Following because I totally agree with NETim.I am getting the impression that after getting into position, getting in behind the scope, closing the bolt but then lifting the head to look downrange to find targets, read the wind, whatever, would be considered "skybolting" by some.
I can see it being called if the shooter is waving the muzzle around willy nilly nowhere near the direction of the target (but still not breaking 180, that's a trip home) while off the scope.
To me, the focus should be on the trigger finger, regardless of the condition of the bolt. If the shooter isn't actually engaging the target array i.e., head up, off the scope for whatever reason, then the finger should be nowhere near the trigger, the bolt condition is a distant second IMHO.
If a shooter is competing with a gun that has a trigger mechanism so sensitive that it can go bang with the finger off of the trigger, then that gun is unsafe and should be DQ'ed from the match. Period. Go get it fixed and come back another day.
USPSA shooters run all over the stage (moving uprange, downrange and laterally) engaging target arrays. As long as they don't ever break 180 and keep their fingers off of the trigger unless actually engaging targets, everything's cool.
I realize it's the MD's call. Just curious how many would define it "according to the book"?
Edited to add: Naturally if the firearm discharges while a shooter isn't behind the scope and obviously not ready to engage, then that's an ND and they're done for the day. But that gets back to the finger on the trigger thing, unless the gun has a trigger issue. Either way it's a DQ.