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Arizona 2-Gun Competition Rules
(Courtesy of IMA-SMM3G)
Revised September 19th 2016


Division Cheat Sheet

1 General Conduct & Dispute Resolution
1.1 Eye protection is mandatory for participants, spectators & officials at the event site.
1.2 Ear protection is mandatory for participants, spectators & officials while on or near a stage.
1.3 No participants or spectators shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the event site. Any participant found to
be impaired as a result of legitimate prescription drugs may be directed to stop shooting and leave the event site.
1.4 Clothing with any offensive images or wording will not be worn or displayed while at the event site.
1.5 Participants may be subject to event disqualification for safety or conduct violations. Disqualification will result in complete disqualification from the
event, and the participant will not be allowed to continue nor be eligible for prizes.
1.6 Participants and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and sportsman-like manner at all times. Any person who violates this
rule may be ejected from the event site at the Range Master’s discretion. A participant shall be disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct, including
(but not limited to) cheating, making threats, assault, disruptive or distracting behavior, and willful disregard of Event Official instructions.
1.7 All disqualifications and reshoots are subject to approval by the Range Master.
1.8 Participants must compete for score according to the published match and squadding schedule.
1.8.1 A participant who is not present at the scheduled time and date for a stage may not attempt that stage without the written approval of the
Range Master, and the provisions of rule 6.1.11 will apply.
1.8.2 The challenge of practical shooting includes adapting to prevailing conditions. Participants will not be permitted to defer due to lighting or
weather conditions, except when the Range Master determines that a stage attempt would (i) start outside the published hours for sunriseto-
sunset, or (ii) put participant or Event Official safety in immediate jeopardy.
1.9 Any aspect not expressly covered in this document will be resolved with a ruling by the Match Director in consultation with the Range Master,
making reference to the norms and precedents of 2014 USPSA Multi-Gun rules as they deem appropriate. Any ruling by the Match Director will be
final, and will serve as a precedent for the duration of the event. If rules overlap, fully or partially, this document will take precedence.



2 Safety
2.1 All events will be run on cold ranges.
2.1.1 Participants’ firearms must remain unloaded at the event site except under the direction and immediate supervision of an Event Official.
2.2 Firearms may only be handled and/or displayed in a designated safety area.
2.2.1 Safety areas will be clearly marked with signs.
2.2.2 No firearm may be loaded in a safety area.
2.2.3 No ammunition (including dummy ammunition, snap caps or ammunition feeding devices) may be handled in a safety area.
2.3 Firearms may be transported to, from and between stages only in the following conditions:
2.3.1 Handguns must be cased or holstered, de-cocked and with the magazine removed.
2.3.2 Rifles must be cased, or secured muzzle up or down in a stable gun cart/caddy, or carried with the muzzle up or down. The chamber must be
empty and detachable magazine removed. The use of high-visibility open bolt indicator devices is recommended as a courtesy to other event
participants.
2.4 A participant who commits a safety violation will be stopped by an Event Official as soon as possible, and shall be disqualified. Examples of safety
violations include:
2.4.1 An accidental discharge, defined as follows:
2.4.1.1 A shot, which travels over a backstop, a berm or in any other direction specified in the stage briefing as being unsafe. Note that a
participant who legitimately fires a shot at a target, which then travels in an unsafe direction, will not be disqualified.
2.4.1.2 A shot which strikes the ground within 10 feet of the participant, except when shooting at a target closer than 10 feet. Also, a shot
which strikes a prop where the bullet is deflected or does not continue to strike the ground, if the Event Official determines that the bullet would have struck the ground within 10 feet of the participant had it not been deflected or stopped by the prop.
2.4.1.3 A shot which occurs while loading, preloading, reloading or unloading a firearm.
2.4.1.4 A shot which occurs during remedial action in the case of a malfunction.
2.4.1.5 A shot which occurs while transferring a firearm between hands or shoulders.
2.4.1.6 A shot which occurs during movement, except while actually shooting at targets.
2.4.2 Unsafe gun handling, including (but not limited to):
2.4.2.1 Handling a firearm at any time except when in a designated safety area, or when under the supervision of, and in response to a direct command issued by, an Event Official. This does not apply to the carrying of rifles between and to stages.
2.4.2.2 If at any time during the course of fire, a participant allows the muzzle of his firearm to point rearwards (i.e. further than 90 degrees from the median intercept of the backstop, or in the case of no backstop, allows the muzzle to point up-range), whether the firearm is loaded or not.
2.4.2.3 If at any time during the course of fire, or while loading, reloading or unloading, a participant drops his firearm or causes it to fall,
whether the firearm is loaded or not.
2.4.2.4 Allowing the muzzle to point at any part of the participant’s body during a course of fire (except for sweeping of the lower extremities while drawing or re-holstering a handgun, provided that the participant’s fingers are clearly outside the trigger guard).
2.4.2.5 While facing downrange, allowing the muzzle of a loaded handgun to point up-range beyond a radius of 3 feet from the participant’s feet while drawing or re-holstering.
2.4.2.6 Having more than one handgun and one rifle at any point in time during a course of fire (except for stage guns).

