Action Shooting is a sport that simulates self defense scenarios and real life encounters through competition. We shoot modified versions of the more formal IDPA and USPSA competitions. If you'd like to improve your handgun skills especially as it relates to the defense use of a handgun then try action shooting.
- Practices are the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6pm. Indoors in the winter.
- Matches are the second Sunday of each month with registration starting at 9:30am.
- Firearm: centerfire caliber preferably 9mm, .40cal. or .45 cal. Revolvers welcome.
- Rounds: 100 typical
- Magazines: You should have at least 2 magazines or speed loaders. 3 is preferred.
- Holster: Belt based. inside or outside the waist band. No shoulder holsters. (holsters are optional)
- Magazine pouches: one mag pouch for 2 magazine (optional)
If you do not have a holster you can start with your gun on the bench.
You're at the mall waiting to pay for the nice new pants in your hands when three bad guys come in the store and start shooting. You quickly drop your pants (in your hands), grab your gun and engage the three bad guys, one of which is bobbing side to side, without hitting any shoppers.
(How this is staged)
You're standing at the bench with pants, or something, in your hands.; Down range there are 3 bad guy targets, one of which bobs side to side, and two to three shoppers (good people).; On the buzzer you grab your gun and shoot each bad guy once without hitting any good people. You then engage each bad guy again with one shot. Your score is based on a combination of the accuracy of your shots, your time, and whether you hit any good guys along the way.
At each match we typically have 3 to 4 stages which are a mix of steel, IDPA and USPSA styles although we cannot draw from the holster or move down range yet.
Action shooting is one of the most practical shooting sports, but the skills needed and safety concerns are very different than shooting paper targets while standing stationary without any pressures of time. For this reason, any new shooter who wants to compete in an action shooting match must demonstrate some fundamental gun handling skills before their first match. These skills will involve safely loading and unloading a gun, conducting a magazine change, moving and drawing from a holster to name a few.
If you have not competed in 3 action shooting matches in the past 6 months, you will need to demonstrate these skills before attending your next match. We will be conducting these qualifications during practice sessions and will schedule additional times as needed.
If you have any questions regarding your qualification status or the qualification itself please contact Chris DiCenso Chris@DiCenso.com
Please visit our Action Shoot Forum
MRGC members can click on Competition Results
International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)
USPSA Hand Gun Rules
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