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Concealed Carry Practical Handgun

Overview: The purpose of this event is to allow/encourage shooters to use their actual concealed carry weapons in a match format without disadvantage due to cartridge capacity, reloading speed, range or power factor. Further while maintaining range safety, avoid some of the tactical errors that tend to be picked up in normal match formats, ex. Standing still and use of cover, The number of rounds fired is limited and significantly less than most are used to firing in a match, this makes sense for many types of carry guns that don’t tend to be the most pleasant to shoot large numbers of rounds at one time. This also allows one to shoot and change out their actual carry ammo and still have carry rounds left from a 50 round box. The match is run in a community format with active participation from the entrants. Shooters fire each stage individually and move to the next stage as a group. Each competitor will be judged by his/her peers as to whether their gear meets the concealment standards and if they use cover and movement efficiently. This allows others to see and evaluate methods of carry and the equipment that is available and can be fun and quite the learning experience. The match is scored on total time and the targets can be a mixture of paper, steel and poppers. The targets will not be more than 15 yards and most will be less than 10. Shots in any string will be 5 or less and there will be no reloading. There is no power factor and hits are counted as anything C or better on an IPSC or equivalent target and hits on steel. Popper targets should be set so that they will fall with one hit with a .380. There is a 4 second penalty for misses and for each shot fired out of position. Smooth and accurate is the name of the game.

Required equipment:
Eye and Ear protection
Brimmed hat is optional but preferred
Handgun: Center fire double action revolver or semi-auto pistol of .380 cal or larger Ammunition: 37 rounds
Holster and belt: All guns will need a holster that covers the trigger (no pocket holsters). Shoulder holsters are not acceptable.
Clothing to provide concealment of weapon.

Each competitor will be checked by the group to see if their equipment meets the standards of Casual Concealment. Their gear should be secure enough to remain in place during rigorous activity. If challenged a competitor may demonstrate a backward roll with their gear and if it remains in place they may proceed ;).

Casual Concealment is defined as follows: The weapon is secure from casual observation but can be drawn and reholstered (and reconcealed) quickly, should the need arise. The act of bending over may reveal the weapons outline and a sudden gust of wind may momentarily expose the weapon to direct observation. Otherwise the weapon should remain undetected by all but the meticulously observant.

Course of Fire
Stage 1:
One target 5 yards. Shooter stands in the start box (3ft box spray painted on ground to prevent tripping) in a normal street stance with weapon concealed. Upon audible signal step off of threat line (both feet out of the box) either left or right (shooters choice) and engage the target with 2 rounds. The time and penalties (misses or foot position if any) are recorded and repeated for a total of 6 shots, the high time is discarded.

Stage 2:
Seated with gun on table engage targets with 2 rounds on a 5 yard target and 1 on a 7 yard target with only one hand. Repeat with weak hand. 6 shots no time discarded.

Stage 3:
Three targets: Two at 5 yards and the third (popper preferred) at 10 yards. Same setup as stage 1, shooter steps off of threat line and engages both 5-yard targets with 2 rounds and the 10-yard target with 1 round. Drill is fired 3 times for 15 shots and the high time discarded.

Stage 4:
Same targets as stage 3. Shooter moves off threat line to behind barricade (paint lines parallel to edge of barricade shooters feet must stay inside lines) and engages targets as in stage 3. Event repeated and must be shot from opposite side of barricade. 10 shots no time discarded.

Score is determined by total time least to most for the bragging rights.

Alan Strawn,
Jan 2, 2012, 6:38 PM