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Old 11-13-2020, 05:11 PM
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I picked up my first rimfire pistol, Ruger Mark IV 22/45, and have cleaned it and will start testing it out. Besides doing some training to work on trigger control, I'd like to give a go at SC next year (seasons over for this year in my area).

Do folks go through the extra precautions of using the safety, on stages?

Specifically, would one do the follow, when preparing for the stage...
  • Remove flag and lock back slide.
    Put on safety
    Insert mag
    Rack
    Take sight picture, move through targets
    Then, turn off safety and point to flag (ready)

At end of string...
  • Engage safety
    Insert new mag
    Do any sight pictures, if desired
    Turn on safety and point to flag (ready)

And on end of final string...
  • Turn on safety
    Remove mag
    open chamber to eject cartridge, if any, and lock slide back
    Turn on safety?
    Insert flag and release bolt
    case

Or would one leave off the safety entirely?

Also, I read that one should store the Mark IV loaded (obviously) or cocked. Does that mean I should go to a safety table and...
  • Insert empty mag
    Remove flag and close bolt
    Take off safety
    Pull trigger
    Remove mag
    Store in case

I'm used to centerfire pistols, but this is the first rimfire I've tried.

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Old 11-15-2020, 11:15 AM
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Excited for you, shooting rimfire pistol in steel challenge is a lot of fun ! I do not use my safety at all , the RO should ask you to show clear and bag it after stage is complete. I have shot at a range that asked me to put on safety once but it is not required in rules . I hope that helps , if you have more questions you can ask me .


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Old 11-15-2020, 01:17 PM
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In Steel Challenge it's important to remember the commands.

Make Ready - this is the start of the course of fire. You can uncase the gun, take a sight picture, load it and prepare for the signal

Are you ready? - you can or acknowledge or stay silent. Lack of a negative answer means you are ready

After the fifth string:
If you are finished, unload and show clear - drop the mag, rack the slide, show the empty chamber to the RO

If clear, hammer down and holster - in the case of Rimfire pistol close the slide and bag it. You do not have to hammer down a Rimfire. If a Rimfire rifle then you have to flag it. Personally I flag my Rimfire pistols as well, but not required

Safety is the key as well as having fun. Good luck

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Old 11-15-2020, 04:38 PM
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Do you guys decock, at the end of the day? Ruger manual mentions not to store cocked.
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Old 11-15-2020, 04:55 PM
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Yes at the end of the match day, or end of training i will dry fire and store away


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Old 11-15-2020, 08:55 PM
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