New SSR's as at 19th Feb 2016

NEW SSR’s – Effective 19th Feb 2016 – Click Here for a copy


The Following Rules have been added or altered in the latest
version of the SSR’s which were issued as at 19th Feb 2016. The new
SSR’s are now Version 5.0 (a)

Rule 2.1.5 – Keep Muzzle pointed safely

A sentence has been added to this rule to
ensure that shooters keep their rifle pointed towards the targets until the
rifle has been cleared.

Rule 3.2.12 – Shelter can now be provided
from Rain

This rule now specifies that Organisers of
Competitions may at their discretion, provide shelter from both Sun or Rain.
Any such shelter may not provide protection from the effects of the wind.

Rules 3.4.2, 3.4.8 and APPENDIX I

These rules now allow Metplatting and
pointing of all types of issued ammunition and projectiles of all types.

Rule – Vigorous Cycle Trigger Test

This rule deals with the vigorous cycling
trigger test. It now outlines a series of steps to be taken, which ensures that
the chamber is empty as the first stage of conducting the test.

Rules to 4 – New Procedure when
there are misses on E-Targets

The procedures to be followed when a miss
occurs on Electronic Targets has been modified considerably. The Range Officer
must be called and has now been given some discretion in deciding if an extra
shot is awarded if it is likely the target has missed a shot.

Bob Pedersen

Ex Rules Director – NRAA – 19th
Feb 2016


Alterations and Additions to the SSR’s passed at the NRAA Board Meeting – May 2015

The Board approved the adoption of the new National Grading System as from July 1st 2015. The whole of Chapter 12 of the SSR’s has been replaced.

2. ALTERED CUT-OFF POINTS for Target Rifle Grading.
After some discussion the Board decided to set the Cut-off points for Target Rifle Grading as follows:-
A Grade        97.0 and above
B Grade        92.0 and under 97.0
C Grade        Under 92.0

Please note that the Board has agreed to keep these Cut-off points under review, and may alter them in future if the need arises.

The Board has decided to resume the National Ranking System, and use the National Grading System to do this. The NRAA web site will display 2 pages for this. One page will show the Rankings for each discipline and the other page will show Rankings by Discipline and also by Grades.

Both Rules and have been altered to clarify when and how a shooter can be penalised if shooting under the 45 second rule and/or during a shoot-off.
NOTE:- There has been a misapprehension that when a shooter has been firing in a competition run under the 45 second rule that the shooter must first be timed and cautioned by the Range Officer before any subsequent shots can be penalised.

THIS WAS NOT SO. The old Rule (a) read as follows:-

(a) In the case of Rule after being timed and cautioned by a Range Officer in person, be liable to forfeit the value of that shot or any subsequent shot where the time limit is exceeded.
NOTE the phrase “liable to forfeit the value of that shot”
Rule (a) has now been altered to make it clear that a Range Officer can time and warn a shooter for exceeding the 45 seconds and straightaway take the value of that shot away, as well as any subsequent over time shots.

New Rule (a)
(a) In the case of Rule, where a competition is being fired under the 45 seconds rule and after being timed and cautioned by a Range Officer in person, will forfeit the value of that shot or any subsequent shot where the time limit is exceeded. (NOTE:- Special conditions about warnings apply for shoot-offs which are always held under the 45 second rule. See Rule
Rule has been altered. This rule applies to Shoot-Offs which are ALWAYS held under the 45 seconds per shot rule. It now makes it clear that the Range Officer issues one warning to all Shoot-Off competitors at the start and they will then be penalised for any over-time shot without any further warning.
Shoot offs will be fired in accordance with Rule [45 seconds] notwithstanding the meeting may have been conducted under rule [elapsed time]. Before the start of any shoot-off, the Range Officer shall clearly state to the competitors that the time limit for each shot is 45 seconds, that this is their first and only warning, and that any shot exceeding the time limit will be discounted and marked as a miss, without any individual warnings to shooters.
The Range Officer shall make provision for shooters to be timed, either by himself, the Scorers or other appointed personnel.

Rule 20.9.2 has been altered to make clear the allowed weight of an F Standard Rifle and also the combined weight of rifle and bipod (if a bipod is being used.)

20.9.2 Rifle Weight
(a) In all cases, the maximum weight of an F Standard Rifle shall not exceed 8kg. This shall include all sights and attachments whilst shooting but shall not include any front or rear rest used whilst shooting.
(b) If a separate rest such as a pedestal Rest is used that is not attached to the rifle, then this shall not be included in any weight measurement.
(c) If a Bipod is attached as a front rest then the combined weight of rifle and Bipod shall not exceed 10kg, of which part the rifle may not exceed 8kg.
(d) As an example of the maximum weight of rifle and bipod, a rifle of 7.5kg would be able to have a bipod of 2.5kg attached.

Rule has been added to/altered to ensure that Squadding Order in a competition can only be altered with the permission/direction of the Range Officer.

NEW RULE   Squads shall report at the allotted targets at each range and where such is required each competitor will record his shooting order after the first draw. The squadding order shall not be altered unless by agreement with, or by the instruction of the Range Officer.

We have all experienced the problem of missed shots by Scorers either through inattention or misunderstanding. The problem has been increasing because it is possible to shoot very fast on electronic targets. There was recent move by some States to have a delay of 10 seconds programmed into electronic targets. All States were surveyed with this proposal and it was rejected.
There is NO RULE that says a shooter must wait until the Scorer has called out the results of a shot before he can fire the next shot. The Board discussed this possibility and rejected it. It still leaves us with the problem of fast shooting, inattention or simple confusion, especially when a Scorer may have to record scores from the same electronic monitor a shooter is using.
Rules through to deal with Scorers responsibilities. The only one that refers to the shooter is Rule This says:- The competitor must after firing each shot, pay attention to the score called out by the scorer.
We have added another sentence to this in an attempt to make sure the shooter does pay attention to what the Scorer is doing and saying.
The competitor must after firing each shot, pay attention to the score called out by the scorer and ensure that the scorer has called out the correct score for each shot. This is especially important if the competitor is firing quickly or an electronic target monitor is being used.

It appears that sometimes shooters have been altering or clearing the Electronic monitor when they have been shooting on E-Targets. We have added a rule that makes clear that shooters cannot interfere or alter an electronic monitor during his/her shoot. And that the monitor can only be cleared by the scorer after all have agreed that the scores have been recorded correctly at the end of the shoot. This will also help in the case of Point 7 above, where the scorer may have missed shots because of fast shooting.
When using Electronic Targets where scores and shot positions are shown on an electronic monitor, the monitor is not to be cleared of scores in any way until the shooter and scorer/s agree that the results have been correctly recorded on the manual scorecard, and once agreed, the scorer shall be the one to clear the monitor. If results are only being recorded electronically then the shooter and scorer/s must agree the results are correct before the monitor is cleared by the scorer.

This rule has been added to point out that APPENDIX 6 has been added to the SSR’s.
This Appendix outlines in more detail various procedures and practices when Electronic Targets are being used for competition.
(d) If Electronic Targets are being used, all competitors, scorers and personnel must be thoroughly conversant with the procedures outlined in APPENDIX 6 of these Rules, which discusses scoring and processes when using Electronic Targets.

Bob Pedersen
Rules Director – NRAA – June 2015