Shooting Rules


Pistol Hunter Rules

1. There will be two categories. "Recoiling" for spring/recoiling pistols with open/iron sights ONLY and "Open" for any pistol with any sights except telescopic.
2. No range finding equipment permitted.
3. All shots to be taken with foot touching peg.
4. All shots to be taken with both arms extended (Elbows must not be rested against body). Your arms may extend past the safety barrier but your body must not.
5. One lane will be designated single hand only, i.e. no support from other hand.
6. Kneeling shots are permitted but elbows and arms must be clear of knees etc.
7. No resting on safety barrier, rope or pegs.
8. Scoring is 2 for knock down, 1 for metal where plate is hit or fails to fall. 0 for miss.
9. As per rifle HFT, no adjusting gun or sights after start of competition.
10. The course and rules have been designed to be fair for all types of pistol and sights allowed.

Please honour these rules with grace.


TAG Rules

Normal HFT rigs are acceptable Rules are as HFT except:-
1. There is no upper or lower limit to the ranges to the target other than for safety reasons.
2. There are no limits on kill sizes or distances from firing line relating to kill sizes.
3. A "gate" will be used rather than a peg. You may shoot from anywhere in the gate but must not use the road pins for support.
4. Remember. No sitting as in HFT and no adjusting scopes etc.

Scoring. 1 point for a knockdown. -2 (minus 2) for a plate or complete miss. Or you can elect not to take the shot in "respect for your quarry" and enter a zero. You must decline and have your card marked before you fire off your shot. Remember, the idea of this shoot is to see how honest a hunter you are. If you feel a target is too difficult for you, you have the opportunity not to take the shot. However, if you do take it and miss/hit the plate, you score –2. It is therefore quite possible for the competition to be won with a score of 0!

Open shoot rules

All members and visitors must sign in at the stats tent before shooting. By signing in you agree to meet the club conditions of attendance and accept that you have read and understood the BARPC competition rules. These Rules are as generally as CSFTA Hunter Rules but allow for specific changes for BARPC open shoots.


1. A Chief Marshal will be appointed by the club. The Chief Marshal takes the responsibility for running the shoot and final adjudication of the rules.
2. The course will consist of a number of lanes with one target per lane. Each lane will have two (2) shooting positions marked by a wooden peg driven into the ground. The Pegs must be placed within 1 metre of the firing line and only the rifle and arms may cross the firing line.
3. Competitors will take one shot from each peg, with a part of their body touching the peg. The firing line will be marked by a rope or marker tape. There shall be no "impossible" shots.
4. The only shooting positions not allowed are any sitting positions. Any other position is permitted as long as it does not generate a danger to any shooter or spectator or any other member of the public.
5. Shooters may not alter the magnification or parallax position on their scopes, the positioning of stock and or butt hook or any other part of the rifle after the first shot.
6. No range finding other than bracketing or by eye. (No lasers, range finders etc)
7. Use of bipods and or any other external shooting aids (eg shooting stick) are not permitted. Bean bags allowed for kneeling shots to support the knee only. No sitting on the foot is allowed.
8. The use of spirit levels, wind indicators and slings is permitted.
9. Once the shoot has commenced there will be no re-siting of targets.
10. All targets to be freshly painted at the start of each shoot. Contrasting colours for face-plate and kills. Targets will generally be placed between 7 - 45 yards however we reserve the option to “extend” these ranges.
11. Shoot organisers may choose to inform competitors of the distances of the shortest and longest targets in the course, but not their location.
12. Guns used in the competition may be randomly chronographed (At BARPC discretion). Shooters will be tested on the chronograph with the pellets they are using in the competition. Any shooter whose gun fails the chronograph test will be disqualified.
13. The partner system of marshalling will be used.
14. Each lane to be timed with a time allowance of 3mins from placing scope to eye. Discretion to be used.
15. Scoring is 2 points for a kill, 1 point for metal, zero points for a miss.
16. This shoot will use both non-shooting marshals and roving shooting marshals identified by the use of fluorescent jackets. In all issues, the Chief Marshals decision is final.


Each shooter is responsible for their own and their fellow competitors safety. Please ensure you follow these safety rules, follow any instructions given by a Marshall and remember that shooting a safe sport when due respect is given to the gun and the environment in which it is used. Shoot safely and enjoy your visit to us today.
1. Warning to cease fire will be given by a single whistle blast.
2. On the signal for cease fire all guns will be discharged into the ground immediately in front of the shooter.
3. Only BARPC members/marshals are permitted to cross the firing line.
4. On two blasts of the whistle shooting may recommence.
5. Guns must only be loaded at the firing position. When moving to the next peg the gun must be unloaded. This specifically includes multishots.
6. Guns to be carried barrel down only.
7. There will be no sighting of guns anywhere on the grounds unless at the zero range or the firing point.
8. Any person infringing safety regulations will be warned or asked to leave the shoot as deemed appropriate. There will be no refunds in the event of safety regulation breaches.
9. This shoot will use both non-shooting marshals and roving shooting marshals identified by the use of fluorescent jackets.
10. All shooters will attend a safety briefing at the start of the competition.
11. Any shooter under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, or guardian over the age of 21 who accepts responsibility for the junior shooter at all times.

In all issues, the Chief Marshals decision is final.

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