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Third stage.-Rapid fire (10 seconds per score), 2 scores (5 shots each), 25 yards.
29. Targets.--Target L will be used for all firing.
30. Positions.-Without body or artificial rest; one hand only to be used.
31. The procedure for rapid-fire pistol is the same as for rapidfire rifle, except that the time limits and the number of shots in a string are as stated above.
32. Årm.-Any revolver or automatic pistol, caliber .45, having not less than 4 pounds trigger pull nor a barrel of greater length than 8 inches.
33. Ammunition.-Ammunition issued by Ordnance Department. Ammunition will be issued to all competitors at the firing points for practice and for use in the pistol matches. No other ammunition will be used in the National Pistol Match.
34. Rules.-As laid down in the Small Arms Firing Manual, 1913, except as herein modified.
a. To each of the 12 competitors making the highest aggre. gate scores, a gold medal.
6. To each of the 24 competitors making the highest aggregate scores after the gold-medal scores, a silver medal.
c. To each of the 36 competitors making the highest scores after the silver-medal scores, a bronze medal.
OFFICIALS OF THE COMPETITION. 36. The officials of the competition shall consist of: a. An executive officer. b. An adjutant. C. A quartermaster. d. A statistical officer.
e. As many chief range officers and range officers as may be necessary or as may be detailed for that purpose.
f. A surgeon. 9. An ordnance officer. h. A signal officer, The officials may be selected from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, or civilians.
There will be designated for each of the above officials as many assistants as may be necessary.
37. The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
a. Executive officer.-The executive officer will have control of the range for the conduct of the matches, and his decision shall be final. The executive officer may, in his discretion, upon the certificate of the surgeon, permit the substitution of an alternate member of the same team in place of one who may be taken ill during the shooting.
0. Assistant executive officers.—The assistant executive officers shall perform such duties as the executive officer may direct and may act as chief range officers.
C. Adjutant.—The adjutant shall discharge the duties of adjutant to the executive officer, issue by direction of the executive officer the necessary orders, and perform such other duties as may be assigned to him.
d. Quartermaster.—The quartermaster shall have charge of the issue of stores and supplies of his own department to the competitors, and discharge such other duties as may be assigned to him by the executive officer.
e. Statistical officer.-The statistical officer will assign the competitors to targets and to order of firing. He will verify the additions of the scores as reported by the score keepers, grade them in order of excellence, and prepare the results for official announcement.
f. Range officers.--The range officers will supervise the marking and scoring; they will see that the competitors do not evade any of the regulations; verify the scores on the score card with the blackboard and see that they agree, add up the totals, certify to the correctness of same, requiring the team captain or contestant to sign the card, and return the card or cards to the statistical officer.
The range officer in charge of the firing point must witness any alteration of a score card and must indorse the alteration.
During the shooting of all competitions range officers shall be detailed to the pits at each distance, who shall remain in the pit until the firing at that distance is finished.
The executive officer and chief range officers will formally assemble and instruct the range officers in their duties, and the range officers shall be placed on duty during the preliminary practice for their practical instruction.
g. Surgeon. The surgeon shall have charge of the health and sanitary condition of the camp and rifle range, and shall perform such other duties as pertain to his profession.
h. Ordnance officer.-The ordnance officer shall make timely requisition for all ordnance stores needed in the matches, and shall supply those stores as required.
i. Signal officer.—The signal officer shall have charge of the electrical equipment of the range and of the property of the Signal Corps.
j. Officers must report.-All officers of the competitions will report to the executive officer at his headquarters each day at such hour as he may designate, when they will be assigned to their several stations.
38. Team representatives in the pits. In the National Team Match each team must furnish a team representative. The team representatives shall assemble at the times and places ordered. They will be marched to the pits before the assignment of targets is made to teams. They will be assigned to targets without regard to the assignments at the firing points. They will be subject to the orders of the range officers on duty in the pits and will make with a pencil, before a shot is marked or posted, a small circle around each shot hole; will call any irregularity or
question of doubt to the attention of the range officer on duty in the pit, and the range officer's decision shall be final.
39. Competitors may be required to score.-Competitors detailed in turn to score for other competitors who fail to report promptly at the firing point at the appointed time for scoring and to act as scorer in a satisfactory manner will forfeit their right to compete in that match and in the discretion of the executive officer be debarred during the remainder of season from further participation in any match or any practice.
40. In team matches, teams may be required to furnish scorers for teams firing on adjacent targets. Members of a team may perform this duty in turn,
41. Scoring.–Scorers at mid and long ranges should be supplied with field glasses.
42. Scorers must confine their language to their strict duties. They must not enter into disputes with competitors or others. If any question arises the scorer promptly calls: “Range Officer, number " stating the number of his target.
43. In individual matches as soon as he receives the score cards the scorer will enter on the score board the names of all competitors in the order of the relays, placing the number of the relay before each name and leaving blank spaces on the score board when there are vacancies in relays.
44. In team competitions two competitors will occupy a firing point and fire alternately, the competitor on the right firing first. In individual competitions one competitor completes his score before the next competitor begins to fire.
45. When a competitor is not present when it is his turn to fire, or when his name is called, or when competitors arrive after their relays are due and have been called, the scorer will report the fact to the range officer.
