OVERWATCH PRECISION RIFLE MATCH RULES
1. Safety Rules
1.1 Participants are subject to match disqualification for violation of any rule or regulation in sections 1&2.
1.2 The OVERWATCH PRS match will be run on a COLD RANGE.
1.2.1 COLD RANGE (definition): Participants firearms will remain unloaded at the match site except under the direction of a match official.
1.3 Designated Safety Areas
1.3.1 Safety Areas will be clearly marked with signs, or indicated by the Range Officers.
1.3.2 Unloaded firearms may be handled and/or displayed only in the Safety Areas.
1.3.3 No ammunition may be handled in any Safety Area.
1.4 Rifles (carry from vehicle or between stages)
1.4.1 Rifles should be cased or carried/slung with the muzzle up or down.
1.4.2 Rifles should be carried with actions open and detachable magazines removed.
1.4.3 Abandoned rifles must be empty or on safe and pointed in a safe direction, and as instructed in stage briefs. Failure to apply the safety of an otherwise properly abandoned weapon will result in a 20 second penalty.
1.5 No participants or spectators shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site before or during shooting. Any participant found to be impaired and deemed unsafe as a result of legitimate prescription drugs may be directed to stop shooting and requested to leave the range.
1.6 Eye and Ear protection is mandatory for participants, spectators and range personnel while on or near a stage of fire.
2.1 Match disqualification will result in complete disqualification from the match. Shooter will not be allowed to continue with the match. Final decision is with the Match Director.
2.2 Match disqualification for negligent discharge.
2.2.1 "Negligent Discharge" is defined as the discharge of a firearm in an unsafe manner or unintentionally, including instances in which a projectile (bullet) strikes the ground within 3 feet of the competitor or range officer, or outside the confines of the backstop.
2.3 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for dropping a loaded firearm, or dropping a firearm while in the loading or unloading process.
2.4 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for allowing the muzzle of his/her loaded firearm to break the safety plane (except while holstered, or reholstering.)
2.5 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for unsportsmanlike conduct.
18.104.22.168 Intentionally altering targets prior to them being scored to gain an advantage or to avoid a penalty
22.214.171.124 Altering or falsifying score sheets.
126.96.36.199 Altering the configuration of firearms or equipment to gain advantage (See rule 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 7.1.4).
188.8.131.52 Altering the course of fire. (i.e., moving props and or targets) This includes, but is not limited to, the repositioning or altering of targets, no-shoots, barriers, barrels, walls, tables, grounding containers, fault lines, painted markings, banners, trees, bushes or anything else deemed by match officials to create an unfair advantage.
2.5.2 Consuming or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site while shooting is taking place.
2.5.3 Shooting prohibited ammo (see 4).
2.5.4 Failing to help reset and/or tape targets. (One warning will be issued by the RO on the stage.)
2.5.5 This is not an all-inclusive list of unsportsmanlike conduct.
2.6 A participant shall be disqualified for unsafe gun handling. This includes, but is not limited to: handling a gun while people are down range, handling a gun on a stage without permission of the range officer, abandoning a gun in an unsafe manner or direction.
2.7 Stage Disqualifications may be issued for various infractions at the discretion of the Range Master or Match Director.
2.8 All disqualifications will be issued by the Range Master or Match Director.
3. Sportsmanship & Conduct
3.1 Participants and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous, sportsman-like manner at all times. Disputes will be handled promptly and fairly by the Range Master.
3.2 Any competitor with a proven handicap may request, or be required, to shoot the courses of fire other than intended, but may incur a penalty in time/points per string or per stage. The Match Director will rule on any such request on a case-by-case basis.
3.3 Range Officers may assess additional “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalties to competitors that intentionally fail to make a good faith effort to engage and hit targets on order to gain advantage. The Range Master and Match Director shall be the final arbiters of any such penalties.
3.4 Re-shoots may only be authorized by the Range Master or Match Director.
4.1 No tracer, incendiary, armor piercing, steel jacketed, or steel core ammunition is allowed. Any bullet that is attracted to a magnet is not allowed.
4.2 Rifle ammunition shall be no larger than 300 Win Mag (no 338wm, 338lapua, 408, 416 or 50bmg)
4.3 Rifle ammunition shall be .223 Remington (5.56 NATO) or larger.
4.4 Use of prohibited types of ammunition WILL result in a stage or match disqualification as well as the competitor being financially responsible for any damaged steel targets.
