1) During each field course all shooters travel along a specified shooting trail. Short cutting the trail is grounds for disqualification. Each two-man team must travel together and shoot in close proximity of each other, one shooter at a time, with safety being of utmost concern.
2) On field courses, competitors will be started at designated intervals that may vary from course to course. Every team must declare all weapons to be used throughout the competition upon arrival on the first day of the shoot. All competitors will be given the same amount of time on the same course of fire. During the allotted time, the competitors will be awarded points and be debited points depending on proper target engagement and target hits and misses.
3) Should a team be overtaken, the overtaken team will immediately unload all firearms and return to the staging area following a safe route that is designated by the attending Range Officer. The overtaken team will retain the course score that was recorded until the time they were overtaken. It is highly unlikely that a team will be overtaken because of generous time intervals and shortened course design. Overtaking another team is only allowed after proper engagement of the course of fire.
4) All firearms carried in the field courses will be carried with an empty chamber and the hammer down. This includes shoulder arms and handguns. After firing is complete at a designated station, chambers shall be cleared and shown clear to the attending R.O. before proceeding to the next station. Violation may result in disqualification. Some designated courses are considered one continuous course of fire, and weapons need not be cleared during the course of fire (consult R.O.).
5) Handguns used or to be used in the short-range course must be carried (unloaded) while each competitor is engaged in the rifle courses, on said person. Both team members must carry a service pistol. A minimum of 25 rounds of the proper pistol ammunition must be carried as well.
6) Eye and ear protection is mandatory during all firing for competitors and spectators. Safe equipment and ammunition is required. Ammunition that seats the bullet into the lands of the barrel, and requires firing to avoid separation of the bullet and the case (dumping powder in the action) should not be used because it is not field practical. Firing a chambered round to resolve this situation will result in a 20-point deduction, and may result in a DQ if done inappropriately. Be sure you are fielding safe equipment. Any equipment creating a safety concern, such as (but not limited to) malfunctions, accidental discharges, spent case malfunction and too light or doubling trigger mechanisms, may result in a team disqualification from a course of fire, or from the entire match, or penalty points being assessed.
7) In team events, any disqualification of a single team member will also disqualify the other team member. The attending R.O. will determine if the disqualification warrants elimination from the course of fire, or the entire match.
8) Competitors must engage all targets, firing at least twice regardless of whether or not the shooter feels the shot to be realistic for his equipments and/or skill level. The shooter may shoot multiple times at any one target, remembering that some misses incur a deduction of points from their score. Only the specified number of points can be awarded for each target successfully engaged. On target successful hits, cannot add points beyond the specified number of points.
9) Long range rifle targets in field courses, a single hit will be awarded 40 points. Two shots per long-range target are required to satisfy the engagement rule. Each long range miss will result in a 20 point deduction. If a shooter does not engage a long range target the result will incur a 40-point deduction. The moderate-range targets (carbine) on each station will be painted red, and will require two shots from the mid-range shooter. After two successful hits on each carbine target, there will be a 20-point award. Missing carbine targets on a field course will result in a 10-point deduction per miss. Did Not Engage will result in a 20-point deduction. Any pistol target that may be present on the field course will painted white and be within 50 yards of the shooting station. After engaging each pistol target twice, there will be a 10-point award per hit with a maximum of 20 points. Misses on pistol targets will incur a 10-point deduction per missed shot. Did Not Engage on a pistol target will result in a 20-point deduction for each target.
10) Teams that complete a field course before the allotted time has lapsed will receive 5 bonus points for every full minute remaining in the allotted time. Teams must begin and finish together. If one team member quits the course, the other may not continue. Time limit to be announced at the staging area before the competition begins. In the event of a team quitting, that team will retain the score at the time of discontinuation, minus the indicated points for Did Not Engage, calculated for the remaining targets on the course.
