Colorado Multigun
Practical Rifle Team Challenge
August 11-13, 2006
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM

8/14/2006: The 2006 match is done! Results are here:
2006 PRTC Results

Colorado Multigun's Practical Rifle Team Challenge is designed to test a 2-man team's skills shooting rifle, carbine, and pistol to their effective ranges at practical targets in the natural terrain using what gear they can carry.

Shooters should expect:
  • 7 field stages shot in the natural terrain over 3 days, including 2 night shoots (night vision gear not required)
  • physical challenges, obstacle negotiation, climbing, crawling, water
  • movement up to 1 mile
  • local altitude of 6700'
  • to carry gear used during the courses of fire
  • shooting rifles to 1000 yards and carbines to 500 yards
  • there is an optional bonus target at 1200 yards
  • varied target size: rifle targets between 1" - 18", generally no smaller than 1 MOA at a distance.
  • mixture of "precision" and "speed" shooting with scoring to match
  • "Run-n-Gun"
Rifle: Any 243/6mm up to 300WM, no AR15 variants (no "short action" AR-15s; long-action AR-pattern rifles such as the AR-10 and SR25 are OK). 3200fps limit.
Carbine: Any semi-auto.
Pistols: 9mm minimum.

Teams can use any ancillary equipment as long as such equipment is carried during every stage. (See Rules for details.)

Any shooter who does not have a partner should participate in this thread on and find one. Local partners are recommended for pre-match training, but it's better to shoot than not!
Cost of entry is $300 per team ($150 per person).

Match Director: Jimmy Holdsworth
Asst Match Director: Alan Samuel
Asst Match Director: Zak Smith
Link to Colorado Multigun staff bios and contact info.

Sabre Defence Industries, Match Sponsor
    Point Blank Body Armor, LEO/MIL Sponsor
    Cavalry Arms Corp, Stage Sponsor
    Warne Manufacturing Company, Stage Sponsor
    Trijicon, Stage Sponsor
    TAC-PRO Shooting Center, Match Contributor
    OD Tactical, Match Contributor

Potential match sponsors please send email to
Sponsor packet available here: SPONSOR.PDF


1400-1900 Stages available for preview & walk-throughs.
   This is the only time walk-throughs will be allowed.
1700-1900 Early sign-in.

0730-0800 Sign-in.
0830 Shooters' Meeting.
0900 Shooters report at their first assigned stage
2000 Shooters report for Night Shoot

0800 Shooters report at first assigned stage of day
2000 Shooters report for Night Shoot

0800 Shooters report at first assigned stage of day
1400 Awards & Wrap Up.

Shooters must be present for all 3 days of the shooting portion of the match and shoot during their scheduled time-slots. No "shoot-throughs" will be allowed.

Do not expect "IPSC style" stage walk-throughs and rehearsals. Due to lengthy stages and time constraints, shooters may get no or only a brief glance at the stage before shooting it. A stage briefing will be presented to each team orienting them to the challenge.

