PA HOLSTER ACCREDITATION
18 December 2016
Who is required to have PA Holster Accreditation:
How to get PA Holster Accreditation:
Some information before you start:
Expiry of PA Holster Accreditation:
Application form for Renewal> revised
Holster Examiner Qualification:
Information for PA Holster Accreditation Examiners:
For PA Judges and Organisers of Competitions:
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CURRENT PA HOLSTER ACCREDITATION, YOU MUST NOT PUT A LOADED PISTOL OR REVOLVER IN A HOLSTER!
Any person shooting or training for a PA event requiring the holstering of a loaded pistol (i.e. PA Service Pistol, International 1920 Match or WA1500) MUST have a current PA Holster Accreditation.
The only PA events requiring (AND PERMIT) the holstering of a loaded pistol are:
For all these events, the rules under which they are conducted in Australia mandate every shooter must have a current PA Holster Accreditation. This means:
1 Any shooter who holsters a loaded pistol without current PA Holster Accreditation for PA Service Pistol, International 1920 Match or WA1500, is probably totally without any insurance or liability cover !, and
2 PA does not accept holster accreditation from any other organisation.
3 Temporary Holster Accreditation may be granted by the NRC to non-residents of Australia who are training for and competing in a PA sanctioned competition – this option is
a. only available to non-residents of Australia and
b. may be granted by the NRC Jury only.
The event rules for each of the other PA events preclude the holstering of a loaded pistol - for ISSF, IPC-Shooting, PA Black Powder, Mayleigh Cup and Metallic Silhouette, a loaded pistol must always be directed downrange towards the backstop. I.e. a loaded pistol may not be holstered.
The short (and complete) answer is... NO OTHER ORGANISATION'S HOLSTER ACCREDITATION IS RECOGNISED FOR PA COMPETITIONS!
PA Holster Accreditation ONLY applies to affiliated members of PA:
Due to liability and insurance issues:
Current PA Holster Accreditation is MANDATORY for a shooter entered in, or training for any PA sanctioned competition requiring the holstering of a loaded pistol
Contact your PA Affiliate Office (not the PA Headquarters office) regarding PA Holster Accreditation courses.
PA Holster Accreditation is available to PA affiliated members following satisfactory completion of a PA Holster Accreditation Course conducted by a person holding current PA Holster Examiner’s Accreditation.
Holders of any other organisation’s holster card cannot ‘transfer’ to a PA Holster Accreditation without completing the associated paperwork and assessment within the PA Holster Accreditation programme.
Note: You cannot, and there is no reason to, ‘practice’ for a Holster Accreditation course by holstering a loaded pistol - You do NOT need prior experience in the holstering of a loaded pistol – the course will take you through all steps leading to Holster Accreditation.
Hint: Experience in PA Service Pistol Unrestricted will assist you in the live fire sections of the course.
PA Holster Accreditation is automatically voided:
Renewal of PA Holster Accreditation Cards
Renewal of PA Holster accreditation is available to holders of a current PA* Holster Accreditation card, provided:
It is up to the relevant Affiliate to determine how this is to be determined, but given the liability issues it is recommended that some form of written ‘recommendation’ from the shooter’s Club secretary or Club Captain be considered
* This renewal only applies to holders of a PA Holster Accreditation; holders of any other organisation’s holster card cannot ‘transfer’ to a PA Holster Accreditation without assessment within the PA Holster Accreditation programme.
Application form for Renewal>
Holster Use – Some Explanations
Service, S/ 126.96.36.199 Unsafe Holsters: Match Officials are required to prohibit the unsafe use of any holster by any competitor. Therefore, in choosing a holster, and the position and manner in which it will be worn, a competitor should give due regard to the safety regulations in order to ensure that his choices are safely consistent with his personal shooting style and stance.
WA1500, 3.3.1. Holsters must be safe and serviceable, suited to the firearm, and worn in a position that does not allow the holstered pistol to be directed at any part of the shooter. 3.3.2. When selecting a holster, the position and manner in which it will be worn, a shooter should give due regard to the safety regulations in order to ensure that his choices are safely consistent with his personal shooting style and stance.
Although it may not be specifically in the rules, AT NO TIME MAY A LOADED PISTOL BE DIRECTED AT ANY PART OF THE SHOOTER OR ANY OTHER PERSON! This should not need a specific rule – it is part of the normal range safety expectations expected of all shooters at all times, irrespective of the discipline being conducted.
This INCLUDES when the firearm is holstered!
