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Rules for the Safari & Outdoor GHIB-Bore Challenge

14-Feb-2012

RULES FOR THE SAFARI & OUTDOOR GHIB-BORE CHALLENGE

1. GENERAL RULES

SJB shall appoint a panel of at least 3 experienced members to act as arbitrators (Dispute Committee) for any competition in case of any dispute regarding interpretation of these rules, or any other matter not covered by the rules.

Every competitor shall sign an indemnity before the commencement of the competition. Every Competitor will indemnify SJB and Safari & Outdoor from any incident related to the event.

A briefing will be held where competitors are briefed of the day’s proceedings by the match organizers before the commencement of the match.

The shoot will have the following format:
  • There will be 5 ranges of 6 shots each for a total of 30 rounds. These ranges will all fire simultaneously and must be set out in such a manner that competitors can approach targets safely.
  • The targets used will be those of the South African Rifle Hunting shootings association.
  • The following ranges will be shot:
    • 6 shots fired at Full-sized Blesbok Target @ 300m, using any rest within 120 seconds, starting from the standing position.
    • 6 Shots from a standing position at a full-sized warthog target @ 50m within 60 seconds. A single broom stick must be provided and the contestant is free to use it as he pleases, or to ignore it.
    • 6 shots fired at 200mm round steel plates within 180 seconds, shot over a rock or building block, starting from the standing position. The rock or block must be covered with a blanket or similar material to protect the equipment of the competitor.  The distances of the steel plates will be exactly: 300m, 200m, 250m, 200m, 350m and 150m, and in that order.
    • 6 Shots fired at a full-sized Springbok target within 120 seconds from the sitting position @ 160m using a Wigwam provided by the organizers, starting from the standing position.
    • 6 shots fired at a full-sized Impala target @ 220m within 120 seconds using a bi-pod, Tri-pod or “voorsit skietstoel” starting from the standing position. The competitor must provide his own bi- or Tripod or rest. The rest is allowed to also support the rear end of the rifle.
    • Rangefinders, binoculars and wind readers will be allowed.
Competitors may complete the course in any order.

No competitor shall be allowed to compete if under the influence of alcohol or drugs or found consuming alcohol or drugs during a match. Match fees for that competition will be forfeited.

A 100m sight in range, manned by a range officer, must be available for at least the first 2 hours of the competition.

2. TARGETS AND SCORING

2.1. If a competitor fires at the wrong target, a nil score will be entered for that competitor for the number of wrongly placed shots, even if his/her shots can be identified on any other target.

2.2. If a competitor fires more than the stipulated number of shots for a specific item, the highest valued shots will be deducted until the correct number of shots remains.

2.3. If there are additional shots on a target not fired by that competitor, the following will apply: If the calibre can be distinguished, the competitor is scored on his own calibre only. If not, the range officer will apply his discretion
to score the target fairly, taking all circumstances of that situation into consideration. If that is not possible, the range officer will allow the competitor to repeat that event. Competitors must provide for this by having extra ammunition available.

2.4. If found to practice misconduct in any way, including firing additional shots on his/her own target or on any other target to either benefit or to sabotage or using or participate in using range-finding equipment for the purpose of enhancing anyone’s performance in the competition, such competitor will be disqualified.

2.5. No competitor may touch or advance to his/her target at a distance of closer than two meters before the target is scored or the score signed off by the competitor.

2.6. All shots fired before the command to commence shooting or after the command to stop shooting to paper targets, will be penalized by 30 points for each shot. If any competitor fires before the command to commence shooting
or after the command to stop shooting to a steel plate, a miss will be scored to that plate.

2.7. If a bullet hole on a particular target touches a scoring line, the higher score will count. Touch means that there is no visible space between the calibre size hole and the line. THE EXCEPTION: If a bullet hole touches a scoring line between an area indicating a miss (zero score outside the target area) and a negative score area, the negative (lower) will count. For example: The line between 30 and –15 scores 30, but the line between –15 and 0 (line on edge of target) scores –15. The line between 30 and 0 scores 30.

2.8. After signature of the scorecard, no adjustments to the score will be allowed.

2.9. The range officer’s judgement is final, except for 2.10.

2.10. In the event that a competitor wishes to appeal the judgement of the range officer, the appeal in writing must be accompanied by a deposit of R100, which amount is refundable if the appeal is upheld.

