Precision Rifle League – Rules & Standard Operating Procedures (Version 1.8)
The Precision Rifle League (PRL) has been created to provide a positive resource for fellow shooters, helping develop and expand precision rifle shooting for the benefit of all. In the UK, the discipline is still in its infancy and must be provided room to grow. The rules contained within this guide are concise, logical and will help ensure a level playing field across the various venues; reducing the probability of un-sportsmanly conduct by all involved. While different challenges will thrive on their individuality, an underlying level of consistency between locations is naturally required. This will provide a minimum standard of safe procedure required by the individual participants and venues.
This page will be updated with v.1.0, v.1.1. etc as the rules evolve. Any changes from the previous version will be highlighted by purple text for three weeks. This web page will always be the latest version.
The following rules must be adhered to at all PRL registered events. The intention of these PRL rules is not to list all safe range operating procedures, rather those that are applicable to the more dynamic nature of PRL events. These are in addition to each venues own rules / range standing orders, that must naturally also be adhered to and will cover the more generic range safety. Failure to comply with these rules & S.O.P’s, will lead to removal of persons, teams, sponsors and/or venues (as applicable) from the PRL by the League Director.
1.1 Safety Intro
1.1.1 – Each PRL Challenge consists of multiple stages. A shooter is either on the firing point (FP) actively shooting a stage or they are not.
1.1.2 – A rifle is in either ‘Hot’ (loaded) or ‘Cold’ (unloaded) state.
1.1.3 – All PRL events will be run on cold ranges. A cold range is defined as keeping firearms unloaded until actively participating in a stage on the FP.
1.1.4 – While conducting any movement with a firearm, the participant will ensure their firearm is pointing in a safe direction at all times. This applies both on and off the FP, regardless of the state of the firearm. Pointing your unloaded firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy is termed ‘muzzle sweeping’ and is not acceptable.
1.2 Safety – When NOT actively shooting a stage
1.2.1 – An Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) / Breech Flag will be used at all times.
1.2.2 – All participants will ensure their firearms are cleared, with the magazine removed at all times.
1.2.3 – Shooters using a single shot or non detachable magazine rifle must be extra vigilant, to ensure their rifle is completely unloaded before inserting an ECI.
1.3 Safety – When actively shooting a stage
1.3.1. – It is both the shooter’s and RCO’s responsibility to fully understand the stage.
1.3.2 – ECI’s will remain in the rifle until the RCO gives the command of “Load.”
1.3.3 – The command to load will only ever be given with the rifle pointing downrange.
1.3.4 – Load is defined as inserting a magazine or inserting rounds into a non detachable magazine.
1.3.5 – If there is no movement involved before the first shot can be taken, upon the Match Directors (MD’s) stage design and discretion, rifles may start from the “made ready” state.
1.3.6 – Made ready is defined as a round in the chamber, magazine inserted, bolt closed and safety catches applied.
1.3.7 – All transitions and movements during a course of fire must be done with open bolts and an empty chamber.
1.3.8 – All rifles must be pointing down range at all times and rifles must remain in the arcs of fire, as highlighted in the Course of Fire (CoF) / stage description.
1.3.9 – Negligent Discharges (ND’s) are taken very seriously at any PRL event. A ND is defined as any round unintentionally discharged from a firearm during a transition, movement, and/or rifles manipulation; or a round discharged during a cease fire period.
1.4 Disciplinary action for safety violations
1.4.1 – The disciplinary actions listed below should be followed as closely as possible. However, MD’s may, when the situation warrants, issue a more severe punishment.
1.4.2 – First offence of muzzle sweeping with an unloaded ‘ECI fitted’ rifle will result in a warning and possible stage disqualification (DQ). A second offence will result in a Challenge DQ.
1.4.3 – Anyone found violating the cold range rule i.e. with a loaded firearm (when not actively participating in a stage on the FP) will be DQ for the entire challenge and possibly the League, depending on the severity of the situation.
1.4.4 – Failure to use an empty chamber indicator will result in a warning and possible stage DQ. Further offences could result in the MD issuing a Challenge DQ.
1.4.5 – Movement or transition during a stage with a round in the chamber or a closed bolt (i.e on an empty chamber or fired case) will result in the shooter being made to move back to the last shooting position while still on the clock for the first offence. Further offences could result in the MD issuing a Challenge DQ.
1.4.6 – When actively participating in a stage all rifles must be pointing down range at all times and rifles must remain in the arcs of fire, as highlighted in the CoF. Failure to comply with the CoF / Range Standing Orders will results in the MD issuing a Challenge DQ.
