• DCWC Pistol Tuesday matches are run under standard “cold range” rules. Firearms shall remain empty, hammer/striker down, no magazine inserted for the duration of the event unless under the direction of an RO who has given the “Load and Make Ready” command.
  • All firearms must be kept within a bag or appropriate container when arriving or departing the range and shall remained bagged within vehicles. Firearms may only be moved from their bags to an appropriate holster within the designated safe area.
  • You may only handle an unloaded firearm within the designated safe area.
  • No ammunition may be handled with the designated safe area. This includes ammunition loaded within magazines.
  • Only strong side holsters which fully cover the trigger guard and allow no more than a 15 degree cant may be used. No small-of-back, appendix, shoulder, or cross-draw holster will be permitted.
  • Finger-manipulated retention holsters such as the Blackhawk Serpa model are not permitted at DCWC. Thumb-manipulated retention holsters are allowed. *Military, law enforcement, and security personnel participating with their duty gear may be exempted from this rule.
  • Participants shall not be impaired by alcohol or drugs prescribed or otherwise under any circumstances.
  • Participants and all spectators are required to wear quality eye and ear protection while down range at all times.
  • Matches will be conducted as per the governing association’s rule book.
  • Any egregious violation of DCWC Club Safety rules, competition safety rules, or belligerent behavior will result in the shooter being banned from club property.
  • The drawing of a concealed carry weapon (CCW) or the removal of a holstered CCW on club property is not permitted anywhere. If you intended to shoot your CCW in a match, it must first be unloaded and bagged off of DCWC Property. Any concealed carry weapon which comes onto DCWC property must remain concealed.
  • If you choose to keep your CCW concealed, it must remain concealed and appropriately retained for the entire match. Any failure to to keep it retained will be treated as handling or dropping a loaded firearm.

The 4 Laws of Gun Safety from IDPA Website

The more often you handle guns the more likely someday you will have a
Negligent Discharge (ND)! It’s just a matter of when, where, and under what
circumstances. If you are obeying the 4 Laws of Gun Safety when it happens, it
will be VERY scary.


The 1st Law of Gun Safety – The Gun Is Always Loaded!

EVERY TIME you pick up or draw a gun, inspect it in a safe manner,
control your muzzle, and always treat it as a loaded gun. You should VISUALLY
inspect your gun’s chamber every time you pick it up even if you just sat it
down moments before. It may seem redundant but establishing good habits may
save a tragedy during a moment of "brain-fade". Remove all ammunition
and loaded magazines from the immediate area when handling any gun. Also, if
you hand someone your gun, VISUALLY show them the empty chamber and accept no
less in return! An experienced gun handler would never feel insulted.

The 2nd Law of Gun Safety – Never Point A Gun At Something You’re Not Prepared To Destroy!

The best way to handle a gun is to imagine the worst case scenario:
Assume your "empty" gun is loaded and that it’s going to function
PERFECTLY! When you press the trigger it will FIRE! Since you are prepared for
that, you should only point the gun in a safe direction – never allowing the
muzzle to sweep you or someone else. That way, if "brain-fade" does
result in a Negligent Discharge (ND) , it will be into
a safe impact area and there won’t be a tragedy.

The 3rd Law of Gun Safety – Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

Bullets can penetrate lots of things, many of which may surprise you.
Identify your target before firing – even before dry-firing. If you are not
sure, DON’T FIRE! Just as important, make sure there’s a safe impact area
behind your target. For home dry-fire practice, find and aim only at a BULLET
PROOF BACKSTOP. Even though you have checked and double-checked your gun, you
should still treat your gun as though it’s loaded and functional. Plasterboard
walls and outer walls are not bulletproof. A handgun bullet can easily travel
through several rooms before stopping. Who is in these rooms? If you’re not
sure, and you still aimed in that direction, SHAME ON YOU!

The 4th Law of Gun Safety – Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

KEEP YOUR FINGER OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD! Placing the finger on the trigger when you aren’t prepared to
fire causes almost all Negligent Discharges (ND). A finger on the trigger
during reloading, during movement, during the draw, holstering, or while
clearing a jam has led to several Negligent Discharges (ND). It’s difficult to
isolate the trigger finger from the muscles required to hold the gun firmly –
they all want to contract together. It can be especially difficult under stress
INSTANT YOU ARE PREPARED TO FIRE! This holds true even if you find yourself in
a legitimate self-defense situation.

In conclusion, you should take personal responsibility for the safety of your guns
and for those persons you permit to handle them. Remember, even those with
experience may have bad habits that die hard! Keep guns safely out of the hands
of children, people that aren’t trained or responsible, and especially THIEVES!
If you enjoy your gun hobby, it’s up to you to prevent a personal tragedy –
while giving others the propaganda they need to take it away. More people would
enjoy guns if properly socialized so do your part to keep it safe and fun!

IDPA Range Commands

Follow all ranges commands immediately.

STOP or Cease-fire
anyone may YELL this command if the shooters are grossly unsafe and/or any
unsafe condition exist, and/or equipment/prop issue has arisen. Shooter is to immediately
stop firing, stop moving, freeze in place, and wait for instructions from the
range officer.

FINGER – for trigger guard violations, shooter has finger
on trigger in an unsafe manner. Shooter is to immediately correct the unsafe

MUZZLE – shooter’s muzzle not pointed downrange or is
pointed in any unsafe direction. Shooter is to immediately point muzzle in a
safe direction.

COVER – the shooter’s
upper body is more than 50% exposed to a threat target and/or his foot/leg is
beyond the outside the edge of cover.

Empty firearms will be holstered after safety check with slide down.

IDPA Prepare to fire Commands

Any questions in regards to the course of fire?
– This is the shooters chance to ask for clarification of the course instructions

Load and Make Ready – Shooter will draw their weapon, point it at the
berm and load their gun to division capacity

Shooter Ready? – Shooter indicates they are ready.


Execute the start signal. (Within 3 seconds)

Shooter executes course of fire.

Ask if the shooter is through?

Unload and show clear.

Magazine out or Cylinder Open

Slide lock back

Range officer and shooter MUST SEE the empty chambers.

Slide down or Close Cylinder, close the slide.

Hammer down, must actually PULL the TRIGGER while weapon is pointed at the berm.

Holster – Holster your weapon

Range is Safe!DO NOT move forward of shooter to paste
targets until you actually hear the command range is safe.