NW Florida Defensive Rifle Match Rules 

These are Rifle specific rules. All other IDPA safety rules will apply and be enforced.

I. Divisions

  1. Optically enhanced- this will include any type of scope or electronic sight regardless of magnification. Limited to one optical sight of your choice. No swapping will be permitted once the match has started.

  2. Iron Sights- This will include all types of standard notch and post, peep, or ghost ring sights.

II. Equipment Rules

  1. No limitation on accessories. But rifles must remain in the same configuration as it began the match in. No swapping of sights or removal of any equipment (ie. bipod, sling, etc.) will be permitted once a shooter has started the match.

  2. Internal modifications are allowed providing the modifications do not alter the original factory configuration of the rifle.

  3. Muzzle breaks are permitted.

  4. Extra rifle magazines may be carried in a pocket or worn on the competitor’s belt in a holder that allows for the retention of the magazine while moving and allows safe access to the magazine during reloading. Jungle clips (ie. two magazines held together by a metal clip or tape) may be used provided the spare magazine feed lips are protected from bending or dirt when not in use.

  5. Shooter may employ a handgun during the course of Defensive Rifle matches if the C.O.F. stipulates it.

  6. Rifles with a fully automatic mode must be fired in semi-automatic mode only for all courses of fire.

III. Ammunition
  1. Rifle ammo must be .223 Remington (5.56 NATO) or larger. 5.45x39, (ie. AK-74,SAR 2) will also be accepted

  2. No tracer, incendiary, armor piercing or steel-jacketed ammunition is allowed. A competitor using this type ammo will be subject to disqualification from the match, as it is a safety hazard when contacting steel targets (not to mention that it tears them up!)

IV. Targets and Scoring.  Defensive Rifle Matches will be scored using a modified Vickers type scoring.
  1. Modified meaning; Rifle points are added as whole points, while pistol count as half, as in normal pistol competition. For example, a -1 with a rifle would count as a full second, vs. -.5 second if shot by a handgun. If a shooter chooses to engage a target with rifle any single hit will be considered to neutralize the target, although points down will still apply. Where if a shooter chooses to engage with a handgun, a minimum of 2 shots will be required and normal IDPA FTN will apply.

  2. Paper or steel targets may be used to designate non hostile participants. These "Hostage" or "Non Threat" targets are scored as a 10 second penalty. A shot perforation on the scoring surface of the target will count as a hit on a non threat. Multiple hits on a single non-threat target will only incur the one penalty.
    Note: Non-threats will be identified by the following means:
         Steel: by color designated in the COF.
         Paper: same as IDPA rules

V. Course of Fire Rationale

  1. Stages will be representative of a real world defensive situation or a test of relevant rifle skills. Use of hostage targets should be kept to a rational limit and should not be placed behind the -0 zone of a threat target, though the peripheral areas of the target are fair game.
    **"The rational limit" is to the MD's taste, though the non threats should not outnumber the threat targets in a stage.**

  2. The maximum amount of rounds in a given rifle stage will be limited to 40.

  3. Rifles will start with a round chambered, safety on, or in any other ready condition stipulated by the COF.

  4. Standard starting position is low ready, but the MD may stipulate other positions, such as port arms or having the rifle located in a rack, automobile trunk, etc.

VI. Competition Rules.  The standard IDPA rules regarding movement, use of cover, procedurals, and failure to do right are to be used. There are a few rifle specific rules.

  1. Reloads:  Shooters are to load behind cover as per IDPA handgun rules. Shooters may not leave loaded ammunition or magazines on the ground. If a shooter ejects a shell in order to clear a stoppage or malfunction that shell may be left behind.

  2. Between stages, rifles will be carried or slung, if so provided, muzzle down with the actions open and magazine removed.

**Revision 2** 29 May 2002