1.4.7 – A ND will result in an immediate Challenge DQ and possibly the League, depending on the severity of the situation.
1.4.8 – Anyone DQ from the League will be removed from the leaderboard and will forfeit any right to trophies or PRL Sponsors Raffle prizes.
2.0 PRL Divisions
All shooters must declare which Division they will be competing in (Open or Factory), prior to shooting a challenge. Shooters are permitted to enter both divisions each year, if they participate in enough qualifying challenges (four). The following rules govern each of the divisions.
2.1 Open Division
2.1.1 – Open Division rifles will not exceed a calibre of .30 or a velocity of 3,200 fps.
2.1.2 – A MD or RCO may request, at any point during a match, that a participant fire their rifle through a chronograph. If the bullet exceeds the 3,200 fps limit, the shooter will receive an automatic challenge DQ.
2.2 Factory Division
2.2.1 – Factory Division rifles are not permitted to be altered or improved in any way from the original factory configuration, except adjusting a factory adjustable trigger and threading /recrowning for the addition of a brake or sound moderator. However barrels cannot be reduced in length beyond 25mm of factory spec, re-profiled or altered in any additional way, beyond the ‘simple act’ of threading &/or recrowning.
2.2.2 – Items may be attached to the rifle, if they require no modification to the rifle. This may include: bases, rings, bipods, data cards, extra round holders, bubble levels, etc. Rifles may not be machined or permanently altered to accept these accessories.
2.2.3 – Factory Division combined rifle and scope new retail ‘dealer price’ (as listed on three or more individual company’s websites/adverts) shall not exceed £3000.00 GBP, the rifle shall not exceed £1500.00 GBP and the optic shall not exceed £1500.00 GBP.
2.2.4 – Optics must have a way in which a competitor can safely engage long-range targets. This may be a hold-over reticle or preferably adjustable turrets. If shooters inability to hold-over or dial correctly results in rounds impacting in an unsafe area, MD’s and RCO’s have the right to stage or even challenge DQ the shooter.
2.2.5 – Factory Division shooters will shoot the same CoF as Open Division shooters.
2.2.6 – Factory rifles may be rebarreled, but only by the manufacturer using factory parts.
2.2.7 – Factory rifles must be available for purchase by all customers through a registered firearms dealer.
2.3 Non Competitive Class
2.3.1 – The non competitive class (NCC) will help bridge the gap between those keen to shoot in the league, but would prefer to have their fall of shot indicated. Equally if there are certain stages the shooters find too dynamic, they will be permitted to adopt a more simplified shooting position where possible. Everything else will remain the same including stage timings, but the addition of being coached on the firing line will undoubtedly simplify the challenge. Both Factory and Open Division shooters can choose the NCC either in advance or during the challenge. Anyone shooting in the NCC can still have scores recorded for each stage, but their overall scores will not be published on the day or included on the overall PRL leaderboard. Instead for that challenge, their name and simply ‘NCC’ will be entered. However considering the individual has made the same effort to attend as everyone else, they rightfully receive a non scoring place on the leaderboard. Thus they are still eligible for the sponsors raffle; provided they shoot at two or more locations throughout the year. It is hoped that the addition of this class will encourage more people to try the sport, perhaps entering future challenges with the leaderboard in mind.
3.0 PRL Categories
In addition to Divisions, shooters can declare which category they will be competing in, prior to shooting a challenge. Shooters can select more than one category on their entry forms. There are no trophies or prizes for categories (unless a venue chooses to offer them for their event), but they provide useful information for the PRL and may help form additional Divisions in the future.
3.1 Nato Category
3.1.1 – Nato Category rifles are restricted to 7.62×51 NATO / .308 Winchester and 5.56×45 NATO / .223 Remington calibres only. It is also an excellent division for locations which do not permit Higher Muzzle Energy (HME) rounds.
3.2 Ladies Category
3.2.1 – All female shooters.
3.3 Junior Category
3.3.1 – Anyone younger than 18 years old at the first challenge of the year.
3.4 18 to 25 Category
3.4.1 – Anyone 18 to 25 years old at the first challenge of the year.
3.5 Seniors Category
3.5.1 – Anyone 50 years old or older at the first challenge of the year.
3.6 Parasport Category
3.6.1 – Anyone registered disabled.
3.7 International Competitor Class
3.7.1 – Anyone shooting with rifles held on a UK visitors permit.
