PRL Rules & S.O.P's

Precision Rifle League – Rules & Standard Operating Procedures (Version 2.6)

This is a live document and subject to unannounced change. Further updates are anticipated in March and April 2021, as information from the International Precision Rifle Federation and Great Britain Precision Rifle Association reaches the PRL.

Also, it’s worth noting that the PRL Quick Reference Guide contains answers to many initial questions.

If immediate clarity is required, please call League Director Tiff Dew on + 44 (0)7581 325328.

The aim of the Precision Rifle League (PRL) is to develop and expand precision rifle shooting opportunities across 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.  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 blue text for three weeks.  This web page will always be the latest version.

1.0 Safety

The following rules must be adhered to at all PRL recognised 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 precision rifle 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 (LD).

1.1 Safety Introduction

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.  There is no middle or grey area.

1.1.2 – A rifle is only ever considered to be in either a ‘loaded & live’ or ‘unloaded & cleared state’. Again, there is no middle or grey area.

1.1.3 – All PRL events run on ranges with firearms unloaded and cleared until the competitor is actively participating in a stage on the FP, under the direct command of a Range Officer (RO).  This is often referred to internationally as a ‘cold range’.

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 & cleared firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy is termed ‘muzzle sweeping’ and is not acceptable.  This also applies to firearms on the ground.  While waiting your turn to shoot, a dedicated ‘holding area’ will be provided at each stage to place your rifle on the ground.

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 RO’s responsibility to fully understand the stage.

1.3.2 – ECI’s will remain in the rifle until the RO gives the command of “Load.”

1.3.3 – The command to load will only ever be given with the rifle pointing downrange or in certain circumstances a safe direction (i.e. muzzle up when on hard standing).

1.3.4 – Load is defined as inserting a magazine or inserting rounds into a non detachable magazine.  No rounds are permitted in the chamber and the bolt is fully to the rear throughout.

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 ideally safety catches applied.

1.3.7 – All transitions &/or movement during a stage must be done with open bolts and an empty chamber.  There are no exceptions.

Straight pull AR10/AR15 (& similar rifles which have a mechanical forward assistance in chambering a round), must have the bolt locked to the rear and (if possible) the safety applied before transitioning &/or any movement occurs.  Straight pull rifles that do not have any forward assistance in chambering a round (& thus operate more like a ‘standard’ bolt action rifle), need not have the bolt locked to the rear or (if possible) safety’s applied during transitions &/or movement.  

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 provided by the RO prior to commencing the stage.

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. For example during: a transition / movement, and/or rifles manipulation, or a round discharged during a non firing period.

1.4 Disciplinary action for safety violations  

1.4.1 – The disciplinary actions listed below should be followed as closely as possible. However, the MD / LD may, when the situation warrants, issue a more severe punishment.

1.4.2 – First offence of muzzle sweeping with an unloaded and cleared ‘ECI fitted’ rifle will result in a warning and possible stage disqualification (DQ). Further offences will result in a challenge DQ or possibly the entire PRL.  The firearms owner does not need to be physically holding the firearm for this to occur i.e. not utilising the designated ‘holding area’ etc.

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 entire PRL, 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 or serious initial offences could result in the MD / LD issuing a challenge DQ.

 1.4.5 – Any attempted 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 clear the firearm and move back to the last shooting position, while still on the clock.  They will then be permitted to continue the stage. Further repeat offences could result in the RO / MD / LD issuing a stage or challenge DQ (MD / LD only) depending on the situation.  

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 / LD issuing a challenge DQ.

1.4.7 – A ND will (almost certainly) result in an immediate challenge DQ (by the MD / LD) and possibly the entire PRL (LD only), depending on the severity of the situation.

1.4.8 – Anyone DQ from the PRL will be removed from the all PRL Leaderboards and will forfeit any right to trophies or prizes. Additionally they will loose any entry fees already paid on future PRL events and have their membership of the future PRL Club / Association cancelled.

2.0 PRL Divisions

All shooters must declare which division(s) they will be competing in (ie. Open or Factory).  

There are three Primary Divisions: Open, Factory & Training.  

There are three Secondary Divisions, which are additional to the primary divisions and not always applicable:  Limited, Classic, International.

Shooters are permitted to enter more than one primary division in a single season, if they compete in at least two challenges for each primary division.  