2.11. Examples of the paper targets used for that specific range must be displayed at the shooting stations.

2.12. Steel plates must be visible to the naked eye, clearly marked and numbered for easy identification. Since some of our members are colour-blind, the marking of the steel plates must be a shade of white/beige and at least A3 sized, like a black number on a white A3 paper, attached to the frame supporting the steel plate or standing next to it.

2.13. In case of a tie of any scores, the competitors will be counted out, starting from event 1 to 5, except if any other sequence was determined before the start of the competition.

3. SAFETY

3.1. Rifle bolts will always be in the OPEN position, including when bagged. If the rifle does not fit into the container with an open bolt, the bolt must be removed. Live ammunition may only be placed in the rifle or magazine (when
the magazine is fitted to the rifle) on the command of the range officer.

3.2. Any competitor or spectator exhibiting behaviour, which in the discretion of the range officer or competition organizers is considered unsafe, may be disqualified or requested to leave the shooting range immediately.

3.3. Competitors are not allowed to aim or load any rifles before the range officer has given the order to do so.

3.4. After starting an event, the bolt of the rifle may not be closed before or while going into the shooting position. The bolt may be pushed forward to prevent the rounds from falling out, but must not be pushed down and closed before the body is settled into the shooting position.

3.5. Hearing protection is mandatory and eye protection is recommended at all shooting competitions.

4. EQUIPMENT

4.1. If a breakage or malfunction occurs during any event, the competitor will not be allowed to re-shoot that event at a later stage and if a competitor’s rifle becomes unserviceable (this must be verified by the organizers) he/she
may shoot the remainder of the events with a different approved rifle.

4.2. With the exception of rule 4.1.; the competition must be completed with one rifle.

4.3. Any person, who is not the registered owner of the firearm he/she is using, will be required to be accompanied by the registered owner.

4.4. Gloves are permitted.

4.5. Elbow protectors and shooting or hunting jackets will be allowed.

4.6. Rifle slings must be attached to the rifle in front and behind the action. Slings may be adjustable.

4.8. The triggering mechanism of any rifle should be absolutely safe and will be subjected to a safety check by the range officer, if necessary. In the event of it being unsafe, the competitor will not be allowed to continue with
that rifle. Rule 4.1. will then apply.

4.9. No Semi-Automatic or Pump-Action rifles are allowed.

4.10. There is no limitation to the magnification of telescopes.

5. AT FIRING POINTS

5.1. Firing points for each event must be clearly demarcated.

5.2. The range officer at every shooting point will brief each competitor thoroughly before commencing with the event. No competitor will be allowed to repeat an event due to the fact that he/she did not clearly understand what was required.

5.3. The range officer will call out the names of the competitors who are next in line to shoot and they will prepare themselves to be ready by the time the competitor preceding them has completed the event.

5.4. The standard range officer command will be:
a) Are you ready (at which point the competitor must indicate his/her readiness to start)
b) Stand by
c) 3 to 5 seconds later the range officer will give the START signal.
d) 180 Seconds will be  allowed for steel  plate  ranges and 120  seconds for long range  target ranges
(excluding short, rapid fire target ranges).
e) During any event the time remaining will be read out to the competitor where applicable as: 90 seconds remaining, 60 seconds remaining, 30 seconds remaining and 15 seconds remaining.

5.6. No disturbing comments, remarks or noise are allowed at any shooting point while a competitor is shooting.

6. CLASSIFICATION

6.1. Competitors can compete in the following classes:

b) Demographic Classes. All competitors may enter in only one of the following:
    • Juniors (up to16 years old on the day of the competition).
    • Ladies
    • Men
Safari & Outdoor will provide a revolving Trophy for each of the different classes.  The Trophy will be known as the Safari & Outdoor Ghib-Bore Trophy The competitor will be allowed to take a picture of the trophy but the trophy will be exhibited on the premises of Safari & Outdoor.  Safari & Outdoor will provide the competitor with a A4 sized colour picture of himself with the trophy. Safari& Outdoor will provide medallions to the gold, silver and bronze shots in each class.



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