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2024 Falling Plate match

The match is open to anyone wishing to knock down metal plates as fast as you can.

Match Details

The PHA falling Plate Match is held on the 1st Saturday of every month.

This match is not held in rain, snow, or temperatures below 30°F.

  • Setup starts at 8:00 AM   
  • Registration at 8:30 AM 
  • Safety Brief at 9:00 AM   If you miss the safety briefing, you will not be allowed to compete.
  • Match begins at 9:30 AM

Matches usually run until approximately 2:00 PM.


Competition is open to the public.   


Required Equipment: Hearing protection; eye protection. 

Any center fire or rimfire handgun (stock and race guns are scored separately), 96 rounds of ammunition, and preferable a holster and extra magazines.

Highly Recommended Equipment:  It is desirable but not mandatory that each shooter consider Long sleeve shirt and long pants, hat, sunscreen, shooting mat or carpet (about 3′ x 6′), ammo for practice, food and drink.

Course of Fire

The match consists of 96 shots. This consists of 2 rounds of 48 shots at 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. There are 2 stages of six plates at each yard line. The 10-yard line has a par time of 6 seconds . The par time increases by 1 second with each increasing distance. Centerfire guns must make the plate fall. Rimfire guns must strike the plate and are visually scored.


  • Any centerfire or rimfire handgun.
  • Stock and race guns are scored separately.

Entry Fees 

Match fees are to be paid the day of the match and before the safety briefing.

  • $10.00 first gun per competitor
  • $5.00 second gun per competitor

Directions to club and amenities

  • Visit Contact page to get driving directions
  • Download printable driving directions
  • Non-members should contact the match director ahead of time to get the gate access code.

Match Directors


  • If you arrive late and miss the safety briefing, you will not be allowed to compete.
  • Non-members contact the match director for a temporary gate code prior to the match.

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