Tactical Shotgun Match

Similar to an IDPA match but only firearm used is a shotgun. Stages include steel and clay targets.  One stage is usually a “Walk and Stalk" stage where targets are engaged from shooting boxes along the archery trail.   Most stages will have about 12 targets and the "Walk and Stalk" up to 25.  Reloads are on the clock and minimum 6 round capacity shotgun is strongly suggested but no maximum limit on capacity. Starting with the March 2016 match initial loading will be limited to 8.  See below in the More Info section for additional match information.

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Match Details

September 2016 Match Report

Nineteen shooters came out on yet another hot day to shoot a six stage  Tactical Shotgun match on Saturday June 11th.  Seven shot the pump shotgun with the rest in the semi-auto category. The round count was about 110 - a lot of shot down range!

Paul E won the match with a dominating time of 181.69 sec shooting semi-auto while Al H was first in the pump category with a grea time of 254.79 sec. Full results can be found in the September Match Report.

Thanks to the set up volunteers - it's a lot of steel to move around to set up a TacShotgun match and lots of help is needed.

Stay tuned for the 2017 schedule.  As soon as it's settled we'll have the dates on this page and the club calendar.

A typical tactical shotgun stage. Poppers hiding behind barrels requiring different shooting locations to engage all the targets.

More Info

Match Directors

Match Description

  • Typically 5 stages with a combination of clay and steel targets.  May include Texas Star, poppers, plate rack or flipping targets as well.


  • Open to the public
  • Never shot a tactical shotgun match before?  Check out our Novice Info.



  • 2nd Saturday of the Month; January, March, June and September
  • Match begins at 9AM; sign in between 8:00-8:45 AM


  • SLSC members $10
  • Non-members $15


  • Semi-auto
  • Pump

Equipment Needed:

  • Firearm: Pump or semi-auto shotgun with at least 6 round capacity recommended.  No maximum limit but no Keltec shotguns permitted.
  • Shell holders or pouches for reloads.
  • Empty chamber indicator flag or case for shotgun.
  • Ammo:  approximately 100 rounds of #6, 7.5, 8 or 9 shot plus a few slugs.  Check match announcement for minimum round count and slug requirement and always bring extra as make up shots are allowed. 

Course of Fire Details

  • At the line with safety on, upon direction from Safety Officer load a maximum of 8 rounds or as described in course description.
  • Safety remains on until start signal.
  • At start signal proceed through course as described.
  • Safety on for reloads and reloads may be performed on the move. No limit on number of rounds loaded during a reload.
  • Upon finishing, unload, show clear and insert chamber flag.


  • Total time for each stage.
  • Time added for missed targets may vary depending upon the stage and will be briefed with the stage description.
  • Additional penalties may be assessed (ie failing to flip the spinner) and will be noted in the Safety Brief.
  • Match score is combined time of all stages.


  • Follows the safety rules of IDPA.

Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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