Another thing we get asked a lot about is rule 18.104.22.168. That is the rule that says a holster is illegal if the heel of the butt of the handgun is below the top of the belt.[Read more…] about Heel of the butt of the what?
For the start of 2020, we tried a picture based Question of the Month which asked: Which competitor is NOT facing downrange?[Read more…] about Facing Downrange
Target changes are a part of match life for ROs, but if the wrong target is used during the change-out, it can have major consequences. One wrong target can lead to squads needing to reshoot the stage, or even a stage getting tossed. Let’s talk about how to avoid this.[Read more…] about Mind Your Targets
What happens when a competitor’s pistol is too far away from their belt when holstered? We explored this in the December Question of the Month: During a course of fire (COF) an Open shooter’s pistol grip is 4 inches away from his inner belt when holstered. What is your call?[Read more…] about Distance from belt
Okay, maybe passionate isn’t the right word. I like to think of USPSA members who strive to be experts about the rules as aficionados. And as fans of the rules, do we get a little grumpy when people are cavalier with them? Yes, we do.[Read more…] about Why we are so passionate about the rules
Like the tango, running a competitor through a course of fire takes two Range Officers who work as a team. This is something we stress repeatedly in the RO seminar, so let’s look at the reasons why.[Read more…] about It takes two to RO
Yes, some of the Questions of the Month are inspired by things we have seen at matches, or from discussions on forums. The November question was inspired by both: A Production competitor with a selective action pistol starts the COF with the hammer back and the safety on. What is the call by the RO?[Read more…] about Hammer time
It seems like there is a dislike for Standard Exercises and Speed Shoots, both from competitors and stage designers. The competitors dislike them because they require following stage procedures, and failure to do so is heavily penalized. Stage designers shy away from them because there are so many rules about designing a legal course of fire. But in reality, these course types can be used to test very specific shooting skills and are great additions to matches if done properly.[Read more…] about Standard Exercises and Speed Shoots