5.1 All firearms used by competitors shall be serviceable and safe.
5.2 If a competitor's firearm becomes unserviceable during competition, that competitor may replace his/her firearm with another of the same, or similar, model, caliber and sighting system approved by the Match Director or the Range Master.
5.3 For purposes of this ruling, a "firearm" consists of a specific caliber, receiver, barrel, stock, and sighting system combination.
5.4 The same firearm system, for each gun, per Rule 5.3, shall be used during the entire match.
5.5 Competitors may not reconfigure any firearm during the course of a match. (i.e. change caliber, barrel length, sighting systems or stock; changing magazine length is not considered a reconfiguration).
6.1 Allowed firearm supporting devices.
6.2 Bipods, Monopods, shooting sticks, front & rear bags.
6.3 Certain firearm supporting devices may be prohibited by the Match Director.
6.4 All gear must be on the shooter at the start of a stage (no pre-staging equipment) and be compliant with the web posted equipment recommendations/ restrictions.
6.5 Supporting devices that risk excess damage to props or pose a risk to shooters are prohibited. (i.e. the Hedgehog and like products are not allowed).
7.1 A minimum of 10 registrants are required for a division to be recognized.
7.3 Tactical Division -Semi-automatic rifles
7.3.1 Allowed Equipment bipod, monopod, sling, bags as long as they are attached to the rifle prior to the start of the stage.
7.4 Factory Division 8.3.1 Bolt action rifles
7.4.1 Allowed Equipment bipod, monopod, sling, or backpack.
8.1 Coaching is allowed if the competitor assigns a coach prior to the start of the stage. The purpose of these matches is to promote a fun, friendly atmosphere, and to encourage and grow new competitors.
9.1 Scoring per stage will be straight time plus penalties. A maximum time allowed to shoot any stage will be set prior to the start of the match.
9.1.2 Designated “No Shoot” targets will incur a 30 second penalty for each hit.
184.108.40.206 Knock down style targets (i.e. poppers or other steel) must fall to score.
220.127.116.11 Frangible targets must break to score.
18.104.22.168 Reactive targets must be struck solid enough to cause the hidden “flash card” to be visible to the Range Officer. The Range Officer may call hits.
9.1.4 Procedural penalties, 10 seconds per target, may be assessed for failing to follow the stage directions as stated in the stage briefing. 9.1.5 Any target that is not engaged will receive a Target Not Engaged penalty of 30 seconds. Engagement consists of aiming at and firing upon a target. Shooting in the general direction of a target does not constitute "engaging a target", is not allowed, and will result in procedural penalties being applied.
9.1.5 Procedural penalties, 10 seconds, may be assessed for failing to follow stage procedures.
9.1.6 Stage Not Fired (SNF/DNF) penalty: A competitor shall receive zero the total par time for the stage plus the total number of misses.
9.1.7 A Maximum Time shall be established for each stage. Upon failure to complete the stage within the maximum time, a shooter will be stopped by the Range Officer and assessed a stage time equal to the Maximum Time plus all applicable penalties.
9.1.8 Higher penalties may be imposed for designated high value targets.
>199yds=20 second penalty
>499yds=30 second penalty
<500yds= 45 second penalty
9.19 If a competitor stops prior to the par time and does not hit all targets, the maximum par time will be used for the competitors time.
9.2 Match Stage Points.
9.2.1 Total time and points accumulated for all stages will determine match placement by division.
9.2.2 Ties will be broken by an undisclosed Tie Breaker Stage designated by the Match Director.
9.2.3 Highest score in each division wins.
10. Arbitration Rules & General Principles
10.1 Administration – Occasional disputes are inevitable in any competitive activity governed by rules. It is recognized that at the more significant levels of competition, emotions run high and the outcome is much more important to the individual competitor. Remaining calm and rational while arbitrating disputes will make this unpleasant job easier.
10.2 Access – Protests may be submitted for arbitration except the actual scoring of targets. Protests arising from a safety infraction will only be accepted to determine whether or not an infraction as described by the range official was in fact unsafe.
10.3 Appeals – Decisions are made initially by the Range Officer for the stage or area. If the complainant disagrees with a decision, the Range Master should be summoned and asked to rule. If a disagreement still exists, the Match Director must be summoned and asked to rule. His decision is final.