fire upon witnessing any unsafe condition. Upon hearing this command, immediately stop all action, remove your finger from the trigger and keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.  Await further instructions from a Range Safety Officer.

 Before Course of Fire

  • Shooter Up – Report to the start position with your equipment ready.

  •  Shooter On Deck – Ready all equipment and prepare to begin you course of fire, DO NOT handle any firearms until told so by a Range Officer.

  • Shooter In the Hole – Begin to ready your equipment and prepare to begin you course of fire, DO NOT handle any firearms until told so by a Range Officer.

  • Make ready – Ready yourself for the course of fire as outlined during the pre-match course instructions.

  • Standby – Prepare to begin the course of fire on the buzzer. Do not anticipate the buzzer, but wait for the audible “beep”

 During Course of Fire

  • Trigger, Trigger, Trigger – Check the position of your trigger finger. Do not have your trigger finger inside the trigger guard while moving or off target.

  • Muzzle, Muzzle, Muzzle – Check the direction your muzzle is pointed. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction; muzzle below horizon, 180° rule.

  • Cover – Utilize the proper use of provided cover or concealment, reducing exposure to the threat targets.

End of Course of Fire

  • Unload, Show Clear – Unload your firearms, remove all loaders and ammunition, present a open chamber to be verified by the RSO

  • Range is Safe – The course of fire has ended, all firearms cleared and the range determined safe. Volunteers can now move forward to score and tape targets.


“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

A quote by Jeff Cooper, “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”

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