4.1 PRL Classifications
4.1.1 – Classifications are based off the shooters PRL leaderboard place from the previous year and applied to each Division respectively. They are valid for the year (1st January to 31st December). Any new shooter will be classified as a PRL Amateur for their first year.
4.1.2 – Pro: Placed in the top 10 overall in the previous year.
4.1.3 – Semi-Pro: Placed between 11th and 20th overall in the previous year.
4.1.4 – Amateur: Finished 21st and below overall in the previous year.
4.2 Sponsored Teams
Only Official PRL Sponsored Teams, can be registered/recorded as ‘Teams’ at any PRL Challenge or Training event.
4.2.1 – A single company or multiple companies may sponsor a team under their own name/brand or another name/brand to compete in the PRL each year. However the idea of a sponsored team is to promote the primary name/brand associated with the team and not to represent numerous companies.
4.2.2 – One primary name/brand must be associated with each team. There is a separate PRL Teams Leaderboard with trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall.
4.2.3 – The individual members of the sponsored team will also be entered into the standard PRL leaderboard with their name and this primary name/brand alongside.
4.2.4 – Teams comprise of two to six individuals.
4.2.5 – Teams can be added to throughout the year, to a maximum of six individuals. However once a team is officially announced and entered, team members cannot be substituted during the year.
4.2.6 – Teams can consist of competitors in one or both Divisions (Factory/Open). For the teams leaderboard no distinction is made for Divisions.
4.2.7 – Each team member must achieve a minimum of two scores (from two different locations), to qualify for the standard PRL leaderboard and the PRL Teams Leaderboard. Those that fail to meet this criteria will not be entered into either leaderboard.
4.2.8 – The PRL Teams Leaderboard will consist of the top two percentage scores from different locations for each individual. These top two scores will then be combined for all the team members shooting and divided by the number of team members, to give an overall average team score.
4.2.9 – All PRL Challenges (not the ELR day) are shot and scored on an individual basis. To ensure transparency no more than 50% of a squad may comprise of one team and their position in the squad must be staggered (ie. 1,3,5 / 2,4,6). Thus when spotting/scoring no team member is spotting for a fellow team member.
4.2.10 – Only officially sponsored teams can (should they choose to) wear team shirts/colours etc. during PRL events.
4.2.11 – Only the primary name/brand associated with each team (ref 4.2.2) will have the right to use the PRL logo on all advertising released during the period of sponsorship.
4.2.12 – The level of sponsorship is not defined by the PRL and may vary from the temporary loan of products to full financial support.
4.2.13 – Any agreement between a team their sponsor(s) is their own and the PRL is not responsible for this arrangement.
4.2.14 – For 2019 the cost to officially enter a team into the PRL is a non refundable £250, payable to the League Director Tiff Dew prior to competing under the team name.
4.2.15 – Teams may be entered into the PRL at any point during the year, up to the start of the second to last challenge of the year.
4.2.16 – Although the primary name/brand associated with each team has the right to use the PRL logo, the PRL cannot be held responsible for content, comments, views etc. produced by the sponsoring company.
4.2.17 – For 2020 the one primary name/brand associated with each team, may only have TWO additional sponsoring companies. These additional sponsors must NOT be large importers/distributors, rather individual manufacturing companies. If there is any doubt on this distinction, the team captain must contact the League Director prior to announcing their sponsorship for 2020. Failure to comply, will result in the team being removed from the PRL for the year in question.
4.3 Sponsored Shooters
4.3.1 – A single company or multiple companies may sponsor a single individual shooter under their own name/brand or another name/brand to compete in the PRL each year. However the idea of a sponsored shooter is to promote the primary name/brand associated with the shooter and not to represent numerous companies.
4.3.2 – One primary name/brand must be associated with the individual. The sponsored shooters will be entered into the standard PRL leaderboard with their name and this primary name/brand alongside.
4.3.3 – A sponsored shooter is a single individual.
4.3.4 – Once a sponsored shooter is officially announced and entered, they cannot be substituted during the year.
4.3.5 – The level of sponsorship is not defined by the PRL and may vary from the temporary loan of products to full financial support.
4.3.6 – Only officially sponsored shooters can (should they choose to) wear sponsored shirts/colours etc. during PRL events.
4.3.7 – Only the primary name/brand associated with each sponsored shooter (ref 4.3.2) may use the PRL logo on all advertising released during the period of sponsorship.
4.3.8 – Any agreement between a sponsored shooter and their sponsor(s) is their own and the PRL is not responsible for this arrangement.
