About the Pawnee Winter Run 'n Gun
The Pawnee Winter Run n’ Gun is a biathlon – it is an approximately 6.5 mile run combined with a shooting competition. The event is a test of man and equipment alike. It is intended to give participants an idea of how being hot/cold, exhausted, and challenged by the environment affects their shooting, and to test the effectiveness of their gear under winter field conditions. This event is not intended for inexperienced shooters – all participants are expected to be familiar with the operation of their firearms. With the exception of emergencies, Range Officers (ROs) are not allowed to help participants in any way. Good attitudes are a must. If you are the type of person who gets upset when minor changes are made to a plan or when you don’t always get your way, this is not the event for you. This event is being hosted by a very generous individual on his private property -- all participants must show strict respect for the owner and his property.
Participants will receive both a score for their run based on how long it took them to complete the course, and a score for their shooting based on how long it took them to clear each course of fire. The run score and shooting score will be equally weighted in determining the participant’s final score. This is true run-what-you-brung field-style shooting, with no equipment limitations and no equipment classes. If you want to carry it for 6+ miles, you can use it. Shooters are expected to have all their firearms sighted in and all their gear ready to go on the morning of the shoot. There will be no zeroing at the event. Think of this as a test of how you and your equipment would perform in a Second Amendment situation if you had to go take care of business at your current state of readiness, whatever that is. Run order will be more or less random. We will try to be accommodating to participants who wish to share firearms or equipment (we can have one person run in the morning and the other in the afternoon), or to those who wish to run together.
The only equipment that is strictly required to participate is a safe center fire rifle, a safe center fire pistol, enough ammo to clear the course (recommended 80 rounds rifle and 50 rounds pistol), eye protection, ear protection, and some form of stopwatch. Everything else is up to the participant, but water and a pen and notepad are highly recommended. Shooters may use any type of gear they want to carry their equipment with. There is no specified method of rifle carry.
First and foremost, all participants will be expected to comply with basic firearms safety at all times. If you demonstrate inability or unwillingness to follow basic firearm safety, you will be asked to leave, with no refund and no apology. Muzzles must be pointed in a safe direction at all times, and fingers must be off the trigger unless the firearm is pointed at a target. Rifles shall only be loaded when a shooter is at a rifle stage, after the RO has given the “fire” command. Shooters may leave their handguns loaded at all times. However, loaded handguns must remain securely in a holster unless the shooter has been given the “fire” command on a shooting stage. Some stages will be active, involving moving and shooting. Firearms may remain loaded during movement, but strict muzzle discipline must be maintained.
Every shooter will be given a score card that he will be required to carry through the course. The card is how we record your score. Do not lose it or we will not be able to give you a score for the event. When a shooter approaches a station, he will be required to show a RO an empty mag well and empty chamber on his rifle. If another shooter is currently on the stage when he arrives, the one who just arrived will be instructed by a RO to start his stopwatch to keep track of his wait time (this will be subtracted off the participant’s run time when his run score is calculated). It is purely the shooter’s responsibility to keep track of his wait time. The ROs have no responsibility whatsoever to help you do this. Even if a RO offers to help you keep track of your time, you have no one but yourself to blame if this is not done. When the shooter is ready to shoot the stage, he will hand the RO his score card, and the RO will record his wait time if any. The shooter will be given a quick summary of the course of fire. The RO will ask if the shooter understands the course of fire. If the answer is yes, the shooter will be given the “fire” command, at which time he may load his rifle and/or draw his pistol and begin shooting the stage. All stages will have a zone where the shooter must fire from. Every part of the shooter’s body or equipment which touches the ground must be inside the edges of this zone when the shooter fires. Hits made from outside a marked area will not count toward completion of the course of fire. Every shooting stage will have a time limit. This is to keep the runners moving and to prevent large backups of shooters waiting to shoot a stage. If a shooter does not complete the stage under the time limit, he will receive a score of 0 for that stage. If for any reason the “cease fire” command is given, the shooter will immediately cease fire, holster his handgun and unload his rifle. A shooter will do likewise when he completes a stage, or times out. The RO should tell you your time for the stage. The RO will record your time on your score card. You may want to keep a backup score card in case you lose your primary one, or if there is a mix-up with the scoring. Every shooter must show a RO an empty mag well and chamber on his rifle before leaving each stage. A RO will give directions on where to go to continue down the trail. Shooters are NOT required to leave their rifle’s bolt open during the run… this is actually discouraged, as it will allow lots of that beautiful Oklahoma red dirt to accumulate inside the action. There will be ample opportunity for this to happen on the course.
