NALRSA Rules:(as of: Jan 17, 2019)


  1. Safety is always NALRSA’s priority.
  2. All rifles will be unloaded with magazines out and bolts open at ALL times.
  3. Chamber flags will be used at ALL times. Once the rifle leaves your vehicle, chamber flags can not be removed until on the mat with muzzle pointed safely down range. The flag must be re-in stalled when leaving the mat.
  4. Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded. (Yours and fellow competitors’)
  5. Always keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction (Rule #4)
  6. If a gun misfires, do not open the bolt. Wait for range officer instructions.
  7. Gun must stay in your vehicle until you are staging for your assigned rotation.
  8. Shooter must fire from designated shooting lanes in a prone shooting position. (only exception is listed in NALRSA Rules #3)
  9. Any competitor who is found tampering with a fellow competitor’s equipment will be disqualified from the competition.
  10. Competitions will be run only on cold ranges (Cold range is defined as firearms being unloaded until the competitor is on the mat and it is his or her turn to shoot) Rule #3 this section.


  1. Overall equipment weight: The combined weight of all equipment to be used in the competition cannot exceed 21 pounds and 15 ounces. (under 22 pounds) This will include anything attached to the rifle, or anything that will be used in any way to aid in firing the rifle. This will also include any legal front and rear rest. You will only be allowed to enter the shooting lanes with items used to complete the round and have been weighed. (the only exclusion to total weight will be a suppressor and the ammunition) You will be allowed to take 10 rounds of ammo to the lanes in ammo boxes, sleeves etc. More than 10 rounds at a time will result in disqualification.
  2. No F-Class or Benchrest style rifles will be allowed. No single shot actions will be allowed. (All rifles must be magazine feed repeaters with ability to hold more than one round, either by box magazine or internal.) Rifle must also utilize a working mechanical top safety.
  3. No monolithic solid Lathe (CNC) turned bullets will be allowed. Only conventional Target or Hunting style bullets are accepted.
  4. Only folding front bipods will be allowed. Bipods wingspan can be no wider than 15” foot to foot.
  5. A competitors rifle will be limited to 30 caliber with a maximum of 4200 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle. This max is set not to inhibit shooters but to keep our targets from malfunctioning. Velocity may be verified via a Labradar during final round. A competitor may have a bullet pulled, and weight verified to determine max ft/lbs of energy. Violations of this rule will be disqualified.
  6. Mechanically adjustable rear rests will not be allowed.
  7. No more than two rests may be used, and must be independent of each other. (No sleds or joy sticks)
  8. No mechanical method allowed that would return the firearm to the exact point of aim from prior shot.
  9. Semi-automatic guns must utilize a brass catcher.
  10. No electronic guided shooting systems, i.e., tracking point


  1. No one will be allowed past the marked firing line at any time for any reason.
  2. No unattended children at any competition at any time.
  3. No more than one shooter under the tent at a time in firing lanes.
  4. No spotters allowed. (Electronic targets will show POI and score.)
  5. Hearing protection is required once a shooter leaves staging area.


  1. Competitors must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by and adult if competing as a youth member.
  2. Youth members will be able to shoot in events that they have qualified for.
  3. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol.
  4. A competitor must shoot prone , unless he or she has entered carrying a disable status. (Must carry a handicap status or have a note from a physician) If a contestant is over the age of 60, he or she also has the option to shoot from a bench. (Preference chosen when entering as a member)
  5. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to: arguing with other competitors or officials, throwing things, displaying tantrums, or initiating unwarranted complaints. (NALRSA reserves the right to make the determination as to what constitutes “unsportsmanlike” conduct.) Any competitor deemed unsportsmanlike can be warned or disqualified on the spot.
  6. In case of a tie: Ties for 1st and 2nd will go into an immediate sudden-death shoot off. A tie from 3rd through 12th will split prize money.
  7. Dress Code: Proper attire will be required. Keep in mind, at any time you may be televised. Attire must be respectful of other shooters and spectators. No offensive or vulgar pictures or graphics on clothing will be allowed. Sponsor jerseys are not only accepted, but encouraged. (At any point, a match representative can ask you to change attire to comply with NALRSA dress code)
  8. During a Format 1 competition, only 1 rifle can be used thru all 3 rounds. Multiple rifles for different rounds will not be allowed. Format 2 competitions, a shooter may enter more than one rifle. The rifle used in round 1, must also be used throughout rounds 2 and 3 for each entry. Shooters can enter up to 5 different guns. A competitor will only be allowed to shoot one gun/ entry in the final round. (Short-Go)

Rules and Regulations for Mechanical Failure

If a shooter suffers a mechanical failure while shooting a (Round), they should do the following:

  1. Immediately unload and clear your rifle.
    *** If there is a live round stuck in the chamber, your rifle cannot leave the firing line until it is removed.
  2. Notify a range officer as soon as it is practical (you may need to wait until the round has finished).
  3. Allow a range officer to verify the mechanical failure.
    *** If the range officer determines that your rifle is functioning perfectly, and user error was the cause, you will be DQ’d from the match.
  4. All points acquired before the mechanical failure will be saved and added to the total of your remaining round when you return.

Rules for re-shoot

Upon confirmation by the range officer that a mechanical failure has occurred and your rifle is in a safe condition to leave the firing line, you will have the following option.

  1. Repair your rifle.
  2. Allow a range officer to confirm it is in a safe working condition.
  3. You will be allowed to shoot and be placed at the end of the current Round.
  4. If you were a shooter in the final rotation, you will have 10 minutes to repair the failure and report back to the line.


  1. Protests: All protests will be made within 30 minutes of occurrence. All protests will be made directly to the match director (MD), and only shooters are eligible to protest. The match director’s decision is final at the competition.
  2. Range officers (RO) will enforce all rules. Any contestant issue in regards to rules or treatment will be reviewed by match director (MD). The match director’s decision is final at the competition.
  3. DQ/Expulsion: Match director (MD) can have a contestant disqualified and/or barred from a competition and association for reasons listed, but not limited to the following:
    1. Endangering the safety of shooters, RO’s, field personnel or spectators. Example: throwing things or sweeping the gun muzzle at contestants, spectators or officials.
    2. Misrepresentation of his or her status or eligibility.
    3. Physically assaulting or directing abusive language toward anyone on the grounds of a NALRSA competition.
    4. Repeated violations or warnings from officials regarding any NALRSA rules.
  4. A competitor may file a formal protest in writing. The complaint/protest must be filed within 7 days of the conclusion of the competition. The Board of Directors of NALRSA will review and reach a final decision within 30 days.

The protest must be sent to:
North American Long Range Shooting Assn.
PO Box 1434
Bandera Tx, 78003