  1. Violation of any safety rule will result in match disqualification (DQ).
  2. USPSA Safety Rules shall be followed, with the following notable additions:
    1. In addition to the USPSA definition of an Accidental Discharge, the stage RO may call an A.D. using his own judgement. Example: if the competitor was clearly not engaging a target.
    2. The Match Director has the right to disqualify any competitor for Unsportsmanlike Conduct based on his judgement.
  3. The NRA WC is a "cold range."
    1. No firearms may be loaded at the match site except under the direct command of a RO.
    2. Long-guns shall be kept unloaded in cases or on a designated rack, and carried muzzle up or muzzle down and the action open.
    3. Pistols shall be kept unloaded and cases or unloaded with empty mag-well and hammer/striker down in a holster.
    4. "Sweeping" any person with a weapon's muzzle will result in immediate D.Q.
  4. All firearms must have a functioning safety, subject to verification by an RO at any time.
  5. Any rifle or carbine slung during a stage must have an empty chamber, unless directed by the stage RO.
  6. No person shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site. Any person found to be impaired and unsafe as a result of legitimate prescription drugs may be directed to stop shooting and requested to leave the range.
  7. Eye and ear protection is mandatory.
  8. Please observe the posted speed limits on NRA WC property.
  1. Each team shall be comprised of two shooters.
  2. One shooter shall be designated the "rifle shooter," and one shooter shall be designated the "carbine shooter."
  3. Targets designated as rifle targets may only be engaged by the rifle shooter, with his rifle.
  4. Targets designated as carbine targets may only be engaged by the carbine shooter, with his carbine.
  5. Both shooters shall carry a handgun
  6. Each shooter shall shoot the same firearms (rifle and pistol, or carbine and pistol) for the entire match.
  7. For the purposes the preceding rule, the "same firearm" shall be defined by a specific combination of caliber, receiver, barrel, stock, grips, and slide (pistol).
  1. Rifle
    1. Minimum caliber: .243/6mm
    2. Maximum caliber: 300WM
    3. Maximum muzzle velocity: 3200fps
    4. Ammunition subject to verification by chronograph at any time
    5. The "rifle" shall not be an AR15 variant. (no "short action" AR-15s; long-action AR-pattern rifles such as the AR-10 and SR25 are OK)
  2. The carbine shall be semi-automatic, caliber .223/5.56 minimum, same maximum as the "rifle"
  3. Pistols must be of minimum caliber 9x19
  4. Holster must provide sufficient retention to withstand vigorous movement. Race holsters are prohibited. Handgun will be carried in the holster during stages unless directed otherwise by an RO.
  5. Any shooting accessories may be used provided they are carried by the team during every stage. Accessories include but are not limited to:
    1. bipods, bags, shooting sticks, slings, jackets, gloves, or other shooting support devices
    2. optics such as spotting scopes, binoculars, and range-finders
    3. secondary optics for use on rifle or carbine
  6. Teams shall use only one carbine, and only one rifle throughout the match.
  7. Ammunition and magazines may be replenished at any time.
  8. No steel core, steel jacketed, armor piercing, incendiary or tracer bullets are permitted.
  9. In the event a weapon breaks or becomes inoperable during the match, the shooter may substitute a weapon of substantially similar configuration for subsequent stages, subject to approval by the Match Director.
  10. If a weapon becomes inoperable during a stage, the targets designated for that weapon are forfeit with the exception that rifle targets may be safely engaged with pistol by the shooter with a inoperable rifle or carbine, and after stage RO approval.
  11. Teams violating Equipment Rules will be subject to scoring and/or monetary penalties. Fines will be assessed if target damage occurs due to: forbidden bullet types (AP, steel, tracer, etc); disallowed calibers; or exceeding the muzzle velocity limits.


The 5 field stages will be scored the following manner. All targets on the 5 field stages are steel.
  1. Pistol: 1 scoring hit possible; 1 point for the hit; unlimited shots allowed to engage.
  2. Carbine: 2 scoring hits possible; 1 point per hit for total possible 2 points per target; unlimited shots allowed to engage.
  3. Rifle: 1 scoring hit possible; 4 points for the hit; engagements limited to 2 shots per target only.
  4. Each stage will have a MAX TIME set. For each full minute the team finishes before the MAX TIME, they will gain 1 additional point.
  5. "Bonus" targets are worth 10 points, but incur no FTE penalty if not engaged.
Stage score is total points gained on that stage.

In summary, each pistol target needs 1 hit resulting in 1 point for that hit; each carbine target needs 2 hits resulting in 1 point per hit for a total possible of 2 points; each rifle target needs 1 hit resulting in 4 points for that one hit. Pistol and carbine targets may be engaged with unlimited rounds; rifle targets may only be shot at a maximum of twice (ie, if you miss the first shot, you get one more try).

The night stages will be shot on paper, and will be scored similarly with total hits.

Stage scores will be normalized compared to the best stage score into stage points, which will be summed for overall match scores.

