So I got a new toy over the weekend. This one is specifically going to be geared for competition.
That is a shiny new XDm 5.25 in .40 S&W. The reason it is bi-tone and in 40 is quite simple, “Because Race Gun”.
Now I have the title of this the way I do for a very good reason. Especially for other USPSA shooters who may get a new toy. I got to the range and showed it to a couple other shooters while still in the case before setup began. In other words I showed it as pictured above. Neither I nor the CRO I was talking to really thought anything about it at the time. It was in it’s case, no one was actually handling it, all should be well.
Evidently not. I got an email from the other RO after he was thinking about it last night and got a forwarded message from an NROI instructor on the topic.
The key is “was the trigger available”? The answer for most cases is “yes” therefore DQ unless done at a safety table.
Currently I’m a bit lost because there is no rule in the rule book that would cover this that I can see. The closest is 10.5.1 and 5.2.1, except the gun never left the case, it was just opened. However according to NROI instructor if the trigger is visible you’re off to Dairy Queen. I’m going to send an email off to get clarification on this one. That said, be advised and be safe. If you have an XDm and you leave it in the stock case to take to a match, don’t open it except at the safety table. It could bite you.