We have several opportunities for new shooters, and there are multiple ways to get started. We have periodic practice days for new shooters at the range, If it works out to attend one of those before shooting your first match, that’s great, but if not you shouldn’t let that stop you from participating. We have a new shooter briefing before every match specifically for those who are shooting their first match, which is at 8:45 a.m. As a new shooter, you will let your squad Range Officer know that you’re new, and they will rotate you down in the shooting order so you can watch the others in the squad shoot first before it’s your turn.
If you’d like to observe a match before you participate yourself, that’s a great way to get a feel for it and you’re welcome to do so, all matches are open to the public, just make sure you bring eye and ear protection. For spectators, if you can be there by 8:45 that would be ideal as you could attend the New Shooter’s Meeting to hear the orientation details, and then watch the start of the match. The matches run from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00-2:00 p.m., and you’re welcome to come any time as a spectator. There is no formal setup at the matches, you are free to wander around as a spectator and watch any of the different squads who are shooting, and feel free to ask any questions, everyone is more than happy to help out potential new competitors. You can see the match schedule here:
USPSA Action Pistol – This is our core pistol match type, centerfire pistols and pistol caliber carbines. Requires movement and reloading during the course of fire. Targets are both paper and steel.
Steel Challenge – This is a separate shooting discipline, lots of fun, and simpler than the action pistol. Centerfire OR rimfire pistols and rimfire or pistol-caliber rifles are allowed. Little or no movement during course of fire, and reloading is not “on the clock”. All targets are steel, no paper.
USPSA Multigun – This is the “3-Gun” type of match, where you will shoot pistol, rifle and shotgun (2 or 3 of them on any given stage), requires more specialized equipment, and you will shoot and swap weapons on the move during a course of fire.
Gear Starting tips: You want to have at least 4 magazines for your pistol, preferably 5 for Production, and if you’re shooting a centerfire pistol you need a belt-mounted holster and magazine carriers. Depending on what you’re shooting, you can choose the appropriate class to start out in. (We are be happy to help with equipment/division questions, just Contact Us). Steel Challenge allows more types of guns, including rimfire (.22LR) pistols and rifles, whereas USPSA matches are only for centerfire (9mm+) pistols and pistol-caliber carbines (rifles). We also hold USPSA Multigun matches which require a more complex set of equipment, and utilize 3 guns (centerfire pistol, rifle (or PCC), and shotgun).
You can pre-register and pre-pay RIGHT HERE on the web site (we really appreciate that, but it’s not required, except for Level 2 and higher Major matches). Then when you show up for your first match, leave your gun, ammo and equipment in your vehicle, come to the registration shack to get signed in BEFORE 8:30, and then attend the New Shooter’s meeting at 8:45. During the meeting we will point out where the “Safety Tables” are located, which is the ONLY spot on the range where you can take your gun out of its case (unloaded) and handle it (unloaded) to get it into your holster (if you’re shooting a centerfire pistol). You can handle ammunition anywhere on the range EXCEPT at the Safety Tables, and it’s ok to pre-load your magazines at home before you arrive, just don’t arrive with a loaded gun.
Come EARLY and help set up the stages for the match! We start setting up at 7:30 a.m. and we need all the help we can get. It's a GREAT way to meet some of the other shooters before the match, and a GREAT way to see how the stages are set up and start thinking about how to shoot them. EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to come early to help - if it's your first time at the range and you see people buzzing around carrying equipment and working on stages and not sure how you can help, just grab the first person you see and say "How can I help?", and we'll point you in the right direction!