Unlimited Range Shooters Association (URSA)
"Unlimited Range Shooters Association (URSA)"
Objective: Utilizing a loose, non-
Focus: Learning, sharing, demonstrating, recording, and recognizing
General Statement of Purpose:
The URSA shall promote and assist in providing unlimited range (UR) shooters an opportunity to associate with other UR shooters, UR system builders, and UR system component builders, and, in the process, provide a structured, documented mechanism to:
● develop, demonstrate, and recognize the competence of UR shooters, UR systems, and UR system components,
● advance the UR sport shooting discipline, and
● enhance the UR system and UR system component ownership experience.
● "Achievement levels/progression/targets"
Target Count Per Target Hits/Shots Distance
Level per Level/Total This Level (Yards)
1 (Novice Shooter) 5 5 5 10 2000
2 (Shooter) 5 10 6 10 2500
3 (Master Shooter) 5 15 7 10 3000
4 (Grand Master Shooter) 5 20 8 10 3500
► System Builders (minimum of chambering and barrel fitting):
System Builder 1 -
System Builder 2 -
System Builder 3 -
► System Component Builders (action, barrel, chassis, scope, scope mounting hardware, projectile, and target solution "calculator/computer")
Component Builder 1 -
Component Builder 2 -
Component Builder 3 -
NOTE: Each shooter must document their rifle/system build (develop and maintain a "build sheet") and provide it to the Match Director to identify each rifle/system. See "Liability Release, Build Sheet, & Results (form)".
● "Activities/Events" -
● "Accuracy and consistency, demonstration" -
● "Accuracy and consistency, match" -
● "Associate" -
● "Capability" -
● "Competence" -
● "Demonstrated Safe Hardware, Experimental Firearms" -
● "Distance Determination" -
● "Experimental Firearm" -
● "Experimental Firearms Demonstration " -
● "Formal Record" -
● "Funding" -
► Typical costs (e.g., venue "rental", steel upkeep, paper targets, etc.)
1 Calculate the number of participants needed to fund the activity/event at a price which the associated RD considers "acceptable".
2. Participants pre-
4. If sufficient "funds" are received by the specified date, the activity goes forward.
5. If sufficient funds are not received by the date specified, all pre-
1. Once a pre-
2. If a check is dishonored (bounces), the shooter will be banned from competition for one year.
● "Hit Determination" -
► "Steel" is preferred for all activities/events.
1. Steel should be 37" in diameter x at least 3/8" thick AR500 and should be mounted vertically (preferably hung with 8" or more of ground clearance).
2. If "steel" is used, at least two, non-
3. If only sound is used, "steel" will be engaged by only one shooter at a time.
4. If definitive, non-
5. Ricochets off the ground or other terrain feature that subsequently hit the target are NOT consider hits even if the hit indicator is activated. Line control and/or activity/event director determination shall be definitive as to what was or was not a ricochet.
► If paper is used, either the target must be changed between shooters,
and between "practice" and "record" shots, OR "electronics" must be used to spot
each hit. Each hit must be recorded before proceeding to the next shot unless the
"electronics" can play back the string. ONLY matches require paper and "exact" hit
location recording. For demonstration, but non-
► Hit placement on paper is ALWAYS measured in relation to the center of
the target (i.e., the center of the "circular" target). If a non-
► The number of shots taken MUST be managed -
● "Liability Release and Build Sheet (form)" -
● "Order of Fire" -
● "Personal Safety, Minimum Requirements" -
● "Record String" -
● "Restricted Projectiles" -
● "Rifle" -
● "Safe Field of Fire" -
● “Shooting Position/Set-
● "Spotter" -
● "Sudden Death" -
● "System" -
► Preferred for all purposes, required for matches and achievement-
■ Target sources:
► Acceptable for non-
● "Target maintenance" -
● "Unlimited" -
► Amplification of "unlimited": the following are acceptable -
● "Unlimited Range (UR)" -
FAQs (frequently asked questions, unordered):
1. Q Why an Association?
A To formalize unlimited range shooting as a recognized shooting discipline.