This is of particular concern in relation to shooters who wear the holster well forward of the point of the hip. While of itself this may not appear to case a problem when the shooter is standing in a normal stance, depending on the shooter’s ‘personal shooting style and stance’ the holstered pistol might be directed at the inside of the leg when the shooter takes up a shooting stance for the commencement of a series – not allowed!.
The rules (e.g. ‘…the position and manner in which it will be worn, a competitor should give due regard to the safety regulations in order to ensure that his choices are safely consistent with his personal shooting style and stance…’) apply to the holster/belt combination; not only to the holster.
If the belt does not adequately control the holster when the shooter is drawing the firearm, it could produce a safety problem.
Unsafe Holsters - part 3
Service, 5.1.10 the Jury has the right to examine the pistols, equipment, positions, etc., of shooters at any time, even during the competition. During the competition, approach should not be made while the shooter is firing a shot or a series of shots. Immediate action must be taken when a matter of safety is involved.
This rule is written in the context of PA National Championships – the responsibility for ‘…immediate action…’ is not limited to the Jury at a Nationals – it is everybody’s responsibility.
Often overlooked is the suitability of clothing.
A ‘baggy’ shirt or over-shirt, jumper, or cardigan CAN get in the way when drawing a firearm from the holster; with potentially disastrous results!
There is a reason why so many of the top shooters wear a (reasonably) close fitting polo top when competing and training.
PA holster accreditation can be cancelled for safety breaches - PA GTRs (2015-1) 2.4.3. Any holder of a PA Holster Accreditation Card who is disqualified for safety relating to holster use must have the PA Holster Accreditation Card removed subject to re-qualification through a PA approved course.
This is not only applicable at ‘opens', it is just as valid at a club competition and training sessions. Depending on where the removal was to be applied, the removal would be authorised by;
Return of a cancelled Holster Card is only after the shooter has satisfactorily completed a re-assessment of the practical course requirements to the satisfaction of a PA approved holster accreditation examiner. This re-assessment may not be at the competition at which the disqualification and removal of the holster accreditation card took place.
Holster Examiner Qualification
PA accredits suitably experienced members as Holster Accreditation Examiners. These examiners conduct the PA holster accreditation courses, and assess each candidates ability to demonstrate that they can safely draw from the holster and fire the required courses of fire for PA holster events.
Holster Examiner qualification is granted on satisfactory completion of the PA Holster Examiners’ Course.
Information for PA Holster Accreditation Examiners
No ifs or buts!!
Process the paperwork promptly! Shooters who have satisfactorily completed the course expect their Holster accreditation card!
The primary course of fire for the practical assessment is based on the Action Pistol procedures and NRA AP-1 target. For PA members who do not shoot the Action Pistol events, an alternative assessment course of fire may be conducted on the PA Service Pistol targets. The Service Pistol based course of fire, etc. is available to accredited examiners (only!) from the NRC Secretary.
Holster Examiners may at their option accredit shooters with known holster 'ability' - however :
PA Holster Examiners Accreditation is available to PA affiliated members following satisfactory completion of a PA accredited Holster Examiners Course conducted by a person holding NRC approval.
Contact your Affiliate Office regarding PA Holster Examiners Accreditation courses
PA Holster Examiner Accreditation is subject to the same conditions for Expiry>> and Cancellation>> as for the PA Holster Accreditation.
If a PA Holster Accreditation Examiner is not conducting holster accreditation to the criteria set out in the PA Holster Accreditation manual, the examiners accreditation can be:
Renewal of PA Holster Examiners accreditation is available to holders of a current PA* Holster Examiners Accreditation, provided:
Selected Holster Examiners are accredited as PA ‘Holster Accreditation Assessors’. These Assessors in turn assess and recommend qualification of PA Holster Examiners.
PA Holster Assessors typically hold ‘Train-the Trainer’ qualifications and/or long-standing experience in training.
Any person shooting or training for a PA event requiring the holstering of a loaded pistol (PA Service Pistol, International 1920 Match or WA1500) MUST have a current PA Holster Accreditation.
Entries cannot be accepted for any shooter who does not have a current PA Holster Accreditation. In those PA Affiliates where shooters affiliated to another organisation may compete in the Affiliate’s Open competitions, PA and PA Judges only have responsibilities for PA sanctioned events and only for PA Affiliated shooters.
(For an open competition to be recognised as a Pistol Australia (PA) sanctioned competition and thereby a valid “national team qualifier”, it must comply with the following standards,
- …The competition is conducted by a PA affiliated Club for PA members.
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