2.4.2.7 Failure to keep the finger outside the trigger guard while clearing a malfunction where the participant clearly moves the firearm away from aiming at targets.
2.4.2.8 Failure to keep the finger outside the trigger guard during loading, reloading, or unloading (except when de-cocking a handgun).
2.4.2.9 Failure to keep the finger outside the trigger guard during movement (except when engaging a target).
2.4.2.10 Holstering a loaded single-action self-loading handgun with the safety not applied, or a double-action handgun with the hammer cocked and the safety not applied, or a revolver with the hammer cocked.
2.4.2.11 Handling live or dummy ammunition, loaded magazines or loaded speed loading devices in a Safety Area.
2.4.2.12 Having a loaded firearm other than when specifically ordered to by an Event Official.
2.4.2.13 Retrieving a dropped firearm. Dropped firearms must always be retrieved by an Event Official who will, after checking and/or clearing the firearm, place it directly into the participant’s gun case, gun bag or holster.
2.4.2.14 Drawing a handgun while facing up-range or while prone.
2.4.2.15 Firing a shot at a metal target from a distance of less than 23 feet with a handgun or 147 feet with a rifle. The distance is measured from the face of the target to the nearest part of the participant’s body in contact with the ground.
2.4.3 Possession of any prohibited ammunition as defined in rule 3.3.
2.4.4 Unsafe abandonment of any firearm. Firearms may only be abandoned as stipulated in the stage briefing and in one of the following safe conditions:
2.4.4.1 Rifle loaded with safety/selector fully in the “safe” position. Handgun in the condition prescribed in rules 4.4.1.1 - 4.4.1.4. Muzzle
pointed in the designated safe direction (e.g. pointing down into the receptacle).
2.4.4.2 Completely unloaded (no live ammunition anywhere inside the firearm). Muzzle pointed in the designated safe direction (e.g. pointing down into the receptacle).
2.4.5 Unloading any firearm in an unsafe manner.
2.4.6 Firing a shot while not legitimately engaging a target.
2.4.7 Pointing a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, in any direction deemed by Event Officials to be unsafe.


3 Ammunition
3.1 Handgun ammunition shall be 9mm Parabellum (9x19mmNATO) or larger.
3.2 Rifle ammunition shall be centerfire, minimum caliber 5.45mm, maximum caliber 12.7mm, unless otherwise stipulated in equipment division rules.
3.3 Ammunition containing tracer, incendiary, explosive, armour piercing, bare steel jacket or steel/tungsten/penetrator core projectiles is unsafe and prohibited. Bimetal projectiles (lead core with mild steel jacket covered in copper) may be permitted at Match Director discretion. No belted magnums or marking ammunition.