All rifles used for Short Range Precision will not exceed a calibre of .30 or a velocity of 3,200 fps.

The following rules govern each of the divisions.

2.1 Open Division

2.1.1 – An RO, MD or LD 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 (with a few exceptions, listed below), not permitted to be permanently altered or improved in any way from the original factory configuration.  Permitted permanent alterations:

Adjusting or replacing the factory trigger.
Threading and/or re-crowning 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 re-crowning.
Re-barrelled factory rifles are permitted.  However, the new barrel MUST be the same specifications as the factory barrel, but not necessarily the same make.  This includes the same profile, length, calibre, standard chamber spec (i.e. no non-standard neck turn reamers etc) and twist rate.  In essence, it should appear identical (bar colour) externally and (as far as possible) internally, to the original factory barrel. For example, if the factory .308 win barrel is only offered in 1-12″ twist, the replacement barrel must be 1-12″ twist rate (+/- 0.5″ rate).  The LD reserves the right to check this, if there is any doubt.  Additionally, as it would be almost impossible to check in the field, the action can be trued/blueprinted in the field. This rule has been added, to permit people who have shot-out their current factory rifles to remain in factory division, after a new barrel is fitted.

2.2.2 – Items may be attached to the rifle, if they require no modification to the rifle and are not permanent alternations. This may include but is not limited to: bases, rings, bipods, data cards, oversized bolt knobs (i.e KRG Bolt Lift or Tikka rubber ball), extra round holders, bubble levels, weights etc. Rifles must not be machined or permanently altered to accept these accessories. Anything permanently attached will result in the rifle falling into Open Division, at the discretion of the LD.  AR15/AR10 compatible and equivalent pistols grips CAN be replaced; provided .2.2.2 is not contravened.  However ARI5/AR10 compatible or similar concept removable rear stocks or forend CANNOT be completely changed from factory specification.

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 the competitors inability to hold-over or dial correctly results in rounds impacting in an unsafe area, the RO, MD or LD 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 must be available for purchase at the price point specified in 2.2.3 by all customers through at least three different registered firearms dealer in the UK.  Should the price of the optic or rifle increase through the season, the price as of the 1st January for that season will be used.  Should the price of the rifle or optic decrease through the season (& remain at this level), subsequently placing it in factory, it will be accepted for the remainder of the season.  In this instance results from earlier in the season cannot be ‘back dated’.  

2.3 Training Division

2.3.1 – The training division will help bridge the gap between those individuals keen to shoot in the PRL, but are still developing their initial skills and would prefer to have their fall of shot indicated by other shooters.  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 training division either in advance or during the challenge.  

Anyone shooting in the training division can still have their score recorded for each stage, and their overall score may be published on the day (with ‘training’ noted alongside).  However this score will not be given an official ranking at the challenge or contribute to an official overall PRL leaderboard place; merely recoded to give an indication of progress.  

It is hoped that the addition of this division will encourage more people to try the sport; helping develop their shooting ability and knowledge through active participation.

Secondary Divisions – These divisions are ADDITIONAL to the primary divisions and only if applicable.

2.4 Limited Division

2.4.1 – Limited Division rifles are restricted to 7.62×51 / .308 Winchester and 5.56×45  / .223 Remington calibers only.

2.4.2 – This division is ADDITIONAL to the Open or Factory divisions.  Shooters entered into this division will be listed in a separate individual Limited Division Leaderboard.  This is in addition to any other relevant leaderboard they are already entered into.  Thus no distinction is made for Factory or Open Divisions.  

2.4.3 – Trophies for first place in the Limited Division are awarded at each round.

Trophies for first, second and third places for the Limited Division Leaderboard are awarded at the final round, for the year overall.

2.5 Classic Division

Further details to follow soon, once confirmed by the GBPRA / IPRF.

2.6 International Division

2.6.1 – Open to anyone shooting rifles held on a UK visitors permit and/or do not hold a British passport and FAC.

2.6.2 – This division is ADDITIONAL to the Open or Factory divisions.  Shooters entered into this division will be listed in a separate individual International Division Leaderboard.  This is in addition to any other relevant leaderboard they are already entered into.  Thus no distinction is made for Factory or Open Divisions.  

2.6.3 – Trophies for the International Division are awarded at the final round (with the team and pairs trophies), for the year overall.

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, but they provide useful information for the PRL and may help form additional Divisions in the future.

