Practical Shooting Sports
Welcome to Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club's Practical Shooting Sports information page.
Practical shooting is a sport which challenges an individual's ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full power handgun, rifle/or shotgun. To do this, shooters take on obstacle-laden shooting courses called stages, some requiring many shots to complete and some just a handful. While scoring systems vary between practical shooting organizations, each will measure the speed with which the stage is completed with penalties for inaccurate shooting.
Organization In 1976 an international group of enthusiasts interested in what had become known as practical shooting met in Columbia, Missouri. From that meeting came the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). In 1984, the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) was incorporated as the US Region of IPSC. After many years of established IPSC competition, some shooters, including some of the original founders, became dissatisfied with IPSC, as more specialized equipment was allegedly required to remain competitive. The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) was formed in 1996 with the aim of returning to the defensive pistol roots of practical shooting. Soon after this split, the USPSA devised a series of competition "divisions" with varying limits on type and modification of equipment, including a "Production" division with rules similar to the IDPA's regulations. Today USPSA and IDPA matches are two of the most popular forums of practical handgun shooting in the United States with more than 17,500 and 11,000 members respectively.
We have both IDPA and IPSC groups here at the range - check with us for more information.
The GSSF was founded by Glock, and began sponsoring matches in 1994, and is the only shooting sport limited to a single brand of firearm. There are two different types of handgun competitions available. The GSSF League Match, which is a series of three matches conducted over a 3-month period, held indoors. Participants must be current GSSF members and compete in two of the three matches to qualify for plaques and prizes. If you are not currently a member, you may join on-line at the GSSF web-site or upon registration at our GSSF League Match. An annual GSSF membership costs only $35.00 for new members and $25.00 for renewing members and allows you to compete in any GSSF match. Cost is $15 per score sheet and will require 50 rounds of ammunition. You may purchase as many score sheets as you like to shoot within the match period - 10AM to 2PM on the 1st Saturday of each month here at Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club.
The Lewis Prize Allocation system is used to distribute awards as equitably as possible. Thus, competitors may shoot ANY GLOCK pistol. Your two best scores of the series will be totaled and averaged at the end of the 3-match series. If a shooter competes in only two matches, his/her scores are totaled and divided by two. If a shooter competes in all three matches, his/her best two scores are totaled and divided by 2.The result is one final score for each shooter, which is then listed in the overall order in which he/she finished. The overall list is then divided into thirds, with the top one-third “A Class," the second one-third is "B Class," and the final one-third is "C Class." Plaques are awarded to the top competitor of each class. Additionally, t-shirts, hats, and jackets are awarded and a GLOCK pistol is GIVEN AWAY by drawing at the end of a GSSF League Match series.
The other competition is the GSSF Outdoor League Matches, which consists of three courses of fire: 5 to Glock, Glock M, and Glock the Plates. All you need to play (other than ammo) is contained within the black box your Glock came in. GSSF actively segregates master-level competitors into their own division, so true amateurs only compete against one another. Better yet, GSSF awards cash and guns to the top four finishers in each category, then gives away guns and cash prizes by lottery, one prize for every four competitors! We do not run these matches here at the range - you can check on the Glock website for match info.