4.3.9 – For 2019 the cost to officially enter a sponsored shooter into the PRL is a non refundable £100, payable to the League Director Tiff Dew prior to competing.
4.3.10 – Sponsored shooters may be entered into the PRL at any point during the year, up to the start of the second to last challenge of the year.
4.3.11 – Although the primary name/brand associated with the sponsored shooter has the right to use the PRL logo, the PRL cannot be held responsible for content, comments, views etc. produced by the primary name/brand.
4.2.12 – For 2020 the one primary name/brand associated with each sponsored shooter, may only have TWO additional sponsoring companies. These additional sponsors must NOT be large importers/distributors, rather individual manufacturing companies. If there is any doubt on this distinction, the sponsored shooter must contact the League Director prior to announcing their sponsorship for 2020. Failure to comply, will result in the shooter being removed from the PRL for the year in question.
5.1 Guidlines for Shooters
5.1.1 – The shooter is solely responsible for ensuring that he/she fully understands the PRL Rules & S.O.P.’s, as well as the CoF and Range Standing Orders prior to starting the stage.
5.1.2 – Unless a zeroing period has been allocated by the MD on the entry form, shooters must arrive with a zeroed rifle.
5.1.3 – Shooters are completely responsible for their own equipment. A firearm deemed unsafe by an RCO or MD can be grounds for a challenge DQ.
5.1.4 – Shooters will not hold the PRL organisers liable for any damage to equipment or personal accident or injuries that may arise during participation in a PRL event.
5.1.5 – Unless explicitly highlighted to the contrary on challenge entry forms, all participants agree to being photographed &/or filmed and having this media, along with their first names and surname, published in printed media and online for promotional purposes. No royalties will be awarded for the use of these images/film.
5.1.6 – No scores, images of the results or prize giving presentations from the Challenge may be released until first published by the League Director on the PRL Facebook page (Sharing of this post is greatly appreciated). This ban on the release of results/scores enables the PRL, venue and official sponsors to maximise on their marketing potential and release the information first. Any shooter or affiliated company found breaching this rule will be DQ’d from the PRL. Simply without the official sponsors the PRL would not be possible, so they must be given the opportunity to capitalise on their investment in the sport.
5.1.7 – Each individual must carry all their own equipment to each stage – Pack light!
5.1.8 – Participants are solely responsible for their own score, including writing their own name on their scorecard in a legible fashion! This also applies to asking the RCO for a reshoot, if the shooter believes one is warranted, as well as ensuring the correct score was recorded for the stage.
5.2.1 – Targets are only ever scored as one or two points per impact. Misses score zero. Know Your Limits (NYL) stages are exempt from this rule (I.e. can include non integers) provided the total number of points available on the stage cannot exceed the maximum target value of two per round. So a five round NYL has a maximum available score of ten. Only one NYL target can be used per challenge day.
5.1.2 – One stage per challenge MUST be shot timed and scored. If anyone in the top three (per division) has an identical score, the faster time wins the tiebreaker for the results table of that particular challenge.
5.3.1 – Reshoots shall only be permitted in the event of an interruption of the stage that was outside the control of the shooter. This may include broken targets, called cease fires for any reason not caused by the shooter, a broken barricade, or any other issue deemed reasonable by the RCO. Reshoots will not be permitted for equipment malfunctions unless the firearm was provided as a ‘range rifle’. Nor shall they be permitted for shooters who claim to have not understood the stage CoF.
5.3.2 – The RCO can give a shooter the option for a reshoot without having been asked by the shooter, if the RCO observes an incident which hindered the shooter.
5.3.3 – The shooter can request a reshoot if he/she believes one is warranted. The RCO has the option to make the decision on his own but the shooter can appeal to the MD as well.
5.3.4 – There are two types of re-shoot that can be opted for: A full reshoot – run the entire stage over from start to finish. A partial reshoot – the shooter is placed in the exact same position when the stoppage occurred and with the same time on the clock. If the position or the time remaining cannot be determined, the shooter must take a full reshoot. The reshoot score is binding and must be taken, even if of a lower value.
5.4 Code of Conduct
5.4.1 – Unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant of a PRL event will not be tolerated.
5.4.2 – The level of disciplinary action to be taken is reserved by the MD and can include a stage DQ or challenge DQ. If a serious violation has occurred I.e. altering scorecards or tampering with another shooters equipment, then a season PRL ban will also be considered by the League Director (LD).
5.4.3 – Shooters must be reasonably familiar with their equipment and not spend excessive periods of time faffing; which will ultimately impact on the smooth running of the day. Stage DQ’s can be issued by the RCO / MD if a shooter is significantly holding up proceedings.
