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Competition Overview


 


Events hosted by Challenge Shooting Sports are 2-gun biathlons A.K.A. Run and Guns. Competitors will navigate a set course of fire carrying both a rifle and pistol, covering various distances. Typically, between 5-10k. Keep in mind that the term “run” is not a requirement. It’s common for many participants to walk or jog the courses, but “Jog n Gun” isn’t as catchy. Each event will have unique obstacles, both natural and man-made along the course. Competitors must start and finish the course with all the gear and supplies needed to complete the course (ammo and water obviously will deplete along the course), and there will be no ammo resupply stations along the way. Water resupply stations will be along the course.

The events will have a longer course (usually on Saturday) with 6-8 shooting stations averaging 50-65 rifle hits overall and 40-55 pistol hits overall, and a shorter course (usually on Sunday) with 4-6 shooting stations averaging 40-55 rifle hits overall and 40-55 pistol hits overall to complete the shooting stations. We recommend bringing 2-3x the amount of ammo in order to successfully engage the number of targets at the shooting stations. The distances of the targets vary, but the goal of the events is to challenge our competitors, so anticipate 7–50+ yard pistol targets, and 50-500+ yard rifle targets. You may encounter shooting positions or movements you are not accustomed to. Keep in mind, these events are for fun. Safety is and will be #1 priority throughout. Any unsafe or reckless behavior will result in immediate disqualification.

 

The obstacles consist of anything from crawling under barbed wire, over natural or man-made obstacles (downed trees, climbing walls, etc.), walking across rope bridges, and things of that nature……..maybe even some brain games…..

Competition scoring will weigh shooting as 60% overall score and run time as 40% overall score. Any changes to this scoring system will be noted on the event pages.

Gear up, train hard, and get ready to get after it! Come challenge yourself, your gear, and the terrain! 

The Courses

 

All firearms, ammo, water, and other equipment or gear must be carried from start to finish along the course. Be sure to bring enough water and ammo for the entire course, there will be no resupply opportunities for ammo, but there will be water stations along the way. Our courses will typically be between 5-10k long with 4-8 shooting stations and obstacles throughout.

 

The course itself will be marked with flags and directional signs. Competitors who lose sight of course markings should immediately return to the last identified course flagging.

 

There are no shortcuts. Do not attempt any. The course is intentionally marked so that competitors are in safe zones of movement. Prohibited areas are marked with red tape. Prohibited areas are likely firing lines... Do not cross the red tape.

Tokens

Throughout the courses, there will be several obstacles that you must traverse. For certain obstacles, there will be a Token up for grabs. If you successfully complete the obstacle, you will have earned that token. There may be 2 opportunities for tokens, there may be 6. You’ll just have to get out there to find out.

The Tokens are VALUABLE. Each token you earn will result in another entry towards the Top Prize raffle. Similar to the lottery, where if you have 5 out of 5 tokens, your odds are considerably better than those that only have 1.

 

KEEP YOUR TOKENS!! The more CSS events you complete, the better your odds are for winning. Plus, the tokens are COOL! 

 

We recommend you run the course with some sort of small pack or zippered pocket to securely keep your tokens. Don’t lose them. If you have the winning ticket for the lottery and you lose that ticket, you didn’t win the lottery. Keep a hold of your tokens.

Event Registration and Starting the Course

 

Competitors must check in at the registration to receive your official start time. Start times will be organized prior to the event and you'll be emailed  your heat and approximate start time closer to the event.

 

All competitors must participate in a safety briefing prior to starting the course. The ROs at the Starting line will tell you when you may start the course, and you may not begin the course, or enter the course until instructed to.

 

Prior to starting, you will be asked by an RO to ‘show clear’ on your rifle, confirm your ammo, and pistol holster meet event policies, and make sure you have you registration wristband and number, as well as a safety brief wristband.

Shooting Stations

 

No shooting unless you are at a designated shooting station. There may be targets, animals (wild or livestock), or other things that may be tempting to shoot. Do NOT shoot, draw from your holster, or load your firearms unless explicitly instructed by an RO.

 

When arriving to a shooting station, present the RO with a ‘clear’ rifle.

 

Competitors will start the shooting station with hands off their weapons/ magazines.

 

Competitors will only load their primary firearm when engaging a target. Meaning do not load your rifle prior to a shooting station, or once the shooting station time has begun. Only when you are at the rifle shooting position would it be appropriate to load your rifle and begin engaging the targets. Failure to adhere to this rule will constitute a disqualification or the RO may stop you and have you unload your rifle, show clear, and proceed with the shooting station, while still on the clock.

