USPSA matches generally consist of up to four stages of handgun shooting in one of six classes accomodating virtually any handgun type. Individual stages typically require from 8 to 32 rounds to complete with a total minimum, for the match, in the 80-100 round range. Match Costs are $10 for club members and $15 for non-members.
The Practical Division is alway happy to have new shooters at our USPSA matches but it is important that you be familiar with the rules and procedures before you shoot your first match.
We will cover specific rules and answer questions at the new shooter's briefing before the match but the following general rules will keep you in compliance when you first arrive:
A. Bring your unloaded gun to the match in a case or bag.
B. Handle your gun only at one of these two approved times:
1. When in the marked safety areas. These areas are where you transfer the gun from your bag or case to your holster at the start of the match, and where you return it to your bag or case when you are finished with the match.
2. When explicitly authorized by the RO when it is your turn to shoot a stage. You are allowed to handle your gun beginning with the "Make Ready " command and ending with the "Line Is Clear" command.
C. Do not bring ammunition into the safety areas.
D. Guns are to be unloaded with no magazines in them at all times except for when you are the shooter and have been given the "Make Ready " command. After the "Line Is Clear" command you are again subject to the unloaded gun requirement.
Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) shooters are required to use a chamber flag AND to have the gun in a closed case at all times until the "Make Ready " command. At "Make Ready" be sure the muzzle is pointing down range, then you may remove your PCC from the case. You may hand the case to a friend, squad member, or one of the ROs. After you have completed the course of fire your case will be brought to you to complete the unloading and casing process. Remember - this part is not on the clock and, as PCC is new to USPSA, there may be some non-standard range commands. If there is any confusion on the part of the shooter or the RO talk to each other and resolve the issue before continuing.
Please note that all safety rules and regulations are non-negotiable so as to provide the safest possible environment for all involved. If you violate one of them it does not matter that you may feel that your action was an equally safe alternative.
IDPA matches generally consist of four stages of shooting with 8 to 20 rounds fired per stage and are open to anyone wishing to compete. Classes consist of Stock Service Pistol (all double-action or safe-action autos), Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm, .38 Super & 40 S&W, and 10mm single-action autos), Custom Defensive Pistol (45 cal.), Revolver (wheel guns loaded from speed loaders or moon clips), and Compact Carry Pistol (smaller version of ESP legal guns). Match costs are $5 for club members and $10 for non-members. IDPA membership is required after the third match.
ICORE combines elements of the Bianchi Cup, IPSC, and the Steel Challenge into demanding competition exclusively for revolvers. Our standard paper target is the NRA D-1 target with 4 scoring areas. Scoring is based on time, including time added or subtracted per the scoring rules. Falling and stationary steel plates are also used in ICORE events. Each ICORE match will usually include a Classifier stage as well. Match costs are $5 for club members and $10 for non-members.
Steel - (Bang and Clang / Shoot and Scoot)
Steel matches consist of four stages of steel targets that average about 15-20 rounds minimum per stage. There is a mixture of stationary steel squares, rectangles and rounds along with poppers, plate racks and trees. Stage descriptions list the required number of hits on stationary targets. All reactive targets must fall to score a hit. Scoring is raw stage time, plus any penalties and minus any bonuses. Penalties are +5 seconds per miss and +5 seconds for any procedural errors.
Centerfire handguns allowed are minimum diameter of 9MM/.38 Cal and maximum of .45 Cal, .22 caliber rimfire is allowed for Steel Challenge matches, which will be held on the 5th Thursdays in months that have them.
There are 5 equipment divisions and 6 competitor classes. The equipment divisions are Open Guns, Limited Guns, Limited 10 Guns, Single Stack (1911s) and Revolvers. There is a Fun Gun division for second runs. Classes are GM, M, A, B, C, and D class. If you are classified in USPSA, that is the class you start in, otherwise you start in D class. If you win your class 3 times with at least 3 shooters in it, you are moved up a class (fun gun runs do not count). Match costs are $8 for club members and $12 for non-members.
The match runs from 4:15pm until 7:00pm and you can sign up to shoot the match at any time in that window.