KPOA Firearms Course

Speed Plates Course of Fire

This video is for demonstration only. Shooters may elect to complete the course in a different manner within the established rules.

Rules and Procedures for the Speed Plates Event

  1. Number of Rounds Loaded/Scored 
    Maximum of 12 rounds (six in weapon, and 6 in a magazine / loader) for each of 3 strings of fire. The competitor will actually shoot between 27 and 36 rounds depending on how many times you unsuccessfully engage individual targets. A magazine change and/or a reload will be necessary to complete this course. 

  2. Targets 
    Six (6) eight inch (8”) diameter falling steel plates, (usually) set one foot (1') apart, edge to edge. The plates are set 13 yards in front of, and centered to the firing position. Three static pepper poppers will be placed three (3) yards in front of the steel plate rack. The falling plate targets are reset between each string of fire. 14 

  3. Scoring 
    Zero added seconds for each falling plate. Falling plates must be knocked down to score. The three static targets must be clearly struck once each string of fire to count for score. Plus ten (+10) seconds added to your score for each plate left standing and for each missed static plate. At times it may be necessary to set steel plates in a “Ring and Paint” mode and it may be difficult for the shooter to determine whether or not they have fired a successful round. The Rangemaster or Line Officer will determine hits on the steel plates. Procedural errors are assessed a penalty of plus ten (+10) seconds per occurrence. An electronic buzzer starts the time on each string. Time stops on the last shot fired on each string, which will occur when the last target in each string is successfully hit or the last round loaded in the firearm is fired, whichever event happens first. Lowest aggregate time spent shooting all strings, plus "seconds,” added from missed targets or targets left standing, and procedural penalties, wins. 

  4. Procedure 
    Competitor will start each string of fire with the weapon secured in the holster, and hands in a position not touching the firearm. Competitors firing semi-automatic pistols, capable of double/single action fire, must fire the first round double action. Each competitor/shooter will shoot three (3) individual strings of fire at the six (6) steel falling plates and three (3) static pepper poppers. The start signal will be an electronic buzzer that will be sounded when the competitor is ready. The competitor will engage the nine (9) targets until all targets are successfully engaged or the competitor runs out of ammunition, whichever first occurs. A reload is mandatory during the firing of this course. Targets may be engaged in any order. At the end of each string of fire the competitor will unload and show a clear 15 firearm (magazine out, slide locked back, chamber empty, or cylinder open chambers empty) to the Range Officer and secure in holster. Falling plates are reset between strings of fire. There will be a pause between each string of fire to allow the Range Officers to record the elapsed time, record the hits and misses, reset the plates and to allow the competitor to reload for the next string of fire. 

    The above procedure will be repeated two additional times for a total of three (3) strings of fire. 

    At the end of the third (and final) string of fire, the competitor will unload and show a clear firearm (magazine out, slide locked back, chamber empty, or cylinder open, and chambers empty) to the Range Officer, and will then secure the firearm into one of the approved transportation modes (holster, or bag / box) before leaving the firing position and before anyone goes forward to reset and/or paint the plates (if painting is indicated).