One of the biggest challenges for new competitors is figuring out what gear they need, what gear is legal, and which division they need to register for. NROI and USPSA have been working on getting that info out there in multiple places, but here is a handy guide that has the info and links to resources in one place.
Videos to get you started: USPSA has three videos that are great resources for new competitors who are just getting into USPSA and SCSA. Check out the USPSA website to learn about USPSA in general, the divisions and gear for USPSA and SCSA, and how hit factor scoring works.
Rulebooks: The USPSA Competition Rules and USPSA Rifle, Shotgun, and Multigun Rules can be found on the USPSA website and in the USPSA App. The SCSA rules are found on the SCSA website and in the SCSA App. It is always a good idea to skim the rules before attending your first match. It gets you familiar with the safety rules and the stage procedures.
Holsters: Unless you are shooting PCC division, or a rimfire division in SCSA, you will need a holster that prevents access and activation of the trigger while the handgun is holstered. There are also a few other holster rules that you need to know.
- Thigh straps are not allowed
- The holster can’t be canted so the muzzle points further than 3 feet from the competitor’s feet
- The heel of the butt of the handgun must not be below the top of the belt (read more here).
- And there are distance requirements for how far gear can be from the inner surface of the belt (surface against your pants). Learn more on that in this video/post.
Magazine length: Be aware that most divisions have restrictions on the length of magazine you can use. This usually isn’t a problem when stock magazines are used, but once new competitors get hooked and discover aftermarket base pads, they sometimes run afoul of this rule. We have a video and post that details this.
Range commands, start positions, and more: Once you get your gear squared away, and want to learn more about other aspects of the sport, check out our NROI Tips videos and posts and other posts on this blog. There is a wealth of info here for competitors and range officials.
Ask questions before you buy: If want to make sure your gear fits the division you intend to shoot before purchase, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] If you do this, we appreciate a link to the product on the manufacturer’s website and which division you want to use it in. It helps us answer the question faster.