5.4.4 – Also the spirit of the challenge must be followed! There is a big difference between getting creative on a barricade and simply flouting the CoF! For example setting a tripod up behind the barricade and simply touching the obstacle with your foot etc. It is at the MD’s and then RCO’s discretion as to what extent ‘creativity’ is permitted per stage. This must however remain constant throughout the day.
6.1 PRL Scoring
6.1.1 – To standardise scoring across different locations the first-place shooter always receives 100 points and all other shooter’s scores are determined by dividing their score by the winner’s score and multiplying that number by 100.
Thus the PRL points for the remainder of the field is calculated using the following formula: shooters score / winners score x 100, rounded to 3 decimal places.
Example: You received 73 challenge points. The winner received 84 challenge points. Therefore; (73 / 84) x 100 = 86.90476 rounded to 86.905 PRL points.
6.1.2 – Total PRL points for the season will be the sum of the shooters two best challenges from different locations. Thus shooters can shoot as many challenges as they like at one location, but will also require a score from a different venue to receive a place on the PRL Leaderboard.
6.1.3 – There will be PRL points awarded for individual shooters in both Open and Factory Divisions.
6.1.4 – PRL Team Scores are not subject to Divisions. The team score is calculated by adding the season PRL points that would be awarded to each team member, if they were not constricted by a division, then dividing by the number of team members. This mean score will then be awarded to the team. While it may be possible to have teams being scored in separate divisions in the future, currently there are not enough teams to warrant this system.
6.1.5. – The Team Leaderboard will be published throughout the year as a reference, but just like the main Leaderboard, is not statistically valid until the final shot of the year is fired.
7.1 PRL Challenge Criteria
7.1.1 – PRL Challenges are held over one or two consecutive days. One day challenges may be followed by an ELR day. This ELR day may also include a training/practice day for those not shooting ELR.
7.1.2 – To afford the best possible weather for a one day challenge, the training day / challenge day order of the weekend may not be defined until 24/48 hours in advance. Shooters are expected to be available for both days.
7.1.3 – Minimum number of stages is 10 per day.
7.1.4 – Minimum round count is 80 rounds per day for a standard challenge and 40 rounds (max. 60) for an ELR Challenge.
7.1.5 – At least 70% of targets MUST be AR500 (or very similar grade hardness) reactive steel – the remaining 30% being paper or non-steel reactive targets (i.e plastic polymer or electronic). It is anticipated most venues will use solely steel targets, of which all MUST be AR500 (or very similar grade hardness). Tom’s Targets (https://toms-targets.uk) are the official PRL target sponsor for 2019. Venues can hire a selection of AR500 steels (fixed on looped conveyor belt hangings) from the PRL at £300 per event; if they are unable to comply with this rule. Failure to use AR500 Targets will lead to the venue being removed from the PRL.
7.1.6 – Targets can be anywhere between 25m to 1,000m, with the exception of ELR Challenges, defined in section 7.2.
7.1.8 – For scores to be registered on the PRL leaderboard, a minimum of 18 shooters must attend. If less than 18 shooters participate, the challenge will go ahead, but scores will not be registered. Thus it is in everyones interest to ensure attendance is as high as possible at all challenges.
7.1.9 – The final challenge of the year will host the PRL Sponsors Raffle and prize giving for the PRL Leaderboard. The location of the final challenge will vary each year, rotating sequentially through all PRL venues to avoid favouring one over another. This order of rotation will be decided by the League Director.
7.1.10 – At the final challenge of the year, to ensure a timely departure on the Sunday (unless rule 7.1.2. is enacted) the PRL Sponsors Raffle and prize giving will occur immediately after scores are announced on the Saturday afternoon/evening at the range.
7.1.11 – The choice of PRL venues for the following year is decided by the League Director.
7.1.12 – The PRL calendar is set only one year in advance and is ultimately decided by the League Director. The dates for the PRL Calendar must be confirmed and agreed with the League Director, no later than the 1st December, prior to the year which they relate. (i.e 1st December 2019 for events in 2020.)
7.2 Extreme Long Range (ELR)
7.2.1 – The main leaderboard of the PRL will consist solely of results from the 1000m maximum day. The extreme long range (ELR) day, for 2019 at least, will only be eligible for trophies on the day.
7.2.2 – Across each venue, ELR will be split into the same Factory and Open divisions.
7.2.3 – A different rifle may be used and there is no requirement to stay in the same division for both days.