2. Q Why define UR as a minimum of 2000 yards?
A Currently the generally used expressions of distance in rifle shooting are
short range, mid-
3. Q Why not "cold bore"?
A Demonstration of "consistency" requires multiple shots. URSA is intended to demonstrate and document hits, not including whether the bore was cold or other than cold when the rounds are fired. Practice/getting on target before firing record rounds is both allowed and encouraged.
4. Q From a practical standpoint, how are we to manage the "logistics" of demonstrating success at UR distances, especially when more than one shooter is involved and placing and maintaining targets is frequently, at best, difficult, not to mention time consuming?
A Long answer since there are multiple and significant, real-
a) Target placement -
b) Distance determination -
c) Hit determination -
d) Target maintenance -
e) Safe field of fire -
5. Q Why "Unlimited"?
A To explicitly recognize that shooter skills and technologies will change over time and to accept and embrace improvements in both.
6. Q Why a circular target?
A Accuracy is measured by computing the dispersion of hits around a point. The circumference of the circle contains all locations that will count as a hit. No further measurement is required except for the purpose of match "scoring" for ties, which is also from the center point of the target, i.e., average distance of shoots to center of target).
7. Q Rule changes?
A Proposed changes may be submitted at any time up to each Jan 14th to go into
effect each year on February 14th (approximate). Change proposals to be submitted
to the submitter's respective RD using the RD's URSA e-
8. Q What needs to be included on my "build sheet"?
A See "Liability Release and Build Sheet (form)"
NOTE: In keeping with the Association's focus on education, sharing, and
recognition, the build sheet data needs to be collected. If the shooter does not
want that data attributed to them, they must note that on the form. However, they
still need to provide the data requested on that form. While that data will appear
in the activity's "equipment list" that specific shooter will be identified AD for
"attribution declined", or an anonymous name will be applied. Aggregated data will
be published only after enough is accumulated to insure that an individual shooter's
equipment is reasonably NOT identifiable, nor by extension the specific activity
from which the data were compiled. That noted, and after a reasonable time, if the
very low probability should occur and all shooters have used the same product or
service, that data will be released -
9. Q How will interested parties know when and where activities will be held, how
they are doing in accumulating points for purpose of recognition, etc.
A When the Association's webmaster receives such info, it will be posted on the Association website. Detailed venue information will not be posted on the website. Such info will be provide by the associated RD to shooters that have previously indicated that they will be shooting the event.
10. Q Who is running this thing?
A UNCOMPENSATED volunteers, who were chosen by those present at the 14 Jan 2014 organizational meeting or who subsequently volunteered.
11. Q Do shooters need to "re-
A No. The date of level award will be included in the shooter's public record of recognition and that public record will also include the date on which the last target was shot at that accomplishment level. For example, a shooter's initial date of level recognition might be Jun '14 and the "last target at level" might be Feb '16.
12. Q Is there any way a shooter can "lose" points?
A No and yes. In the normal course of activities, points will not be recorded in the first place IF there is a problem (e.g., gross unsportsmanlike conduct). In that case there are no points to lose. However, if there is an "irregularity" which is not documented until after the fact, points incorrectly recorded could be "lost." As an example, a report for six named shooters is submitted, recorded, and published but there were only five shooters that completed the course of fire. In that case, points will be "lost" by the shooter not completing the course of fire.
13. Q What is the sequence of operations for an event/what is the course of fire?
A The following sequence of steps is the “Standard Drill” (assumes steel gongs as targets and RTAC's IRIS systems as hit indicators).
1. Complete the Liability Release and Build Sheet form (link at the top of
the Activities/Events Schedule page). The shooter completes and signs the Liability
Release and Build Sheet portions of the form. No one shoots who has not completed
these sections. [See Operations: FAQ 8.] Non-
2. Targets and IRIS hardware are set up and the MD conducts a Shooter Safety Meeting (including randomly “drawing” for shooter firing sequence). Based on the MD’s assessment, one or two targets, or components of targets, will be set up at 20xx and 25xx yards, approximate (neither set up at less than those distances). Based on how well shooter then shoot, targets will be set up at further and further distances in approximate 500 yard increments (at nothing less that those nominal distances, i.e., 3000, 3500, 4000, etc).
