Although this event is not yet sanctioned by the United States Practical Shooting Association, standard USPSA rules are used.
Practical Pistol is currently a stepping stone to officially sanctioned USPSA matches. As safety is our primary concern, all safety rules and range rules must be abided by at all times. Anyone found to be in violation of these rules will be subject to a match disqualification (DQ) and ultimately removal from the range.
Competitors shoot in various divisions depending upon type of handgun and capacity. Courses of fire are as designed for International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and USPSA.
Practical Pistol consists of multiple handgun courses of fire where a competitor runs the
course while shooting against the clock. Scoring is essentially earned points divided by time in seconds, so accuracy and speed both count. Targets are standard IPSC cardboard, as well as certain types of falling steel plates. A typical course will involve shooting targets from behind barricades, around corners, and obscured by “no shoot” targets. Scoring penalties are assessed when a shooter hits a no-shoot, or misses a designated target.
Photo courtesy of USPSA.org
Rules and division descriptions are available at http://www.uspsa.org.
Brief Division Descriptions
Production: Any 100% factory stock pistol or pistol with “stock type” replacement parts which is of a double-action or safe-action design - and must begin the course of fire with the hammer-down. Holsters and magazine pouches must be of the concealed carry type, worn at the waist. Magazine capacity is limited to 10 rounds per magazine, regardless of the magazine’s capacity. 9mm is most common as shooting a mojor caliber yields no advantage. Single action pistols such as 1911s are not allowed in this division.
Limited: Any pistol as in Production with these additional allowances: single action pistols, magazine wells, larger-than-factory fire controls (i.e. slide stops, magazine release buttons, etc). Magazine capacity is unrestricted but magazines are limited to 140mm overall length. Power Factors of Major (165) or Minor (125) apply. Typically 9mm “makes” Minor, and .40sw or .45acp makes Major. There is a scoring disadvantage for Minor if you hit outside the center zone. Competition-style holsters may be used in this division.
Limited 10: As Limited, but must not fire more than 10 rounds from any magazine.
Single Stack: Restricted to 1911 type pistols. No more than 8 rounds are allowed in any magazine. .40 caliber is the minimum caliber to make Major. All other rules are the same as Production.
Open: Any pistol as in Limited but also allowed are compensators, optics, and magazines of 170mm in length.
Revolver: No more than six shots may be fired before reloading. The same PF calculations apply as above.
Fees & Awards
Match entry fees are $10 for members of Green River Gun Club, and $15 for non-members. Shooters may shoot two divisions in two separate relays.
Awards are given in the form of match vouchers good for entry to future events and are based on the finishing postition.
Related Websites & Organizations
United States Practical Shooting Association - http://www.uspsa.com
Brian Enos Forums - http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php
Owensboro Rifle & Pistol Club - http://www.orpci.org
Kentucky Association of Practical Shooters - http://www.practicalshooters.com