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?
Here is a quick overview. 2-gun matches are run under the USPSA Shotgun, Rifle, and Multigun rules. And since the match involves more than one firearm type, the match is scored as Time Plus. What is that? It actually is very easy to learn, and makes scoring the stage super quick. Basically, your score is the time it takes to shoot the stage, plus any penalties. Penalties are added in seconds instead of points. The person who has the fastest total time on the stage, for each division, gets 100% of the stage points, just like the person who has the highest hit factor in Hit Factor scoring.
Stages are built similar to Competition matches and the safe distances to steel are the same for PCCs and pistols. And steel targets can be designated as targets for pistol only, PCC only, or an option for the competitor to use either firearm. For the cardboard targets, it is best to designate one type for each firearm. As an example, USPSA targets can be pistol targets, and IPSC targets can be for PCC. Or if you want to make PCC even more challenging, use the half-size USPSA or IPSC cardboard targets. Half-size targets are legal at all match levels for multigun. The WSB will state which targets can be engaged with what firearm, but it is best to be consistent throughout the match.
As for stage procedure, you will need to carry additional ammo for both firearms. Some stages may require staging of one or both guns on the stage, or you may start with your pistol holstered and holding the PCC. There will be places to abandon your firearms on the stage. The WSB will explain where the firearms will start and the ready conditions, and where they can be abandoned, in addition to the start position and stage procedure.
Once the firearms have been cleared, and the range declared clear, scoring commences. Steel targets have to fall to score and cardboard targets have to be neutralized. Neutralized means one hit in the A-zone or two hits anywhere inside the scoring perforations. Yeah, 2-gun matches are about speed so you can choose to put one accurate Alpha on each target or be less accurate and quickly put two anywhere on the cardboard targets. And power factors do not apply in Time Plus.
If you have never shot multigun before, please consider coming out to Alabama in early June and trying something a bit different, or run a 2-gun match at your local club. If you already shoot PCC and a handgun division in USPSA Competition matches, you have the gear you need. If your pistol has an optic, you will shoot in Open. If you pistol has iron sights, you will be in Limited. If you are a regular multigun competitor, also come out and try something a bit different. It is going to be a fun match! If you want to learn how to setup and run 2-gun matches at your home club, check out the article I wrote for the USPSA Magazine (May/Jun 2020) called A Primer to: “Pistol plus PCC” matches.
There is also a staff match at the 2-Gun PCC/Pistol Nationals, so you can come shoot and work the match. If you are a certified RO, and want to learn more about the Multigun rules, you can take the online Multigun Endorsement course for free. You don’t need to have the MG endorsement to apply to work the match, but we strongly suggest you complete it before arriving to work.