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Updated 28 August 2017


‘158 gr’ Projectiles

Wadcutter Projectiles

‘Plated’ Projectiles

Updated RO Guide

Aiming Exercises and Dry Fire

Items from the 2013 World Championships

Dropped Equipment (posted 18 Jul 2013)

WA1500 Classification / Grading:

Holster Accreditation

Range Officials for WA1500

Scoring WA1500


International Classification (Grade) Database

World Ranking


‘158 gr’ Projectiles

From the NRC Director

We have had a lot of angst here about the 158g projectile and the mid-range wadcutter!  As far as the 158g projectile is concerned I was told that if it is nominally (that word again) 158g then that will suffice.  So, if sold as 158g we should accept it regardless of actual lead weight.  There will always be a manufacturing tolerance and we will not be putting a percentage on it – we will trust our shooters!


Wadcutter Projectiles

From the NRC Director

When I specifically asked about the mid-range wadcutter I was cheerfully told that the term mid-range is “fuzzy” – at which point my heart sank!  Nonetheless, it was made very clear that the intent is simply to preclude the precision wadcutter loads that are used in such firearms as the Hammerli P240 and the S&W Model 52.  The matches are designed for duty guns (police and services) and the ammunition should be suitable for same.  From our point of view the full wadcutter projectile would not be acceptable but there is no problem with the semi-wadcutter styles.


‘Plated’ Projectiles

In recent times there have been advertisements for plated projectiles which indicate that such projectiles are approved for most ranges. However, when an attempt to scratch through the plating is made it cannot be done.   These projectile coatings are thinner than a conventional “Jacketed” projectile but way thicker than a copper wash.  In one case at least the copper, when cut off and flattened, is approximately 5 thousands of an inch thick.

After consultation with a number of interested persons, the NRC has determined that this type of projectile will NOT be approved for use at ranges where jacketed ammunition is not permitted, and would certainly not be approved for any PA Service events or ISSF CF event. 

Although not a full metal jacket they are definitely more than just a wash.  The “scrape” test remains the benchmark at this time. 


Updated RO Guide

RO Guide with the 2011 range commands can be downloaded here>

Note: the current version is 2014-4:  the ‘glitch’ (a cut and paste error) has been fixed.  In the previous version the command following the resolution of a “NOT READY ON TARGET…”call is “THE LINE IS READY” is called again.


Aiming Exercises and Dry Fire

I have received the following explanation from Friedrich Storrer:

After the command "LOAD AND HOLSTER" the shooter my check his sight do some dry fire in the direction of the target, clean the chambers of the revolver or change the sights - all under strictly holding the safety rules. After the ammunition is in the firearm it should be holstered asap.


Items from the 2013 World Championships:

·         Barrel length (WA1500):

o   Barrel length, Revolver; measured as the overall physical length of the barrel from the rear of the barrel to the muzzle – crowning or counter-boring of the muzzle was not subtracted from the length.

o   Barrel length, Pistol: measured as the overall physical length of the barrel from the rear of the barrel (including the barrel hood) to the muzzle – any headspace between the rear of the barrel and the breech face is not taken into consideration, and any crowning or counter-boring of the muzzle was not subtracted from the length.

·         Chronographing: samples of ammunition were taken and tested (through the competitor’s gun) for the four events that had a minimum power factor.

·         Equipment was checked for all competitors in all events

·         Penalties – there was a six (6) shots annulment for one of the teams in the International Team event; the competitor dropped, picked up and used six rounds (see dropped equipment below).


WA1500 Classification / Grading:

Note that the procedure for grading differs from most PA events!

Refer rule 20.14 (that will apply at the 2013 WA1500 World Championships) that requires that shooters will have to have shot the higher classification at least two (2) times in recognised competition to be in the higher classification.


World Ranking:

The WA1500 organisation maintains a World Ranking here>>.  

To have your score included in the World Ranking:

·         Score must be achieved at a sanctioned competition, with certified results list

·         Submit score to WA1500 Director


Dropped Equipment

We have received the following from Friedrich Storrer:

Dropped equipment means such as fallen down to the ground after the initial load. This equipment - whatsoever it is - must be let on the ground in the same place until the command "Range is safe" is be given. After this command the shooter is allowed to pick up the equipment -except a firearm. Firearms can only picked up from or under the control of a Range Officer.

