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    Hi guys

    Just to get some comments following on from the tread of the DQ at the 7 March PTA provincial...

    As I'm a newbie to this sport, I'm still a little confused with certain aspects of the rules.

    The rules don't always spell out all the issues...As actual examples, the following:

    1) I was posting on the UK BBS forum, asking advice on a single point sling. I received a number of PM's stating that they don't like using slings as it HAS TO STAY ATTACHED to the rifle for the entire competition, as the "rules" state that you're not allowed to add or remove any elements to the rifle during the shoot...Now, what do the rules actually imply regarding using the sling and removing it whilst the competition is running?

    2) When a shooter shoots at a target, and "misses", ie it doesn't fall over, and the "scorer/marker" marks a MISS on the scorecard, and 1 minute later, while the shooter has just finished shooting at the second target (but is still sitting on the carpet in the shooting area), the first target falls over...what is the rule? Does the scorer/marker change the "miss" to a "hit" on the scorecard or not...unless I can't read properly, couldn't find it in the rules....

    3) Slings - the rules state a SINGLE sling is allowed...does it mean single POINT sling attachment, or is it allowed to be attached to the front AND back of the stock?...

    Long and short is - there are a number of issues that are not CLEARLY defined in the rules...

    Any informed comments??

    Thanks a million.

    Cheers

    Robbie
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    I understand the "sling rule" as you do. AFA I'm concerned, you are not allowed to click the sling on or off from your rifle, put on or remove your shooting jacket, gloves, shoes or any thing that is attached or worn at the time of the competition starting. I was told by some people in the UK you can used any thing as long as you don't put it on and take it off your rifle, that includes a pad on your hamster(Which we also now allow) I have a normal rifle sling on my FT rifle.
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    so you cannot put on a shooting glove for the standing shots only?
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    wow. this puts a whole new perspective on things. gloves not alowed to be removed for sitting? damn that thing is going to be sweaty. Also the single point sling unclip seems strange.
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    being a semi-anarchist I hence prefer shooting at home and making up my own rules..hehe
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    hehe.. with the hot days we get you probably would use a new glove every shoot and have to cut it off after the shoot

    Maybe the SAFTAA guys can tell us if glove removal and sling unclipping would be allowed?
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    This is exactly my point...there are "interpretations" to be made...Would be nice if rules were SET, so you knew what you could and couldn't do...

    It's like the cushion rule too...it needs to fit into a "slot" of 12,5cm x 40cm. You could (with some effort) almost shove ANY size cushion through such a slot...

    Thing is, I've seen guys at the shoots using "quick-release" handstops to attach/remove their slings from the rifle whilst the competition was in progress, and was wondering whether it was or wasn't allowed...?

    Any of the SAFTAA committee members like to comment?
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    I aggree. I operate on the same concept. Unclip for sitting shots?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Globalstar66 View Post
    Hi guys

    Just to get some comments following on from the tread of the DQ at the 7 March PTA provincial...

    As I'm a newbie to this sport, I'm still a little confused with certain aspects of the rules.

    The rules don't always spell out all the issues...As actual examples, the following:

    1) I was posting on the UK BBS forum, asking advice on a single point sling. I received a number of PM's stating that they don't like using slings as it HAS TO STAY ATTACHED to the rifle for the entire competition, as the "rules" state that you're not allowed to add or remove any elements to the rifle during the shoot...Now, what do the rules actually imply regarding using the sling and removing it whilst the competition is running?
    As far as I know the sling has to stay attached at all times during the competition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Globalstar66 View Post
    2) When a shooter shoots at a target, and "misses", ie it doesn't fall over, and the "scorer/marker" marks a MISS on the scorecard, and 1 minute later, while the shooter has just finished shooting at the second target (but is still sitting on the carpet in the shooting area), the first target falls over...what is the rule? Does the scorer/marker change the "miss" to a "hit" on the scorecard or not...unless I can't read properly, couldn't find it in the rules....
    Have you even seen anything like that to happen? It's possible with a faulty target but so unusual that no one worries about. In case it happens to you ask the range officer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Globalstar66 View Post
    3) Slings - the rules state a SINGLE sling is allowed...does it mean single POINT sling attachment, or is it allowed to be attached to the front AND back of the stock?.......
    Not single point - attached to 2 points of the rifle but only SINGLE SLING.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Globalstar66 View Post
    Hi guys

    Just to get some comments following on from the tread of the DQ at the 7 March PTA provincial...

    As I'm a newbie to this sport, I'm still a little confused with certain aspects of the rules.

    The rules don't always spell out all the issues...As actual examples, the following:

    1) I was posting on the UK BBS forum, asking advice on a single point sling. I received a number of PM's stating that they don't like using slings as it HAS TO STAY ATTACHED to the rifle for the entire competition, as the "rules" state that you're not allowed to add or remove any elements to the rifle during the shoot...Now, what do the rules actually imply regarding using the sling and removing it whilst the competition is running?

    2) When a shooter shoots at a target, and "misses", ie it doesn't fall over, and the "scorer/marker" marks a MISS on the scorecard, and 1 minute later, while the shooter has just finished shooting at the second target (but is still sitting on the carpet in the shooting area), the first target falls over...what is the rule? Does the scorer/marker change the "miss" to a "hit" on the scorecard or not...unless I can't read properly, couldn't find it in the rules....

    3) Slings - the rules state a SINGLE sling is allowed...does it mean single POINT sling attachment, or is it allowed to be attached to the front AND back of the stock?...

    Long and short is - there are a number of issues that are not CLEARLY defined in the rules...

    Any informed comments??

    Thanks a million.

    Cheers

    Robbie
    The way I see it.Not that I make the rules .My interpritation.

    1) We have also got the rule that says .Attached or otherwise.So it might be able to support the idea that you can remove it.Why is the word otherwise tyhere ?

    The rule
    A single rifle sling, separate or otherwise, is permitted as a means of

    steadying the aim.

    2)If you are still adressing the targets the point is yours.

    3)"single rifle sling" there is where the cutoff point comes.It must be a rifle sling and not a body sling.

    As far as clothing goes.I cant see that you can DQ somebody for removing a jacket or putting on a rain coat.Next we will have guys DQ'ed for removing their caps

    The rule
    "Al l forms of clothing are permissible." No statement of removing or not.

    If you play nice then I dont see that you need to be scared.If you try take unfair advantagre then you need to be sorted out.
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    It's actually quite amazing how many "opinions" there are, the more you read about these things.

    Very difficult to get definitive answers on certain interpretations, as the rules don't really SPELL out exactly what is meant, and seem to be fairly "vaguely" written...

    Any other opinions/comments?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Globalstar66 View Post

    Any other opinions/comments?
    Yes, go and do few competitions and the things are going to get much more clear.
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    Hi Swordfish, I plan to do just that.

    Thanks
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    Look the rules are not there to punish you.

    If you are not sure ask a RO or put your question through the club to SAFTAA.
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    So the sling has to be attached to the rifle? How about using a single sling not attached to the rifle?
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