SECTION I – RULES
IR 50/50 recognizes three matches – 3-Gun, Unlimited and Sporter.
• A regular 3-Gun match contests three classes: Sporter Class, 10.5 Lb. Class, and 13.5 Lb. Class. A competitor can compete only one time in each class.
• A regular Unlimited match contests three targets- UL1, UL2 and UL3.
• A regular Sporter match contests three targets- Sp1, Sp2 and Sp3.
IR50/50 may also sanction “Special” matches. These matches must obey all IR50/50 rules, but may receive a variance on fees and other non-procedural issues. For example: A range may wish to hold a “Special” money match and charge more than the set limit per target. Ranges must submit a detailed match description to IR50/50 to receive approval for any “Special” Match.
An event is a match or matches held at one range over consecutive days or in a single day. An example of an EVENT would be a two-day state championship match, Saturday and Sunday, at the same range.
A club must be sanctioned to hold an officially recognized USRA-IR50/50 match. Sanctioning forms are available for download on the IR50/50 web site. The sanctioning forms require that each range must agree to abide by all IR50/50 rules when running their matches.
Each range must submit a signed sanctioning agreement 15 days before the first match of the season. Sanctioning by USRA-IR50/50 of a club’s scheduled matches will be forfeited by that club if matches are not held in accordance with the Official Rules stated in this rule book. Non-sanctioned matches will not be recognized and results will not be posted on the IR50/50 web site.
A Range may be recognized as two Ranges (Range A and Range B) if it is the only range hosting IR50/50 matches within a 200 mile radius. This will allow said Range to host double the Limits for SOTY and List Matches.
Match dates and starting time for matches must be sent to USRA-IR50/50 thirty (30) days in advance of first match date.
No range may schedule a match on the same day as a National Event or within 200 Miles of a Regional or State Event.
A range may request a variance to this rule from IR5050. Variances will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
A club must have a minimum of five benches. Front or rear of firing line must be open. No part of the bullet path may be indoors.
A club must have a minimum of five benches. A part of the bullet path must be indoors. All official records will be recorded separately from open air (outdoor) range competition except where score is not a factor. List points are an example where score is not a factor.
Sporter Match: There must be a minimum of three competitors. A Sporter Match can be scheduled any day of the week. There are no restrictions on the start time.
All competitors on each relay must be contesting the same target.
Targets must be contested in the following order:
3-GUN: There must be a minimum of three competitors. A 3-Gun Match can be scheduled any day of the week. There are no restrictions on the start time.
All competitors on each relay must be contesting the same class.
Classes must be contested in the following order:
First: Sporter Class
Second: 10.5 Class
Third: 13.5 Class
There must be a minimum of three competitors. An Unlimited match can be scheduled any day of the week. There are no restrictions on the start time.
All competitors on each relay must be contesting the same target.
Targets must be contested in the following order:
A registration fee of $1.50 per shooter per target ($2.00 for State/Regional Championships), plus score sheets, must be sent to USRA-IR50/50 within thirty (30) days after match is held to be recognized as a sanctioned match.
IR 50-50 Pins are $1.00 each. Pins and targets are available from IR 50-50.
Entry fees per target for a regular match will not exceed $10.00. Entry fees per target at State and Regional Championships will not exceed $12.00. Entry fees for a national event will not exceed $50.00 per day. Additional fees for items such as cash options, food, camping, etc. are optional and competitors are not required to participate.
The legality of any method, device, or equipment not addressed in these rules will be determined by USRA-IR50/50.
Only .22 Rimfire – no magnums
Ammunition must include a lead projectile and be produced by a factory manufacturing a minimum of 1,000,000 rounds a year. Competitors using hand loaded ammunition, and/or ammunition produced with jacketed bullets will be permanently disqualified. Shaving, re-swaging, and/or resizing, either bullets or the cartridge case, is not allowed. Dirty ammunition may be cleaned and relubed.
Wind flags may be utilized. Wind flags may be changed when targets are changed after the range has been declared safe by the Rangemaster. No competitor can be forced to change legally set wind flags. The time allowed to change wind flags shall not be less than the time required to change the targets and no longer than the time allowed by the Rangemaster. If a flag interferes with a shooter’s line of sight, the Rangemaster or designated representative will lay the flag on the ground. This must be done before commence fire. Any type of string line flag system will not be allowed. Flags should not be removed until the end of the match.
