South Kent Sportsman's Club
Dorr, Michigan

USPSA FAQ

USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association

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.

Description of how a match is run

To do this, shooters take on obstacle-laden 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. 

USPSA is run as a cold range, which means you may only handle the guns in specified SAFE AREAS, or while under the supervision of the Safety Officer.

Competitors move, negotiate obstacles, run, speed-reload, and drive their guns through each of several courses as fast as their skills will allow.  Our matches are held outdoors, in all weather, further taxing competitor skill.

Most practical shooters are just regular Joes that enjoy shooting on the weekends - much the way the average golfer enjoys golf. We offer competitive divisions for most handguns, from revolvers, to scope-sighted, recoil-compensated "race guns" developed just for our sport.

If you come out and happen to observe a stage where an Open class A shooter is shooting, don’t get discouraged.  You will fit into a class and compete against persons at your own level.  Nearly everyone is very cordial getting new shooters started.

Typical matches consist of 5 stages totaling about 120 rounds, but always bring plenty of extra rounds, you will need a holster that covers the trigger, magazines and mag pouches (you will need to have up to 40 rounds on you for some stages).  We have paper targets that are stationary, drop and twist, swing, turn etc. We have reactive steel also.

Match Fees

  • Mar, Apr, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct
    • $25 for Non-SKSC members
    • $20 for SKSC members
  • May, Classifier Match
    • $30 for Non-SKSC members
    • $25 for SKSC members

Match Details

  • Matches are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, March through October
  • Sign in begins at 8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
    • Must be registered by 9:15 a.m.
    • If you come later than 9:15 you will not get to shoot but you are welcome to watch and feel free to ask all the questions you want
  • Shooting begins after a short range briefing.
  • Shooting ends usually around 1:00pm
  • Eye and Ear protection is required for everyone
  • Spectators are welcome !

The USPSA Program can be found on the bays opposite (East) of the general purpose bays.  However, parking must be across from the general bays.

101 Class

  • This class is mandatory, prior to shooting any of the action pistol sports, unless you hold a classification in any one of the action pistol sports.  It is geared toward any shooter that has not participated in action pistol games before. If you cannot produce a classification card in one of the following...IDPA, USPSA(IPSC), or Steel Challenge, this class is for you. This class is to teach the range expectations, proper gun handling, and safety. Contact your Match Director if you have participated but are not classified.
    • The 101 Class will focus on Introduction to:

    • Action Pistol Shooting

    • Range Orientation

    • Safety Procedures

    • Range Commands

    • Classifications and Gun Divisions

    • Basic Gun Handling Skills

    • Stage Demonstration

    • and much more

  • Class size will be limited, but spots are still open. You’ll need: eye and ear protection, handgun 2 magazines, strong side holster, and 50 rounds of ammunition. Cost is free. Class starts at 9:00 am, on the Saturday when the USPSA matches are held.  Contact the Match Director, Dale at: dvzdvc@yahoo.com.

  • Besides being mandatory for new to action shooting at SKSC shooters, we strongly recommend this class for any newer shooter who may have questions on some of the safety aspects of our sports: Safe Areas. Cold Range, 180 rule, etc.

For More Information

Contact the Match Director, Dale at: dvzdvc@yahoo.com

You can get information about rules and other great stuff at:  www.uspsa.org