4 Firearms
4.1 All firearms used by participants must be serviceable and safe. Event Officials may inspect a participant’s firearms at any time to check they are functioning safely. If any firearm is declared unserviceable or unsafe by an Event Official, it must be withdrawn from the event until it is repaired to the satisfaction of the Range Master.
4.2 Participants must use the same firearms (handgun and rifle) for the entire event.
4.2.1 Open/Tactical/Limited/Heavy Divisions: If a participant's firearm becomes unserviceable, that participant may replace their firearm with another of a substantially similar model, caliber and sighting system only with the approval of the Range Master.


4.2.2 Armoured Division: No firearm changes will be permitted.


4.3 Participants generally may not reconfigure or modify any firearm during the course of the event, except as stipulated in the applicable equipment division rules.
4.3.1 If a participant's firearm becomes unserviceable, that participant may repair their firearm with directly equivalent replacement parts. If replacement parts result in a significant change to the firearm configuration, then the repair must be approved by the Range Master.
4.3.2 Installing or removing minor accessories (e.g. slings, scope covers) is generally permissible; the Range Master will be the final arbiter of whether a particular accessory is “minor”.
4.4 Unless otherwise stipulated in the stage briefing, the participant’s equipment will start the stage in the following conditions:
4.4.1 Handgun loaded to division start capacity and holstered as follows:
4.4.1.1 Single-action auto must have a manual safety catch fully set to the “safe” position.
4.4.1.2 Double-action auto must be decocked.
4.4.1.3 Safe-action auto must have fully functional passive safeties.
4.4.1.4 Revolver must have the hammer down.
4.4.2 Rifle loaded to division start capacity and held in the low ready position (i.e. oriented with sights uppermost, buttstock in strong-side shoulder, hands in normal firing hold with finger outside trigger guard, muzzle at belt level), safety catch set to the “safe” position.
4.4.3 The participant may not touch or hold any firearm loading device or ammunition after the “Standby” command and before the start signal (except for unavoidable touching with the lower arms).
4.4.4 All equipment must start the stage secured on the participant’s person or firearms (i.e. equipment may not be otherwise pre-positioned on the stage). Belts, holsters, ammunition carriers and other equipment worn or carried by the participant may be changed, repositioned or reconfigured between stages.



5 Equipment Divisions
5.1 Participants will declare one equipment division at the beginning of the event.
5.1.1 Equipment divisions are: Open, Armoured, Tactical, Limited and Heavy.
5.1.2 Failure to meet all of the equipment and ammunition requirements for the declared division shall result in the participant being placed into Open division. If the requirements of Open division are not met, the participant’s scores will be excluded from the final event results.


5.2 Open Division
5.2.1 Handgun
5.2.1.1 The handgun holster must safely retain the handgun during vigorous movement, and must completely cover the trigger. The belt upon which the holster is attached must be worn at waist level. Shoulder holsters and cross draw holsters are prohibited.
5.2.2 Rifle
5.2.2.1 Supporting devices (bipods etc.) may start any stage installed or removed, folded or deployed at the participant’s discretion.


5.3 Armor Division
5.3.1 Handgun
5.3.1.1 The handgun holster must safely retain the handgun during vigorous movement, and must completely cover the trigger. The holster may be attached to a belt worn at waist level, or to the plate carrier provided the muzzle points within a radius of 3 feet from the participant’s feet while standing relaxed. Shoulder holsters and cross draw holsters are prohibited.
5.3.1.2 The same handgun must be used for the duration of the event.
5.3.2 Rifle
5.3.2.1 Supporting devices (bipods etc.) may start any stage installed or removed, folded or deployed at the participant’s discretion.
5.3.2.2 The same rifle must be used for the duration of the event.
5.3.3 Auxiliary Equipment
5.3.3.1 A plate carrier system with front and rear hard armour plates (steel or ceramic) must be worn for the duration of the event.
5.3.3.2 A 1L water container must be carried for the duration of the event. The container must begin the event filled to capacity.