Front rest must be topped with some form of sand bag. Rear rest must be a sand bag with no adjustable or mechanical means. Sand bags must be made of leather and/or cloth/cloth-like material. The front rest and rear bag will not be connected to each other, the bench or the rifle. Only the sand bag can touch sides and bottom of the stock. When rifle is raised straight up, the front rest and/or rear bag must not rise up with rifle. If the front and/or rear supports rise up with rifle, the front and/or rear support must be weighed with rifle to determine eligibility. Front rest and/or rear bag can not restrain the recoil of rifle. Front and rear rifle rest must be placed directly on top of the bench with the following exceptions. Spacers may be placed under the rear rest to attain elevation. A coin, disk, bearing, or similar device may be placed under the legs of the front rest. Nothing can be attached to the bench that would impede the movement of the front rest or rear bag rifle rests.
The official USRA-IR50/50 Target must be used. Targets are available from USRA-IR50/50. Targets are to be taken down by the target crew and given directly to scorer. Targets may be hung in any orientation. Local range requirements can determine if targets may be hung horizontally.
3-GUN and Sporter Match
2 Piece rests must be utilized.
Rifle and scope must weigh 7.5000 lbs. or less. Scope must be 6.5 power or less. Variable scopes must be set at the legal power and taped by a referee. Rifle must have a detachable magazine capable of holding two round installed in the action. Safeties are no longer required. Stock must be made of wood and must be designed to be shoulder fired. Laminate wood is allowed and the action area may contain bedding material. The action may be glued or screwed into the stock. Proof that the stock is made of wood is the competitors responsibility and must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the referees when requested. Visible wood grain over the entire surface of the stock shall constitute proof. Stock must be 2.2500″ or less at its widest point. Front and rear of wooden stock must contact sand bags directly–no stock tape or other materials allowed. Any area of the stock that comes in contact with front and rear sandbags must be convex. Convex will be determined by placing a penny on the stock where convex shaping is required. The outer edges of the penny can not come in contact with the stock in the dimension being measured.
There must be visible space underneath the outer edges of the penny. If the outer edges of the penny exceed the width of the dimension in question the area must be clearly convex to the referees. The underside of the fore end that contacts the sandbag must be convex across the entire width.
Minimum length of the stock measured from the center of the trigger to the end of stock, excluding butt pad, must be at least 12.5 inches. Vibration devices are not allowed. The barrel must be made out of one piece of metal with no attachments except for the action and a nut to secure the barrel to the action. Sights are only allowed on factory barrels. Use of electronic or remotely actuated triggers is prohibited.
Rifle and scope must weigh 10.50000 lbs. or under. Any scope magnification is allowed. Stock must be 3″ or less at its widest point. Barrel, action, or sleeve, or any combination of the three, can be bedded. Bedding can be by glue-in or bolt-in. Rifle must be designed to be shoulder fired. The bottom of the butt of stock that comes in contact with rear sandbag must be either convex or flat. If flat, the bottom of the butt of stock must be 1″ or less in width. The bottom of the forearm must be either convex or flat, except for position style stocks with a hand stop slide. Adding small rails or reshaping the stock to form a mini-rail system is not allowed. No electronic or mechanically assisted triggers are allowed.
Same rules as 13.5 pound class apply. Rifle and scope must weigh 13.50000 lbs. or under.
No weight limit on rifle. No magnification limit on scope.
One-piece rests may be utilized.
Only USRA-IR50/50 approved scoring plugs shall be used in scoring of targets. Plugs are available for a nominal fee from USRA-IR50/50.
The person scoring shall use a target board or light box and place the target to be scored on the target board which shall be parallel to and supported by a table, bench or other flat surface. The target board shall have a hole or holes to allow a USRA-IR50/50 scoring plug to be inserted in a bullet hole unimpeded.
The same scoring equipment must be used throughout the Scoring and Protest period.
If a bullet hole touches a line or X on the target bull, shooter receives the highest point. Inner most ring counts as ten points, and each succeeding ring counts one point less. Outer most ring counts as 3 points. The dot in the middle of the inner most ring counts as an X.
