Practical Rifle


The goal of Practical Rifle is to learn and apply the skill-sets for making hits on target “at speed” in the < 300 yard range, including CQB distances, with occasional 600 yard shooting, using a carbine rifle. Also, learning to run secondary transitions using a sidearm at closer ranges is emphasized. Practice sessions are usually no more than 100 rounds carbine rifle and 75 rounds pistol. Have more ammunition with you.

The skill level for participants in practical rifle is  intermediate and it is not considered a beginner program. Although Practical Rifle also emphasizes the use of pistols, it is not considered a two-gun event. Practical Rifle is not a class or a competition. Practical Rifle is a practice. The program director and Safety officers develop drills and courses-of-fire that challenge and develop skills with the gear you bring. We use different scoring on targets and shot timers to help you measure different aspects of your skill with the gear you bring.

In most cases, if the participant is having a challenge with their gear, you will get an opportunity to adapt, overcome and learn through experience. However, the Safety Officer will intervene for safety issues.

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All shooters must pass a safety qualifier in order to participate.

Basic safety skills required: 

  • Safe muzzle direction
  • rifle sights off, rifle safety goes on… this is critical for this program because of the nature of the courses we run.
  • safe use of a sling
  • safe malfunction clearing, and magazine loading
  • finger off trigger when not ready to shoot
  • safe moving to and from shooting positions, positive control of rifle at all times
  • Safe transition from carbine to hand-gun
  • Safe drawing of the hand-gun and safe holstering.
  • Observe a 3 foot radius safety ring for rifle pointed at ground
  • Observe 180 degree safety angle for hand-gun and rifles pointed outside of the 3 foot radius.
  • Observe all safety commands from safety officer, range officer or program director
  • Load firearm only when instructed from Safety Officer, Range Officer or Program Director.
  • When course of fire is completed firearms will be emptied, rifle chambers flagged and hand-gun hammer-down on an empty chamber
  • All shooters sign the safety waiver before shooting
  • Safety briefing before shooting
  • Holstered pistols will be in a unloaded condition during prone shooting.

Required Gear:

  • Rifle Sling
  • Quality holster with retention feature. Holster must cover the trigger guard
  • No green tip, steel or steel core projectiles allowed. Steel casings are fine.
  • No incendiary or tracer ammunition allowed.
  • Hearing protection and eye protection.
  • At least two rifle magazines (combined capacity of  40)
  • At least two pistols magazines (combined capacity of 14).
  • Magazine pouches

Helpful Gear that can be nice:

  • Dump pouch
  • Knee-pads
  • Tool kit
  • Shooters Gloves


  • Practical Rifle runs a cold range, only loading firearms on Safety Officer command
  • Usually, a safety table for unused firearms is provided. Point firearms into the berm. Rifles must have chamber flags and pistols must have an open action.
  • Different shooting bays can have different safety requirements, if uncertain, ask a Safety Officer.
  • Location of first aid kits
  • This Program is brought to you by the Medford Rifle Pistol club. Consider joining.
  • $5 from each shooter
  • Alpha zone on practical rifle targets is a generous combination of USPSA and IDPA
  • In order for the event to go smoothly and safely, everyone is expected to help.
  • All brass will be picked up and split after clean-up