If a competitor tries to pick up some dropped equipment you have 2 kinds of problems:

In consequence of the movement of the competitor may accrue a safety problem. This will final ending in a disqualification.

If the competitor picks up a dropped e.g. magazine he uses equipment which is out of the game - it is no longer existent for him.

Each fired shot from this magazine is illegal and the correspondent number of hits will be removed from he scoring - starting with the highest value on the target.


International Classification (Grade) Database


The international controlling body maintains a listing of shooter classifications (i.e. grades) for all affiliated nations.  PA has 300+ affiliated members registered on the international database.  PA affiliated shooters can have their grades registered on the international database.


Shooters can have separate grades for revolver and (semi-automatic) pistol.


Development of the WA1500 Event rules


The WA1500 international controlling body was formed Nov. 11, 2000 when the World Indoor Championships were hosted by the BDMP in Germany at the Shooting Center, Leitmar.


From 2000 to 2010, WA1500 operated on rules that were more in the mode of guidelines than the formalised rule structure of most other events.


In November 2010 WA1500 distributed a draft rulebook for comment to the affiliated nations.  Subsequently, the WA1500 issued ‘Rulebook WA 1500 Issue 2011-01-01’.has been circulated.


Holster Accreditation


WA1500 is a ‘holster’ event involving the holstering and drawing of loaded handguns: as such, within Australia all shooters who shoot (and/or train) for this event MUST have a current PA Holster Accreditation


Range Officials for WA1500


Given the similarity between PA Service Pistol and WA1500 (they have the same lineage, both being developed from the old FBI 90-shot training course): plus the reality that in Australia most who shoot/officiate/organise either, do so for both, PA Range Officials (RO and Judges) are qualified for Service Pistol are automatically.


Range Officers must adhere to the standard commands as per the WA1500 RO Guide


Description: Description: Description: Description: IMG_8159b.jpgScoring WA1500

·         The Overlays/plug gauges

§  For WA1500, shots are gauged to the bullet diameter

§  ISSF/Service Pistol/Black Powder gauges (plug, skid or overlays) are NOT used for WA1500: they are to different diameters!

§  For WA1500 the gauging diameters are: .32 calibre = .310"–.314", 9mm/38/.357 = .355"–.359"

§  At PA competitions, only a Jury member can use a plug gauge.

·         Close groups

Despite popular misconception (hope?), “...the shooter will automatically be given the benefit of the doubt and scored hits for the non-visible shots, on the assumption they passed through the enlarged hole” is NOT the first step if all the shots cannot be readily located on the target.

§  The first sentence of the rule is quite clear: “...As a general rule only those hits which are visible, will be scored.”

§  Then comes “...An exception will be made in the case where the groupings of 3 or more shots are so close that it is possible for a required shot or shots to have gone through the enlarged hole without leaving a mark and there has been no evidence that a shot or shots have gone elsewhere than through the assigned target. In such case, the shooter will be given the benefit of the doubt and scored hits for he non-visible shots, on the assumption they passed through the enlarged hole”
I have seen scorers jump to the conclusion that they ‘give the benefit’ despite:

·         Unnoticed shots on the target, or

·         Notation on the target that the shooter did not get all the shots away, or

·         Notation on the target that one (or more) of the shots missed the target.

Makes you wonder.

image001Scoring Xs

The number of Xs and 10s (that are not Xs) are recorded separately on the score sheet – i.e. the X count is not included in the number of 10s.

In practice, this enables:

·         The number of shots in each scoring zone (Xs, 10s, 9s, 8s, 7s and 0s) to be totalled and checked against the number of shots expected on a target, and

·         Saves having to double count the 10s (including Xs) and Xs.

·         Open W has the option to ‘include Xs in ten count’ (a box found in ‘Competition options’ in ‘competition details’)



NRC resources for WA1500

The NRC has prepared a number of resources for use at PA competitions, including many for ISSF pistol events.  For a complete listing, refer to the NRC’s resources page.

WA1500 – Guide for Range Officers




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