General Safety Rules
- Consider all weapons as being loaded at all times.
- Never point your weapon at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you have identified your target and you are ready to shoot.
- Always know what your target is, what is in front of it, and what is beyond it.
Competition Safety Rules
- Throughout the conduct of a course of fire, a competitor will encounter obstacles and targets in-between the obstacles. The shooter must ensure their firearm is on safe before and after every engagement.
- If a weapon runs “dry”, the competitor will attempt to put the weapon on safe before transitioning to their secondary firearm.
- When preparing to compete in an event, the competitor will load and make ready in front of a judge. The competitor must load his weapons in the correct order and following the correct procedure.
- Accidental and Negligent discharges will result in an immediate removal and disqualification from the competition.
- Aiming/pointing a weapon at another competitor or a spectator will result in immediate removal and disqualification.
- Weapons will be loaded in front of a judge, on the range, at the beginning of an event. Weapons will be unloaded in front of a judge, before leaving the range, at the completion of an event.
Administrative Safety Rules
- No firearms will be loaded or carried “hot” while not involved in an event. No live firearms behind the firing line, in the administrative/spectator area. (except for non-competing law enforcement or event security)
- Firearms will be secured by the competitor or a support member at all times to prevent, theft, tampering, or loss.
- Loss of a firearm will result in a shut-down of operations until the firearm is found.
Major Safety Violations
A major safety violation is any violation of the 4 basic safety rules listed above. Any action with a firearm that puts another person at risk will be deemed a major safety violation and will result in immediate disqualification and removal from the competition. Any major safety violation will be investigated by the staff and/or judges.
Minor Safety Violations
Minor safety are violations of a tactical protocol, an err in order of engagement, loading out of order, or some action by the competitor that does not put another person in danger. This type of violation can be very subjective, but judges and staff are trained in the identification of safety violations. An accrual of three minor safety violations will result in a removal of the competitor from the competition.