ICORE – Frequently asked questions (FAQ) for new shooters

If you are wanting to start shooting ICORE revolver matches, you probably have a few questions about matches, guns and gear. This FAQ answers some of the initial questions you may have on the sport to help you get started.

How do I join ICORE Australia for the first time?

Please click the membership menu link or the membership boxes on the front page, select the membership type you wish to join, then use your credit card to pay and you should receive your membership card within two weeks. Please ensure your personal details are filled in correctly. If this is your first time joining ICORE Australia, please type in “none” as your ICORE Australia membership number. All brand new membership are subject to a prorata system. All memberships expire on the 1st of March of every calendar year.

How do I renew my membership?

Please hover your cursor (don’t click) over the “Account” menu link in the top menu bar of our site. You will see login appear, please login with the details you used to join ICORE Australia initially. Once you have successfully logged in you should see your profile, please make sure your information is up to date. Once you have checked your profile, please go to membership link on the top menu bar, scroll to bottom and you will see “Renewal Page Here” button, click and select the membership you wish to renew.

  • If you are expired and cannot log in, please send email to icore@icoreaustralia.org.au

Is ICORE competition Safe?

Yes. All matches are shot under the direction or one or more Range Officers (RO) who supervise the range and all shooters. The matches are also designated “cold” ranges, so only the person about to shoot the stage will be handling and loading their revolver under the guidance of the RO.

What type of revolver can I use?

There are four different classes you can shoot in ICORE competition, Open, Limited, Limited 6 and Classic.  If you shoot Service Pistol or Service 25 currently with a revolver, you can use that same gun to shoot ICORE competition. You can use a metallic sight firearm in Open if you wish but you will well disadvantaged when competing.

Classes such as Limited and Limited 6 are more affordable when starting out, used 38 special 6 shot revolvers are relatively inexpensive.

Open Class – These are 8 shot guns with “red dot” or telescopic type of optics and compensators. It can have a custom barrel and can have under barrel options to hold weights to suppress recoil. These guns will use moon clips. The Open class is exclusively 8 shot optimized in any 38 caliber. The most common calibers are 38 super, 9mm and 38 special.

Limited Class – These are 6, 7 or 8 shot guns with metallic sights (fibre optic inserts are permitted). It can’t have any optics or compensating ports. You can use moon clips or speed loaders in limited.

Limited 6 Class – Only 6 shot guns with the features of a Limited class gun can be used.

Classic Division – Only 6 shot guns with speed loaders can be used. Moon clips are not allowed.

How many moon clips or speed loaders do I need?

Some ICORE stages can be quite big. Eight moon clips or Speed loaders will get you through the biggest ICORE stage. You can put one moon clip or speed loader on your pocket as you first load when you are starting the stage and instructed by the Range Officer (RO) to “load and make ready”. There are moon clip holders that are designed to be attached to your holster belt and can hold up to 8 moon clips. There are custom built holders that can hold even more.

What is the procedure for holstering my revolver at a shoot?

All club ranges will have a designated safety area for you to unpack your revolver, check, clear and holster your gun. Put your belt on, but DO NOT put any loaded moons or speed loaders on your belt. Take your cased/bagged pistol to the safety area and uncased/bag. Check it clear and holster the gun. Once outside the safety area you can load moon clips or speed loaders onto your belt.

Can I test load my gun or practice drawing from the holster while waiting for my turn to shoot?

NO! Absolutely not. The only time you can load your gun is on the firing line under direction of the Range Officer. If your clubs car park does not permit you to have your holstered firearm or you cannot use the bathroom with your holstered firearms, you must remove all ammunition, return to the safety area and case/bag your revolver after checking it clear. You do not require a RO to clear your firearm in a safe area as your firearm has been cleared after the completion of a stage.

Can I share one gun between multiple competitors who are also shooting the match?

Yes. Inform the RO that you are sharing a gun. When either of you are shooting the RO will call you both to the line and direct you to swap over the unloaded gun. The RO will then over-see the shooter while you leave the firing line.

What is a “Stage”?

A stage is a demarcated shooting area that will consist of a combination of paper targets, steel plates, “popper” plates that need to be knocked over, a spinning “Texas Star”, fixed steel plates on a tall stick, moving targets moving across the range and much much more! You may need to transition from one shooting position to the next, reloading as you go! You may need to shoot left handed around a barricade or through a round port hole. Whatever the stage scenario is, you are trying to complete it in the quickest time possible whilst maintaining safety.

What Calibres can I shoot?

9mm, 38 Super and 38 Special are common calibres used in ICORE. Some people also use 38 Short Colt as the rounds are shorter for faster reloads. If you buy a 357 Magnum revolver it will also chamber and fire 38 Short Colt, 38 Long Colt and 38 Special safely.

Do I need to do a holster course to shoot ICORE?

Yes, you must have completed a holster course with your club to shoot in ICORE sanctioned competitions. When starting out in the sport, your club may let you shoot from the 45 degree position or use a holster on the line strictly under the supervision of the Range Officer. If you are already holster qualified, we recognize all Pistol Australia, SSAA and IPSC holster proficiencies. We have our own holster proficiency course that you are most welcome to use. You cannot compete at any ICORE Australia event unless you are holster proficient!

What do I do at the firing line/start position to shoot a stage?

