Safe Conditions During a Course of Fire – Rifles A rifle is considered SAFE to leave the shooter’s hands in the following condition(s) only (some conditions may be corrected before firing the next firearm): - Empty. - Hammer fully down on an empty chamber or spent round, action closed (restaged for further use).
STAGE DISQUALIFICATION PENALTY (SDQ) A Stage Disqualification (SDQ or “Stage DQ”) is generally a safety violation of a more serious nature, and means the competitor’s time and performance on the course of fire is disqualified as a result of the violating action by the shooter. - Shooting on the move (continuous, fluid movement while engaging targets). - Any dropped unloaded firearm on the firing line. - Long guns that slip, fall, and break the 170°. - Violation of the 170° Safety Rule/Failure to maintain appropriate muzzle control. - Any discharge that hits the ground or non-expendable stage prop 5 – 10 feet from the shooter. - Returning a revolver to leather with the hammer not fully down on a spent round or empty chamber. - A cocked revolver leaving the shooters hand. - Staging or discarding a long gun containing a live round in the chamber (once it leaves the shooter’s hands). - Initially staging a long gun with the hammer cocked/action closed (once it leaves the shooter’s hands).