The path for participants to follow will be marked with brightly colored flags and/or tape. Shooters must stay close to the marked path. Do not cut corners. Failure to follow the marked trail may take you into the impact area of a hot range. If the trail takes you through some difficult terrain, this is on purpose! A good deal of the trail will be down a gravel county road. Keep to the left edge of the road and watch for traffic. There may be integrity items that shooters will be required to collect during the run. These are to ensure that shooters follow the path as marked. They are typically located on the far corners of a trail, in areas that would otherwise be easy to cheat and cut a corner. When you come across one of these, take ONE item and stow it securely in your gear. The items will be small and will easily fit in a pocket. One of each of the integrity items on the course must be shown to a RO at the finish line, or you will be given a run score of 0. Certain obstacles and other challenges may be encountered along the way. These must be completed, or you will receive a run score of 0.
If running approximately 6.5 miles sounds daunting to you, or if you need to walk the course, we will try to get you started early. If you think you can run the whole thing and start having problems, walk... drink some water... listen to your body! This event is in a remote area, and you need to be aware of over-exertion. We should have some folks with medical skills on hand, but your health is your responsibility.
Attendees may park off the side of the driveway. Camping is allowed at the range on the night of January 17th. The range owner’s home is on the property – stay away from it. Porta-potties will be on site. Shooters will need to be on site and ready to go at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the 18th. There will be a review of the rules, procedures, and course of fire, the run order will be announced. Pay attention, as we will announce what time you will be starting when we say your name. The first runner will be sent out by 9:00 a.m., and a runner will be sent out every 5 minutes thereafter. The ROs will have run the course the day before. They will be scored along with all the other contestants. After the last runner has crossed the finish line, we will calculate the results. Hot frito chilli pie will be served throughout the day. If you don’t want to eat this, bring something else. The winners will be announced, awards will be given out, and a drawing will be conducted for whatever prizes we can accumulate from the organizers and sponsors. Be sure not to leave without a T-shirt.
How to Sign Up:
The registration fee for the Pawnee Winter Run 'n Gun is $65. Registration is handled through EventBrite. To register, click on the "Sign Up!" button at the top menu of this website. Remember, this event is limited to 70 participants. Sign up now to reserve your spot.
The GPS coordinates for the event location are: 36.402088,-96.853346. You should be able to get good directions by entering these coordinates into any of the major online map websites, or your GPS navigator. Bing Maps, Google Maps, Mapquest, and Apple Maps all give good directions. There is a map to the range on our Eventbrite registration page. Old fashioned directions: The event location is about a 15 minute drive from the town of Pawnee. From Pawnee, take Highway 18 North approximately 4.5 miles to the intersection with Highway 15. Turn left (West) on Highway 15 and follow it for exactly 3 miles. Turn left (South) on N3450 Road. This turn is easy to miss. There is an old sign for a church at this intersection that can be read going the other direction on Highway 15. Take N3450 Road South 0.6 miles. The driveway to the event location is on the right. Signs should be posted.
A half refund, minus Eventbrite and Paypal fees (if any), will be given through December 24, 2013. No refund will be given after that. To cancel, contact us by e-mail at email@example.com, or call one of the organizers by phone: Daniel Hensch - (405) 880-0506; or Al Cockrell - (918) 693-3257.