FIREARMS- SHOTGUN AND .22 RIFLE
Monday, July 14, 2021
Competitor Check In: 4:00 pm
Competition Begins: 4:30 pm
Superintendent: Janet Freeburg
Location: Sheriff’s Shooting Range


All contest rules are found in the Colorado State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships Rule Book. Custer County DOES NOT USE the Orion scorecard, the county scorecards will be provided on day of the contest. All competitors must be in good standing with their club, county, and complete a record book and display for each discipline they compete in. The American Ribbon placings will be used in all shooting contests. Grand and Reserve Grand Champions will be determined by age division and highest score.


.22 Rifle General Rules
1. Inspection: There will not be an inspection/weigh-in station. It is the responsibility of each shooter and their coaches to ensure the rifles they will be using during the competition meet the rules listed in the State Contest Rulebook. There will be a scale and barrel measuring device available all day for contestants to use if they wish to check their rifles prior to the relay. There will be random checks of rifles conducted on the ranges all day during the contest. Any rifles found not meeting the listed specifications will be disqualified and the scores earned during that relay will be forfeited. The random checks will be made by the Superintendent or their designee. The range officer on that relay will assist with the checks. If the rifle fails, this will be noted on the targets so appropriate action can be taken in the scoring process.
2. Firing Line: No portion of the competitor’s body may rest upon or touch the ground in advance of the firing line or be more than six (6) inches behind the firing line.
3. Clear Bore Indicators (C.B.I.’s): All competitors will use C.B.I.’s that are required to extend a minimum of three (3) inches past the muzzle and the action when not firing, they may be any color.
4. Eye Protection: All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the ranges are to wear eye protection.
5. Ear Protection: All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the ranges are to wear hearing protection.
6. Clothing: Shooting coats, shooting jackets, shooting gloves, shooting pants, and shooting shoes are prohibited in most classes. Any exceptions to this rule will be noted in the specific class rules.
7. Spotting Scopes: Spotting scopes or binoculars will be allowed throughout the match. Spotting Scope bases may be ahead of the firing line, however, the eyepiece of the spotting scope must remain behind the firing line.
8. Sling: The use of a sling is not allowed in most classes. Any exceptions to this rule will be noted in the specific class rules.
9. Sight Definitions: Open: A combination of an open notch (rear) and blade or post (front) sight. A factory installed hood on the front sight will be allowed. No lenses. Aperture: Must have a rear peep and front globe that may have interchangeable peep aperture inserts. No lenses.
10. Kneeling Rolls: Kneeling rolls will be permitted in all classes. Kneeling rolls are to be used in the kneeling position only. They are to be made of a pliable material not to exceed seven (7) inches in diameter by nine and one-half (9-1/2) inches in length.
11. Artificial Shooting Rests & Supports: Bi-pods or leaning devices may be used to support the firearm when at rest only and not during the shooting sequence. Rifle rests may be placed ahead of the firing line. No other type of supports will be allowed.
12. Shooting Mats: Shooting mats are not to exceed one (1) inch in thickness, in addition to ground cover provided. Youth are to provide their own shooting mats.
13. Coaching: Coaching is permitted during the sight-in period only. The coach may assist the competitor during this time by calling the shots, checking time, checking score, ordering sight changes, etc., but may not physically assist the competitor in loading, cocking*, adjusting positions or making sight corrections. The coach must control their voice and actions as not to disturb other competitors. A competitor may have no more than one (1) coach on the line during the sight-in period. Coaching will not be allowed from the spectator area.*A competitor may have assistance with the cocking of the firearm with prior approval of the superintendent.
14. Magazines: Extended capacity magazines protruding more than on (1) inch below the firearm are prohibited. Protruding magazines may not be used as a support.
15. Action Open: Unless cased, all actions are to remain open. a. No competitor will aim toward the targets until the proper command is given. b. No firearm will be handled in any manner to violate any safety rule.
16. Cased Firearms: Firearms are to remain cased until reaching the designated staging area or firing line.
17. Firearms Unloaded: The firearm may not be loaded until the competitor has taken position at his or her firing point, firearm pointed toward the target and the command has been given. Only one (1) cartridge or pellet may be loaded at any time. Competitor must only load one cartridge or pellet in a clip or magazine at a time. A clip or magazine may only have one cartridge or pellet in it at any time.
18. Cease Fire: All firearms will be unloaded immediately upon the command “Cease Fire.” Actions will remain open and chambers up.
19. Discipline: The safety of competitors, range personnel and spectators require all to give continuous attention to careful handling of firearms and caution while moving about the range. 20. Delaying a Match: No competitor may delay the start of the match through tardiness in reporting or undue delay in preparing to fire.