7.2.4 – One of the enforced similarities between venues for the ELR, will be the calibre bracket competitors compete within: up to & incl. 6.5mm, up to & incl. .30 cal and for Gardners & Orion the addition of anything over .30 cal. These calibre brackets have been carefully chosen to try and reduce ballistic disparity amongst competitors as far as reasonably practical, i.e. without asking for verified B.C’s and velocities etc.
7.2.5 – ELR Challenges will be shot in pairs.
7.2.6. Minimum round count is 40 rounds for an ELR Challenge and must not exceed 60 rounds, to help keep costs and barrel wear at ‘sensible levels’
7.2.7 – ELR Challenges will be shot on the second day, unless rule 7.1.2 comes into effect.
7.2.8 – ELR challenges will be shot between 400m – 1,400m, with at least 80% of FP’s prone. ELR challenges are the only PRL events that will be shot as a pair/team.
8.0 Guidelines for Match Directors
The MD is ultimately in command of the PRL event at their location, but must follow the rules & S.O.P.’s within this document.
8.1.1 – Provide the shooters with as much general information as possible. Accurate start times, solid directions, overall round count and general expectations should be conveyed to the shooters at least one month prior to the challenge Also include what amenities and facilities will be available and what the participants should plan to bring; i.e. food, water etc. This information can be easily distributed on the entry form.
8.1.2 – On the entry from, please also remember to request the shooters Division and Category(’s).
8.1.3 – It is at the MD’s discretion as to whether the full CoF is released in advance or on the morning of the challenge. If it is released in the morning, a period of no less than 1 hour before the range briefing must be provided for the shooters to study it and make notes etc.
8.1.4 – The CoF should be concise and include all the information a shooter needs to complete each stage. At a minimum: stage round count, time, target distances, target size and firing positions / barricade design. Blind stages are of course the exception to this.
8.1.5: Example of a stage description in a CoF:
Stage 4: Cable Drums – 300y / 274m – Freestyle – 9 rds – Steel – 1 Min 30 Sec.
With 9 rounds you are to engage one BLUE steel in the sand (as indicated) from the freestyle position.
3 rounds per drum
Starting position is freestyle, loaded & made ready.
8.2 Stage Design
8.2.1 – Naturally careful consideration must be given to safety, practicality and the level of difficulty. As a general guide for stages (& thus the challenge), top shooters should score between 60% to 80% of the total available points. Challenges with a winners score under a 50% hit ratio, provide little benefit to those less experienced and should be avoided.
8.2.2 – Targets on average should be approximately 1 and 2 MOA in size, scoring 2 and 1 point per hit respectfully (1 MOA = 1.047” / 2.659 cm at 100 yards thus 10.47” / 26.59 cm at 1000 yards). Naturally this will vary a bit depending on the firing position, but provides a par size guide.
8.2.3 – Any target past 600 yards must be reactive (ie. steel & not paper) and ideally have a dedicated spotter.
8.2.4 – No more than 40% of stages should be purely prone.
8.2.5 – Targets must be AR500 or similar hardened steel and securely hung using appropriate hardened chains or conveyor belt etc. They must be freshly painted for each day of shooting, to ensure impacts are visible.
8.2.6 – Targets should be able to withstand hundreds of impacts without failure. This is essential for the challenge to run smoothly.
8.2.7 – Timings per stage depend on the complexity of the barricade and targets, but must ensure the shooter is placed under reasonable pressure. Working on the principal of 10 – 15 seconds per round will give some indication, but this must be tested before the event. It is not expected that slower or less experienced shooters will always complete the round count for each stage. RCO’s must be made aware of this and not pressure shooters into firing more shots than they wish to.
8.2.8 – There are currently no preset barricade designs for the PRL. There will however be plenty of pictures in the PRL Forum for inspiration.
8.2.9 – Barricades should be interesting and challenging to shoot from, yet on the whole not widely unrealistic to what may be encountered in the field. When using improvised items like heavy plant machinery, cattle feeders, trailers etc. care must be taken to ensure a ND or sight height above bore issue is not going to result in metal being hit at point blank range and the subsequent ricochet/fragmentation that would arise.
8.2.10 – Care must be taken to ensure barricades cannot simply be bypassed with the use of a tripod or shooting sticks etc. Tripods / sticks should be allowed for some stages but not necessarily all – depending on the barricade design. This distinction must be highlighted in the CoF. It is recommend that for some stages if using a tripod, that the setup of the tripod is included in the stage timing – this will help limit their use. In any case the starting position for each stage must be defined in the CoF.