3.1 Ladies Category

3.2.1 – All female competitors.

3.2 Junior Category

3.2.1 – Anyone younger than 18 years old at the first challenge of the year.

3.3 Seniors Category

3.3.1 – Anyone 55 years old or older at the first challenge of the year.

3.4 Parasport Category

3.4.1 – Anyone registered disabled.

4.0 – Awaiting details from the GBPRA / IPRF  

4.1 – Awaiting details from the GBPRA / IPRF

4.2 Teams

Only Official PRL Teams, can be registered/recorded as a ‘Team’ at any PRL SRP Challenge or Training event.

4.2.0 – You DO NOT need to be sponsored to enter a team into the PRL.

4.2.1 – Only one or two companies may sponsor a team under their own name(s)/brand(s) or other name(s)/brand(s) to compete in the PRL each year (as applicable).  The idea of a sponsored team is to promote the primary one (or two maximum) name(s)/brand(s) associated with the team and NOT to represent numerous ‘tertiary companies’ (ref. 4.2.17), all at the same level of publicity as the primary names/brands.

4.2.2 – The PRL Team Leaderboard will only list these one or two primary names/brands associated with the team.  There is a separate PRL Team Leaderboard, with trophies for 1st overall awarded at the end of the season. If numbers permit, there will be trophies for second and third as well.

4.2.3 – The individual members of the sponsored team will also be entered into the standard PRL Leaderboard with their team name along side. Individual team members can only shoot for one team.

4.2.4 – Teams can consist of competitors in one or both Divisions (Factory &/or Open). For the teams leaderboard scoring no distinction is made for Divisions.  

4.2.5 – The minimum required number of shooters in a team is THREE.  There is no upper limit.  However please note, in accordance with 4.2.7 the team score is derived from the teams mean (average) Plum score. As such, increasing the numbers significantly above the suggested six or so team members is unlikely to be advantageous with regards to team score…

4.2.6 – Each team member must achieve a minimum of two scores (from two locations, ie. one at Valhalla Precision and one at Orion), to qualify for the standard PRL Leaderboard and therefore the PRL Teams Leaderboard. Team members that fail to meet this criteria will not be entered into either leaderboard.

N.B. If running a team very competitively at three members, if one team member is unable to attend the required two locations, the team will not be eligible for any Team Leaderboard place for the year.

4.2.7 – The PRL Teams Leaderboard will consist of the top Plum scores, from two 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 Plum team score.  Team members do not all have to shoot the same two locations.  Provided all team members shoot two locations, the top two scores (one from each), will be incorporated into the team score.

4.2.8 – Teams can be added to throughout the year, as new shooters enter the sport. However once a team is officially announced and entered, team members cannot be dropped from the team once they have shot two qualifying rounds.  Equally when adding a new team member during the season, only their scores after this publicly announced joining date are eligible for the team.  Scores cannot be back dated to allow teams to choose the best scores.

4.2.9 – All SRP challenges are shot and scored on an individual basis. To ensure transparency ideally no more than 50% of a squad should comprise of one team. However as honest sportsmanly conducted is the norm within the PRL, it is acceptable (where the CoF / squadding permits) for a squad to consist of just one team.

N.B. Any team found deliberately misrepresenting their scores will be disqualified from the challenge and possibly the entire PRL by the League Director.

4.2.10 – Only officially sponsored teams can (should they choose to) wear team shirts/colours etc. during PRL events.  These team shirts./colours can also display the names/logos of the tertiary sponsors.

4.2.11 – Only the primary name(s)/brand(s) associated with each team (ref 4.2.2) will have the rights to use the wording Precision Rifle League® &/or PRL logo® on all advertising released during the single year of sponsorship.  Should any tertiary sponsor wish to obtain this right, they must contact the League Director for written authority prior to use.

4.2.12 – The level of sponsorship is not defined by or within the remit of the PRL.  It may vary from the temporary loan of products to full financial support.

4.2.13 – Any agreement between a team and their sponsor(s) is their own and the PRL is not responsible for this arrangement.

4.2.14 – The cost to officially enter a team into the PRL is a non refundable £250 +vat, payable to the ‘Precision Rifle League Limited’ prior to competing or advertising/trading 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(s)/brand(s) associated with each team has the right to use the wording Precision Rifle League® &/or PRL logo®, the PRL cannot be held responsible for content, comments, views etc. produced by the sponsoring company or indeed their team members.

