SECTION II- MATCH PROCEDURE
1. The Rangemaster must post a copy of current USRA-IR50/50 rules at all sanctioned matches. A Match must start at a predetermined and announced time.
2. The Rangemaster must appoint three referees and one alternate and announce them before the match begins. Each referee must be a competitor in the match. Refer to Section 1 Rules for all duties and responsibilites of referees.
3. Registration should close 15 minutes before the start of the first target at each match. The Rangemaster, at his discretion, may allow late arrivals to register and shoot subsequent targets.
Registration for all State, Regional and National events must close 15 minutes before the start of first target of that event.
4. A regular 3-Gun match contests three classes; Sporter, 10.5-pound,13.5-pound rifles and 3-gun Agg.
A regular Sporter Match contests 3 classes ; SP-1, SP-2, SP-3.
A regular Unlimited match contests three classes; UL-1, UL-2, UL-3.
5. After the targets are hung and the Range-master determines that the range is safe, the Rangemaster then calls the first relay of the Sporter Class or the first relay of UL-1 to the line. Competitors in that relay will approach the line and place their rifles in their rests.
6. For each Sporter Class relay, variable scopes must be checked and taped at 6.5 power by a referee.
7. Rangemaster will then ask “Ready on the right , Ready on the left?”. If ready, Rangemaster will then give the command “The firing line is ready, Insert bolts, commence fire”.
8. Course of Fire
Sporter: Course of fire is 25 record shots at 50 yards or 50 meters in 30 minutes, from the bench at one target.
3-Gun: Course of fire is 25 record shots at 50 yards or 50 meters in 30 minutes, from the bench at one target.
Unlimited: Course of fire is 25 record shots at 50 yards or 50 meters in 20 minutes, from the bench at one target.
9. If for any reason firing must be stopped, the Rangemaster will call out “Cease fire, unload rifles, remove bolts , and step back from bench”. When the cause of ceasefire is corrected, the Range- master will add three (3) minutes to the remaining time and give the command insert bolts and resume fire. When time has expired, the Rangemaster will call out “Cease fire, remove bolts, and remove rifles from bench”. If a competitor fires before “commence fire” or after “cease-fire” is called, that shooter will be immediately disqualified and his target will be scored as zero.
10. Time notifications:
Awareness of official time during a relay is each competitors responsibility.
Sporter- As a courtesy the Range-master should call out 15 minute, 5 minute, 1 minute, and 30 second warnings.
3-Gun- As a courtesy The Range-master should call out 15 minute, 5 minute, 1 minute, and 30 second warnings.
Unlimited- As a courtesy the Range-master should call out 10 minute, 5 minute, 1 minute, and 30 second warnings.
11. When each competitor completes their target they must remove their bolts and leave their bench as quietly as possible. Shooters may take their rifles with them or wait for the Ceasefire command. Shooters may not return to their bench until the Ceasefire command is given.
12. After the command of Cease Fire: Bolts will be removed and/or Flags inserted and the Range-master has determined the range is safe, target crew is to remove shot targets and hand targets to the scorer. Competitors may then hang their next target.
13. If possible the scorer should start scoring targets as soon as the first relay is over. After targets are scored, either scorer or Rangemaster must hang up all targets in full view of competitors.
14. At the conclusion of scoring all targets the Rangemaster will announce a 10-minute Protest Period.
15. A competitor can protest the scoring on his target or the scoring on another competitor’s target. A $2 protest fee per bullet hole is mandatory at all State, Regional and National Championships. The protest fee is optional at regular matches. The protest fee is to be returned to the competitor if the referees rule in the protester’s favor.
16. After scored targets from the last relay of the Sporter -3 , 13.5 lb. or UL-3 Class are hung, a minimum of ten minutes must be allowed for scoring protests. During this period shooters shall indicate which target(s) are being protested to the referees in a method so directed by the Range-master. After the ten minute period the Range-master will declare protest period over. Then, the referees must remove the protested targets to be re-scored.
17. Only referees can remove and re-score protested targets. Targets must not be removed or handled by competitors until match results are declared official. If a competitor removes his target, the referees can disqualify the competitor. The referees are to make rulings on scoring protests with absolutely no input from the Rangemaster, Scorer, or any other competitor. The ONLY input referees are to use when ruling protests, is the current USRA-IR50/50 Rule Book. The referees are to retreat to a separate area to re-score protested targets or decide upon any protest. Neither the Rangemaster, Scorer, or any other competitors are allowed to be in that area. If a competitor does not comply with the referees instructions to leave the area when requested to do so, the competitor WILL be disqualified by the referees. Protested targets must be re-scored by referees on a flat surface. A referee must step out if the target to be re-scored involves a scoring protest lodged by that referee, or the target to be re-scored is the referee’s target. If a referee must step out, the referees are to call in the alternate to re-score that target. If an alternate was not named before the match began, the referees are to appoint an alternate. If another referee must step out on the same target, the referees will appoint another alternate. The referees decisions on scoring protests, any other protests and, if necessary, the appointment of alternates, will be FINAL.
18. When all scoring protests have been re-scored by the referees, the targets are to be handed to the Range-master or statistician. After the Range-master or statistician recalculates the results, the Range-master is to call for the weighing of rifles. Equipment weighing is discretionary at local matches but is mandatory at State, Regional and National matches. The referees must weigh first, second, and third place rifles for each class contested. After winning rifles are weighed, the Range-master will announce third, second, and first place finishers for each class contested. It is the competitor’s responsibility to notify the Range-master of mistakes in addition or recording of scores. After the Range-master announces the third, second, and first place finishers for each class contested, competitors will have two minutes to notify the Range-master of mistakes. If a competitor notifies the Range-master that a mistake was made, the Range-master is to correct it. The Range-master then is to once again announce third, second, and first place finishers for each class contested. If the Range-master is not notified within two minutes of any additional mistakes, the Range-master is to declare the match results official. If a winning competitor leaves the match early, it is the competitor’s responsibility to have his rifles weighed and verified as legal by a referee before leaving. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and will be listed as a DNQ (did not qualify). In scoring software the score will be left blank.
19. World Record target
If a competitor has shot a potential World Record target, it is the competitor’s responsibility to notify the Range-master. 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 Range-master’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 USRA-IR50/50 within 30 days of match date. If this procedure is not followed, target will not be submitted to the 50/50 Scoring Committee.