46. In team matches the scorer will enter on the score board the names of the members of the team in the order in which the team captain desires that the competitors fire, and will change this order at any time at the request of a team captain.
47. All shots fired count.-All shots fired by the competitor after he has taken his place at the firing point, and it is his turn to fire--the target being ready-will be considered in his score, even if his piece is not directed toward the target or is accidentally discharged.
48. A scorer is not permitted to make any erasures, corrections, or changes on the score card. If a correction is necessary, it must be made and initialed by the range officer who signs the card.
49. If a scorer or a competitor desires a target disked, redisked, or reexamined, the scorer must call the range officer.
50. When a competitor finishes his string, the scorer places the total on the score board and announces thus: "(Title, name); total score, 92.” He then enters the total on his score card, signs it, and in individual matches exhibits it to the competitor, who will sign the card in the space provided.
51. When a competitor is going to and leaving the firing point, if the chamber of his rifle is closed the scorer will require him to open the bolt.
52. It is not necessary to call the range officer immediately to sign the score card. Score cards are signed and collected by range officers at their convenience.
53. Scores on the blackboard must not be erased without orders from a range officer. The scores must be exhibited to public view during the continuation of the match or until the range is closed.
54. Hits on the wrong target are scored as misses.
55. When a target is marked the scorer must announce the score in a tone sufficiently loud to be heard by the firer and the bystanders.
56. Slovo fire. In slow fire the score is announced thus: "(Title, name); first shot for record a five."
57. The scorer scores upon the score board the value of each hit as soon as he announces it, and then, unless the shot is challenged, he scores it upon the score card.
58. Care must be taken to enter the slow-fire scores in exactly the order in which the shots were fired, because ties are decided by order of the hits.
59. In slow fire, if more than one hit is marked on the same target after a competitor has just fired from the firing point assigned to that target, that competitor will receive the highest of the values and no record will be made of the other hits.
60. Target withdrawn while firing.-In slow fire, if, just as the shot is fired, the target is withdrawn from the firing position, the scorer at that firing point will at once report the fact to the range officer, who, if satisfied upon investigation that the case is as represented, will direct that the shot fired be not considered, that the competitor fire another shot, and that credit be given for time lost.
61. When a competitor has fired and the target has not been pulled the scorer may call to the telephone, " Mark number —," but must call the range officer when a message to disk, redisk, reexamine, or any other message is to be telephoned.
62. In an individual match when a competitor has made a possible record score in slow fire he will continue to fire until he has made a hit with less than the highest value. Each extra shot will be scored on the board and on the face of the score card, beginning under the first record shot. No sighting shots are allowed in any of the national matches. In other matches, when they are allowed, they will be scored upon the blackboard, but not on the score cards.
63. Rapid fire.-In rapid fire the score is announced, for example, thus: “ Target number -(title, name), one five, two fives, three fives, four fives, five fives; one four, two fours, one three, one two, one miss.” The score is recorded on the blackboard in the same fashion as in slow fire.
64. When the target is improperly operated or in case of a misfire, disabled piece, or any other unusual occurrence, the scorer will promptly report the facts to the range officer.
65. Any unfired cartridges count as misses, except that in case of a defective cartridge or a disabled piece the score is not recorded and another string may be fired.
66. Cartridge defective.--A defective cartridge is one where the mark of the firing pin appears on the primer and which, when tried under the direction of a range officer in the same rifle, still remains unfired.
67. If in rapid fire there are more than the proper number of hits on a target, the score is not recorded and another string is fired.
68. Pistol fire. In pistol fire, in order to prevent the markers from knowing who is firing, the name of the competitor is omitted and the number of his target will be called thus: “ Target number fifth shot, a ten."
69. Use of the telephone.-a. Messages on the telephone must be brief and explicit.
0. "Mark” a target means that the firer at the firing point has fired and the target has not been pulled.
c. “Disk” or “redisk” a target means that the target must be disked or disked again without being pulled. It is not necessary to call the pit officer to the target.
d. “Reexamine" a target means that a pit officer must visit the target, have the target pulled, reexamine it thoroughly, even after a hit is located, search for any other hit, move his finger around the edge of the bull's-eye and over the rings and figures, supervise the redisking, and report to firing line, " Target number— reexamined by range officer, value of last shot a " or such other report as may be appropriate.
70. During matches no communications will be transmitted from anyone except range officers or other officers of the match, except that scorers may send messages to mark a target, but not to disk, redisk, reexamine.
71. Angry and abusive messages to the butts only result in still poorer service. If a target gives unsatisfactory service, the range officer should explain definitely the trouble. The pit officer can then have the marker closely supervised or relieved if necessary.
72. The use of the telephone must be confined strictly to necessary business. No other conversation or information of any kind whatsoever is permitted.
73. Marking.--All targets will be operated single-target fashion. If the same kind of a target is used on the rear carrier as a counterbalance, it will be faced to the rear.
74. A shot hole whose leaded edge comes in contact with the outside of bull's-eye or figure or the rings or lines of a target receives the higher value as if it had struck inside the line.
75. A hole made by a ricochet bullet counts as a hit. Holes made by things other than bullets do not count as hits. If in