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Cocked revolver call


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The shooter is at the line and has shot his revolver. Five shots has clearly gone down range but like most of us he looses count and cocks his revolver. He realizes or is told that it is empty, so he puts his thumb on the hammer and de-cocks the hammer and holsters the revolver.

 

Page 22 discusses de-cocking. NO gun may be de-cocked on the firing line except by pointing it down range and

pulling the trigger or while under the direct supervision of a stage officer. The penalty for

de-cocking is a Stage Disqualification.

Is the shooter considered "under the direct supervision of the stage officer" while shooting or should this be worded "or when directed by the stage officer"?

 

Does the shooter receive a Stage DQ for de-cocking an EMPTY revolver? If he happens to cock a rifle all he has to do is open the action to render it safe.

 

Is there no way a shooter, without being directed by the TO, can render the cocked revolver safe other than pointing it down range and pulling the trigger?

 

Just so you know...... I called the shooter on it.

The Match Director said "No call".

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The shooter is at the line and has shot his revolver. Five shots has clearly gone down range but like most of us he looses count and cocks his revolver. He realizes or is told that it is empty, so he puts his thumb on the hammer and de-cocks the hammer and holsters the revolver.

 

Page 22 discusses de-cocking. NO gun may be de-cocked on the firing line except by pointing it down range and pulling the trigger or while under the direct supervision of a stage officer. The penalty for de-cocking is a Stage Disqualification.

Is the shooter considered "under the direct supervision of the stage officer" while shooting or should this be worded "or when directed by the stage officer"?

 

Does the shooter receive a Stage DQ for de-cocking an EMPTY revolver? If he happens to cock a rifle all he has to do is open the action to render it safe.

Each type of firearm is handled differently. If the shooter has a 'break top" revolver (e.g. Schofield or S&W #3) he can utilize the same options as for a rifle...but then has to deal with how to reholster the pistol in that condition.

DRY FIRE it safely downrange.

 

Is there no way a shooter, without being directed by the TO, can render the cocked revolver safe other than pointing it down range and pulling the trigger?

"Under the direct supervision" implies that the T/O is aware of the situation. Verbal communication between the shooter and the T/O will help avoid any controversy.

FWIW - If the T/O isn't "watching the gun", the shooter risks the call being made by one of the other 'line RO's' (i.e. a spotter).

It is recommended that the shooter simply 'dry fire' the empty? revolver safely downrange.

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