USPSA is hosting a different kind of multigun match this year instead of the usual shotgun, rifle, and pistol match. In early June, the first ever USPSA 2-Gun PCC/Pistol Nationals will be held at CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL (registration opens March 1). Have you never shot a multigun match before, but do shoot PCC and handgun division in USPSA Competition matches? Then you should come out and join us! Can’t make it to Alabama? Then why not set up a 2-gun match at your home club?[Read more…] about Come try something new
“A competitor holsters their loaded single action pistol with the safety off, but flicks the safety on before removing their hand from the pistol. What is your call?” I won’t lie. The results of this Question of the Month have us a bit stunned. We didn’t think that this question would have results like this:[Read more…] about Is that safety on?
At some point, you will be running a competitor and they will have some sort of malfunction. And for this post, I am not talking about a squib or a pistol suddenly firing rounds in bursts, which are unsafe ammunition/gun scenarios in which the RO must stop the competitor. I am talking about a malfunction such as a jam, ammo feeding issue, stuck case, or another instance that would not be considered unsafe. As the RO, what do you do?[Read more…] about The malfunction conundrum
At the 2020 back-to-back nationals I was the Range Master for the zone that had chrono. We really didn’t have any issues with folks not making power factor, but we did have quite a few competitors who had magazines that were too long for their division. What blew me away was that people came to nationals with illegal equipment. In the grand scheme of things, the cost of a mag gauge and a USPSA box is negligible compared to the amount of money we invest in the firearms, magazines, belts, holsters, ammo, match fees, and travel costs. So why do people still show up with illegal equipment?[Read more…] about It’s a small investment compared to everything else
Holsters, mag pouches, mags full of ammo, and pistols. That adds up to a lot of weight being supported by our belts during matches. But sometimes buckles break, belt webbing fails, or the Velcro between the inner and outer belts gets worn out and belts fail to stay put during a stage. This is a rare occurrence, but something we get asked about often enough to be a Question of the Month: The competitor’s belt falls off while shooting the course of fire. What is your call as the RO?[Read more…] about Wardrobe malfunction
I don’t dislike Virginia Count. I think it tests a different set of skills. But I do hate when competitors decide to not shoot a Virginia Count stage in a way that violates the stage procedure…because it usually leads to lengthy discussions about how many penalties are needed. Sometimes ROs can’t agree on the number of penalties. Other times they agree on the number, but not the reason. We all need practice, which is why we keep posing Virginia Count questions for the Question of the Month.[Read more…] about Another Virginia Count Problem
The new online application for the USPSA NROI Range Master Program will be accepting applicants for 2021 starting on November 1st. The Range Master program is a self-study program where a student is paired with a Range Master Instructor who serves as a mentor for the program and the coursework is completed via the NROI online learning system. Practical, hands-on work will also be completed during the program; the details of which will be worked out individually between the student and their mentor.[Read more…] about Online application for Range Master Program
One of the things I have observed while at local matches is that many of the new competitors are showing up with a battle belt type of setup. There is nothing wrong with that, but often these rigs run afoul with the rules in a few places and the range officials at the match are not educating the new competitors that their gear is not legal. Here are the common things I have seen and I want to encourage ROs to help teach the new competitors on how to adjust their gear.[Read more…] about Battle belts and thigh straps