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chances of the muzzle sweeping the support
hand are very high.
This is another case where a failure to
recognize the "trap" can send a shooter home
early. There are two common ways veteran
shooters address this.
One method (if the COF description allows
it) is to open the door first, then lower the
support hand while drawing to move through
the door and engage targets. If the COF
requires the gun be drawn before entering
the open door, savvy shooters will keep their
support hand low while they draw the gun to
a shoulder height and point it at the door. The
support hand is then well-below the muzzle
and can open the door, while the shooter
steps through and joins hands in a firing grip.
Unfortunately, you don't always need to hear
the BEEP before getting DQed for a sweep.

3 

UNBAGGING A GUN AT THE FIRING
LINE. Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCC)
are allowed in USPSA and IDPA, while
Steel Challenge allows both PCC and rimfire
rifles. A common way to bring them to the firing line is in a zipped soft long-gun case, or a
"scabbard-type" case. The normal procedure
(at least in Steel Challenge where these guns
are most popular) is to lay the case on the
table at the side of the shooting position, with
the muzzle pointing downrange, and then
unzip the bag at the Make Ready command.
This is a seemingly simple and routine
operation. But if a shooter fully unzips their
soft case their hand will cross the muzzle.
Technically (under SCSA Rule 8.1.1.6) that's not
a "sweep" if the shooter's hand is not touching
the gun inside the case because the trigger is
not accessible. However, not all ROs are aware
of that and have called it a sweeping DQ.

For a shooter facing a door, the normal inclination
at the BEEP is to draw the gun and open the door.
As Brant demonstrates, that's a good way to earn a
sweeping DQ if the gun and support hand cross.
Experienced shooters facing a doorway will get
the gun out first and pointed above the door knob,
before their support hand opens the door.

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