4.2.17 – Each team may have an unlimited number of tertiary sponsoring companies.  However please note as per 4.2.11 above, these tertiary sponsors do not have the same automatic rights to the precision rifle league® branding as the primary sponsor(s) outlined in 4.2.1.

4.2.18 – When registration goes live for each round, all team members will automatically have an entry place reserved for five days.  After five days, if the team member has not confirmed their place with the PRL, it will be viewed that they have opted out and ‘their place’ will be available for general registration.

4.2.19 – If required, please contact the League Director tiff@precisionrifleleague.co.uk / +44 (0)7581 325328 for further details regarding entering a team.

4.3 Pairs

Only an Official PRL Pair, can be registered/recorded as ‘Pair’ at any PRL SRP Challenge or Training event.

4.3.0 – You DO NOT need to be sponsored to enter as a pair into the PRL.

4.3.1 – Only one or two companies may sponsor a pair of shooters under their own names/brands or other name(s)/brand(s) to compete in the PRL each year (as applicable).  The idea of a sponsored pair is to promote the primary one (or two maximum) name(s)/brand(s) associated with the pair and NOT to represent numerous ‘tertiary companies’ (ref. 4.3.17), all at the same level of publicity as the primary names/brands.

4.3.2 – The PRL Pairs Leaderboard will only list these one or two primary names/brands associated with the team. There is a separate PRL Pairs Leaderboard with trophies for 1st overall awarded at the end of the season. If numbers permit, there will be trophies for second and third as well.

4.3.3 – The individual members of the sponsored pair will also be entered into the standard PRL Leaderboard with their name and their primary name(s)/brand(s) alongside.

4.3.4 – A sponsored pair can consist of competitors in one or both Divisions (Factory &/or Open). For the pairs leaderboard no distinction is made for Divisions.  

4.3.5  – A sponsored pair consists of two shooters.

4.3.6 – Each competitor must achieve a minimum of two scores (from two locations, ie. one at Valhalla Precision and one at Orion), to qualify for the standard PRL Leaderboard and therefore the PRL Pairs Leaderboard.

N.B If one shooter is unable to attend the required two locations, the pair will not be eligible for any Pairs Leaderboard places for the year.

4.3.7 – The PRL Pairs Leaderboard will consist of the top Plum scores from two locations for each individual. These top two scores will then be combined and divided by two, to give an overall average Plum pair score.  While it is anticipated they will, competitors do not both have to shoot the same two locations.  Provided both members shoot two locations, the top two scores (one from each), will be incorporated into the pairs score.

4.3.8 –  Once a pair is officially announced and entered, either shooter cannot be substituted / replaced during the year.  Equally when forming a pair during the season, only their scores after this publicly announced formation date are eligible for the team.  Scores cannot be back dated to allow pairs to form and choose their best scores.

4.3.9 – All SRP challenges are shot and scored on an individual basis. To ensure transparency, ideally the pairs should not score for each other. However as honest sportsmanly conducted is the norm within the PRL, it is acceptable (where the CoF / squadding permits) for this to occur.

N.B. Any pair found deliberately misrepresenting their scores will be disqualified from the challenge and possibly the entire PRL by the League Director.

4.3.10 – Only officially sponsored pairs can (should they choose to) wear overtly sponsored shirts/colours etc. during PRL events.  These team shirts./colours can also display the names/logos of the tertiary sponsors.

4.3.11 – Only the primary name(s)/brand(s) associated with each pair (ref 4.2.2) will have the rights to use the wording Precision Rifle League® &/or PRL logo® on all advertising released during the single year of sponsorship.  Should any tertiary sponsor wish to obtain this right, they must contact the League Director for written authority prior to use.

4.3.12 – The level of sponsorship is not defined by or within the remit of the PRL.  It may vary from the temporary loan of products to full financial support.

4.3.13 – Any agreement between a pair their sponsor(s) is their own and the PRL is not responsible for this arrangement.

4.3.14 – The cost to officially enter a pair into the PRL is a non refundable £150 +vat, payable to the ‘Precision Rifle League Limited’ prior to competing or advertising/trading under the pair name.

4.3.15 – A pair 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.

4.3.16 – Although the primary name(s)/brand(s) associated with each pair has the right to use the wording Precision Rifle League® &/or PRL logo®, the PRL cannot be held responsible for content, comments, views etc. produced by the sponsoring company or indeed the pair of individuals.