5.4 Tactical Division
5.4.1 Handgun
5.4.1.1 The handgun holster must safely retain the handgun during vigorous movement. A semiautomatic pistol holster must completely cover the trigger, and must cover the slide up to ½” below the ejection port. A revolver holster must completely cover the trigger and the cylinder. The belt upon which the holster is attached must be worn at waist level. Shoulder holsters, cross draw holsters and “race” holsters are prohibited.
5.4.1.2 Electronic sights, optical sights, extended sights, compensators, muzzle brakes or barrel porting are prohibited.
5.4.1.3 Magazine length may not exceed 5.561” (141.25mm).
5.4.2 Rifle
5.4.2.1 Not more than one (1) electronic or optical sight is permitted. Any number of iron sights may be used.
5.4.2.2 A supplemental magnifier may be used with the permitted optical sight provided the magnifier does not contain an aiming reticle, cannot be used as an aiming device by itself, and remains mounted in the same location on the rifle for the duration of the event. A participant may use the magnifier in either the magnified or unmagnified mode without restriction.
5.4.2.3 Supporting devices (bipods, etc.) are prohibited.
5.4.2.4 Compensators and muzzle brakes may not exceed 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches in length (as measured from the barrel muzzle to the end of the compensator). Sound suppressors are not considered to be compensators or muzzle brakes.
5.4.2.5 Maximum magazine capacity is thirty-one (31) rounds, and no magazine may be loaded with more than thirty (30) rounds at the start signal. Compliant magazines may be coupled together provided such coupling does not increase the capacity of any magazine.


5.5 Limited Division
5.5.1 Handgun
5.5.1.1 The handgun holster must safely retain the handgun during vigorous movement. A semiautomatic pistol holster must completely cover the trigger, and must cover the slide up to ½” below the ejection port. A revolver holster must completely cover the trigger and the cylinder. The belt upon which the holster is attached must be worn at waist level. Shoulder holsters, cross draw holsters and “race” holsters are prohibited.
5.5.1.2 Electronic sights, optical sights, extended sights, compensators, muzzle brakes or barrel porting are prohibited.
5.5.1.3 Magazine length may not exceed 5.561” (141.25mm).
5.5.2 Rifle
5.5.2.1 Not more than one (1) non-magnified electronic or optical sight is permitted. Electronic or optical sights originally designed to be capable of any magnification (whether used or not) are prohibited. Any number of iron sights may be used.
5.5.2.2 Supporting devices (bipods, etc.) are prohibited.
5.5.2.3 Compensators and muzzle brakes may not exceed 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches in length (as measured from the barrel muzzle to the end of the compensator). Sound suppressors are not considered to be compensators or muzzle brakes.
5.5.2.4 Maximum magazine capacity is thirty-one (31) rounds, and no magazine may be loaded with more than thirty (30) rounds at the start signal. Compliant magazines may be coupled together provided such coupling does not increase the capacity of any magazine.

5.6 Heavy Division
5.6.1 Handgun
5.6.1.1 The handgun holster must safely retain the handgun during vigorous movement. A semiautomatic pistol holster must completely cover the trigger, and must cover the slide up to ½” below the ejection port. A revolver holster must completely cover the trigger and the cylinder. The belt upon which the holster is attached must be worn at waist level. Shoulder holsters, cross draw holsters and “race” holsters are prohibited.
5.6.1.2 Electronic sights, optical sights, extended sights, compensators, muzzle brakes or barrel porting are prohibited.
5.6.1.3 Magazine length may not exceed 5.561” (141.25mm).
5.6.2 Rifle
5.6.2.1 Not more than one (1) electronic or optical sight is permitted. Any number of iron sights may be used.
5.6.2.2 A supplemental magnifier may be used with the permitted optical sight provided the magnifier does not contain an aiming reticle, cannot be used as an aiming device by itself, and remains mounted in the same location on the rifle for the duration of the event. A participant may use the magnifier in either the magnified or unmagnified mode without restriction.
5.6.2.3 Supporting devices (bipods, etc.) are prohibited.
5.6.2.4 Compensators and muzzle brakes may not exceed 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches in length (as measured from the barrel muzzle to
the end of the compensator). Sound suppressors are not considered to be compensators or muzzle brakes.
5.6.2.5 Maximum magazine capacity is thirty-one (31) rounds, and no magazine may be loaded with more than thirty (30) rounds at the start signal. Compliant magazines may be coupled together provided such coupling does not increase the capacity of any magazine.
5.6.2.6 Only the following calibers are permitted: .308 Winchester, 7.62x51mm NATO, 7.62x54R, 30-06 Springfield, 8mm Mauser, .303 British, .50 Beowulf. Other calibers may be approved at Match Director discretion.



