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before the command, “ready.� A system of whistles, sirens, or flags can be used to communicate with the target setters, but voice communication by radio or telephone is the best method. Voice communication gives the ability to give specific instructions to examine a certain target, to turn a target that was improperly set, etc. Telephones or radios will allow commands to be clearly and effectively relayed across far distances. This, in turn, increases safety for competitors and match staff and ensures that relays are commenced in a timely fashion. Remember that target setting is hot, tiring work. Provide shade and something cool to drink in the bunkers for your target setting crew. Smallbore Rifle Silhouette and Hunter’s Pistol targets are never more than 100 meters from the line, and it is usually satisfactory to send the setters down on foot. Bulletin board facing sheets for silhouette are available from the NRA Program Materials Center home.aspx . If the shooter or scorekeeper is required to display the score card to the Statistical Officer after each stage, the scores can be kept current on this bulletin. Two purposes are served by this practice: the shooters and spectators can keep track of how the scores are running, and the Statistical Officer is not delayed by receiving all the data at once when the match is over. Before the shooting begins, appoint the Jury. Be sure that each agrees to serve. If the Jury is selected only after disputes arise, there can always be a suspicion that a Jury was selected to support a particular point of view. After the tournament, submit the Jury Report to NRA and send in stubs of any classification books that have been sold. Cowboy lever action is one of the fastest growing Silhouette disciplines


International Rifle Matches

All regulations for range operations for Smallbore Rifle (50 Meters/50 Yards), 300 Meter Rifle and Air Rifle are contained in the NRA International Rifle rulebook. Please refer to the Smallbore Rifle Section of this rulebook for assistance in setting up and running an International Rifle match as the types of ranges are often the same and the procedure is similar.


International Pistol Matches

You can purchase all NRA rulebooks from the Program Materials center

Like any other sanctioned tournament, your range must be ready to go long before the first competitor arrives. When it is time to start shooting, all range personnel must be in place; including the Chief Range Officer, Line Officers, etc. Mechanical or electrical turning targets must be checked out the day before the match, and time must be available to make any necessary repairs. Targets should also be checked about fifteen minutes before the match to be sure all is well. A Public Address system, if used, must also be checked to be sure that all competitors can hear the commands.

Tournament Operations Guide

Chapter 2


Profile for National Rifle Association - Competitive Shooting

NRA Tournament Operations Guide  

Guide on how to efficiently run NRA Sanctioned Tournaments

NRA Tournament Operations Guide  

Guide on how to efficiently run NRA Sanctioned Tournaments

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