NOTE: The following standardized rules have been adopted by the ACJA-LAE Executive
Board as policy for all National and Regional Association sponsored -Firearms Competitions.
Each competitor will be asked to sign a Liability Waiver before competing in the Firearms
Some competitors have, in the past, attempted to alter the Liability Waiver by drawing
lines through some of the clauses or adding clauses. These Waivers were drawn up by
very competent attorneys who were caring for the best interest of the Association.
Waivers that have been altered in any fashion by the competitor will not be accepted!!
Any competitor who fails or refuses to sign the waiver form before the firearms competition,
or does not have both forms in their possession at the time of the competition; will
not be allowed to compete.
- Weapons and Security: All competitors are liable and responsible for the care and handling of their own
firearms in a safe and secure manner. Weapons will not be publicly worn or displayed
at any time except on the firing line.
- Liability: Competitors are responsible and liable for any misuse or mishandling of firearms.
Any incident involving firearms will necessitate immediate expulsion from the conference,
and any legal action concerned with the incident will be enforced. Possession of firearms,
other than in authorized, specific places, may be a violation of local or state law.
ACJA-LAE, its officers and members, Conference Hosts, Range Host and personnel do
not assume any liability in the operation of the Firearms Match.
Competitors assume all responsibility and risks upon registering for the event. All
competitors are required to signa Waiver of Liability/Indemnification Agreement and
Statement of Competency before being allowed on the firingline. The Statement of Competency
will attest that the competitor has completed a basic firearms course andachieved
a score of 200 on the ACJA-LAE course of fire. Advisors will co-sign for their student
competitors. Competitors who are found to not be in compliance with these standards
will be removed from the competition. They will also be disqualified from competing
in the following year’s National Conference firearms competition and may be subject
to further sanctions.
- Eligibility of Competitors: Competitors firing in the match must be active members of ACJA-LAE. Eachmember must
provide proof of completing a basic firearms course and having achieved a score of
200 on the
ACJA-LAE course of fire.
- Notification: Each chapter should provide their competitors with the following information:
ACJA-LAE Firearms Safety Rules
ACJA-LAE Firearms Competition Course of Fire
ACJA-LAE Safety Briefing Power Point Presentation
The Conference Host Chapter will notify each chapter at least three (3) months in
advance if the range facilities tobe used will dictate a change from any of these
standards and rules. This notification will also include information on the range
facility itself, to include:
Whether an indoor or outdoor range will be used.
Whether jacketed ammunition will be allowed.
Any additional safety rules specific to the range.
This notification should also include a summary of local laws pertaining to the possession
and transportation of firearms.
- Team Shooting: Teams will consist of three (3) members. Team members need not fire together. One
target/score will be used for both team and individual scores. No competitor may fire
as a member of more than
one team. Team members need not be from the same chapter or the same classification,
although teams will be
classified by the highest division represented. This only counts for the team competition,
competitors should still
designate their individual classification on the sign in sheets. These "pick-up" teams
must select one chapter to
represent, for the purpose of scoring for the Sweepstakes Award. (Also see #2 Liability
- Weapons: Weapons to be used in the match must meet the following specifications:
Semi-automatic or double-action revolver, 9mm to.45 caliber (semi-automatics will
onlyload 6 rounds per magazine).
Three to six inch barrel length.
No electronic or dot-type (i.e., Aimpoint, etc.) sights.
Trigger-pull not less than two and one-half pounds.
Weapon must be usable as a standard police duty weapon.
No after market compensators, porting, or Bull Barrels are permitted.
- Ammunition: Only factory ammunition is accepted and allowed, remanufactured or factory reloads
are permissible. Non-factory reload, magnum or +P+ ammunition is not allowed. Ammunition
must be duty or training style (Hollow point, FMJ, round nose, or semiwadcutter),
no competition ammunition will be allowed. Frangible ammunition is allowed at the
discretion of the facility sponsoring the competition. All ammunition will be inspected
and approved by the Firearm Inspection Officer at the time of the Firearm Inspection.
All ammunition must be provided by the competitor unless otherwise noted by the Conference
Director. Ammunition will be carried on the person of the competitor. Competitors
will not be allowed to set any additional equipment on the ground on the
firing line. Magazines and speed-loaders will not be loaded prior to the command to
prepare magazines or speed-loaders. Revolver shooters will use speed-loaders to load
their firearms at all times, even the initial six
rounds for each stage. This practice will assure a uniformity of status across the
firing line, and will increase safety.
