GENERAL QUESTIONS

CARBINE, PISTOL, AND SHOTGUN MATCH QUESTIONS

MULTIGUN MATCH QUESTIONS

TEXAS CARBINE MATCH RULES - Download a copy of our rules in PDF format.

WHAT GUNS CAN BE USED - For the purpose of our discussion we assume that all items are legal for you to own and you have any/all necessary paperwork.

A carbine for our discussion is any center fire shoulder weapon not larger than 30.06 Springfield in rifle caliber or smaller than 5-seven in pistol caliber. Most shooters will find a semi auto/auto rifle with a removable box magazine works best but, we will allow you to shoot whatever you have so long as it is safe to operate, (no muzzle loaders please). If we get enough interest we will consider expanding the classes to separate manually operated rifles and M1 Garands.

Legally registered short barreled rifles and full auto are allowed but must be fired in semi-auto mode only.

For handguns, any centerfire pistol in .380 ACP or larger and some of our carbine and pistol matches will be rimfire-friendly.

 

TARGETS - The list of target types used at our matches include standard (and possibly 1/3rd-scale) IDPA paper targets as well as steel knock-down, flashers, and various moving targets. A variety of non-threat targets will also be used and shoot through hits on both threat and non-threat targets will count but only one non-threat penalty will be assessed per target.

 

 

 

SCORING - We call it "TC Scoring" but it's very similar to Vickers, i.e., raw time plus points down plus penalties, (1 point down = 0.5 seconds). The following penalties and times will be used:

Procedural
 
3 sec
Non-Threat Hit
 
5 sec
Paper / Steel / Clay Not Hit
 
5 sec
Paper / Steel / Clay Not Engaged   10 sec
Failure To Do Right (FTDR)
 
20 sec

 

 

 

 

For all Divisions other than "Real Rifle", two hits on paper are required. For Real Rifle, only one hit is required (points down will be scored for all but 0 down zones,) and for all Divisions, steel must fall to score (or in the case of rimfire guns, a "hit" must be called by the Safety Officer.)

New Change to Scoring (September 2014)

Texas Carbine has always been of the opinion that you should never quit, never give up, and never surrender. Something that has occasionally caused us concern is a stage where a shooter could shoot the minimum number of rounds in a very quick time, not hit a target, takes the penalties and wins the stage or finishes ahead of the shooters who actually shoot the stage as designed.

To that end we have made a change to our scoring rules. Unless otherwise specified, each stage will have a maximum time of 90 seconds. Therefore, on any stage where a shooter finishes with targets not hit, he/she will receive the stage max time plus any points down and, plus penalties for those targets not hit.

SHOOT THROUGHS: Shoot-throughs count for both threat and non-threat targets. So, a hit through a threat target into a non-threat target results in a penalty and, a hit through a non-threat into a threat target yields a penalty as well BUT the hit on the threat target is scored, it's not a miss.

 

MAGAZINE CAPACITY: Magazine capacity cannot exceed the number specified in the table below.

DIVISION   Maximum Capacity
Limited, Tactical, Todd AK   30 rounds
Real Rifle   20 rounds
Open   Unlimited

 

 

 

 

RIFLE, PISTOL, & SHOTGUN MATCH DIVISIONS:

RIFLE    
Limited   Iron sights or one non-magnifying optic
Tactical   One magnified optic
Open   Any combination of optics
Real Rifle   7.62x51 caliber or larger with iron sights or non-magnifying optic.
"Todd AK"   AK or SKS rifles with iron sights or one non-magnifying optic
     
PISTOL    
Revolver   Any wheelgun
Production   USPSA definition
Single Stack      "      "      "
Limited      "      "      "
Open      "      "      "
     
RIMFIRE   Some matches may be "rimfire-friendly" for either pistol, rifle, or both. For these matches, rimfire divisions will have the same parameters as centerfire pistol and rifle above but with the prefix "Rimfire", i.e., Rimfire Pistol Limited, Rimfire Rifle Tactical, Rimfire Rifle Open, etc.
     
SHOTGUN    
Stock Shotgun (Bird Blaster)   - Pump or auto in factory stock configuration.
- Magazine limit of 4 rounds
- Reloads from bandoleer, pocket or hunting vest.
Limited   - Side saddles, wrist bands and tactical vests allowed
- No more than 9 rounds in the gun at any time
- No optical sights, speed loaders, or porting allowed
Real Tactical Shotgunner   - Pump action only
- Extra ammo may be carried in a side saddle, pocket, bandolier, or shoulder bag only
- No optical sights, porting, or speed loaders allowed - Magazine may not extend more that 1 inch beyond the barrel but in no case will capacity exceed 9 rounds total.
Open   - No limit on magazine capacity
- Optical sights allowed
- Speed loaders allowed
- Barrel porting/compensators allowed

 

AMMUNITION - No steel core, armor piercing ammo may be used on any stages with steel targets. For shotgun matches, #6 bird shot or smaller and slugs.

 

NOISE SUPPRESSION - No suppressors are allowed because Safety Officers would have to hold the shot timer too close to the muzzle for them to function properly.

 

TACTICAL PISTOL RULES

These rules and ideas may change over time as we discover what works best but for now, the brain trust spent a few hours deciding how we want these matches to be run and we all agreed that the prime directive should be the needs and desires of the shooters. With that goal in mind, we went through the IDPA rulebook and basically removed/changed the things we thought most IDPA shooters consider burdensome or unnecessary and here are some of the highlights:

Divisions: Revolver, Single-Stack, Limited, and Open. Some matches may also be rimfire-friendly which will add Rimfire Pistol Limited, Rimfire Pistol Open, Rimfire Rifle Limited, Rimfire Rifle Tactical, and Rimfire Rifle Open.

For all centerfire divisions other than Open, max length of magazine is 140mm. Magazine retention not required and reloads on the move are permitted.

No belt, mag pouch, or holster limit other than no crossdraw or shoulder holsters

No power factor limits

As with our carbine matches, we will be using Vickers scoring as it is the best compromise between marksmanship and speed.

Threat targets may be designated by any weapon painted on the target and non-threat targets will be designated by open hands or any other obvious non-threat symbol.

As stated above, we want these matches to be driven by you, the shooters, so let us know if you agree/disagree with any of the above or, if you think of anything else that you believe we should consider. We want these matches to remain centered around defensive pistol-style scenarios and not be run and gun but, as with our carbine matches, the main goal is to maximize the fun and enjoyment for our match customers.

 

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