  1. There is no penalty for misses besides the potential points not gained by missing.
  2. A failure to engage (FTE) penalty will be assessed for every target not engaged by the time the team moves past the target's shoot position. The team may not back up. The RO determines and has final say if shooter engaged a target or not.
  3. A procedural penalty will be assessed for failure to follow directions.
  4. Procedural and FTE penalties will cause -5 points to be applied to the stage score per infraction.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. Is registration limited?
    A. The match will be limited to 50 teams (100 shooters) to ensure stage quality and schedule goals are met.

  • Q. What is the round count?
    A. The minimum required round count is 100 pistol, 100 precision rifle, 200 carbine.

  • Q. What is the climate and weather like in Raton?
    A. The climate is high plains with a local elevation of about 6700' above sea level. Plan to hydrate continuously especially if you are from a lower elevation. Weather can vary from sunny and 95 degrees to severe thunderstorms or hail. We shoot rain or shine. Come prepared.

  • Q. What rifle/cabine/caliber/scope/gear do I need for this match?
    A. To keep it fair for everyone, we cannot give guidance on equipment. It is up to the team to figure out what they need to bring based on the match description (the Purpose section above). However, the intent is that a military-issue-style 308 caliber bolt action rifle system will be capable of shooting all rifle targets. Likewise, an AR15 in 223 with an appropriate sighting system will be capable of shooting all carbine targets.

  • Q. Can I switch optics on my rifle or carbine between stages?
    A. Yes, under the "carrying extra shooting accessories" rule, you may switch out carbine or rifle optics at any time, provided all used optics are carried during every stage.

  • Q. Is there a limit to magazine capacity in rifle/carbine/pistol?
    A. No.

  • Q. Are optics and/or compensators allowed on the pistols?
    A. There are no restrictions on the type or configuration of the pistols, as long as they are mechanically safe and meet the ammunition and caliber restrictions.

  • Q. Can I use a suppressor on my carbine/rifle?
    A. There are no restrictions on the types of muzzle devices, so suppressors are allowed. Just like any other "shooting accessory", if a suppressor is used on any stage, it must be carried by the shooter on every stage. NFA items must be in accordance with all NM State and Federal laws.

  • Q. Is this a lost brass match?
    A. No extra time will be allotted to pick up brass, and any brass left on the courses of fire will be disposed of by the match staff. Shooters can spend time "on the clock" while running the stage salvaging brass if they wish.

  • Q. Can teams use 2-way radios for communication?
    A. Radios will not be required for the match. Team members will not be separated during stages.

  • Q. Can I use a thigh holster for my pistol, or does it have to be on the waist?
    A. Belt or drop-thigh holsters are OK. Holster must provide sufficient retention to withstand vigorous movement. Race holsters are prohibited.

  • Q. Will there be food available on site, or do we need to bring everything?
    A. Plan to bring whatever food you need to the NRA WC site. There will probably not be food vendors on-site.

  • Q. Can I use GPS?
    A. GPS will not be required for the match. Teams are free to bring one as a "shooting accessory" if they want.


South Side - Main NRAWC Site
The South Side Stages are located at the main NRA WC site. From Raton, proceed on I-25 South to US-64, and continue South on US-64 for several miles. Watch the West side for the NRA WC sign, buildings, and visible flags.

North Side - Back Side NRAWC
The North Side Stages are at North end of the NRA Whittington Center. You cannot use the primary W.C. entrance to get to the North Side.
From I-25, take Exit #450 and turn onto I-25 Business (aka HWY 87/64) North to Raton. Proceed a few hundred yards North then turn West on Rd 555. (There is a SONIC drive-in visible to the West just before this turn.) Proceed West on 555 approximately 5 miles.
The parking area for the North Side Stages will be on the South side of the road. Look for the sign.
The GPS coordinates for the parking area are:
N  36* 51.960'       or       13 S 0541664
W 104* 31.953'                UTM  4080110

Suggested lodging:
NRA Whittington Center Competitor Lodging 505-445-3615
Robin Hood Motel in Raton 505-445-5577
Colt Motel in Raton 505-445-2305

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