6 Scoring & Penalties
6.1 Stage time will be based on time to complete the stage plus applicable penalties.
6.1.1 Each stage will have a written stage briefing:
6.1.1.1 The stage briefing will stipulate the number and type of targets, the manner in which they must be engaged, and the hits required to neutralize them.
6.1.1.2 The stage briefing will stipulate a time limit (“par time”) for completing the stage.
6.1.1.3 The participant must complete the stage as stipulated within the time limit. Targets may not be intentionally left unhit – the participant must continue to engage the targets until they run out of ammunition or time. If a participant exceeds the time limit, they will be stopped by an Event Official and the stage will be scored as shot with the time to the last shot and all applicable miss penalties. Event Officials may prompt the participant on engagement of targets, and this will not be deemed to be interference.


6.1.2 Paper “shoot” targets must be neutralized:
6.1.2.1 Only holes made by bullets will count for score/penalty. Evidence that the bullet made the hole must be present on the target (i.e.
crown or grease ring/mark). Holes made by shrapnel, fragments or flying debris will not count for score/penalty.
6.1.2.2 Rifle and handgun hits will score points as shown in Appendix A. All hits within the scoring area will be totalized.
6.1.2.3 Each paper target with 10 or more points scored will be deemed “neutralized” and incur no penalty.
6.1.2.4 Each paper target with 1-9 points scored will be deemed “not neutralized” and incur a +10 second penalty.
6.1.2.5 Each paper target with 0 (zero) points scored will be deemed “unhit” and incur a +20 second penalty.
6.1.3 Knock-down targets (e.g. Pepper Poppers) must fall to score. Each falling target that does not fall will incur a +10 second penalty.


6.1.4 Reactive/ringing targets must react/ring as prescribed in the stage briefing (Event Officials may call hits). Each reactive/ringing target that does not react/ring as prescribed will incur a +10 second penalty.
6.1.5 Frangible targets (e.g. clay pigeons) must break by gunfire to score. A target with a significant piece visibly detached is considered “broken”. Each frangible target not broken will incur a +10 second penalty.
6.1.6 Scoring hits on each designated “No Shoot” target will incur a +20 second penalty.
6.1.7 Penalties may be applied at the Range Master’s discretion if a participant fails to comply with prescribed stage procedures. Penalty values may be enhanced if the transgression is deemed to be willful or egregious.
6.1.8 A participant may abandon a firearm in order to use another firearm, in accordance with the stage briefing, with the following constraints:
6.1.8.1 Abandonment is performed safely in accordance with rule 2.4.4.
6.1.8.2 During abandonment of one firearm, the participant may handle another firearm providing all safety aspects are followed. Neither firearm may be fired while the participant has both in hand (violation will incur penalties per rule 6.1.7 on a per-shot basis).
6.1.9 The stage briefing may stipulate a shooting area sequence. During such a stage, once a participant begins shooting from a shooting area, they may not return to any previous shooting area (violation will incur penalties per rule 6.1.7 on a per-shot basis).
6.1.10 Additional penalties may be applied as stipulated in the stage briefing.
6.1.11 Stage Not Fired (SNF) penalty is 500 seconds per stage not fired.
6.1.12 A participant who, by negligent or willful act, causes damage to range equipment or targets will be required to pay for repair thereof.
6.2 Match Time
6.2.1 Each participant’s Stage Times will be totaled to produce a Match Time.
6.2.2 Match Times for all participants will be ranked in order, lowest to highest, to determine match placement.
6.2.3 The participant with the lowest Match Time wins.

Appendix A: Standard Paper Target Scoring Values
R = rifle hit points
H = handgun hit points
Target Border (purple) = zero points