WRAS RULES 2015
Participants are subject to match disqualification for violation of any rule or regulation in the rules.
Match Disqualification will result in complete disqualification from the match and the shooter will not be allowed to continue with the match. Shooter will not be eligible for prizes, refund of match fee, nor a free entry into a subsequent match. Final decision will be with the Match Director.
1. Safety Rules
1.2 All Wild Rose Action Shooters matches will be run on COLD RANGES.
1.2.1 COLD RANGE (definition): Participants firearms will remain unloaded at the match site except under the direction of a match official.
1.2.2 Range Commands – Issued by the Range Officer:
Load and Make Ready- Indicates the technical beginning of the course of fire
Are You Ready? – If the competitor is ready no indication needs to be given to the RO
(Start Signal) – Timer starts. (Timer stops on last shot fired)
If you are finished Unload and show clear.
(Handgun) If clear, hammer down and holster.
(Rifle/Shotgun) If clear hammer down, action open, insert flag, raise muzzle.
(The course of fire is complete when the firearms are safely holstered, hands off and the long guns are muzzle up with flag inserted)
STOP!-Immediate cease of all actions. Wait for further instruction from RO.
1.3 Designated Safety Areas
1.3.1 The Safety Areas will be clearly marked with signs.
1.3.2 Unloaded firearms may only be handled and/or displayed in the Safety Areas or within the confines of your vehicle.
1.3.3 No ammunition may be handled in any Safety Area.No ammunition on side saddles or attached to the firearm. Ammunition securely contained in magazines or in pouches attached to the competitors belt or body is allowed as long as it is not handled.
1.4 Firearms – Handling and Carry (non-course of fire)
1.4.1 Rifles & shotguns must be cased or carried slung with the muzzle vertical. (Up)
1.4.2 Rifles & shotguns must be carried with actions open and detachable magazines removed.
1.4.3 Rifles and Shotguns must be carried with a high visibility chamber flag in the chamber.
1.4.4 Handguns must be cased or remain in holster, magazine removed; except in designated Safety Areas, or under the direction of Range Officer(s) on a stage.
1.4.5 Handguns must be carried with the "Hammer/Striker Down."
1.4.6 On stages, the Ready Condition of handguns must be "Hammer Down" for DA autos & revolvers, and "Cocked & Locked" for SA autos or DA autos with manual override safeties.
1.4.7 Firearms in cases and carts are to be moved to the safety area to be manipulated or removed from case or carts with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times. Firearms will then be transported to the rack or range following rules in 1.4.1 to 1.4.5
1.5 Abandoning Firearms (during on a course of fire)
1.5.1 Firearms must be safely abandoned only in a designated area, defined in the stage briefing.
1.5.2 When abandoned, the firearm must be either on safe, or unloaded with action open.
1.5.3 When abandoned in a retention device that controls muzzle direction, movement downrange is allowed.
1.5.4 When abandoned in a non-retention device, only lateral movement is allowed.
1.5.5 Stage design must never require or allow a person to pass in front of an abandoned firearm, loaded or unloaded.
1.5.6 After abandonment; Firearms may be cleared by the RO or his designate as long as it does not interfere in the course of fire and remains safe when doing so.
1.5.7 The cleared firearm will have a chamber flag inserted and with the muzzle in a safe direction moved back and racked or returned to the competitor.
1.6 Sling Use (during a course of fire)
1.6.1 In General, sling use is limited at WRAS matches. However when specifically mentioned in the stage briefing the use of slings will be permitted following all safety rules. Slinging of rifles or shotguns is not permitted while moving downrange during a course of fire.
1.6.2When slung the firearm must be on safe or action open, locked to the rear and the muzzle pointing in a safe direction. Unsafe slinging of firearms may be subject to match disqualification, see section 2. 2.6. The Match Director will have the final decision on disqualifications.
1.7 Pre Loading Firearms (during a course of fire)
1.7.1 Preload Areas may be used in a stage to assist match efficiency. Competitors may only preload under direct supervision of a Range Officer or designate.
1.7.2 Preloading Handguns – Once loaded the handgun must be immediately holstered in ready condition as described in 1.4.6 .
1.7.3 Movement to Starting Area - Once firearm is loaded, it is to be carried muzzle up, safety on to the assigned area under the guidance of the range officer or designate.
1.7.4 Preload tables must be separate from safe tables.
1.8 No participants or spectators shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site. Any participant found to be impaired and deemed unsafe, including legitimate prescription drugs, may be directed to stop shooting and requested to leave the range.
1.9 Eye protection is mandatory for participants, spectators & range personnel at the match site.
1.10 Ear protection is mandatory for participants, spectators & range personnel while on or near a stage of fire.
1.11 Certain exceptions to the above rules may be made in special situations. All exceptions must still follow firearms and club safety rules, and must be approved by the match director.
2.2 A participant shall be disqualified for “Negligent Discharge", defined as the discharge of a firearm in an unintentionally or in an unsafe manner in which: a projectile (bullet) strikes the ground or a prop within 3 meters of the competitor or range officer, strikes outside the confines of the backstop or safe direction, is discharged during the loading, reloading or unloading process, during movement except when engaging a target, engaging a steel target with a shotgun slug.
2.3 A participant shall be disqualified from the Match for dropping a firearm during the course of fire.
2.4 A participant shall be disqualified for allowing the muzzle of his/her firearm to break the 180 degree
Safety Plane (except while holstered, drawing or re-holstering.) This includes adopting the prone shooting position with a loaded holstered handgun.
