The spirit of this law enforcement training event and the rules which govern it are intended to make the LEO
shooter use what they use on the street during every-day operations. Competition guns and gear are not
Our rules are meant strictly to enhance your survivability by forcing you to test your training and equipment
against that of your peers while under stress and realistic circumstances that have played out elsewhere resulting
in an officer involved shooting. If it happened to one cop somewhere in the country, it will likely happen
again and you and your agency need to be prepared for it. Thank you for training and seeking out this event.
Our hope is that you will be able to take something back to your agency to help improve your operations for the
of your officers and the citizens you serve. Good luck!
NPRC OPEN division participants (qualified citizens) will operate under the same set of rules
as the LEO division, listed below, with the following two exceptions;
- Body armor will be optional
- Duty gear such as handcuff, baton & radio case are not required on your gun belt or vest.
- All shooters will be issued a CHAMBER
SAFE blocking device which must be inserted into your rifle chamber at all times during these
events, except when you are shooting a course of fire.
- Rifles must be kept unloaded (no magazine inserted), on “safe” and pointed in a safe direction or cased while
moving between ranges.
- Handguns will remain unloaded (no magazine inserted) and holstered, until otherwise directed by a range
- Take all commands from the range masters or their staff.
- Load your firearms and make them "hot" only at the direction of a range master.
- Safety equipment MUST be worn at all times while shooting a course of fire. This includes
body armor, ear and eye protection.
- Handguns and rifles will be unloaded after each course of fire under the direction of a range master and their
- If you are injured at any time during this event, you must let the range master know immediately. Medical
personnel will be present and able to help.
- No dry firing or weapon handling except in designated areas and under the control of a range safety officer.
INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER RULES
- All participants must have completed some sort of basic patrol rifle or carbine and semi-auto pistol course to
be eligible to participate in this competitive training event.
- Examples for OPEN participants may include military basic training for the rifle and concealed pistol
training for the semi-auto pistol.
- Shooters must wear the duty belt and/or duty vest they wear when working the street in uniform to include
cuff case, radio pouch, etc... Shooters working in plain clothes assignments must be wearing at least a duty
belt or duty vest with a cuff case and radio pouch. This rule ensures that you are training in
the gear you will fight with on the street.
- There will be no sight in period at the range on the day of the event. Participants coming from out of town
need to confirm their zero will need to do that the evening before the event. Information will be provided to
registered participants on the time and location.
- There are no weapon or ammunition alibis given in these events. Criminals won’t give you one and neither will
we. Make sure your gear is working...
- Sidearms must be carried in the holster during all courses of fire.
- Transitioning from the rifle to the pistol is prohibited unless the course of fire calls for it.
- All rifle and pistol shooting MUST be aimed fire. All Rifle rounds that are fired MUST be done from the
shooters shoulder (no hip shooting - Yes, this has happened in the past, thus the rule...).
- Muzzles for both the rifle and handgun MUST remain below the top of the target
stands at all times. There are no exceptions. This means during movement, shooting, reloading and
making weapons clear and safe.
- Shooter’s must use the same firearms for all courses of fire. No substitutions of rifles and
handguns are allowed.
- Holsters and ammunition pouches may be tested by NPRC staff for the ability to hold a loaded handgun or
while under stress. Unsafe equipment will not be allowed. (Make sure your gear can’t fall out while running,
jumping fences or crawling)…
- Failure to follow directions during a course of fire may result in disqualification from that course of fire
(COF) and zero points, regardless of the point at which the directions were deviated from.
- NPRC reserves the right to disqualify any weapon, equipment, ammunition or shooter for violation of these, and
other rules, or for any safety violation.
- If a major safety violation occurs at any time during this event, you will be stopped and ejected from the
- For the rules governing SCORING click this link.
FIREARM AND AMMUNITION RULES
- All ammunition must be factory loaded. No armor piercing or incendiary ammunition allowed.
- Lights and suppressors are allowed.
- All weapons must have a trigger weight of a minimum 4 lbs. Weapons not meeting this standard
check-in will not be allowed.
- No modifications or disabling of a part are allowed to any safety system on the firearm.
- No lasers allowed.
- No compensators including ported barrels unless the weapon is issued by the agency in that configuration.
- Rifles must have a buttstock and a minimum barrel length of 10 inches.
- Rifles will have an attached sling system.
- Optics are allowed up to 10x magnification and may not be removed during the event.
- Magnifiers are allowed and must be mounted on the weapon for the entire event.
- Backup iron sights are allowed rifles with optics.
- Holsters must have and use at least one retention device (including internal friction locking) and be able to
securely hold the firearm at all times. No safety features can be disabled.
- Holsters must be outside the waist, strong side carry.
- Holsters with open fronts are not allowed.
- Must be worn at all times during a course of fire.
- Must remain in the same location during the entire event. (Example - no switching from belt to chest carry
between course of fire).
- Ammunition pouches must have and use at least one retention device (includes internal friction locking or
cords or secured flaps) and able to securely hold loaded magazines at all times.