Dave Schneider Memorial Championship

This is our annual Falling Plate Championship, where participants knock over steel plates on the racks installed on the upper pistol range.

Please arrive at the range with ALL FIREARMS UNLOADED and FIREARMS & AMMO PACKED IN SEPARATE CONTAINERS. Then await instructions from the Range Safety Officers (R.S.Os), prior to handling your firearms or ammo. Also See Safety Rules Below On This Page.

Registration for the event will start at 8:15 am. The safety briefing will start at 9 am. The Championship will last until the final shooter completes the match (Typically 2-3PM).

The cost is $30.00 for the first entry and $10.00 for the second entry. You will need to bring at least 96 rounds of ammunition for each match entry:
See Caliber restrictions below)
All Ammunition used will be straight walled “pistol calibers”, without magnum in the caliber name. Also 22LR may be used for the Rimfire Pistol class. All ammunition is to be supplied by the participants (The FR&G doesn’t sell ammo).

You may enter twice if desired, for a total of 8 runs & 192 shots.

Shooting Event/Gun Classifications:
1. 10 yd Open Semi-Auto Pistol (Optics & Compensators Allowed)
2. 10 yd Production Semi-Auto Pistol (No Muzzle Devices, Iron Sights Only)
3. Production Semi-Auto Pistol (10, 15, 20, 25) yd. (No Muzzle Devices, Iron Sights Only)
4. 22LR Pistol (10, 15, 20, 25) yd. (Optics & Compensators Allowed)
5. Revolver Pistol  (10, 15, 20, 25) yd. (Optics & Compensators Allowed)
6. Pistol Caliber Carbine or Rifle (PCC) (10, 15, 20, 25) yd. (Optics & Compensators Allowed)

All pistol category shooters will draw their guns from a holster, before firing their first shot.

All pistols used in the “Production” categories CAN’T be equipped with optics OR muzzle devices (such as compensators, muzzle breaks, or suppressors).

Open pistols & revolvers MAY be equipped with optics and/or muzzle devices.

All Pistols must be supported entirely by the shooters hands, NO arm braces, ground supports, slings or shouldering.

Pistol caliber carbines (PCCs) will be shot shouldered, as rifles & MAY be equipped with optics or muzzle devices.  However the shooter must safely support the firearm entirely with their body (NO ground supports).

AR style “pistols” with “Arm Braces” or slings my be fired as PCCs in the PCC classification ONLY.

NO “Full Auto” guns, “Binary Triggers” or “Bump Stock” type devices are permitted in this event, in any classification.

There are reloads required after every six shots, so you will need:
Four magazines for semi-automatic guns or
Four speed-loaders/moon clips (for revolvers).

It is a speed and accuracy challenge, with a timer starting the shooter and timing the shots. Low scores are the goal.   We encourage Non-Club members to join in, as this event is “open to the public”.

Important Safety Rules:

1. NEVER cover people with your weapon when handling (Regardless of weapon state, be aware of your muzzle & keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times).

2. FR&G is a “Cold Range”, therefore there should be NO loaded firearms, unless instructed to load by the R.S.O. while standing at the firing line.

3. Keep finger(s) out of the trigger guard until completely up on target & ready to shoot.

4. Keep finger(s) out of the trigger guard when holstering, drawing from holster & during all reloads.

5. Wear eye and ear protection at all times on the range.

6. All weapon safeties must be engaged when holstering or drawing (including “decocker” safety devices).

7. No handling of firearms anywhere on the range, with the exception of the safe table, or at the firing line when instructed by R.S.O to “load & make ready”.

8. No ammo at the safe table (including loose ammo in pockets or loaded mags on your person).

9. If you aren’t using a holster, transport your pistol, to & from the firing line:
in a case, with a chamber flag installed in the chamber & no ammo in the case or gun.
(All pistol events require shooter to draw from holster, to be eligible to win event)
(shooters who wish to shoot from “Low Ready” may participate, but not win the event)

9a. Pistol caliber carbines (PCCs) must be transported to and from the firing line:
with chamber flags installed & muzzles pointed up. 

10. All ammo used should be straight walled, Non-Magnum pistol calibers only.

When it is your turn to shoot:

1. approach the firing line and wait patiently. The R.S.O. will announce that the range is “Going Hot” & will instruct you to “load and make ready”.

2. Draw your gun, with fingers out of the trigger guard & point muzzle toward the target area. Load your gun & engage any safeties the weapon has. (For firearms equipped with a “de-cocker”, point the gun at target area & “de-cocking” the weapon prior to holstering the loaded gun).

3. Re-holster your gun & assume the surrender position (wrists above your shoulders). The R.S.O. will then say “shooter ready?…stand by” & start the timer. An audible beep from the timer will signal when to draw & begin firing.

4. Draw your gun; be careful not to put your finger in the trigger guard, or disengage any safeties until “up on target” (Gun pointed at the target area).

5. Shoot six plates; only go as fast as you safely can, being mindful to keep your muzzle pointed down range, at the target area at all times.

6. When you shoot the gun empty (after 6 rounds), remove your finger from the trigger guard & with muzzle always pointed at the target area, reload your gun.

7. At this point you may continue shooting plates (Steps 5 thru 7 are repeated 4 times per run).

8. When you are done shooting all 24 rounds, drop your last mag or swing revolver wheel out, to show the R.S.O the gun is empty. You & the R.S.O will inspect that: The mag-well & chamber of semi autos are empty, or that the wheel of a revolver is empty. The R.S.O. will verbally announce “Clear” or “The gun is clear”.

9. Before re-holstering the empty gun, the shooter will point the gun back at the target area & pull the trigger, or “de-cock” the gun. (Revolvers are exempt from this step, so long as the hammer is down.)

10. The R.S.O. will instruct the shooter to holster the gun & will announce “the range is safe”

Scoring: The total score for a run will be the shooters raw time plus 3 seconds for each missed plate.

This event draws lots of shooters from other clubs, we have a lunch time meal on the range & have awards at the conclusion of the match. Check the Club calendar for all scheduled event dates & times.