Doc Holloman Posted February 10 Share Posted February 10 When a stage has split shotgun targets, when can you move with the shotgun stoked? As an example, the stage has 6 shotgun targets, two at the right side shooting position, and 4 at the left side position. Rifle and pistol targets are at the middle shooting position. Order of targets is shooters choice. Shooter loads the shotgun with six rounds. At the buzzer, he engages the two right hand targets from the right hand position, and then safely moves to the left hand position to engage the 4 remaining targets, before stowing the shotgun and moving on to the pistol and rifle targets. Sounds pretty basic to me and that is how I have seen this situation run many times. So what's the issue.? Well, a club member who is a long time WB shooter and RO pointed out the language in the WB Shooting Handbook that reads: " •Shotgun magazines may be loaded with the number of rounds required for the initial target sequence. Any additional rounds needed must be loaded from the body or other specified staging position." Issue revolves around the phrase "initial target sequence". How does that language apply to split shotgun targets? Should the shooter have only loaded two at the loading table and then loaded the remaining four on the clock? Or do all six shotgun targets constitute the "initial target sequence", in which case loading six was legal. And would it have made a difference if the shooter had engaged the pistol and rifle targets in between the two groups of shotgun targets (safely staging the shotgun in accordance with the rules "Hammer fully down on an empty chamber or expended round, action closed (restaged for further use)." If the first interpretation is correct (reload four on the clock) than I am not sure I would see the applicability of the shotgun movement rule: "• Safe for movement shotgun in hand only – Action open, round on carrier. – Hammer fully down on an empty chamber or spent round, action closed. Maybe I am reading too much into this , but I know we have a split shotgun stage coming up at a match this weekend, and would love an "expert" interpretation. Doc sends. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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