Sequence of Commands for the NRA Gallery Course

Sequence of Commands for the NRA Gallery Course

By:  Bruce Matthies

1.     Call the relay to the line.  The official command is:  “RELAY # ___ TO THE LINE”. 

2.     Start 3 minute preparation time.  “THE PREPARATION PERIOD STARTS NOW”.

3.     Pass out score cards

4.     Commands:

a.  THE PREPARATION PERIOD HAS ENDED.  DOES ANY ONE REQUIRE ADDITIONAL PREP TIME? (If no response, proceed to next command)

b.  THIS WILL BE THE SLOW FIRE STAGE. TEN SHOTS IN TEN MINUTES.  The first shot is loaded on command, all others at will.

c.  SHOOTERS ON THE LINE:  LOAD. (edge targets).

d.  IS THE LINE READY?

e.  THE LINE IS READY.

f.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

g.  READY ON THE LEFT –

h.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE.

5.     There is a 5 second pause between commands “c” and “d” and “e”.  There is a 3 second pause between commands “e” and “f” and “g” and “h”.

6.     Face targets for 10 minutes (or less if required).  Upon the last shot, the command is given:  “CEASE FIRE.  UNLOAD.  CYLINDERS OPEN, MAGAZINES OUT, SLIDES BACK.  EMPTY CHAMBER INDICATORS IN PLACE.  ALL GUNS ON THE TABLE.

7.     Check all guns on the line.  When clear, call for target changers.

8.    Hang timed fire targets.

9.     Start the timed fire stage.  Be sure to set the timer to the correct cycle time by moving the switch on the target control box to the 20 second position.

10.    Commands:

a.  SHOOTERS TO THE LINE.  THIS WILL BE THE TIMED FIRE STAGE OF THE GALLERY COURSE.  TWO STRINGS OF 5 SHOTS EACH IN 20 SECONDS PER STRING.

b.  WITH 5 ROUNDS LOAD. (edge the targets).

c.  IS THE LINE READY?

d.  THE LINE IS READY.

e.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

f.  READY ON THE LEFT –

g.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE

11.     Face targets for 20 seconds.   Using the automatic timer, the “START” button is pushed simultaneously with the word LINE in Command “g”.  As with the Slow Fire Stage, there is a 5 second pause between the commands “b” and “c” and “d”.  There are 3 second pauses between commands “e” and “f” and “g”.

12.     Edge targets.  If using the automatic timer, the targets will automatically edge after 20 seconds.

13.     Assess malfunctions and call the second string.  Commands are:

a.  ARE THERE ANY MISFIRES?

b.  THERE ARE NO MISFIRES or if the opposite is true, THERE IS A MISFIRE ON TARGET #______.  Check malfunctions to determine if they are allowed.  All valid malfunctions are re-fired after the second string.  Note: a competitor is only allowed one (1) misfire per match!

c.  FOR YOUR SECOND STRING OF TIMED FIRE, WITH 5 ROUNDS LOAD.

d.  IS THE LINE READY?

e.  THE LINE IS READY.

f.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

g.  READY ON THE LEFT –

h.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE.

14.  Face targets for 20 seconds.  Using the automatic timer, the “START” button is pushed simultaneously with the word LINE in Command “g”.  As with the Slow Fire Stage, there is a 5 second pause between the commands “b” and “c” and “d”.  There are 3 second pauses between commands “e” and “f” and “g”.

15.  Assess malfunctions and call the refire string.  Commands are:

a.  ARE THERE ANY MISFIRES?

b.  THERE ARE NO MISFIRES or if the opposite is true, THERE IS A MISFIRE ON TARGET #______.  Check malfunctions to determine if they are allowed.  All valid malfunctions are re-fired after the second string.  Note: a competitor is only allowed one (1) misfire per match!

c. If there is an allowed misfire, the following commands are used:  THE FOLLOWING COMMANDS ARE FOR THE REFIRE SHOOTER ONLY.  WITH YOUR REFIRE STRING OF 5 ROUNDS LOAD. 

d.  IS THE LINE READY?

e.  THE LINE IS READY.

f.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

g.  READY ON THE LEFT –

h.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE.  Face targets for 20 seconds.  Using the automatic timer, the “START” button is pushed simultaneously with the word LINE in Command “g”.  As with the Slow Fire Stage, there is a 5 second pause between the commands “b” and “c” and “d”.  There are 3 second pauses between commands “e” and “f” and “g”.

