It is a fact of life, everyone needs to perform certain bodily functions. In fact, if you aren’t having to perform one of them during the course of a match, it can be a bad sign. At a recent class, we ended up having a rather interesting discussion about this which has inspired this post. So let’s examine the finer points.[Read more…] about When Nature Calls
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For many years I have discussed how the “Classic/IPSC” target was nothing of the sort. In fact, it was mis-named and was a sore point to some older USPSA/IPSC shooters. So, to bring some order to this conversation let us go back to the distant past and explore where we came from.[Read more…] about From the Beginning: The evolution of the USPSA Target
Rule 3.2.1 requires that the competitor start position is included in the Written Stage Briefing (WSB) for each stage. We’ve all seen a wide variety of start positions at matches: anywhere inside the shooting area, feet or hands touching a marked location, heels or toes touching the rear fault line, etc. Words matter, of course, and it is important that WSBs are clearly written and that the start position is consistently enforced. This article will discuss one specific nuance of the competitor start location relative to the shooting area.[Read more…] about Start positions: When is out, in?
For this Question of the Month we looked at a situation that might arise during a SCSA match. On the second string of a stage at a SCSA match, a competitor’s gun breaks and the string is scored as shot. The competitor asks to complete the remaining strings after repairing the gun. The gun ends up not being fixable and the competitor does not have a back-up gun and cannot complete the match. How are the remaining strings scored?[Read more…] about DNF or 30 seconds?