2.5 A participant shall be disqualified for failing to keep their finger visibly outside the trigger guard; during movements greater than one step, while changing shooting positions. (Ex. Kneeling to standing), while loading, unloading or reloading, or while clearing a malfunction while not engaging a target.
2.5 A participant shall be disqualified for unsafe gun handling at the discretion of the RO. This includes but is not limited to, handling a firearm without match official permission, abandoning a firearm in an unsafe manner or direction, and sweeping.
2.6 ALL disqualifications and reshoots will be approved by the 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 Match Director.
3.2 Clothing with any offensive or obscene logos, sayings, pictures or drawings will not be worn or displayed while at the match site/range.
3.3 Coaching by the RO only is specifically allowed.
4.1 No tracer, incendiary, armor piercing or steel core ammunition is allowed. Violation of this rule will result in a match disqualification and may result in financial liability for any damaged range material/ equipment.
4.2 Pistol/ revolver ammunition shall be 9x19 or larger.
4.3 Rifle ammunition shall be .223 Remington (5.56 NATO) or larger. NO STEEL CORE AMMUNITION
4.4 Shotgun ammunition shall be 20 gauge or larger, LEAD SHOT #4 & SMALLER & SLUGS ONLY.
4.5 Junior shooters are exempt from minimum caliber restrictions.
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 model, caliber and sighting system approved by the Match Director or their designate.
5.3 For purposes of this ruling, a "firearm" consists of a specific caliber, receiver, barrel, and 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 will not reconfigure any firearm during the course of a match. (I.e. change caliber, barrel length, shotgun magazine tube length, sighting systems or stock style.)
6. Holsters and Equipment
6.1 Handgun holsters and equipment
6.1.1 Holsters must safely retain the handgun during the required vigorous movement.
6.1.2 Due to safety concerns Shoulder, Cross, Chest and Small-of-Back draw holsters are not allowed. Only hip or thigh holsters are allowed.
6.1.3 The holster material must completely cover the trigger on all pistols.
6.1.4 The competitor shall use the same handgun holster for the duration of the match.
6.2 Spare ammunition, magazines, speed loaders and other equipment must be secured in pouches, pockets and/or carriers on the competitor’s person or firearm except where specifically stated in a stage briefing.
6.2.1 The competitor may not abandon any equipment during the course of fire except detachable magazines, speed loaders or ammunition clips except where specifically stated in a stage briefing.
6.3 Shotguns side saddles and “Redi-Mag” style carriers are allowed.
7.1 Open Division
Handgun – Unlimited –Electronic and optical sights allowed, compensators and ports allowed.
Rifle – Unlimited - Electronic and optical sights allowed, bi-pods allowed, compensators and brakes allowed.
Shotgun – Unlimited – Electronic and optical sights allowed. Speed loaders are allowed.
7.2 Standard Division
Handgun – No optical or electronic sights. No Ports or compensators.
Rifle – Iron sights or one non-magnified optic. No bi-pods or grip pods. (Variable power scopes with a magnification of less than 1.5 may be used if the magnification is set at the lowest level and fixed for the duration of the match.)
Shotgun – No optical or electronic sights, no compensators. (Porting is allowed) No bi-pods. No speed loaders. No shotgun in standard division may start a stage with more than 8 rounds loaded, including the chamber.
7.3 Trooper Division
Handgun - No optical or electronic sights. No Ports or compensators.
Rifle - No restriction.
Shotgun - No restrictions.
7.3.1 Conditions - Competitors in Trooper Division MUST wear armor for the duration of the match, especially while shooting. Allowable armor to be determined by the Match Director, but would generally include full soft armor or a full set of plates. Competitors must also carry (no carts allowed) all firearms, ammunition, food and any other requirements with them throughout the match. Competitors are only allowed to accept fresh water from anyone else for the duration of the match.
8.1 Scoring per stage will be Comstock type where as a competitor’s score is calculated by adding the highest value stipulated number hits per target, minus penalties, divided by the total time (recorded to the two decimal places) taken by the competitor to complete the stage, to arrive at hit factor. Stage results are determined by awarding the competitor with the highest hit factor the maximum points available for the stage with all other competitors ranked relatively below.
8.1.1 Due to time restrictions “Limited Time Comstock” may be required. When the shooter “times out”, the stage is scored, as shot, including any misses and FTE penalties. The maximum time is recorded. If Limited Time Comstock is to be used it shall be expressed in the stage briefing and maximum time will be indicated.
8.2 IPSC Metric targets will be used. Scoring zones will be “A”, “C” & “D”. The “B” zone will be scored as a “C”. Paper targets normally require a minimum of two hits. Stage design may state an exception to this, and will be detailed in the stage briefing. Only the highest scoring hits of the required number of hits per target will count.
Scoring zones will be graded as follows;
A - 5 Points
C - 4 Points
D - 2 Points
Miss: Will be penalized twice the maximum scoring hit available. EX. 1 miss is equivalent to -10 points.
Failure to Engage: Will be penalized at -10 points plus the applicable misses.
Procedural: -10 points
No Shoot: -10 points per hit to a maximum of two hits per target (-20 points max per target)
8.2.2 Stages not fired will result in a zero score for the stage.
8.2.3 Minimum score allowed per stage is zero.
8.3 Frangible targets must be broken to score (one BB hole is a break).
8.4 Knock down targets must fall to score. In the case where a target is struck but does not fall the Range Officer can decide whether the target will score or not. Final decision will be with the match director.
8.5 Swinging style rifle 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 to the shooter.