Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club operates as a COLD RANGE. This means that all firearms are to remain unloaded until under the direction of a Range Safety Officer or Judge. When in the parking lot do not handle your guns. Do not let your buddies handle you guns.

Handguns are to remain cased and only uncased and holstered at the designated SAFETY AREA. Do not get out of your car with your competition gun already in its holster. If you arrive with a ‘hot’ carry gun find someone in charge and have them assist with clearing the gun.

Long guns need to be carried with actions open and safety on. Chamber flags can be used. If you have a cart, uncase your long guns at the car and immediately place them in your cart racks. Any and all manipulation and maintenance can be done at the SAFETY AREA.

There is no handling of ammunition at the SAFETY AREAS.

If you are uncertain how to proceed please ask, Action Shooting has a great history of safety for a good reason.


Failure to follow these and general will be grounds for a DISQUALIFICATION.


Our host range FLSC requires that all competitors and spectators be wearing safety glasses.

Ear protection is required for all competitors. Over the ear is is not advised due to the nature of the obstacles and likelyhood of them getting knocked off. Inner ear protection is best suited for these events.

Generally an athlete can wear whatever footwear and clothing they desire. However, if shorts are worn they must be at least 5 inches long. Closed toe shoes are required. No flip flops or sandals. We highly encourage rugged footwear and clothing to protect the athletes as they move through the prescribed Battles. We highly recommend packing a pair of gloves to protect hands as needed.

During most Battles, athletes will wear a plate carrier, pistol belt, and rifle with sling.  This varies slightly battle to battle. Specific instructions will be given prior to each Battle.

Athletes will be wearing their plate carriers throughout the weekend and on most, if not every battle (battle dependent).  All plate carriers must meet a minimum weight requirement. Athletes are not required to have ballistic plates in their plate carriers as long as the weight is achieved. An athlete’s plate carrier must meet minimum weight requirements before adding any magazines or ammunition.

Men’s plate carriers must be 15lbs or heavier

Women’s plate carriers must be 12 lbs or heavier

Junior’s (under 18) plate carriers must weigh 8lbs or heavier

A Holster that retains the pistol during movement. A Level 2 is recommended but not required.

The ability to hold 5 pistol and 5 rifle magazines at the same time. This can be accomplished from the use of pouches on the belt line or plate carrier or pockets.

5.56mm/.223 caliber rifles are currently the ONLY allowed platforms at The Tactical Games. The rifle platform does not matter so long as it’s the correct caliber.

300 Blackout is currently permitted

Updated rule for 2020: Any optic is permitted BUT whatever style optic you have on your rifle for weapon’s initial inspection will be the optic you run for the duration of the event.  For example, if you show up with a LVPO, you will be required to run a LVPO for all battles regardless of the nature of the battle.  Athletes will not be allowed to switch out rifles or optics based on the battle.  Only in the event of a rifle/optic failure can the athlete switch to a similar platform/optic, this must be approved by the match director before continuing in the event. Changing rifles/optics without prior approval will be considered an honor code violation and the athlete will be disqualified from the event.

Only one optic is permitted on your rifle. Meaning you will run one optic and one set of iron sights. For example, you cannot run an LPVO with an offset red dot or an acog with a rmr mounted on top

Only one optic is permitted. Meaning you will run one optic and one set of iron sights. You cannot run an offset red dot with a LPVO.

Back-up Iron sights are required

If you are using a LPVO, offset irons are mandatory

An athlete can run whatever “furniture” on the gun he/she wishes. Hand guards, foregrips, etc.

Slings on rifles are required.

AR Pistols and SBRs are acceptable

Safeties cannot be disabled and must be functional. I.E. Grip Safety on 2011, trigger safeties, etc.

Adjustable gas blocks are acceptable, however the functionality of the weapon is on the competitors.  If your rifle goes down because it is under gassed no reshoot will be issued.

No penetrators or armor piercing rounds. So, please do not use Green Tip ammo

Muzzle Devices

Due to the general nature of TTG battles, where multiple competitors are on the firing line simultaneously we have placed a restriction on muzzle devices (see below).

While open/uncovered brakes or compensators make it easier for the competitor to shoot, it adversely effects the shooters to their left and right.  Both send a lot of dust and debris into the air obstructing neighboring shooters view of the target while the competitor with the muzzle brake/comp has a clear view.  Additionally, certain muzzle devices are extremely loud coupled with short barrels and can also effect neighboring shooters.

While this is a competitive sport, the spirit of the games is “about the man next to you.”

Muzzle devices are restricted to one of these five (5) types, with no exceptions:

A2 Flashider

Three-pronged flashider (no ports)

Four-pronged flashider (no ports)

BCM Stretched A2 flash hider

Suppressor: Suppressors/Cans are allowed, as long as the athlete has the proper paperwork for the suppressor. That is completely the responsibility of the athlete. If an athlete is using a suppressor they must use it for the entire event. They cannot remove it for any of the battles. That will result in a DQ

ANY type of muzzle brake, compensator or blast diffuser will not be allowed.  If you come to the event with a brake or comp on your barrel, you will be turned around at the inspection table.  If an athlete shows up with a device, and changes it during the event, it will be considered an honor code violation, and the athlete will be disqualified. The Surefire Warden IS NOT an approved device to be used to in lieu of a suppressor.

Generally, a stock pistol is required.

9mm, .40, or .45 calibers are allowed. No .22, .380 or some weird caliber like the FN 5.7.

No red dot sights on pistols, no electronic sights, no holographic sights.

Fiber Optic sights are allowed.

Compensators are allowed

A lighter trigger is allowed

Safeties cannot be disabled and must be functional. I.E. Grip Safety on 2011, trigger safeties, etc.

A mounted flashlight is allowed but not required

Extended magazines are allowed.

Replacement guide rods are fine.

Flared magazine wells are acceptable.

Standard or match grade ammo available commercially on a mass scale is permitted.  We understand that in IPSC and IDPA, shooters use light loads to reduce recoil.  Standard protection loads or match grade loads are allowed.


Holsters with retention are required. The level of retention must be such that if you or your holster is inverted it still maintains your weapon. Serpa holsters are not permitted.

We recommend bringing 150 rounds of pistol and 150 rounds of rifle ammunition.


No tracer, incendiary, armor piercing or steel jacketed or jacketed sabot slug ammunition allowed. Violation of this rule will result in a match disqualification and financial liability for any damaged range material.

Bring 5 rifle magazines and 5 pistol magazines