4.3.17 – Each pair may have an unlimited number of tertiary sponsoring companies.  However please note as per 4.3.11 above, these tertiary sponsors do not have the same automatic rights to the precision rifle league® as the primary sponsor(s) outlined in 4.3.1.

4.3.18 – When registration goes live for each round, all pairs will automatically have an entry place reserved for five days.  After five days, if either or both have not confirmed their place with the PRL, it will be viewed that they have opted out and ‘their place’ will be available for general registration.

 4.3.19 – If required, please contact the League Director tiff@precisionrifleleague.co.uk / +44 (0)7581 325328 for further details regarding entering as a pair.

4.4 Individual Named Sponsored Shooter

4.4.0 – You DO NOT need to be sponsored to shoot in the PRL.

4.4.1 – A single company or multiple companies may sponsor an individual named shooter.  The idea of an individual named sponsored shooter is to promote the individual competitor.

4.4.2 – There is no dedicated leaderboard or trophies for individual named sponsors shooters.

4.4.3 – The individual named sponsored shooter will be entered into the standard PRL Leaderboard with their name and (if desired) only one or two primary names/brands alongside.  However unlike teams or pairs, this is not essential as the focus is on the named individual.

4.4.4 – An individual named sponsored shooter, is unsurprisingly, a single individual.

4.4.5 – Once a sponsored shooter is officially announced and entered, they cannot be substituted or replaced during the year.

4.4.6 – In accordance with 4.4.2., an individual named sponsored shooter will be scored in either Open or Factory Division, plus any secondary divisions they choose to enter.

4.4.7 – The competitor must achieve a minimum of two scores (from two locations, ie. one at Valhalla Precision and one at Orion), to qualify for the PRL Leaderboard.

If the competitor is unable to attend the required two locations, they will not be eligible for any PRL Leaderboard place for the year.  

4.4.8 – All SRP challenges are shot and scored on an individual basis. To ensure transparency, two individual named sponsored shooters representing the same companies, ideally should not score for each other. However as honest sportsmanly conducted is the norm within the PRL, it is acceptable (where the CoF / squadding permits) for this to occur.

N.B. Any individual named sponsored shooters found deliberately misrepresenting their scores will be disqualified from the challenge and possibly the entire PRL by the League Director.

4.4.9 – Only official individual named sponsored shooters can (should they choose to) wear overtly sponsored shirts/colours etc. during PRL events.

4.4.10 – Only the individual named sponsored shooter will have the rights to use the wording Precision Rifle League® &/or PRL logo® on all promotional material / advertising released by the individual during the single year of sponsorship.  Should any of the sponsoring companies wish to obtain this right, they must contact the League Director for written authority prior to use.

4.4.11 – The level of sponsorship is not defined by or within the remit of the PRL.  It may vary from the temporary loan of products to full financial support.

4.4.12 – Any agreement between an individual named sponsored shooter and their sponsor(s) is their own and the PRL is not responsible for this arrangement.

4.4.13 – The cost to officially enter an individual named sponsored shooter into the PRL is a non refundable £100 +vat, payable to ‘Precision Rifle League Limited’ prior to competing/trading under the individual named sponsored shooters name.

4.4.14 – An individual named 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.

4.4.15 – Although the individual named sponsored shooter has the right to use the wording Precision Rifle League® &/or PRL logo®, the PRL cannot be held responsible for content, comments, views etc. produced by the individual named sponsored shooter or the sponsoring companies.

4.4.16 – Each individual named sponsored shooter may have an unlimited number of sponsoring companies.  However please note as per 4.4.11 above, these sponsors do not have the same automatic rights to use the precision rifle league® independently for advertising etc, as the individual named sponsored shooter outlined in 4.4.1.

4.4.17 – When registration goes live for each round, all individual named sponsored shooters will automatically have an entry place reserved for five days.  After five days, if the individual has not confirmed their place with the LD, it will be viewed that they have opted out and ‘their place’ will be available for general registration.

4.4.18 – If required, please contact the League Director tiff@precisionrifleleague.co.uk / +44 (0)7581 325328 for further details regarding for further details regarding entering as an individual sponsored shooter.

5.0 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 (outlined in the compulsory morning briefing) prior to starting any 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 liable for any damage to equipment or accident or injuries that may arise during participation in a PRL event.