Offical IR50/50 plug and magnifier are to be used if clear visible determination cannot be made by scorer. If a plug and magnifier must be used, the letter (P) must be written on that shot’s square by scorer. The Scorer should look straight down through the magnifer at the plug to determine score.
If more than one shot appears in target square, shooter receives lowest score minus one (1) point. If any holes are bigger than a .22 plug the lowest score will be awarded. If more than two bullet holes are larger than a .22 plug, target will be disqualified.
Perfect score: 250 and 25X’s.
INADVERDENT SHOT ON RECORD BULL
If a shot intended for a sighter crosses into a record bull square it will be scored as a record shot if it is completely within the bull square.
Any shooter may protest the scoring of his or another shooters’ target, questionable guns or rests or other problems that may arise.
After targets are scored, targets must be hung in full view of competitors. Targets are not to be handled by competitors until match results are declared official by the Rangemaster. After the final relay’s targets are hung, the Rangemaster must announce a Protest Period and give competitors a minimum of ten minutes to file any scoring protests with a referee. If a competitor removes his target before the match results have been declared official by Rangemaster, he can be disqualified. A Rangemaster may impose a $2 scoring protest fee per bullet hole. A $2 protest fee is MANDATORY at State and Regional Championships and the Nationals.
All protests may be filed with a referee until the close of the protest period. The same scoring plug and equipment used by the scorer will be used by the referees for all scoring protests at a match. Referees will decide outcome and their decision is final.
The only protest a club can charge a fee for is a scoring protest. If any person involved in a match believes a protest was resolved inappropriately because of a misinterpretation of the rules or an adequate rule does not exist, a formal request may be submitted to the USRA-IR50/50 for the purpose of clarifying the rules. Enough information should accompany the request to support an adequate understanding of what happened. The USRA-IR50/50 will NOT overturn a decision by the referees but the possibility shall remain open to formulate an agreeable resolution beyond that of rule clarification. Any resolution will be the result of recommendation by a committee of Range-masters not involved in the event and the committee will be comprised of no less than three Rangemasters.
To break ties the scorer shall check the targets starting with the #1 target block. First target block with higher points shot wins. If a tie still exists after checking target blocks 1 through 25, go to #1 target block and check X’s. The first one who gets an X and the other one does not match it wins. If a tie still exists, start at #1 target block and the first X completely plugged out wins if not matched by other competitor. If still tied proceed to second, third X etc. until tie is resolved.
2-Gun Aggregate (only used in 3-Gun Matches)
Total of the scores for the 10.5 and 13.5 Classes. Only contested at State, Regional, and National matches but will be posted on the Official results for all matches.
Total of the scores for the Sporter, 10.5, and 13.5 Classes in 3-Gun, Sporter-1, Sporter-2, and Sporter-3 in Sporter Matches and UL-1, UL-2 and UL-3 in Unlimited matches. Only contested at State, Regional, and National matches but will be posted on the Official results for all matches.
4-Gun Aggregate (only used in 3-Gun Matches)
Total of the scores for 10.5 and 13.5 Classes at both 50 yards and 50 meters. Only contested at the Nationals.
Total of the scores for Sporter, 10.5, and 13.5 Classes at both 50 yards and 50 meters. Only contested at the Nationals.
Two Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of 10.5 class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with 10.5 class as stated under “TIES”.
Three Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of Sporter class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under “TIES”.
Four Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of 10.5 class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 13.5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with 10.5 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists check targets beginning with 10.5 at 50 yards as stated under “TIES”.
Six Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of Sporter class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of 13.5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 yards as stated under “TIES”.
Three Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of Sporter-1 class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of Sporter-2 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of Sporter-3 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under “TIES”.
Six Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of Sporter-1 class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of Sporter-2 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of Sporter-3 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter-1 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of Sporter-2 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of Sporter-3 class at 50 meters. If a tie still exists check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 yards as stated under “TIES”.
Three Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of UL-1 class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of UL-2 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of UL-3 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under “TIES”.
Six Gun Agg Ties
The scorer will check score of UL-1 class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of UL-2 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of UL-3 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check targets beginning with UL-1 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of UL-2 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check score of UL-3 class at 50 meters. If a tie still exists check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 yards as stated under “TIES”.
DUTIES OF OFFICIALS
All officials may compete in matches.
