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"
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, Build Sheet, & Results (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, Build Sheet, & Results (form)"
NOTE: In keeping with the Association's focus on education, sharing, and
recognition of all interested parties, 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 it on that form. While that data will
not appear in the activity's "equipment list" (fields for that specific shooter will
be identified AD for "attribution declined"), or in any way be shared with third
parties (i.e., parties other than the Association and the shooter), it will be used
in compiling statistics which will be published on the Association website. Once
the rifle/system data are compiled, that portion of the registration data will be
destroyed or redacted. 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 to run an event?
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/Build Sheet/Results form The shooter completes
the Liability Release and Build Sheet portions of the form. No one shoots who has
not completely and accurately completed these sections. [See Operations: FAQ 8.]
2. Set up targets and IRIS and conduct Shooter Safety Meeting (including drawing for shooter firing sequence). Suggested, two (2) targets each at 2000, 2500, and 3000 yards. Throughout the course of the event targets will be moved out from there in no less than 500 yard (but not grossly more than 500 yard) increments until you run out of advancing shooters.
3. Practice -
4. Qualifications -
5. Record (Round/s) -
NOTE: If no one gets 4 hits during a record round, you have a sudden death shoot off for highest TIES -
6. 25xx would simply be the second record round, not a separate shoot (match), as 30xx would be the third record round, etc.
7. At each additional distance beyond 20xx, each shooter has up to three (3) shoots to get on target (GoT), then their record shooting starts (at the RD's/MD's command). The RD/MD asks and the shooter responds regarding whether they want 3 shots to GoT and they are done when they have shot 3 (or less if they decide to shoot less than 3 AND told the RD that). The RD/MD controls when shooters start record shooting depending on how many GoT shoots they decided on. Yes, they can change their mind and shoot 3 when they said 2 or 1, advising the RD/MD accordingly. The RD/MD announces when shooters are to start record shooting. No shooting GoTs and trying to claim as record shots.
8. If there are 2 or more shooters that score 4 or more in 10 at 25xx, the official drill is to go to 30xx and so on. If the RD/MD feels there is a realistic chance of that (shooting 30xx or further, please try to set up targets for that/those distance(s) up front -
* The RD/MD can reduce the maximum period within which the Practice, Qualification and/or Record shots are to be fired to a minimum of 3 minutes for Practice and 5 minutes each for Qualification and Record. This to accommodate additional shooters. NOTE: It takes a 5-
If practical, please place more than one target/IRIS set at each distance.
IF you shoot more than one target at a time, the RD/MD MUST designate another party
to call hits/misses on the second or subsequent target -
An alternative is:
(2) targets at 20xx
(1) target at 25xx -
(1) target at 30xx -
NOTE: If we do not all do it the same way, there will be less comparability
between venues. While environmentals will most likely be the telling factor, adding
drill variations just makes things worse, and confusion moving between venues.
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 -