There is a lot of information on this page. Don't be intimidated. Bring your gear out to the range and we will do our best to accommodate you. We never turn away a new shooter. If you don't have the right gear or understand all the rules, don't worry, we will help you get started. This year we became a USPSA sanctioned club. It doesn't change much, we are still the same folks who have been shooting here. Joining USPSA has given our group and HPSP an opportunity to host bigger matches, build more props, and draw more shooters from across the state. These are still going to be the same fun and challenging "action handgun" matches we have run the past 2 years.
The United States Practical Shooting Association's mission is to promote safe, fair and fun participation in Practical Shooting competition, for members of all ages and skill levels, through effective leadership, education, communication and administration.
What is Practical Shooting?
Practical Shooting attempts to measure the ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full power handgun, rifle, and/or shotgun. Those three elements - speed, accuracy, and power - form the three sides of the practical shooting triangle. By design, each match will measure a shooter's ability in all three areas.
To do this, shooters take on obstacle-laden shooting courses (called stages) requiring anywhere from six to 30+ shots to complete. The scoring system measures points scored per second, then weights the score to compensate for the number of shots fired. If they miss a target, or shoot inaccurately, points are deducted, lowering that all-important points-per-second score.
If shooting has an "extreme" sport, USPSA-sanctioned practical shooting is it. Competitors move, negotiate obstacles, run, speed-reload, and drive their guns through each of several courses as fast as their skills will allow. Although most matches are held outdoors, in all weather, further taxing competitor skill, there are a growing number of indoor ranges conducting USPSA events.
Most of our competitors do not lift weights, or otherwise work on their physical condition with the sport in mind, but those at the very top of the game do. For them, the edge provided by physical strength and dexterity matters, much the way a ping-pong player will improve his stamina by running daily.
To learn more about practical shooting visit check out this video or visit www.uspsa.org or click here for the complete USPSA Rules. For more information on the local USPSA club, check out Heartland Practical Shooters.
To shoot in one of our leagues or our monthly matches you will need some gear. You will need a holster that covers the trigger on your firearm and that mounts on your belt. A “tactical” thigh holster or a shoulder holster will not work for these competitions. If you are new to the range, we will let you shoot once with a thigh holster. Shoulder holsters or holsters that do not cover the trigger will not be allowed on our range.
You will also need spare magazines. Some of our monthly courses may require up to 32 rounds, and are Virginia count which means you may fire as many rounds as you desire on that course. I recommend having enough magazines or speed loaders to shoot 45-50 rounds without having to load mags. While we don’t shoot long courses (courses with over 24 round are generally considered long courses), it is still helpful to have extra magazines so we are not waiting on you to reload before shooting.
As I am sure you realize, you will need a gun to shoot the course. To shoot USPSA you will need a handgun that is 9mm) or larger up to 45 caliber. Most common calibers are 9mm Parabellum, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, and 38 special. We may do special shoots during the year for you rimfire shooters.
We break shooters into different divisions based on their gear, 6 different divisions in all. Optics and compensators are only allowed in the open division. Other divisions are broken out based on capacity, modifications allowed, and by holster/magazine pouch restrictions. Please download the USPSA Rulebook and check Appendix D for all the details about each division: USPSA Rules