5.1.5 – Unless explicitly mentioned to the contrary during registration (via an email to the PRL), all participants agree to being photographed &/or filmed and having this media, along with their first names and surname, published in printed media, online and elsewhere for promotional purposes of the PRL and related sponsoring companies . No royalties will ever be awarded for the use of these images/film.

5.1.6 – Each individual must carry all their own equipment to each stage – Pack light!

5.1.7 – Participants are responsible for their own scorecard, 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.

5.1.8 – Each shooter must posses at least one fine permanent black Sharpie or fine black Staedtler Lumocolor pen for scoring fellow competitors. Anyone arriving without a pen will have to buy one from the PRL for £1 at the range.

5.1.9 – Electronic scoring will be introduced in the 2020/21 Season – Further details to follow.

5.2 Target Values

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 will be used per challenge day.

5.3 Reshoots

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 after they have began the stage.

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/LD 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 &/or ungentlemanly conduct by any participant at a PRL event will not be tolerated.  Equally, anyone found attempting to, or succeeding in, bringing the PRL into dispute at any time will face disciplinary action.

5.4.2 – The level of disciplinary action to be taken is reserved by the MD or LD 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 or lifetime 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 RO / MD / LD 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 LD’s / MD’s and then RO’s discretion as to what extent ‘creativity’ is permitted per stage.  This must however remain constant throughout the day.

6.0 PRL Scoring System – The Plum Scoring System

For the 2020/21 season, the PRL will be using the Plum Scoring System.  The Plum Scoring System has been developed specifically for the PRL by a statistician and they reserve all rights. Should you wish to implement the Plum Scoring System outside of the PRL, please contact the LD for further information.  Additionally this system may be subject to minor corrections throughout the season; however after extensive testing this is extremely unlikely.

6.1 PRL Leaderboard –  The Plum Scoring System explained

6.1.1 – Calculate the mean of the top 20% individual ‘raw scores’. This is to be called the ’top 20% mean’. The ‘top 20% mean’ is then used to calculate an ’adjusted percentage’ for every competitor, for each individual challenge. To calculate the ‘adjusted percentage’, the competitor’s ‘raw score’ is divided by the ‘top 20% mean’, and multiplied by 100. Two decimal places are to be used when stating any ‘adjusted percentage’.

Example: There are 47 competitors, so 20% of 47 is 9.4, rounded to the nearest integer (9). Take the mean of the top 9 scores – this is the ’top 20% mean’. Let’s assume the ‘top 20% mean’ equals 103. Shooter x has a score of 105, and shooter y has a score of 95. For shooter x, (105/103) x 100 = 101.94%. For shooter y, (95/103) x 100 = 92.23%.

6.1.2 – These ‘adjusted percentages’ need only be calculated and then published by the LD after the challenge.  At the challenge ‘raw scores’ are sufficient to determine where everyone placed on the day.  The only exception being the final round of the season, where it is done on the day to determine the overall PRL Leaderboard places.

6.1.3 – Each shooter will be responsible for checking and tallying their ‘raw score’, then writing this score on the challenge leaderboard.  This is taken as final confirmation the shooter is 100% confident in their final ‘raw score’ and this ‘raw score’ cannot ever be further challenged for an increase, by the competitor or their representatives.  Any subsequent challenges on ‘raw score’ by the competitor or their representatives will not be entertained.

6.1.4 – Score cards MUST remain at the venue for the MD & LD to inspect after the challenge.  Any apparent errors in the ‘raw score’ found will be checked first with the shooter and may then be subsequently amended in the ‘adjusted percentages’ by the LD.  Trophies allocated on the day will NOT be redistributed (if applicable).  However to avoid this happening, competitors must double (if not triple) check their scorecard and tally, prior to entering their ‘raw score’ on the board.

6.2 PRL Leaderboard

6.2.1 – The highest two ‘adjusted percentage’ scores (which must be from different ranges) are added together to calculate a shooters ‘season aggregate’. The ‘season aggregate’ score is displayed on the PRL Leaderboard. If there is an unlikely tie on the PRL Leaderboard at the end of the year, then 3 decimal places are to be used to determine position.

6.3 Podium Bonus Points

6.3.1 – Bonus points are awarded to competitors who have placed on the podium at a challenge. Bonus points are added on to the ‘adjusted percentage’.  A 1st position finish is awarded a 3pt bonus, a 2nd position finish is awarded a 2pt bonus and a 3rd position finish is awarded a 1pt bonus.