3. Practice -
4. Qualification -
5. Record Round(s) -
NOTE 5a: If at least two (2) shooters do NOT get at least 4 hits during a record round, the shooter with the highest number of hits in that record round wins. If there is a tie between highest-
NOTE 5b: The objective of URSA competition is to move the competition down
range, further and further. So, even if one shooter gets 4 hits and another gets
10, they both move on to the next distance to decide the event. Think of the 4 hits
as “qualification” to shoot the next distance.
6. If there is one, a record round at 25xx would simply be the second record round, not a separate event (match), likewise 30xx would be the third record round, etc.
NOTE 1: At each further distance beyond 20xx, each shooter has up to three (3) shoots to get on target (GoT), then their record shooting starts (at the MD's command). The MD asks and the shooter responds regarding whether they want 3 shots to GoT and the shooter is done with GoT when they have shot those 3 shots (or less if they decide to shoot less than 3 AND have told that to the MD). The MD controls when shooter starts record round shooting depending on how many GoT shoots they decided (ande communicated to the MD) to shoot. Yes, they can change their mind and shoot 3 when they said 2 or 1, advising the MD accordingly BEFORE engaging the target. The MD then announces when shooters are to start record shooting. No shooting GoTs and trying to claim them as record shots.
NOTE 2: If the MD feels there is a realistic chance that at least two (2) shooters will get 4 hits at 20xx, please completely set up the 25xx target up front -
* The MD can reduce the maximum period within which the Practice, Qualification and/or Record shots are to be fired to a minimum of 4 minutes for Practice and 5 minutes, each, for Qualification and Record. This to accommodate additional shooters. NOTE: It may take 10-
One example (with result variations) of an acceptable sequence of operations/course
of fire (steps 3 thru 6):
1. Practice -
2. Qual -
3. Record round (20xx) -
4a. Shooter 7 wins with 3 hits; Shooter 1, with 1 hit, is Runner-
4b. Shooter 2 and Shooter 9 have 4 or more hits -
4c. Shooters 1, 4, and 8 tie with 1 hit each -
NOTE: If we do not all do it very close to the same way (same course of fire), there
will be less comparability between venues. While environmentals will most likely
be the telling factor, adding drill variations just makes things more likely to be
problematic, and adds confusion moving between venues for special events. Hosting
course of fire will be applied to special events or an event-
14: Q: Can I enter more than one rifle?
A: Yes, given the following requirements and constraints:
1. A maximum of two (2) rifles may be entered by each shooter.
2. Each entry requires a separate Build Sheet -
3. Shooters entering two rifles will shoot in their drawn sequence for the first rifle and after all other shooters with their second rifle. If more than one shooter enters two rifles, they will draw between themselves for shooting sequence using the second rifle.
4. Rifles may NOT be swapped during an event. That is, the shooters shoots with rifle #1, then #2, then back to rifle #1, followed by rifle #2. But see requirement #5.
5. The shooter may stop shooting the first or second rifle at any time ("abandon"
that rifle), thus ending their competition with that rifle for the balance of the
event. If, in the above example, the shooter abandons rifle #1 after shooting it,
the shooter is done shooting with that rifle for the balance of that event -
6. Other than noted in this FAQ, practice, qualification, and record shooting will all be conducted as if there is a separate shooter for each rifle.
7. Since swapping a barrel results in a different "rifle", shooters wishing
to enter a second "rifle" based on doing a barrel swap need to make their barrel
swap on the line between and/or during their drawn shooting sequences. They may NOT
be assisted in doing the barrel swap. If their shooting sequences turn out to be
one immediately after the other (last of X shooters and then first -