Range Commands
1. Firing Line Commands: The following commands will be used. Adjustments may be made to the time allotment for each shooting period based on the block times used in the competition.
2. Competitors to the line: Competitors may bring equipment and rifles to the line. Rifles are to have actions open and up. Adjustments will be made during the sight-in period.
3. Your five (5) minute sight-in period begins now: Competitors may live fire rifles at sight-in target and make any necessary adjustments. Coaches are permitted to instruct how to make sight adjustments but may NOT physically make such adjustments. Any and all adjustments must be made by the competitor.
4. Cease Fire: All shooting stops after the sight-in period. Range personnel will go down range with the permission of the range official to mark errant shots. Coaches will be excused from the firing line.
5. You will now have 40 minutes for to record your shots: Commence Firing. Competitors will have the allotted time to shoot record shots. (See Course of Fire in individual contest rules.) When competitors are finished, rifles are to remain grounded with actions open and up. Competitors are to remain on the line until the block of time is completed or they are instructed to leave the line.


Scoring
1. Sight-in: Must be shot at the sighter target only. Sighter is the center bull on 1st target shot, prone position.
2. Targets must be shot in the following order: Prone, Standing, Kneeling, Sitting
3. Multiple shots in one bull: The competitor will receive the lowest score on the bull. This has no effect on excessive hits on target.
4. Excessive shots on a target – i.e. - 11 shots on a 10-bull target: From the back side of the target count total number of holes. If the total number of holes is more than the course of fire dictates, the competitor will lose the highest scoring shot of the target for each excessive shot on the target.
5. Cross Fires: Defined as one competitor’s shot to another competitor’s target. All cross fires must be reported to the line official immediately, before the allotted relay time expires. The line official must sign off on all cross fires or they will be scored as excessive shots.
6. Internal hits on wrong target: The Shooter shall call excessive shot on target and it must be noted on the target by the line official, The Shooter should not shoot another shot at the correct target. The shooter will only lose the points for multiple shots on bull. If the shooter chooses to reshoot the bull, they will be assessed the penalty for excessive shots on target.
7. Tie Breaker: a. Total standing target score b. Total kneeling target score (4-P) c. Total prone target score d. Total sitting target score If additional tie breakers are necessary, it will continue with the most 10’s on each of the targets in the order given above