6.4 Shoot Offs

6.4.1 – Any ties of ‘raw score’ for a podium finish are to be resolved via ‘shoot off’. The ‘shoot off’ is to be conducted on any stage chosen by the LD, under conditions the LD chooses. If there are multiple ties on a podium, the lower podium ‘shoot off’ is to be completed first.

6.4.2  – A ‘shoot off’ is a standalone event and only used as a process to resolve raw score podium ties. ‘Shoot off’ scores will NOT be added to raw scores for any given challenge.  An example being two shooters (x & y) on ‘joint first’ at 83pt.  If shooter x wins the shoot off, they will be awarded 1st position and shooter y 2nd position; with the subsequent podium bonus points applied 6.3.1.

6.4.3 – No coaching is permitted for any competitor during a ‘shoot off’. Any competitor found to have received coaching, will be instantly disqualified from the the entire challenge by the LD.

6.4.4 – Competitors have a maximum of 10 minutes from the official announcement of a ‘shoot off’ to attend the designated firing point. If a competitor is not present within that time frame, they will not be allowed to take part in the ‘shoot off’ and will be awarded a loss in the ‘shoot off’. The stage conditions of the ‘shoot off’ are to be publicly announced to all who are present at the firing point. Competitors in any ‘shoot off’ are to shoot the stage, as directed by the LD.

6.4.5 – The shooting order for a ‘shoot off’ is determined by the flip of a coin, with the winner choosing the shooting order. If there are 3 or more competitors, shooting order numbers will be drawn from a hat.

6.4.6 – A ‘shoot off’ will be run in the same format as any ‘normal’ challenge stage with a minimum of two spotters calling impacts and a separate individual scoring. The scorer and spotters for the ‘shoot off’ will be selected by the LD. Competitor scores from the ‘shoot off’ stage are to be publicly announced immediately after each individual competitor completes the ‘shoot off’ stage.

6.4.7 – If a tie still remains between all competitors in a ‘shoot off’, the LD has the authority to alter the course of fire. Competitors will then shoot again until a winner is found.

6.4.8 – If there are three or more competitors in the shoot off, they are placed according to score after the ‘shoot off’.  If three or more competitors are all tied after the initial ‘shoot off’ stage, then 6.4.7 will be enacted.

6.4.9 – In the event of target failure, the LD retains jurisdiction on whether to fix the targetry, or to restart a new ‘shoot off’, with no scores established. The LD’s judgement will be final.

6.4.10 – The LD will provide a warning to a competitor for any behaviour that is deemed not in the ‘spirit of the league’.  Any repeat of the same offence will result in disqualification from the ‘shoot off’ and possibly the challenge.

6.4.11 – During a ‘shoot off’ a distraction/balk claim can NOT be made by a competitor nor any other attendee on their behalf. For any exceptional circumstances in which the LD believes a competitor has been unfairly disadvantaged, due to matters out of the competitor’s control, a decision will be made by the LD.

6.4.12  – Ultimately the LD’s decision is final.

6.5 – Additional Scoring Information

6.5.1 – The PRL is a nationwide competition.  Individuals, pairs and teams can compete in as many challenges as they like at one location (i.e. Orion), but will also require a score from a different venue (i.e. Valhalla Precision) to receive a place on the PRL Leaderboard.

6.5.2. – The Team & Pairs Leaderboard will be published throughout the year as a reference, but just like the Individual PRL Leaderboard, is not statistically valid until the final shot of the year is fired.

7.0 Short Range Precision Challenge Criteria

7.1.1 – SRP challenges are held over one or two consecutive days.  One day SRP challenges may be proceeded or followed by a LRP day or Pro/Am Pairs SRP or training/practice day.

7.1.2 – Minimum number of stages is 8 per day or 5 for a half day.

7.1.3 – Maximum round count is 100 rounds per day for a SRP challenge.

7.1.4 – At least 60% of targets will be AR500 (or very similar grade hardness) reactive steel – the remaining 40% being paper or non-steel reactive targets (i.e plastic polymer or electronic).  

7.1.5 – Targets can be anywhere between 25m to 1,000m.

7.1.6 – The final challenge of the year will be the location for the PRL Sponsors Raffle and prize giving for the PRL Leaderboard.

