Tactical 3-Gun Match
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Tac Pro Shooting Center 3 Gun Match Q & A
Cold range rules:
All weapons are to be unloaded prior to the commencement of the
match. Loading/Unloading of weapons will be performed only under
the direction of a Range Officer. All handguns must be unloaded,
hammer down and holstered at ALL TIMES, except
when directed to load and shoot a stage by a range officer. Long
guns must be unloaded and cased, or unloaded with action
open and carried muzzle up or down, except when
directed to load and shoot a stage by a range officer. Safe areas
for gun handling will be provided on each range. A safe area is
expressly provided for the unsupervised handling of firearms and
may be used by anyone at any time. No ammunition
will be allowed at any time in a safe area.
Can you give me a description of the match?
This is a three gun tactical match. It will utilize rifle, shotgun,
and handgun. The stages will not be published prior to the match.
These stages will strive to present realistic use of the firearms
involved, as needed in a tactical environment. Some may refer
to this as a "Combat" match. The stages will attempt
to portray a defensive or offensive situation in which use of
firearms is an appropriate solution.
How many stages of fire?
There will be five to six stages. There may be stages where more
than one firearm is used.
What kind of handgun, rifle and shotgun will I need?
HANDGUN: Any safe and serviceable handgun of a minimum caliber
of 9mm/.38 Special. The following are expressly not allowed on
handguns: compensators, optical or electronic sights, ported barrels.
RIFLE: Any serviceable and safe rifle, in a minimum caliber of
.223. Semi-autos, bolt actions, lever actions etc. will compete
evenly. Slings may be used, but must remain on the rifle at all
times. Bipods will NOT be allowed. Iron sights and optical or
electronic sights may be used. There will be two categories for
rifle competition. Shooters using open, iron-sighted rifles will
compete in a separate category from those using optical sights.
(Anything with glass is an optical sight, whether battery powered,
tritium powered, magnified or not) We will attempt to set up a
course of fire that tests the operator more than the equipment.
But realistically, semi-autos will usually be easier to use in
any action scenario. Ranges will be from as close as 10 yards
to as far as 300 yards.
SHOTGUN: Any serviceable and safe shotgun, a minimum of 20 gauge,
may be used. Optical or electronic sights are NOT ALLOWED. The
shotgun MAY NOT be loaded with more than 8 rounds at any time.
Swapping of guns or accessories during the match:
No swapping of firearms will be allowed. You may only use one
handgun, one shotgun, and one rifle during the match. The configuration
of each (sights, slings, holsters, etc.) may not be changed between
stages. The only exception is changing chokes in the shotgun.
If a firearm breaks or otherwise becomes unserviceable, you may
change to another of a similar configuration and identical action
type after informing the match director.
What is a power factor?
Power factor is a number derived by multiplying the weight of
the bullet in grains by the velocity in feet per second and dividing
the result by 1,000. For example, a 9mm 115 grain bullet at a
velocity of 1,150 feet per second works out thus: 115 x 1,150
= 132,250 132,250 / 1,000 = 132.25 power factor A minimum power
factor requirement of 125 means that any handgun ammunition that
does not meet the minimum of 125 will not be allowed to shoot
What are IDPA-type holster requirements?
The exact description of IDPA requirements for holsters are posted
on the IDPA Website at http://www.idpa.com/
Under the heading "EQUIPMENT". It states: All equipment
used in Defensive Pistol matches must meet the following simple
guidelines; equipment must be practical for self-defense use,
concealable, suitable for all day continuous wear and must be
worn in a manner that would be appropriate for all day continuous
wear. The match director will be REQUIRED to disallow any equipment
that does not meet these simple criteria. If you wouldn't carry
it to defend yourself, you can't shoot or use it in Defensive
Pistol competition. If you are caught using equipment that is
not in the guidelines set forth and not in the spirit of Defensive
Pistol "PURPOSE", and the Match Director is convinced
you did so to gain competitive advantage, you will be disqualified
from the entire match. For the purposes of this match, we are
a bit more lenient. Any belt holster that is not designed specifically
as a competition holster is allowed. No shoulder holsters or cross-draw
holsters that require the pistol to point to the rear will be
allowed. Be aware that the handgun MUST be worn during all stages.
What kind of ammo will I need?
Handgun: Serviceable and safe ammunition that at least meets the
minimum power factor requirement. Most bullet types (FMJ, JHP,
SWC, etc.) are fine. Please, no armor piercing
ammo as much shooting will be done on steel targets.
Rifle: Most bullet types (FMJ, JHP, JSP, etc.) are fine. Please,
no armor piercing ammo as much shooting will be done on
Shotgun: Birdshot slugs and buckshot may be used. No
steel shot as it may bounce back at the competitor. Most
of the shotgun targets will be reactive steel.
What type of targets will be used?
Cardboard targets and reactive steel targets in several shapes
and sizes. The steel targets must fall to score.
How will the match be scored?
A modified version of IDPA's run-time plus penalty time. For each
stage, each target must be engaged to solve a shooting problem.
Steel targets must fall to be considered neutralized. Cardboard
targets: Each target must have a designated number and placement
of hits to be considered neutralized. Targets not neutralized
will incur a penalty. If the target is not hit a stiffer penalty
is added to the total run time. If a target is not engaged an
even stiffer penalty is added to the total run time.
If a competitor engages in what the range
officer identifies as "blatant gamey or unsportsmanlike conduct"
a Failure To Do Right penalty may be levied, which will be an
extreme time penalty.
Safety and range officer rulings:
Each stage will have a designated range officer who will be primarily
responsible for the conduct of the stage. The range officer's
rulings on safety violations are final and not subject to arbitration.
Any issues of proper scoring may be protested to the match director
for a final decision.