Competitive Shooting Overview – Action Sports
When someone says “competitive shooting,” you probably have an image in your head of what that looks like. What you might not know is that competitive shooting can encompass many different sports with a wide variety of equipment and goals. For the purposes of this post and the next, I’m going to broadly distinguish between “action” sports and “precision” sports, although there are many that have elements of both.
Action shooting sports are all about running, gunning, and shooting fast. That doesn’t mean that a competitor doesn’t have to hit her targets, but it does mean that speed is an essential component of doing well as defined by the sport’s rules. These sports also generally require the shooter to move around with a gun in order to shoot all of the targets. Scoring is normally calculated as a combination of the amount of time it takes to shoot all of the targets and whether or not those targets have actually been hit (and where).
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One of the most popular action shooting sports is USPSA – United States Practical Shooting Association – and it’s best known for being a “freestyle” pistol game where competitors can choose how they want to shoot the targets in each segment (called a stage) of a competition (called a match). The guns used range from the handguns you see on the counter at your local shop to specialized custom pistols that might even have electronic optical sights on them. I’ll talk more about gear specifics in later posts, but for now, here’s a video of what you might expect to see at a USPSA match:
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