8.2.11 – Barricades can be painted to highlight specific areas the shooters body or bag etc must touch, thereby clarifying the obstacle and making it simpler to understand when under time constraints.
8.2.12 – An area should be allocated close to the FP, for shooters to leave their rifles pointing in a safe direction. This not only reduces the likelihood of muzzle sweeping, but importantly prevents other shooters from tripping over them!
8.2.13 – Effort should be made to ensure at least some of the targets have areas around/behind them that highlight bullet ‘splash’. Otherwise shooters have no opportunity to their check fall of shot throughout the day, if they are ‘lost’. This inability for the shooter/spotter to locate the shots, naturally can lead to (at best) a disappointing day and at worst unsafe conditions.
8.2.14 – The zeroing stage (if provided) each morning must be on clean paper or electronic targets. Zeroing can form the first scored stage of the day.
8.3 The Challenge
8.3.1 – Challenges should as efficient as possible in course design between stages, in order to minimise the amount of time shooters spend waiting to shoot.
8.3.2 – Having a nearly uniform par time for most stages, concurrent shooting of stages and having experienced RCO’s will help the day flow smoothly and efficiently. However with concurrent shooting of different stages it is quite possible to have everyone through in only a couple of hours. This should be avoided and thought needs to be given to finding the balance between rushing people through and having them waiting for long periods at a time. Shooters must feel like they have had a good day on the range, not just part of a morning or afternoon.
8.3.3 – It is recommended shooters are placed in squads of four to six, depending on the number of stages and participants. Thus with a squad of four on a stage, if rotated round in sequence – one spotting, one preparing to shoot, one shooting, and one having just shot. Obviously with more in a squad, shooters still rotate round, just with less time pressure changing between roles and potentially more eyes assisting with spotting. If squadded as described, the RCO can score from the spotters calls (“Impact” or silence) and not get distracted or drawn in too much. Equally cheap shot/bag counters/clickers (more familiar on game shoots), can assist the RCO with scoring and avoid the risk of loosing track.
8.3.4. – Equally it is at the MD’s discretion whether each stage is run individually (most common approach) or if certain stages are combined into small ‘steel safaris’. In this case, shooters must move from stage to stage while under the clock. Care must be taken to consider the participants average physical robustness and not place them under too much duress i.e. with unachievable times between stages or across highly uneven terrain.
8.3.5 – In either case shooters must have an opportunity to see the score they received on all stages, prior to departing the stage.
8.3.5 – If RCO’S, Spotters & Scorers are provided by the venue, as a minimum the RCO’s AND spotters must be fixed to the stage. This provides consistency with the RCO on the stage brief. Additionally there is no need for a spotter to move with their spotting scope. The spotter will become accustomed to the splash signature on the stage. Thus be in a better position to inform the shooter of their fall of shot (after they have finished the stage) or call shots for the Non Competitive Class.
8.4 Post Challenge
8.4.1 – Scoring should be completed as quickly as possible at the end of every challenge and within thirty minutes after the last shooter finishes his or her last stage.
8.4.2 – Once the challenge scores and PRL points are calculated, they should be distributed to the shooters as quickly as possible; either posted on a large screen, whiteboard or several paper copies made available.
8.4.3 – MD’s will provide a 15 minute arbitration period once scores have been posted to settle all scoring disputes. If an issue arises after the 15 minutes has elapsed, it will not be entertained.
8.4.4 – Please send the scores to the PRL Director Tiff Dew as soon as possible, so they can be posted on the PRL website and Facebook page in a timely manner on the same day. The PRL website and Facebook Page will be the primary release locations for the results, unless the official challenge sponsors want to release the information first in accordance with rule 5.1.6.
8.4.5 – For the 2019 Season, Tiff is asking all MD’s to do a short write-up on their matches including high resolution photographs and email this to Tiff within one week. This information will then be complied into subsequent promotional articles in the printed media and online. Please also provide an electronic copy of the CoF and a list of highlights, it should include any major issues, problems with any competitors or RCO’s and any other information that may be of value to the PRL.
8.5 Precision Rifle League Branding, Sponsorship Rights and Finances
8.5.1 – In keeping with the PRL’s values and ethos, individual shooters will not be charged a subscription / membership fee (on top of range fees) to compete in the PRL.
8.5.2 – In keeping with the PRL’s values and ethos, individual venues will not be charged to hold challenges or expected to contribute towards the extensive running costs of the PRL.