The Rangemaster is the person in charge of the match. The Rangemaster must ensure the match is sanctioned by requesting dates for matches in advance. The Rangemaster is responsible to report match results consisting of; name of shooter, equipment list, class and score in order of finish. The rangemaster must sign, cause referees to sign and send in all possible World Record targets with match results within 30 days of match date or target will be disqualified. The Rangemaster is also responsible for maintaining rules of order and sportsmanship.
Results must be sent to IR 50/50 no later than 10 days after each match. Multi-day events can be sent together. Match results sent in late will result in a $20.00 penalty.
Notice of cancelling a match must be sent to IR 50/50 no later than 10 days before the scheduled match. Failure to cancel with 10 days notice will result in a $20.00 penalty.
Three referees will be appointed by the Rangemaster and announced to the competitors before the Match begins. One of the three Referees will be named the Chief referee. It is the Chief Referee’s responsibility to properly plug each protested target and ensure that the protests are conducted without interference from any outside source. Referees must be competitors in the match they are refereeing. A referee can not be the scorer. An alternate referee should be named in case one of the three referees has filed a protest or is involved in a protest. If needed a second alternate should be appointed. Referees will decide problems in crossfire, protests in scoring, eligibility of rifles and rests, any other protests that may arise or any rule violations that may occur. A referee at anytime before commence fire and after cease fire may inspect and weigh rifle, or inspect rest or scope to determine if shooter is in compliance with rules. A referee must weigh first, second, and third place rifles for each class contested. Equipment weighing is discretionary at local matches but is mandatory at State, Regional and National matches.
Referees will decide outcome of any protests lodged by competitors before, during, and after match.
A referee must inspect and tape all variable scopes in Sporter Class before commence fire.
Wherever in these rules the term “referees” appears it means a consensus of opinion among the referees. Consensus is obtained by secret vote among the referees. The sole exception to the requirement for three (3) referees is when a match is attended by the minimum 3 shooters. Under this special circumstance any decision by the two referees MUST be unanimous.
A scorer is appointed by the Rangemaster to score targets. The rangemaster can also be the scorer. A scorer cannot simultaneously be a referee.The scorer must have and utilize as necessary the approved IR5 0/50 scoring plug, available through IR 50/50.
The statistician is a person appointed by the Rangemaster to record scores from targets, enter data, resolve ties and prepare match reports. The statistician may participate in the match and may also serve as a referee if a participant.
A Match is to start at the predetermined time. Registration will close at the end of the first relay of the Sporter class for 3-Gun matches and the end of UL-1 for Unlimited Matches. No one will be allowed to sign up after the end of the first relay of the Sporter Class or the end of UL-1. Registration forms are to be filled out and signed by each competitor as part of the registration process.
Drawing for bench and /or relay is required at every sanctioned match. Multi-day or multi-match events are allowed the option to draw bench and relay for each match or draw bench and relay once. If a single drawing is implemented, benches must be rotated after each event.
Benches or groups of benches may be assigned by the Rangemaster for special circumstances. Special circumstances include, but are not limited to: Left-Handed Shooters, Junior Shooters, Handicapped Shooters and Shooters Sharing Equipment such as Windflags.
The Rangemaster and Referees are responsible for ensuring the Bench Drawing and /or assignment is fair and impartial.
A Rangemaster is not required to run an extra relay to accommodate bench sharing, except at State and Regional championship matches where multiple relays are required if requested. Competitors must notify the Rangemaster 24 hours in advance of the Match Start Time if they wish to share the same bench, and designate which competitor will draw for bench and relay. The bench and relay drawn will be assigned to the designated competitor. The other competitors will be assigned the same bench on the next available relay. If the same bench is occupied, the designated competitor may redraw for bench and relay until he/she draws a bench and relay that will accommodate bench sharing if that is possible. Requests to share benches shall be made 24 hours prior to the drawing and can not be rescinded after the drawing has occurred.
A Rangemaster is not required to run an extra relay to accommodate equipment sharing, except at State, Regional and National Championship matches where multiple relays are required, if requested. Competitors must notify the Rangemaster 24 hours before the match start time, if if they wish to share equipment, and designate which competitor will draw for bench and relay. The bench and relay drawn will be assigned to the designated competitor. The other competitor(s) will draw until he/she draws a different relay. Requests to share equipment shall be made prior to the drawing and can not be rescinded after the drawing has occurred.
