MATCH RULES @ Coleman's Creek Training Center
1. For the purposes of the 2021 Vortex Optics Team Sniper Challenge, the entire property of Coleman's Creek Training Center and its associated ranges, trails, encampments, roads, vehicles, structures, and dwellings will be considered a COLD RANGE. Firearms may only be loaded at the direction of a match official.
1.1 Firearms may be loaded ONLY under the direct supervision of an RO while in a designated shooting area. This includes inserting magazines (empty or otherwise).
1.1.1 Firearms will be unloaded under the direct supervision and visually inspected by an RO before a shooter leaves the designated shooting area
1.2 Unless otherwise directed by an RO, all firearms, regardless of operating system, will be kept in one of the following conditions:
1.2.1 Gas or recoil operated rifles: empty with action open and bolt locked to the rear.
1.2.2 Bolt action rifles: empty with bolt closed on an empty chamber and hammer down.
1.2.3 Handguns: empty with slide forward and hammer or striker down on an empty chamber.
1.3 No participant, official, range staff, or support personnel will consume or be under the influence of any alcohol, drug, or mind-altering substance while engaged in shooting activities of any kind. Anyone found doing so will be disqualified and removed from the property immediately.
1.3.1 Any participant, official, range staff, or support personnel under the influence of any prescription medication that renders said person impaired, will be stopped, removed from competition, and may be asked to leave the premises
1.4 Eye protection will be worn by all competitors, staff, and spectators while firearms are present in or near a shooting area.
1.5 Ear protection will be worn by all competitors, staff, and spectators while firearms are present in or near a shooting area.
2. Match disqualifications will result in the competitor being stopped, removed from the shooting area, disqualified from the match, and possibly removed from the property depending on the severity of the infraction or offense. ROs will stop the competitor, render their firearms safe, remove the competitor from the shooting area and notify the Rangemaster. The Rangemaster will review the infraction and may issue the disqualification or return the competitor to the match. The Match Director will have the final decision if there is no resolution. If a competitor is disqualified from the match they will not be eligible for any prizes, compensation, or refunds.
2.1 Safety related offenses that will result in a match disqualification:
2.1.1 Negligent discharge during loading, unloading, clearance of a malfunction, or any other remedial action.
2.1.2 Failure to maintain positive control of a loaded firearm. This includes dropping, bobbling, mishandling, or losing a loaded weapon from a securement device such as a holster, sling, or scabbard.
2.1.3 Abandoning a loaded firearm in an unsafe manner wherein it does not stay within the confines of the prescribed abandonment container or position.
2.1.4 Sweeping, flagging, or muzzling themselves, a teammate, another competitor, spectator, or staff member with a firearm regardless of the firearms loaded or unloaded status.
2.1.5 Discharging a firearm into a stage prop or hard surface closer than 10 feet from the competitor
2.1.6 Discharging a firearm over a berm or outside the confines of the shooting area or into the ground within 10 feet of a competitor.
2.1.7 Breaking any designated muzzle safe zone or plane.
2.2 Other offenses that will result in a match disqualification.
2.2.1 Cheating, purposefully impeding another competitor, lying, altering scorecards, altering targets, or altering props to gain a competitive advantage either before, during, or after the stage or competition.
2.2.2 Altering any of the their own, their teammates, or a competitor’s firearms, optics, ammunition, or required equipment from the prescribed condition that is specified in the match rules or written stage brief.
2.2.3 Sharing stage details with competitors who have not shot a stage will be considered cheating and will be grounds for a match DQ.
2.2.4 Shooting prohibited ammunition.
2.2.5 Conduct deemed unsportsmanlike by the Rangemaster or Match Director.
3. Competitors will conduct themselves in a polite, courteous, and respectful manner at all times.
3.1 The Range Master or Match Director may assess penalties (up to and including disqualification) to competitors who repeatedly demonstrate conduct deemed unsportsmanlike, unsafe, and not in the interest of a fair and equitable competition.
4. Competitors with documented physical disadvantages may be given a pre-approved alternative to the written stage brief but may incur a penalty. Every attempt will be made to accommodate these disadvantages with an equitable alternative, but no advantage will be allowed to any competitor. Requests must be made prior to the beginning of the stage and must be approved by the Match Director.
4.1 Reshoots will be granted at the discretion of the Rangemaster or Match Director.
5. No armor piercing, penetrator, incendiary, steel core, or steel jacketed projectiles will be allowed.
5.1 Minimum caliber allowed for rifles is 223 Remington/5.56x45.
5.2 Minimum caliber allowed for handguns is 9mm
5.3 Maximum parameters for rifle cartridges:
5.3.1 Maximum caliber for rifle projectiles is 0.308”
5.3.2 Maximum Projectile weight for rifles is 220 grains.
5.3.3 Maximum velocity for rifle projectiles is 3150 FPS
5.4 Cartridges in question may be disassembled, weighed, measured, and fired from the competitor’s firearm through a chronograph to determine if the cartridges are within the rules. The Match Director will determine if this is to be done and will supervise all such activities.
6. All 3 divisions will adhere to the following requirements:
6.1 Each team member will carry one rifle, one pistol, and one rucksack or backpack for the duration of every timed movement.
6.2 Each team must use at least one rifle chambered in EITHER 223 Remington/5.56x45 OR 308 Winchester/7.62x51. The other rifle for the team may be of any allowable caliber provided it does not exceed the minimum and maximum parameters described in sections 5.1and 5.3.
