4.17 – Calibration of Reactive Targets

4.17.1  Reactive targets must physically react to score. All reactive targets in a Sanctioned Match, poppers, plates, etc., will be calibrated so they will react properly with a “good hit” using the lowest power factor ammunition allowed in any division. The Match Director or designee will calibrate all reactive targets in a match before the first shot is fired in competition each day and at the Match Director’s discretion throughout the match. The stage SOs can call for a reactive target calibration on their stage at any time if deemed necessary.

4.17.2  If the BUG division is supported the Match Director will provide a .380 firearm and ammunition that together does not exceed the BUG power factor (95PF.) If the BUG division is not supported the Match Director will provide a 9 mm or .38 Special firearm and ammunition that together does not exceed the lowest power-factor of any regular division (105PF.) The same firearm and ammunition combination will be used throughout the match for calibration and calibration challenges with no changes.

4.17.3  Targets must be situated to minimize shift, twist, or movement during a match, so that proper calibration is not lost as the match continues.

4.17.4  To calibrate a reactive target, fire one round at the target from the most likely firing position in the stage and hit the calibration zone of the target. If the target does not react properly, change the target setup and repeat. The target must react correctly three times in a row to be deemed properly calibrated. If the calibration zone is missed, repeat this step.

4.17.5  If during a CoF a reactive target does not react properly when hit, the competitor has three choices.

  1. The competitor shoots the target until it reacts properly, the target is scored as hit, and the stage score stands. In this case, no calibration challenge will be allowed.
  2. The target does not react properly and the shooter does not challenge the calibration, the target is scored as a miss and the stage score stands. A challenge after the shooter knows the stage score or individual target scores will not be allowed.
  3. The target does not react properly to a hit and the shooter wishes to challenge the calibration. The challenge must be made to the SO running the shooter, immediately after the “Range Is Clear” command is given, and before the shooter knows the stage score or the individual target scores. Challenges occurring after this point will not be allowed. Whether the shooter completed the stage or not does not affect the challenge process. When an appropriate challenge is made the reactive target and the surrounding area will not be touched or interfered with by anyone until calibration is checked. As part of the challenge process, the SO will immediately collect 7 rounds of ammunition from those used in the stage from the shooter and these will be sent to the chronograph for testing.

4.17.6  If the target is touched or interfered with by match staff, MD, SOs or another competitor, the shooter will be given a reshoot.

4.17.7  If the target is touched or interfered with by the shooter or designee the target will be scored as a miss and the CoF will be deemed completed. If the shooter did not complete the stage then Incomplete Stage scoring will be used to determine the shooter’s score for this stage.

4.17.8  Should the target fall without interference prior to calibration (i.e. wind, etc.) the shooter will be given a reshoot.

4.17.9  Calibration Checking Process

  1. The MD will fire one round of calibration ammo at the reactive target calibration zone from the same position that the shooter used to engage the target.
  2. If the target is hit in the calibration zone or lower and the target reacts properly, the calibration is deemed correct and the target will be scored as a miss. If the shooter did not complete the stage then Incomplete Stage scoring will be used to determine the shooter’s score for the stage.
  3. If the target is hit above the calibration zone, the Calibration Checking Process failed and the shooter will be given a reshoot.
  4. If the target is hit anywhere on the scoreable surface and the target does not react properly, the target calibration will be deemed improper, and the shooter will be given a reshoot after the target is recalibrated.
  5. If the target is missed, fire another round at the calibration zone.
  6. No matter what the outcome of this process may be, the shooter’s ammunition will still be tested to see if it meets or exceeds power factor. Normal chronograph processes and penalties apply.

Posted on: April 9, 2019 , by :

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