Shotgun General Rules
1. All shotguns must remain unloaded and actions open and empty until the competitor is on the line ready to shoot. Break action shotguns may have the actions closed when they are in the rack. Violation of this rule may subject the competitor to immediate disqualification. Remember: Open or out!
2. No reloaded ammunition allowed at any 4-H Competitive Event.
3. Competitors cannot insert a live round (shell) into the firearm until the person before them discharges their firearm.
4. No portion of the muzzle shall be allowed to come into contact with any portion of the competitor’s body. (i.e.: toe rests are not allowed.) Over-the-shoulder carries are NOT allowed. A two-handed carry is highly recommended when practical while carrying uncased rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders on the firing line and between stations or ranges. Muzzles are ALWAYS to be pointed in a safe direction.
5. All Shotgun competitors are required to bring and use eye and ear protection.
6. Ready position will be a free gun mount policy.
7. No release triggers allowed.
8. A contestant cannot use a shotgun that has a chamber larger than 12 gauge. Ammunition maximum shell length is two and three-quarter (2-3/4) inches except for .410 ammunition. Maximum shot charge is one and one-eighth (1-1/8) ounce. Recommended ammunitions are a standard trap load.
9. Targets will be set the morning, before the shoot starts and will not be reset except by the superintendent.
10. A team shall be made up of no more than 5 shooters. No more than the top 4 individual scores per county team or combined county team will be totaled to arrive at team score.
11. Each team must nominate a team captain who is responsible for the team’s conduct on the line. The team captain shall begin shooting on the number 1 station and is responsible for ensuring that the team’s score is accurately recorded before the team leaves the line. Score cards not approved by the team captain will not be accepted.
12. Standard clay targets of consistent coloration will be used in all 4-H shotgun events.
13. The same team members must shoot both rounds and any tiebreakers. Substitutions for team tie breakers may only be made from team members registered for the event.
14. Each team will supply an adult puller for their round in Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays.
15. Each team must supply an adult scorer. Under no circumstance will a county score itself. If they do it is a 5-target penalty per shooter on the squad. The puller has no input on scoring and is not allowed to coach. The Orion Scoring System will be used to tabulate the Orion Shotgun scorecards used for the Shotgun contest.
16. The target shall be thrown immediately upon the call. Only the line official may determine a late pull. (If a competitor shoots, the result of the shot is scored.)
17. Competitors are allowed two failure to fire alibis per class (50 targets per class).
18. Subsequent failures to fire will be counted as a lost target(s).
19. All lost targets will be called immediately by the line official as “Lost or Missed”.
20. Hit / Broken Target: A target is scored as hit or broken when at least one visible piece of the target is broken or separated from the target. A target change of direction is not considered a visible piece.
21. Lost / Missed Target: A target is scored as lost or missed when it is not hit during its flight. The absence of a visible, separated target piece is considered a lost or missed target. A target is also scored as lost or missed if it is fired upon out of order or in the event of a non-alibied failure to fire (see previous rule # 16 above).
22. No Target: A target declared “no target” by the line official must be repeated regardless of the actions of the competitor or result of any shot.
23. A repeat target must be thrown in the following situations, regardless of the competitor’s response to the target. a. A broken target was thrown. b. The target was thrown from the wrong house. c. A target of distinctly different color is thrown. d. Either target of a true pair or simultaneous pair is irregular. e. A single target is thrown for a double. f. The competitor fires out of turn. g. Another competitor fires at the same target. h. The line officer cannot, for some reason, determine whether the target is lost or a “no target.”
24. Repeat targets may be thrown under the following conditions, if the competitor does not fire at the target: a. The target was thrown before the competitor called for it. b. The target was not thrown within the allowable time limits. c. The target flutters, takes an irregular course or has inadequate velocity.
25. If a competitor thinks that the scorer has miscalled a lost target (miss) the competitor must immediately challenge the call (before the next shot is fired) to the line official. Once the next shot is fired, the ability to challenge a call is lost. The outcome of the challenge of a score will be determined by the line official and the scorer. This decision is final. The challenge must be made by the competitor. Challenges by coaches, parents or leaders are not allowed.
26. All official protests must be immediately made by either the team captain or the individual competitor. Such protests must be made before the team or individual leaves the field. The field is defined as the area from the scorer to the firing line.
27. Teams unable to field a minimum of 4 original team members for a tiebreaker or shoot off shall forfeit the tie.
28. Individuals unable to shoot in a tiebreaker or shoot-off shall forfeit the tie.
29. If a shot is fired without calling for a target, it will be called a lost target the first time it happens. On the second occurrence, the competitor will be disqualified.
30. If a member qualifies in both team and individual shoot offs, the member will only shoot off once per event (Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays). Their score from the team shoot off will be used as their individual score.
31. All questions and rulings will be the responsibility of the discipline superintendent.


Scoring
1. Clay targets will be scored either a hit (broken) or lost (missed) target.
2. Hit / Broken Target: A target is scored as hit or broken when at least one visible piece of the target is broken or separated from the target. A target change of direction is not considered a
visible piece.
3. Lost / Missed Target: A target is scored as lost or missed when it is not hit during its flight. The absence of a visible, separated target piece is considered a lost or missed target. A target is also scored as lost or missed if it is fired upon out of order or in the event of a non-alibied failure to fire (see previous rule # 16 above).
4. No Target: A target declared “no target” by the line official must be repeated regardless of the actions of the competitor or result of any shot.
5. Cross Fires: Defined as one competitor’s shot to another competitor’s target. All cross fires must be reported to the line official immediately, before the allotted relay time expires. The line official must sign off on all cross fires or they will be scored as excessive shots.
6. Internal hits on wrong target: The Shooter shall call excessive shot on target and it must be noted on the target by the line official, The Shooter should not shoot another shot at the correct target. The shooter will only lose the points for multiple shots on bull. If the shooter chooses to reshoot the bull they will be assessed the penalty for excessive shots on target.


7. Tie Breaker: a. Total standing target score b. Total kneeling target score (4-P) c. Total prone target score d. Total sitting target score If additional tie breakers are necessary, it will continue with the most 10’s on each of the targets in the order given above.