6.3 Each team must declare a Primary and a Secondary shooter. This designation may not be changed during the match.
6.4 All divisions will carry everything with them that they start the day with. They may not abandon any equipment, clothing, or gear. Nothing but empty cartridge casings may be abandoned.
6.5 LRRP DIVISION
6.5.1 LRRP division competitors will have 18 minutes per mile to complete timed movements.
6.5.2 Timed movements are defined as:
126.96.36.199 The movement from the starting line to their first stage.
188.8.131.52 Movement between all stages
184.108.40.206 Movements between the last stage of the day and the MSS (Mission Support Site) where they will sleep.
220.127.116.11 Movements from the MSS to their first stage of the day.
18.104.22.168 Movements from their last stage of the match to the lodge.
6.5.3 LRRP division competitors will carry all food, sleeping gear, ammo, and shooting gear they require for the duration of the match. Water will be provided at every stage and at the MSS. Nothing will be left behind when they break camp each morning. They may not abandon any equipment, clothing, or gear. Nothing but empty cartridge casings may be abandoned.
6.6 TROOPER DIVISION
6.6.1 TROOPER division competitors will have 18 minutes per mile to complete timed movements.
6.6.2 Timed movements are defined as:
22.214.171.124 The movement from the starting line to their first stage.
126.96.36.199 Movement between all stages
188.8.131.52 Movements between the last stage of each day and their stopping point.
184.108.40.206 Movements from each day’s muster point to their first stage of each day.
6.5.3 TROOPER division competitors will carry all food, ammo, and shooting gear they require for each day. Water will be provided at every stage. They may not abandon any equipment, clothing, or gear. Nothing but empty cartridge casings may be abandoned.
6.5.4 Once TROOPER competitors arrive at the finish point for each day, they will be released to provide for their own lodging and given a “muster” point, and “stepping off” time for the following morning.
6.7 MECHANIZED DIVISION
6.7.1 MECHANIZED Division competitors will ride between the muster point, all stages, and the finish line in vehicles provided by the match.
6.7.2 MECHANIZED vehicles will depart on schedule. It is the competitor’s responsibility to be on board their assigned vehicle for transport to the next stage, or off of the course. Mechanized Division competitors will not be allowed to travel on foot for safety reasons.
7. Teams in each division may carry equipment that they feel will benefit them. Allowable equipment includes; LRFs, spotting scopes, binoculars, tripods, wind meters, PDAs, ballistic computers, bipods, shooting bags, rucksacks, writing utensils, notebooks, calculators, data books, etc.
7.1.1 LRRP DIVISION: All equipment that a team begins the MATCH with, must be carried throughout the entire MATCH.
7.1.2 TROOPER DIVISION and MECHANIZED DIVISION: All equipment that a team begins the DAY with, must be carried throughout the entire DAY.
7.1.3 For all divisions, all gear must be carried throughout every stage. Teams will NOT be able to retrieve lost or abandoned gear. Lost or abandoned gear will be secured by the Match Director and returned to the campetitor when the match has concluded.
7.2 Hiding, staging, or discarding any equipment, food, ammunition, or any other items to avoid carrying them or with the intent of returning for them will be considered cheating and will be dealt with appropriately.
7.3 Laser rangefinders are allowable, but their use may be restricted on some stages. If the use of an LRF is restricted, it will be clearly stated in the stage brief. In cases where their use is restricted, if a LRF is used, or staff percieves that an attempt is being made to use one, this will be considered cheating and will be dealt with appropriately. This includers competitors in the holding areas, those waiting to shoot, and those that have shot. Leave them stowed, thereby avoiding any perception of impropriety and subsequent disqualification.
7.4 Sharing of any kit between teams is forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to; shooting aids, maintenance items, cleaning products, tools, food, clothing, ammunition, or optics. Any and all items may be shared between a primary shooter and secondary shooter of the same team.
8. Scores will be the combined total of points that each team member earns.
8.1 Points may be earned by hitting targets with gunfire or successfully completing required non-shooting exercises.
8.2 Point values for targets will be covered in the individual stage brief.
8.3 Hits on static steel will be verbally called by the RO.
8.4 Hits on reactive steel will require the target indicator to flash or activate.
8.5 Hits on falling steel will require the steel to fall or disappear.
8.6 Paper may require more than one hit to be neutralized. Such instances will be clearly stated in the written stage brief.
8.7 The same steel target may require hits from each competitor. Such instances will be clearly stated in the written stage brief.
8.8 Hostage targets that are impacted will be assessed a penalty that will be clearly described in the written stage brief.
PROTESTS and ARBITRATION
9. Disputes will be handled calmly and efficiently. Competitors will be respectful and may be confident that every effort will be made to make difficult decisions with the utmost fairness and leeway. Unfortunately, during competitions, emotions are high, the competitive spirit is fierce, and occasionally mistakes are made. Decisions that require a penalty or disqualification are not taken lightly. They will be carefully considered, and the appropriate call made.
9.1 Protests may not be lodged concerning the scoring of targets. The ROs calls related to scoring are final.
9.2 In situations where a disqualification is a possibility, protests may be lodged arguing the safety of an act deemed unsafe by an RO, but not that the act was committed.
9.2.1 The decision to stop a competitor for an unsafe act will be made by the RO of the stage. The Rangemaster will be summoned to rule on the act. If no resolution can be made, the Match Director will be summoned. The Match Director’s decision is final.
9.3 When the final scores are tabulated, a period of arbitration will be announced. Competitors may dispute the final scores at that time. When the arbitration period has expired, all disputes will be considered final.