Next event: Georgia – December 3, 2022

Equipment Requirements:

Prior to each competition, athletes will bring their firearms and equipment to be inspected. Participants must use the same firearms in the same configurations for the duration of the competition. This includes but is not limited to the optics mounted on that firearm. Whatever you run, you have to run the entire event.


Here is the only rule about rifles that we are 100% NOT flexible about. IF you run what you bring you run it throughout the entire competition. You won’t get to switch between rifles based on the Mission or day/night operations. You show up and run it. Period. IF your rifle goes down and stops functioning and is not repairable, you can go to the Match Director to switch to a back up rifle. The back up must have a similar set up and be approved by the MD.

  • 5.56mm/.223, 7.62×39, and 300 BLK are all approved calibers.
  • Red Dot Sights, magnifiers and LPVO’s are allowed on the rifle.
  • Suppressors, Flash Hiders, Compensators and muzzle devices are allowed
  • Back Up Iron Sights are permitted but not required
  • The rifle must stay in the same configuration for the duration of the event

Rifle Optics:
• Magnified or non-magnified electronic or optical sights are permitted.
• Backup iron sights are permitted but not required

Rifle Sling

  • Plate carriers must weight 15lbs for men and 12lbs for women.
  • Plate carriers are weighed as is, just have to make weight without magazines
  • An athlete does not need to have ballistic plates in the plate carrier nor does it need to be slick for weigh in. Once you make your weight, THEN you add your magazines. We WILL be weighing the vests.

Night Vision, Helmets and White Lights

-Yes, night vision and white light stages are a core part of our competition. There will typically be at least 2 night stages per competition.
-If you have your own NIGHT VISION setup bring it, we want competitors testing their own gear. 
Night vision is not required but highly recommended. All night stages can be shot with white light or NVG.
-For those without NVG, we will have AGM Global Vision on-site demo’ing different setups; those who wish to shoot with vendor NVGs will be required to attend the Friday night Intro to Night Vision class before the match.  Those unable to make the class have the opportunity to watch others shoot while supervised under vendor NVGs.
Minimum Night Match Gear Requirements 
Weapon mounted light for both rifle & handgun
    • Permitted calibers: 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP
    • Slide Mounted red dots are permitted in any division
    • Holster must have retention and completely cover the trigger. It must retain the firearm during vigorous movement and if the holster is inverted. No SERPA holsters

    Gun Belt:
    The belt to which the holster is attached must be worn at waist level.

    ◦ Shoulder holsters and cross-draw holsters.
    ◦ Belly bags or “fanny packs”

    • 5 pistol magazines
    • 5 rifle mags

    Can run any magazine you wish in any capacity you want

    Handgun ammunition– 9mm Parabellum (9x19mm NATO) or larger, Pistol ammunition must meet or exceed 125 power-factor.
    Rifle ammunition – .223 Remington (5.56x45mm NATO) or larger. Maximum 3200fps

    ◦ Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing, steel jacketed or steel/tungsten/penetrator core ammunition.
    ◦ No bi-metal or steel core ammunition is permitted.


    • You may wear whatever you like while competing at The Proving Grounds, within reason. 
    • You may consider knee pads and elbow pads.
    • Wear range appropriate clothing that is suitable for the time of the year the event is taking place.
    • Make sure you have rain gear available.  (Obviously if there are some extenuating circumstances such as a hurricane or lightning, we will err on the side of safety)

    ◦ No offensive or obscene logos, sayings, pictures, or drawings.


    Mens Elite:

    Suggested Physical Abilities:
    – Generally in excellent physical condition and capable of running, lifting, and
    performing tasks a well-rounded elite athlete should be able to do.

    – Be able to complete rope climbs in full kit

    Elite Shooting Standards: Can you run a clean dot torture drill at 5 yards? Can you complete a bill drill in under 3.5 seconds from the holster? Can you complete a bill drill with a rifle at 15 yards from low or high ready? Are you comfortable engaging targets with your rifle past 300 yards?

    Mens Intermediate:

    If there is a foot movement, intermediate will do no more than 3 miles.

    Mens Masters:

    Men ages 45+ on the day of the competition can register for this division.


    Must be a biological woman to compete in this division.


    8 pm       Intro to Night Vision

    Saturday Morning

    7-7:45 am     Athlete Check-In
    7 am              Volunteer Meeting
    8-8:30 am     Welcome, Athlete Brief
    8:30 am        Battle Brief
    9 am             Go Time – Battle 1
    9 – 4 pm       Kids Mini Battle
    11 am           Battle 2

    Saturday Afternoon

    2 pm          Battle 3
    5:30 pm     Battle 4
    6 pm til…  Gathering and Awards


    Frequently asked questions

    1. Who can compete in The Proving Grounds? The Proving Grounds are open registration. Meaning anyone can compete
      provided they are safe and proficient with their firearms.
    2. I can no longer make it to the competition, what are my options? (Refund/Transfer Policy) The Proving Grounds offers a no questions asked 48-hour refund policy from the time of purchase on registrations. After 48 hours refunds are not available. * Exceptions made for military deployments.

      The Proving Grounds offers a ONE time transfer to another Proving
      Grounds that is open for registration. Transfers not available within 4 weeks of scheduled competition.

    Transfer Rules:

    • Transfers must be completed no later than 4 weeks from the event the competitor is registered.
    • The transferred event must be in the same calendar year as the original event.
    • Transfers into sold out events are not permitted.
    • A $20 fee will be charged for all transfers/deferrals.
    • One transfer/deferral per paid registration. After that you will be charged an additional registration fee.



    Prior to each competition, athletes will bring their firearms and equipment to be inspected. Athletes must use the same firearms in the same configurations for the duration of the competition. This includes but is not limited to the optics mounted on that firearm. Whatever you run, you have to run the entire event unless approved by the Match Director. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a DQ from the competition. Download and read all the rules and safety requirements by clicking the link below.


    Join us at the Arena Training Facility in December!

    Dec. 3, 2022
    Blakely, GA


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