No one will occupy any unused bench at a match for any reason.
Scales must be available to all shooters to determine class. Each club should have a 7.5 lb. weight, a 10.5 lb. weight, and a 13.5 lb. weight to check scale accuracy. Standard weights are available from USRA IR50/50 and must be used be used at any State,Regional or National event. Club weights may be checked for accuracy at any United States Post Office.
Rangemasters are responsible for maintaining Sportsmanship during matches. Competitors should bring infractions to the Rangemasters attention for them to deal with. Rangemasters are to warn offenders of their activities. If the behavior continues the Rangemaster may disqualify the offending shooter. Inappropiate behavior may result in suspension from IR50/50 for a period of one year to life. Examples of inappropriate behavior are:
- Excessively loud talking or other activities that distract other shooters.
- Confrontational situations with other competitors or range personel.
- Walking directly behind competitors while they are still shooting.
- Excessive time spent leaving a bench while other competitors are still shooting.
- Returning to a bench to retrieve equipment while other competitors are still shooting.
FIRST SHOT ON RECORD TARGET
If a competitors first shot on paper inadvertently hits a record target, shooter must notify the Rangemaster or a referee immediately before second shot is fired. Rangemaster or referee must call “Cease Fire” and check target before second shot is fired and notify scorer that shooter will not be charged for that shot. Rangemaster will notify all competitors to add 3 minutes to time before “Commence Fire” command.
A Cross-fire occurs when one competitor mistakenly shoots another competitor’s target – either on sighters or record bulls. Cross-fires can be identified by shooters, referees, or other competitors observing the relay in progress. If a competitor observes another competitor shooting sighters on their target they can notify that competitor and no stoppage of the relay needs to occur. If a cross-fire occurs where one competitor shoots another competitor’s record bulls the referee should be notified immediately.
• The referee will call “Cease Fire – remove bolts.”
• The scoring clock will be stopped.
• New targets will be labeled for each shooter indicating Class being shot, Bench number and Relay number.
• If any record bulls have already been shot on the Cross-fired target by the rightful competitor they will be marked as belonging to that competitor and will be scored for that competitor during scoring. The corresponding bulls will be marked on that competitors’ new target with a large X. These bulls are not to be shot again on the new target.
• Record bulls that were mistakenly shot by the offending competitor will be marked as belonging to that competitor and will be scored for that competitor during scoring. Each cross-fired bull will receive the actual score minus 1 point. The corresponding bulls will be marked on that competitors’ new target with a large X. These bulls are not to be shot again on the new target.
• These new targets will replace the Crossfired targets for both competitors.
• The Crossfired targets will be given to the scorer and eventually combined with the new targets for scoring.
• After the new targets are hung the referee will call for the equipment to the line.
• 3 minutes will be added to the time at stoppage. The referee will notify the competitors of the new time.
• The referee will re-start the match again.
All rifles must be equipped with trigger guards. All rifles must have bolts removed or chamber flags in place at all times when not engaged in active competition and prior to removal from the firing line. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
If a Range has safety requirements IN ADDITION to these rules (i.e. no semi-auto rifles) those rules will apply.
WORLD RECORD TARGET
Only official USRA-IR50/50 targets sent from sanctioned matches will be considered. If a competitor has shot a potential World Record target, it is the competitor’s responsibility to notify the Rangemaster. The competitor is not to remove the target, or the target will be disqualified.
After notification by a competitor of a potential World Record target, it is the Rangemaster’s responsibility to remove the target, sign it, and direct the three referees to sign it. It is the responsibility of the Range-master to mail the target, along with the match results, to USRAIR50/ 50 within 30 days of match date. If this procedure is not followed, target will not be submitted to the 50/50 Scoring Committee. If any holes are bigger than a .22 plug, lowest score will be awarded. If more than two bullet holes are larger than a .22 plug, target will be disqualified. All scores shot on the same day and verified to exceed the current record will be recognized as records. The highest score will be the record “holder” and any others will receive recognition for breaking the record and all amenities. For the purpose of this rule the term “day” is defined as midnight to midnight Eastern Time