The United States Practical Shooting Association, or USPSA, is the national governing body of one form of practical shooting in the United States, and is the US Region of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). It has over 25,000 active members, and over 400 affiliated clubs, making USPSA the largest competitive pistol shooting organization in the United States.
WHAT IS IT
Practical Shooting attempts to measure the ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full power handgun, rifle, and/or shotgun. Those three elements – speed, accuracy, and power – form the three sides of the practical shooting triangle. By design, each league and match will measure a shooter’s ability in all three areas.
To do this, shooters take on obstacle-laden shooting courses (called stages) requiring anywhere from six to 30+ shots to complete. The scoring system measures points scored per second, then weights the score to compensate for the number of shots fired. If they miss a target, or shoot inaccurately, points are deducted, lowering that all-important points-per-second score.
If shooting has an “extreme” sport, USPSA-sanctioned practical shooting is it. Competitors move, negotiate obstacles, run, speed-reload, and drive their guns through each of several courses as fast as their skills will allow. Although most matches are held outdoors, in all weather, further taxing competitor skill, there are a growing number of indoor ranges conducting USPSA events.
WHEN DO WE SHOOT
We hold weekly leagues on Tuesday evening year-round. Living in our climate requires us to adapt our league location but our schedule generally follows setup beginning before 5:00 pm with shooting beginning at 6:15 pm:
- Winter: we shoot at the indoor range from November to April. .
- Summer: we shoot outdoors on ranges A-D from April-October.
We also hold a monthly match on the third Saturday of each month. For details please check the club’s schedule and register online prior to the match.
We also utilize PractiScore for digital scoring and pre-registration.
We always welcome new shooters to the program and invite you to attend our next Tuesday league night or monthly match to check out our sport. Safety is our #1 focus at these events. Below is a list of what you will need to join us at WGC for your first league or match:
- Ear and eye protection
- Serviceable handgun and holster
- Center-fire, 9mm or larger
- Holster must cover trigger guard and be carried at “belt level” with the gun muzzle towards the ground (no cross draw, shoulder rigs, etc.)
- 4+ magazines (6+ if shooting a 1911)
- About 100 rounds of ammunition
If you already have the above equipment then that’s all you really need. Going out and purchasing a custom gun and accessories is completely un-necessary. There’s also no need to worry about divisions, classes, and classifications, this will come later on.
Simply let the registration person know when signing up that you are a new shooter. You will be given a safety briefing as well as squaded with some seasoned shooters to help you along the way. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask our USPSA director (firstname.lastname@example.org).