16.     Edge targets.  If using the automatic timer, the targets will automatically edge after 20 seconds.  Upon the last shot, the command is given:  “CEASE FIRE.  UNLOAD.  CYLINDERS OPEN, MAGAZINES OUT, SLIDES BACK.  EMPTY CHAMBER INDICATORS IN PLACE.  ALL GUNS ON THE TABLE.

17.     Check all guns on the line.  When clear, call for target changers.

18.    Hang rapid fire targets.

19.     Start the rapid fire stage.  Be sure to set the timer to the correct cycle time by moving the switch on the target control box to the 10 second position.

20.    Commands:

a.  SHOOTERS TO THE LINE.  THIS WILL BE THE RAPID FIRE STAGE OF THE GALLERY COURSE.  TWO STRINGS OF 5 SHOTS EACH IN 10 SECONDS PER STRING.

b.  WITH 5 ROUNDS LOAD. (edge the targets).

c.  IS THE LINE READY?

d.  THE LINE IS READY.

e.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

f.  READY ON THE LEFT –

g.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE

21.     Face targets for 10 seconds.   Using the automatic timer, the “START” button is pushed simultaneously with the word LINE in Command “g”.  As with the Slow Fire Stage, there is a 5 second pause between the commands “b” and “c” and “d”.  There are 3 second pauses between commands “e” and “f” and “g”.

22.     Edge targets.  If using the automatic timer, the targets will automatically edge after 10 seconds.

23.     Assess malfunctions and call the second string.  Commands are:

a.  ARE THERE ANY MISFIRES?

b.  THERE ARE NO MISFIRES or if the opposite is true, THERE IS A MISFIRE ON TARGET #______.  Check malfunctions to determine if they are allowed.  All valid malfunctions are re-fired after the second string.  Note: a competitor is only allowed one (1) misfire per match!

c.  FOR YOUR SECOND STRING OF RAPID FIRE, WITH 5 ROUNDS LOAD.

d.  IS THE LINE READY?

e.  THE LINE IS READY.

f.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

g.  READY ON THE LEFT –

h.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE.

24.  Face targets for 10 seconds.  Using the automatic timer, the “START” button is pushed simultaneously with the word LINE in Command “g”.  As with the Slow Fire Stage, there is a 5 second pause between the commands “b” and “c” and “d”.  There are 3 second pauses between commands “e” and “f” and “g”.

25.  Assess malfunctions and call the refire string.  Commands are:

a.  ARE THERE ANY MISFIRES?

b.  THERE ARE NO MISFIRES or if the opposite is true, THERE IS A MISFIRE ON TARGET #______.  Check malfunctions to determine if they are allowed.  All valid malfunctions are re-fired after the second string.  Note: a competitor is only allowed one (1) misfire per match!

c. If there is an allowed misfire, the following commands are used:  THE FOLLOWING COMMANDS ARE FOR THE REFIRE SHOOTER ONLY.  WITH YOUR REFIRE STRING OF 5 ROUNDS LOAD. 

d.  IS THE LINE READY?

e.  THE LINE IS READY.

f.  READY ON THE RIGHT –

g.  READY ON THE LEFT –

h.  READY ON THE FIRING LINE.  Face targets for 10 seconds.  Using the automatic timer, the “START” button is pushed simultaneously with the word LINE in Command “g”.  As with the Slow Fire Stage, there is a 5 second pause between the commands “b” and “c” and “d”.  There are 3 second pauses between commands “e” and “f” and “g”.

26.     Edge targets.  If using the automatic timer, the targets will automatically edge after 10 seconds.  Upon the last shot, the command is given:  “CEASE FIRE.  UNLOAD.  CYLINDERS OPEN, MAGAZINES OUT, SLIDES BACK.  EMPTY CHAMBER INDICATORS IN PLACE.  ALL GUNS ON THE TABLE.

27.     Check all guns on the line.  After the last rapid fire string, competitors may box their guns and remove them from the line.  When the line is clear, call for target changers.  The target changers will re-set the range for the next relay by hanging slow fire targets and this cycle will repeat until the match concludes.  For additional information concerning the proper commands, refer to the official NRA Pistol Rule Book, section 10. 

 

Any refire target shall be marked with the number of shots which should appear on the target.  For example, if an alibi was called with 3 shots fired, there should be 13 shots on the target.  Be sure to tell the target changers which targets are refire targets and also that they have a marker or pencil to mark the target. 

 

Originally published October 1998.

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