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READ THIS WHOLE PAGE! Come out and join us for The Gun Run at Shadow Hawk Defense in West Virginia! Be sure to choose an option that best matches your average 5k time without equipment so we can schedule the run order to reduce back ups on shooting stages. On sale March 4th at 7PM EST. Be sure to check your spam folder after purchasing for email from


The Gun Run is an approximately 5 kilometer centerfire biathlon, also known as a run and gun. Participants will carry a rifle, pistol, ammunition, and magazines as they negotiate obstacles and approximately 6 shooting stages. This article explains the event.

Location and Date:

Saturday, April 20th, 2024 at Shadow Hawk Defense 436 Apple Harvest Drive, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Course of Fire:

The course of fire will not be posted prior to the race. This is to challenge you in the moment. Expect to shoot rifles to 250yds and pistols to 50yds with minimum round counts of 40 rifle and 35 pistol.


You will need a centerfire rifle and centerfire pistol with enough ammunition to clear the course of fire, eye protection, ear protection, and some form of stopwatch. Water is also highly recommended. You may use any type of gear you want to carry your equipment. Pistols must be carried in a secure holster that covers the trigger if they are to be carried loaded. Rifles may be carried any way you like, as long as they remain pointed in a safe direction. Targets will be steel therefore tracers, armor piercing bullets, and bullets with a steel core like M855 are not allowed. Magnum calibers are also not allowed. Your pistol must shoot a pistol caliber round. Your rifle must shoot a rifle caliber round unless you are using a Pistol Caliber Carbine. PCCs are allowed but must only be used to engage rifle targets. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about using your firearm. 


Check in will begin at 7 AM on race day and end at 11:30 AM. The run order will be published several days prior to the race. Run order will be fastest to slowest to prevent back ups at shooting stages. There will be a mandatory safety briefing at 7:30 AM for morning runners and 11:30 AM for runners with a start time of Noon or later. If you are running in the afternoon you can come to the later safety brief. The first runner will start at 8 AM.

Basic firearm safety must be observed at all times. Do not point your firearm at another human being and keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are aligned on designated targets. Rifles will only be loaded under the supervision of a Range Officer (RO). Loaded pistols must remain in a secure holster until shooting a stage under the supervision of a RO. If you are found to be breaking these rules you will be disqualified and escorted off the premises. 

The run route will take you over varying terrain, through water, and over/under obstacles. Do not stray from the marked trail or it may take you into the live fire impact area. Do not skip obstacles or you will receive a run score of 0.

When you approach a shooting stage, you will first show the RO an empty mag well and empty chamber on your rifle, if another shooter is currently on the stage when you arrive, the RO will tell you to start your stopwatch to keep track of your wait time. It is your responsibility to properly time your wait time. The cumulative wait time, if any, will be subtracted from your overall run time. When the shooter in front of you has cleared the stage, the RO will record the wait time that you have on your watch.

After explaining the stage to you, the RO will give you commands to load and begin firing. Every shooting stage will have a time limit. If you do not complete the stage under the time limit, you will receive a score of 0 for that stage. If the RO tells you to cease fire you will holster your pistol and unload your rifle. The RO will tell you your time and record your time on the score card. You must show the RO an empty mag well and chamber on your rifle before leaving each stage. Do not run with the bolt open on your empty rifle, dirt will gladly fill your chamber!

At the end of the race your run and shoot scores will be calculated. There will be a random draw of prizes from sponsors that will be awarded.

There will be medical personnel at the event in case of emergencies but be aware of over exertion. It will be hot. There is no shame in slowing down and walking. If you believe you cannot complete the event, an RO will assist in transporting you back to the start.


Camping is not allowed at Shadow Hawk Defense. Lazy A Campground is close by and recommended.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

You have until 14 days out from the event to cancel and receive a refund. No refund will be given after that. To cancel, contact us by e-mail at Please notify us as quickly as possible if you need to cancel so we can offer your spot to someone else.