7.2 Pairs Long Range Precision (LRP)

7.2.1 – LRP Challenges are separate day events and do not qualify for the main PRL Leaderboard.

7.2.2 – LRP 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 LRP as SRP.

7.2.4 – There is a calibre ‘bracket’ competitors compete within: up to & incl. 6.5mm, up to & incl. .30 cal and for Orion & Valhalla 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 – LRP challenges will be shot in pairs, either composed in advance or on the day.

7.2.6. The minimum round count is 40 rounds for an LRP challenge and must not exceed 60 rounds, to help keep costs and barrel wear at ‘sensible levels’.

7.2.7 – LRP challenges will be shot between 300m – 1,400m, with at least 80% of FP’s prone or modified prone.

8.0  – General Challenge Information / Guidance for Match Directors

8.1.1 – It is at the MD’s discretion as to whether the full CoF is released publicly in advance via email to all participants or on the morning of the challenge.  If it is released in the morning, a period of no less than 30 minutes before the range briefing must be provided for the shooters to study it and make notes etc.

8.1.2 – 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 or identification (i.e. colour) and firing positions / barricade design.  Blind stages are of course the exception to this.

8.1.3: 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 standing behind the barricade.

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 65% to 85% of the total available points.  

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).  This will vary a bit depending on the firing position, but provides a par size guide.

8.2.3 – Any target past 500 yards must be reactive and ideally have a Magnetospeed T1000 hit indicator fitted.

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 fixings or conveyor belt etc.

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 are however plenty of pictures on the PRL Facebook page for inspiration of what may be encountered at a challenge or training event.

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 / marked 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 – A ‘Holding Area’ must be allocated close to the FP, for shooters to leave their rifles pointing in a safe direction.  This not only prevents muzzle sweeping, but importantly prevents other shooters from tripping over rifles on the ground!

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 RO’s will help the day flow smoothly and efficiently.  

8.3.3 – It is recommended shooters are placed in squads of four to eight, 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 RO 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 RO 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 RO’S, Spotters & Scorers are provided by the venue, as a minimum the RO’s AND spotters must be fixed to the stage.  This provides consistency with the RO 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 those in training division.

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 ‘raw scores’ are calculated, they should be distributed to the shooters as quickly as possible via the scoreboard.

8.5 Precision Rifle League Branding, Sponsorship Rights and Finances

8.5.1 – The PRL logo, branding, website and name is owned by either the League Director Tiff Dew or Precision Rifle League Limited.

8.5.2 – Any venue hosting a PRL event has the right to use the PRL Logo and branding, when used in connection to the venue AND the venues PRL event.  Apart from the LD, no individuals or companies can solely use the PRL logo/brand on items for its own marketing and/or sales purposes and/or financial gain or gains in kind, unless authorised elsewhere in the rules or in writing by the LD.

8.5.3 – Individuals or companies that fail to comply with 8.5.2 or bring the PRL into disrepute, will be disqualified from the PRL and/or have any affiliations with the Precision Rifle League potentially publicly denounced.

8.6 PRL Training Events

8.6.1 – Details to follow.

9.0 Guidelines for Range Officers

9.1.1 – RO’s are responsible for all aspects of the stage they are running. They must have a complete understanding of the stage from the MD/LD, prior to the first round of the day.

9.1.2 – RO’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 starting any CoF, for 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. RO’s will point out each target to the shooters. During this stage brief RO’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 / RO to decide as to whether detailed inspection of the FP is permitted.  

9.1.6 – RO’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 complete;

“Shooter ready?”

Once the shooter signifies ready either visually or vocally;

“Standby”

At some point within the next 1 to 5 seconds the RO 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 RO observes an unsafe act, they must call STOP, STOP, STOP –  i.e. a muzzle not sufficiently clearing a barricade.

9.1.8 – It is up to the RO/MD’s discretion as to how procedural faults will be handled (in accordance with these rules), but they must be the same for every shooter.

9.1.9 – Spotters / RO’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 training division.  In either case calls MUST be Swift, Loud and Decisive!

9.1.10 – RO’s / spotters / fellow shooters must not inform the shooter where their rounds are landing during the stage (unless in training division). 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 note the time of a 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 – RO’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/LD.

10.0 – Registration procedure for each round of the Precision Rifle League.

To register for a challenge, please use the registration page and associated form on this website.

Places will be allocated in the order registration requests are received.