Introduction to Action Pistol Competition

For shooters interested in competing in the popular action pistol sports, especially USPSA and IDPA, with modest or greater shooting/gunhandling skills and either prepare them for their first match or take them a step further in development of their competition participation.

We draw on our extensive experience competing in and producing matches in the "cardboard" sports by beginning with classroom time outlining the basics of these disciplines, the range protocols, courses of fire and how they are executed, scoring, and a moderate amount of rule book time. 


We look into Steel Challenge, USPSA/IPSC, and IDPA disciplines and examine the formats, rules, and strategies of each. 

The live fire portion includes micro-stages of IDPA and USPSA styles so attendees can get experience in the full range of these disciplines. 

What to bring: A safe, operational handgun, preferably of a minimum caliber of .38 Special/9mm Parabellum. A minimum of three magazines will be necessary for semi-autos and four speedloaders for revolvers. However, we strongly suggest bringing more.

The holster must cover the trigger guard and trigger.
Nylon pouch-type holsters usually do not do well in heavy range use. Inside-the-waistband holsters are often slow or even difficult to reholster the gun and we recommend range-type holsters for the class.  Proficiency with range holsters easily translates to real-world holsters and makes the initial learning process simpler.
Synthetic (Kydex) ones are the most durable and serviceable. GAT Guns has a variety of holsters that fit this purpose from manufacturers such as Galco and Blackhawk.
Magazine/speedloader carrier(s) able to hold at least two are needed; carrying four on the belt at a time will be helpful.
About 200 rounds of ammunition, which may be purchased at GAT Guns.

Like the sanctioning disciplines we cover, we prohibit holsters that cause sweeping or other safety-related issues on the range, such as small-of-back, crossdraw, and shoulder. These types have their uses but in a crowded range we will insist on a belt-mounted strong-side hip holster.  A stiff belt is essential, the stiffer the better. Gun belts are usually 1 1/2" or 1 3/4" wide and resist twisting, which allows the gear to move around uncomfortably.
The inner/outer competition-style belts such as CR Speed are the best in terms of equipment stability and comfort. 

The class runs four hours.  The class fee is $150.

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