8.5.3 – The PRL logo, branding, website, forum and name is owned by the League Director Tiff Dew.
8.5.4 – All financial income and ‘gains in kind’ obtained though sponsorship of PRL events (training or challenges), sponsored teams PRL registration fees (4.2.14), sponsored shooter PRL registration fees (4.3.9.) or indeed sponsorship of the League in general, is owned by the League Director Tiff Dew. This is the only source of funding for the PRL and the only way the PRL will survive.
8.5.4 – Any venue hosting a PRL event has the right to use the PRL Logo and branding, provided it is connected with ‘their’ PRL activity (official challenge or training weekend). Additionally the PRL logo may be used on clothing and promotional items, provided the materials it is used on it is connected to the venue AND ‘their’ challenge/training event. Apart from the League Director, no individuals or companies can use solely the PRL logo/brand on items for its own marketing and/or sales purposes and/or financial gain or gains in kind.
8.5.6 – Any venue looking to obtain a particular sponsor for a PRL event (training or challenge) must inform the League Director, so the LD can pursue the sponsorship in accordance with 8.5.4. and continue the PRL’s existence.
8.5.7 – Individuals or companies that fail to comply with 8.5.1 through to 8.5.6 or bring the PRL into disrepute, will be either disqualified from the PRL and/or have any affiliations with the Precision Rifle League publicly denounced.
8.6 PRL Training Events
8.6.1 For every PRL Challenge held, the respective venue has the right to host one PRL training event (day or weekend) per year. Thus ensuring the PRL holds true to its mission statement, striving to deliver quality events that provide positive resource for fellow shooters, helping develop and expand precision rifle shooting for the benefit of all.
8.6.2 – The date of these PRL training events must be confirmed and agreed with the League Director, no later than the 1st December, prior to the year which they relate. (i.e 1st December 2019 for events in 2020.)
9.1 Guidelines for Range Conducting Officers
9.1.1 – RCO’s are responsible for all aspects of the stage they are running. They must have a complete understanding of the stage from the MD, prior to the first round of the day.
9.1.2 – RCO’s must have a full understanding of these PRL Rules & S.O.P.’s and implement them in a uniformed manner.
9.1.3 – A stage brief will be conducted prior to the start of each squad in full view of the FP and targets. All questions must be asked and answered prior to the start of the first shooter from each squad. RCO’s will point out each target to the shooters. During this stage brief RCO’s will naturally to respond to valid questions relating to the CoF, but equally ensure swift transition to the firing element to ensure the MD’s overall timings remain as scheduled.
9.1.4 – On ‘blind’ / unknown stages no shooter will be told the location of any target. Ideally MD’s will have allocated a holding area behind cover, so waiting shooters cannot see the targets being engaged. Equally shooters that have completed the stage should ideally not be permitted to return to the same area as those waiting to shoot.
9.1.5 – When the stage brief is being conducted, it is up to the MD / RCO to decide as to whether detailed inspection of the FP is permitted.
9.1.6 – RCO’s will use the following commands to start each shooter:
“Shooter do you understand the course of fire?”
If there are no questions;
“Load or Load & Make Ready.”
Once the shooter signifies ready either visually or vocally;
At some point within the next 1 to 5 seconds the RCO will start the shooter with a loud call / whistle / horn / reliable shot-timer etc.
9.1.7 – If at any point during the stage the RCO observes an unsafe act that could endanger life, they must call STOP, STOP, STOP – i.e. a muzzle not sufficiently clearing a barricade.
9.1.8 – It is up to the RCO/MD’s discretion as to how procedural faults will be handled but they must be the same for every shooter.
9.1.9 – Spotters / RCO’s who are spotting during a stage must only call “Impact’ if the shooter hits the target. No other term for a ‘hit’ is acceptable. No call is given for a miss, unless shooting the ‘Non Competitive Class’. In either case calls MUST be Swift, Loud and Decisive!
9.1.10 – RCO’s / spotters / fellow shooters must not inform the shooter where their rounds are landing during the stage. However informing them after they have finished shooting the stage is encouraged.
9.1.11 – For all timed stages, the shot timer or time keeper must register the shooter’s final shot. Shooters will be automatically granted a buffer time of 0.3 seconds, meaning that if a shot was fired in 60.3 of a 60 second stage and was an impact, the shooter will receive points for that impact.
9.1.12 – RCO’s must inform each shooter of their stage score, before they depart the stage. There is no grounds for appeal after the shooter has left the stage.
9.1.13 – Any issues that may arise must immediately be brought to the attention of the MD.