When it’s your turn to shoot a stage the RO will call you to the start line/position. Do not touch your gun, until instructed to by the Range Officer. When the RO is ready, they will declare the range to be open. Take a breath and scan the stage you’re going to shoot. The RO will then issue these commands:

“Make ready.” You can now draw you gun, check your sight picture, turn on you red dot and load a moon clip or speed loader. Return the revolver to the holster unless the stage requires you to place the gun in an alternate start position.

  1. “Are you ready?” The RO asks if the shooter is prepared to proceed. If you say nothing, the RO will assume you are ready to go. Otherwise, say NO! Your hands will be on your head, by your side, on a wall or as specified by the stage course of fire.
  2. “Stand by.” This is the verbal signal given by the RO to the shooter that the start signal will follow soon. You are now simply waiting for the “beep” of the timer.
  3. BEEP! – Shoot the stage
  4. “If you are finished, unload and show clear.” If the shooter has finished the course of fire, they will then remove all ammunition from the revolver cylinder and hold the firearm in a position that allows the RO to confirm the firearm is unloaded.
  5. “If clear, close cylinder, and holster.” After issuance of this command, the shooter is prohibited from firing. While pointing the handgun safely downrange, the shooter must perform a final safety check of the handgun by closing the empty cylinder, then holstering.
  6. “Range is clear.” This command given by the RO indicates the range is safe. No one should move forward on the range to perform range duties until this command is given. This command signifies the end of the “Course of fire”.

“STOP.” Any RO assigned to a stage may issue this command at any time during the course of fire. The competitor must immediately cease firing, stop moving, and wait for further instructions from the RO.

What is “Patching and Resetting”?

When you shoot a stage you can be knocking over steel plates and hitting paper targets. At the end of the stage the RO will declare the range to be SAFE and scoring will commence. Once complete the paper targets need the existing bullet holes “patched” over with stickers and any steel plates put back into position.

If you are the next shooter you should move to the firing line after the last shooter has finished. If you are not next to shoot you should be patching and resetting. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS ANY COMPETITOR ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE TARGET PRIOR TO SCORING, THIS WILL RESULT IN A DISQUALIFICATION.

The best method of patching and resetting is to follow behind the RO, then you will know the targets have been scored and you won’t be sent home packing 🙂

What does “shots limited/Unlimited” mean?

Each stage can be shot under different stage rules. If a stage is “shots limited” and a paper target is to be shot twice, you can only shoot at it twice. If you shoot at a steel plate and miss, you cannot try to hit it again.

If a stage is “shots Unlimited” you can shoot are all targets as much as you want, but remember, the clock is ticking. Shots unlimited can be useful to “fix” bad shots. For example, if you shoot an A and a C ring on a paper target, you could shoot the target again, trying for a better shot. When scored, the two best hits are scored, so you could turn an A and C to a A and A. However if you have to reload to “back up” a bad shot, the time lost probably will not make the task worthwhile. It can happen to the best of us and backing up your C with another C……..thats where the fun kicks in with ICORE because when the range is clear, most of us have a laugh about the idiotic back up 🙂

What are “Penalties”?

You will achieve a time for the duration of your stage shoot. If you did not attract any penalties, that will be your overall stage time. If you do shoot certain things while shooting the stage, penalty time is added to you overall stage time. For example, missing a target, hitting a no shoot, starting to fire before the beep or having your foot outside the demarcated shooting area will result in 5 seconds being added you your time. The penalties are not safety related, they are there to provide you with extra challenges during your shoot. You need to read our rule book for full details on scoring.

How do I get disqualified from an ICORE event?

Good Question. Safety is the number one responsibility of ALL shooters. While penalties add time to your stage time, certain activities will have you disqualified from the match.

The ICORE rule book (go here for a copy) details what events will get you disqualified” (DQ’d) at a match.

However in summary DONT!

  1. Handle or load you gun unless you are on the firing line or in the safety area (don’t load your gun in the safety area)
  2. Break the 180 degree safety line when on the firing line or physically moving though a stage. Ask your club captain or RO to show you how the 180 rule works (some call it break 90 rule)
  3. Accidental discharges impacting within 10 feet (3 meters) of the shooter, while reloading, between shooting areas, or in a direction deemed unsafe by the RO will result in disqualification from the match.
  4. No drugs, alcohol and bad attitudes will be tolerated!
  5. Be in charge of your firearm. Dropping an unloaded firearm behind the firing line necessitates that an RO pick it up, confirm it is not loaded and in a safe manner return it to the shooter’s bag, holster or vehicle.

Any dropped firearm found to be loaded would cause the shooter to be disqualified. If at any time, during the course of fire, or while loading, reloading or unloading, a competitor who drops his firearm or causes it to fall, loaded or not, will be disqualified.

If an RO considers you to be unsafe, you will be removed from the shooting area.

Please download our rule book and have a good read, it is very easy to read and to understand. Any questions you would like to ask you can direct them to our Chief Range Officer Mr Ron Oliver here

Where do I find the match entry forms?

You can find these entry forms by either going to our match calendar link on our top menu or on the home pages scroll down and find News and Events. At News and Events you will see a match calendar button, when you click the match calendar button, it will take you to our match calendar, this page will display “Upcoming Events. The particular match entry you are looking, you will see “Find Out More” link next to the image of the host club. You will then see on the next page under the image of the host club “Match Entry” clicking Match Entry will allow you to download the entry form.

Where do I find the match results?

Match Results