Holsters: While firing will be done from the ready position, weapons will be carried to and
from the firing line in a holster. Except when on the firing line and instructed to
assume the ready position, the weapon will be maintained in the holster for safety
purposes. The holster will be designed to properly fit the weapon carried in it. The
holster will be of a type to be worn on the shooter's strong side, with a retaining
device, and attached to the belt on the outside of the pants. The holster may be on
the waist or the thigh of the competitor, providing that it is not necessary for the
competitor to have to bend down to retrieve the firearm. Cross-draw, ankle, competition,
quick-draw, shoulder holsters, or any holster that allows the barrel to point in an
unsafe direction are not permitted.
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- Magazines: All competitors will be required to have three (3) magazines or three (3) speedloaders
that are designed to be used for their firearm. Revolver shooters will use speed-loaders
to load their firearms at all times,
even the initial six rounds for each stage. This practice will assure a uniformity
of status across the firing line, and will increase safety. The command on the line
will be to prepare the number of magazines or speedloaders with 6 rounds apiece. These
magazines or speedloaders should be carried in an appropriate pouch worn on the belt
of the competitor.
- Alibis: Safety related alibis will be allowed, as determined by the Range Master.
- Once the Command to fire has been given, anything dropped to the ground becomes null
and void. No participant or Range Officer shall retrieve anything from the ground
until the command to do so is given.
Scoring: The following scoring procedures will be followed:
- Shooters who declare they are a 90% shooter (can shoot 432+ score) and are certified
at a Regional Conference or by a chapter advisor may request two (2) targets.
- The Range Master will make provisions for scoring of the targets (removed) by independent
judges. In any case, once firing is completed a competitor should not handle his/her
own target until it has been scored, inspected and signed by the competitor, and the
- Bullet holes must meet the line of the scoring ring to receive the next highest value.
- Early or late shots: A ten (10) point deduction for an early or late shot will be
recorded by the Range Officeron the shooter's target and/or score card. A second early
or late shot will result in disqualification.
- Tie scores will be broken by the highest x-count. Should this also result in a tie,
where an award placement is at stake, shooters will be recorded as tied for that place
unless provisions can be made for a shoot off. If at all possible, a shoot-off will
- Challenges: When a shooter feels that a shot, either his/her own or that of another
shooter, has been improperly evaluated or scored, the shooter may post a $5.00 challenge
fee. The final decision rests with the Range Master, who, if deciding in favor of
the challenger, shall refund the challenge fee. If the ruling is against the challenger,
no refund is in order and the challenge fee shall be posted to the general account
of the conference.
- Excessive Hits: If more than the required number of holes (48) appears in a shooter's
target, the shooter willbe given the option of firing the course over or having the
highest points for each of the number of excess hits subtracted from the shooter’s
- A ten (10)-point deduction will be made for each shot fired in violation of procedures.
The deduction will Be noted by the Range Officer on the competitor's scorecard or
target. (Examples: firing single-action during a double-action stage, right-handed
instead of left-handed where specified, etc.)
- Any competitor who is removed from the firing line for safety or behavioral violations
will be disqualified from participating in the firearms competition at the next National
Conference, and may be subject to further sanctions.
- Any competitor whose total score is less than one hundred fifty (150) must show proof
of re-qualification in order to participate in the firearm’s competition at the next
National Conference. Such proof must be provided to the Regional President at least
30 days prior to the beginning of the National Conference.
- Qualified Emergency Medical Personnel will be on stand-by in the area of the competition.
- Awards: Awards shall be given in the six (6) primary classifications (Lower Collegiate,
Upper Collegiate, and Professional, team and individual). In addition, a Top Gun award
will be presented to the competitor with the
highest overall score. The "Top Gun" award shall not counted toward the Sweepstakes
Award, as the recipient will already be the first place winner in one of the three
individual competition categories.
- Safety Briefing: A mandatory meeting shall be held prior to each match, to ensure that all competitors
are familiar with these standardized rules, the ACJA-LAE Firearms Safety Rules and
any additional safety procedures
or information specific to the range facility to be used. At this meeting the positions
and commands to be used during the course of fire will also be demonstrated and explained.
Every shooter is required to attend this meeting before being allowed on the firing
line. The meeting shall, whenever possible, be conducted using the National Safety
Briefing Power Point Presentation, which shall be included in the conference planning
manual. In the event that this meeting is on the same day as the competition, it shall
be construed as the beginning of the Firearms
Required Equipment: The following equipment is required for all shooters in order to be able to compete:
- Authorized Firearm
- 3 magazines or 3 speedloaders for said firearm
- Authorized strong side holster for firearm
- Magazine or speedloaders holders attached to belt
- Picture ID and Conference Badge
- Yellow Copies of Liability Release and Shooting Release
- Shooter Scorecard
- Hearing Protection
- Eye Protection
- Baseball cap or a cap with a bill
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