 

Any target without a successful hit/ appropriate number of hits with result in a stage Did Not Finish (DNF).

ROs will be calling hits and will not be spotting for competitors.

 

Maintain a 180-degree muzzle rule.

When not shooting, keep your safety on, and finger off the trigger, and out of the trigger guard. When moving from shooting position to shooting position, call out "SAFE!" to the RO as you're moving to the next shooting position.

 

Most shooting stations will have a transition from pistol or rifle. Be careful when transitioning a loaded firearm.

 

There will be stage descriptions and maps at each shooting station check-in. The maps and descriptions are crude, with a general layout, so the target shapes and distance may vary.

 

If any wildlife or livestock are spotted on a stage, a cease fire will be called. Disobeying this command will result in an immediate disqualification. If a shooter/ competitor fails to abide by this rule, and hits an animal, the competitor will be responsible for paying for any damages the ranch incurs.

 

Any additional questions you have, please email us at contact@challengetexas.com and we’re happy to help.

Firearms

Most competitors use AR style carbines and semi-auto handguns. Rifle calibers must be .223 - .308, and handguns 9mm – 45cal. Pistol Caliber Carbines will not be allowed to replace a competitor’s pistol but can be used as their rifle.

 

Competitor’s rifles must always be unloaded and clear while on the course. You cannot have a mag in your rifle at any time on the course. Only once instructed by an RO can you load your rifle at a shooting station. If necessary to transition from your rifle to your pistol, your rifle must be unloaded and clear before you can transition to your pistol.

 

Your pistol may only be drawn once instructed by an RO. Your pistol may be kept in condition 1 after attempting the first pistol shooting stage.

 

You will be asked to “show clear” upon arriving to each shooting station and before leaving each shooting station.

 

Pistols must be kept in a hard, retention style holster. No soft/ cloth holsters will be allowed. No chest holsters or inside waistband holsters.

 

If your pistol comes unholstered or is knocked out of your holster while on the course, it will result in an immediate disqualification from the match. This is for your safety, and the safety of other competitors and ROs.
 

No steel core, green or black tip, armor piercing, or tracer round ammo will be permitted on course.

 

No Full Auto. No explosives.

Rules

We enforce a strict zero-tolerance policy. Ensuring safety is our top priority, and these rules are designed to safeguard both you and your fellow competitors. Please read below our safety briefing, which will be conducted before each event. Please note that this briefing may be updated, and all competitors are required to attend an on-site briefing before taking part in the event.

 

Firearm safety rules are critical and non-negotiable and must be practiced at all times. Failure to do so will result in an immediate disqualification from the event.

 

·  Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, at all times.

·  Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.

·  Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

·  Before firing, be sure of your target, your line of fire, and what is in front and behind the target.

·  Absolutely no drugs or alcohol before or during events.

 

Ear and eye protection are required for participation.

 

Pistols must be kept in a hard, retention style holster. No soft/ cloth holsters will be allowed.

No chest holsters or inside waistband holsters.

Any Accidental Discharge, Negligent Discharge, or flagging of any competitor or RO will result in immediate match disqualification.

 

Hydrate. Always carry more water than you think you’ll need. We recommend you begin hydrating a few days before the event. If you suspect you are suffering from heat exhaustion or injury, inform the closest RO and wait for help or transportation. If you are in between shooting stations, notify the next passing runner to notify a Range Officer as soon as possible. As a competitor/ runner, if you see someone who appears to be struggling, check on them to see if they’re alright.

 

In the event of an emergency, provide immediate assistance and call 911. Notify the Match Director, Lead Medic, and declare a ceasefire on all stages. Remain in place and limit radio communication to essential traffic only. Competitors between stages should proceed to the next stage and begin their wait time upon arrival.

 

Remember, these events are for fun. It’s not worth risking the safety of you or other competitors for a faster time. Use your head, do the right thing, and let’s get after it.

Range Officers

 

·  Event Range Officers (RO) have the Match Directors’ (MD) full authority while on the course and have been fully briefed and vetted prior to the event.

·  An RO has the authority to recognize safety violations or reckless behavior and remove them from the course of fire as they see fit.

·  No arguing with any RO. Any dispute with an RO can be noted and the MD will determine final decision at a later time.

·  Any shooters that are at risk of heatstroke or injury may similarly be removed.

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