11) It is the shooters responsibility to advise the R.O. as to which target is being engaged, prior to the shot. Only one shooter may shoot at a time. Miscommunication between the shooter and R.O. may result in loss of points due to an unobserved hit by the R.O. Targets should be engaged from close proximity to far, such as Pistol (if present), Moderate-Range and Long-Range.
12) There will be no allowances for equipment malfunction or failure. In the event of an unsafe or absolute gun failure, and after approval of the R.O., the other shooter may assume target engagement for both shooters. Only pistols are to be used to engage pistol targets. The failed gun (if field repaired) cannot resume firing until the next station once the other team member has begun shooting. Shooters unable to complete a course of fire will retain the score at the time of discontinuation minus the indicated points for Did Not Engage, calculated for the remaining targets on the course.
13) All necessary equipment/gear, food, water, and health maintenance supplies are the responsibility of each shooter. Professional healthcare services are distant from the event location. Participants and observers that are not in good health and physical condition should not participate or attend the event.
14) At the Match Director’s discretion, there may be a free style man vs. man or team vs. team shoot off or other re-shoot opportunities to resolve any tie scores or to resolve any situations that (in the opinion of the Match Director) will equalize opportunities for any given competitor.
15) General match prizes will awarded based on the published match results placement. The overall first place score will get first choice from the prize table (one prize each). Winners must be present to claim awards unless prior arrangement has been made with Match Director.
16) All firearm prizes will be labeled with the winner’s name and shipped to the winner’s home state, to a current FFL holder. No firearms awarded will be released at the awards ceremony to non-FFL holders.
17) A 9mm caliber or larger pistol is required to qualify as a service handgun. In order to extend the service life of our steel targets, no armor piercing, steel core, or any steel destructive bullets are allowed. Any carbine must have barrel length of 22” or less. Any rifle or carbine cartridge used in the WTRC competition must be .300 Win Magnum or smaller.
18) Safe conduct and sportsman’s courtesy are required for participation as a competitor or a spectator. Any breech of this requirement can result in disqualification and ejection from the match, or ejection from the event area. Disqualification, ejection, or failure to complete the match will cause elimination from the event. No refunds or credits will be given for eliminated individuals or teams.
19) Please remember that the Range Officers are volunteers. They are present for your safety and the safety of observers, local residents and others personal property. R.O.’s will strive to be fair and as observant as possible. R.O.’s have authorization to disqualify shooters and eject observers for unsportsmanlike behavior as well as safety violations. Hits and misses are determined by the attending R.O. only. Competitors should be courteous and respectful while interacting with the Range Officers. Any grievances should be brought to the attention of the Match Director. Argumentative behavior toward an R.O. will not be tolerated.
20) All competitors must use the same firearms throughout the match, unless mechanical failure has rendered a weapon unsafe or unusable and the Match Director has approved the change. Throughout the courses there should be approximately equal participation from both shooters with target engagement.
21) Any tampering with another competitor’s firearm, equipment or ammunition will result in dismissal from the event, and paying of other team’s entry fees and possible damages.
22) All competitors should understand and abide by all gun safety rules including the basics:
a. All firearms are to be considered loaded at all times.
b. Never point a weapon at a target that you do not intend to destroy (muzzle control).
c. Never place your finger on the trigger until your sights are on the target.
d. Be aware of your target and what is beyond it.
Some stages will require placing the weapon in a stationary gun rack. You must position your rifle muzzle down in these racks. At this event, the only approved method of weapon handling is with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. DO NOT cover anyone with the line of the muzzle, regardless of what condition the action is in. Shooters wishing to clean or perform maintenance on any weapon in between courses of fire must seek the approval of an attending R.O. The R.O. will designate the location for the handling of the weapon and indicate the direction that muzzle must be pointed at all times during handling.
These rules are enforced for your safety, as well as the safety of others attending the event. Please have a clear understanding of firearm safety, the match rules and common range commands before attending the event. Any questions should be directed at the Match Director or his designee prior to the match. Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all in attendance.