Holster Night

Draft 1r1. Feb 7, 2021


The use of all equipment is at the Match Directors discretion. All gear must be inspected. If your equipment is not approved, you won’t be able to shoot that night. We recommending bring alternative/spare options if the Match Director disqualifies a piece of equipment.

• 22LR pistol or revolver
• Spare magazines or speed-loaders/moon clips
–Some courses-of-fire require ejecting and dropping your magazine onto the concrete floor. If your magazine/speed-loader can not handle this abuse, do NOT bring that firearm.

• Hard sided: polymer, carbon fiber, or hard-leather
• Solid retention of firearm: friction, strap, thumb-lock
• Must cover trigger completely
• Single-hand use: the shooter must be able to unholster using a single-hand
• The firearm should fit properly into the holster
• Should not cause the shooter to alter the operation of the gun while shooting.

Not Allowed. Any holster that…
• can collapse after the gun is removed.
• has an index-finger release/retention system (i.e. SERPA)*
• requires two hands to remove or re-holster the firearm.
• has a body made of nylon, canvas, soft-leather, rubber or other soft materials.
• has a loose, insecure, or deficient mounting system
• is “Universal Fit”; not for specific make(s)/model(s)
• is Appendix Carry
• is Cross-Draw or Cross-Body
• is Ankle or Under-Arm Carry
• is inferior build quality, may break, faulty, or may cause a safety issue.
• does not generally the muzzle downwards
• was designed for another function e.g. “fanny pack”, cell phone case, etc…

*Unless modified or disabled in a safe manner as determined by Match Director

Bring as many magazine/speed-loader holders and pouches as you can safely wear
• Pouches may not interfere with draw or holstering of firearm

• Pistol Belt
• Paddle mounts; shooters pants must fit tightly enough to hold them securely
• Knee-pads; some courses-of-fire include shooting from a kneeling position

Shooters are expected to follow a 5-step presentation from the holster which includes 360º assessment of the safety of your surroundings

  1. Grip the firearm in your holster and disengage any active retention device (i.e. strap). At the same time, bringing your weak-hand your chest
  2. Lift the firearm out of you holster muzzle pointed down
  3. Rotate the muzzle toward the target while retaining the guns position above the holster
  4. Bring the pistol slightly forward to connect to connect with your weak-hand in a two-handed grip.
  5. Extend your arms toward the target. Aquire with your sights and fire.

Reverse sequence to holster

Shooters may only handle, case, and uncase firearms at the a designated HANDGUN BENCH or TABLE
• Muzzles must be pointed toward the backstop when casing or uncasing
• Ammo and loaded magazines are not allowed on the HANDGUN TABLE

• All loading of the firearm will be conducted on the FIRING LINE with the shooter and muzzle facing the backstop, finger off-the-trigger
• Firearms must be holstered, unloaded and clear when the shooter is not on the FIRING LINE
• Magazines and speed-loaders may be reloaded ≥10ft behind the line and away from the HANDGUN TABLE


“Do you understand the course of fire?”
Once the shooter moves to the start position, the Range Officer asks the shooter if the shooter understands the course of fire. If the shooter has any further questions or requires clarification of the stage requirements, he may ask the Range Officer at this time. If the shooter indicates assent, the Range officer will proceed at this point.

“Load And Make Ready “
(or “Make Ready for starts with an unloaded firearm). This command signifies the start of “the Course of Fire”. Under the direct supervision of the Range Officer the Shooter must face down range, or in a safe direction as specified by the Range Officer, fit eye and ear protection, and prepare the firearm in accordance with the stage briefing. The Shooter must then assume the required start position. At this point, the Range Officer will proceed.

Once the “Load and Make Ready”
(or “Make Ready” for starts with an unloaded firearm) command has been given, the Shooter must not move away from the start location prior to issuance of the “Start Signal” without the prior approval, and under the direct supervision, of the Range Officer. Once ready, the shooter may not handle the firearm whatsoever prior to the start signal without the prior approval, and under the direct supervision, of the Range Officer.

“Signify when ready.
If the Shooter is not ready at the “Signify when ready?” command, he must state “Not Ready”. It is suggested that when the Shooter is ready he should assume the required start position and clearly indicate his readiness to the Range Officer.

This command should be followed by the start signal within 1 to 4 seconds.

“Start Signal”
The signal for the Shooter to begin their attempt at the course of fire. If a Shooter fails to react to a start signal, for any reason, the Range Officer will confirm that the Shooter is ready to attempt the course of fire, and will resume the range commands from “Signify when ready.”
In the event that a Shooter inadvertently begins shooting prematurely (“false start”), the Range Officer will, as soon as possible, stop and restart the Shooter once the course of fire has been restored.

“Stop. Stop. Stop.”
Any Range Officer assigned to a stage may issue this command at any time during the course of fire. The Shooter must immediately cease firing, stop moving, point the firearm safely downrange, and wait for further instructions from the Range Officer.

“If You Are Finished, Unload And Show Clear”
If the Shooter has finished shooting, he must lower his handgun and present it for inspection by the Range Officer with the muzzle pointed down range, magazine removed, slide locked or held open, and chamber empty. Revolvers must be presented with the cylinder swung out and empty.

“If Clear, Hammer Down, Holster”
After issuance of this command, the Shooter must not resume shooting. While continuing to point the handgun safely downrange, the Shooter must perform a final safety check of the handgun as follows: – Self-loaders “release the slide and pull the trigger (without touching the hammer or de-cocker, if any). – Revolvers “close the empty cylinder (without touching the hammer, if any). – If the gun proves to be clear, the Shooter must holster his handgun. Once the Shooter’s hands are clear of the holstered handgun, the course of fire is deemed to have ended.

“Range Is Clear”
Shooters or Range Officials must not move forward of, or away from, the firing line or final shooting location until this declaration is given by the Range Officer. Once the declaration is made, officials and Shooters may move forward to score, patch, reset targets etc.