Jim Adame, Practical Division Director

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ICORE Revolver 1st Sunday
Grandbaggers 1st Thursday
Hosemasters Practical Pistol 2nd Sunday
Rio Salado Practical Pistol 3rd Saturday
Red Mountain Action Pistol 3rd Sunday
Red Mountain Action Rifle 3rd Sunday
Usery Pass Pistol League (USPSA/Bianchi/ Steel Challenge) 4th Saturday
Intro to Steel 4th Sunday
USPSA Area II Desert Classic November 8-11, 2018
Western States Single Stack Championship February 15-18, 2018
Practical Shooting Starter Course Every Monday Night & the Saturday before
Intro to Steel Match
Useful Pistol Links and other Info

Anyone not a member of Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club (RSSC) must sign a RSSC Liability Waiver each match. Parents of minors must sign each time for their children even if they have a family membership.

The RSSC Waiver is at the Registration Window or Download it Here


Summer hours are in effect April 1 to September 30.  Most matches will begin at 7:00am.
Winter hours are October-March.  Most Matches will begin at 8:00am.

USPSA Matches using Practiscore require Pre-Registration.
Pre-Registration at Clubs.PractiScore.com is open from 6pm on Monday before the match to 6:00pm on the night before the match.

   → All shooters must be on the range and ready to shoot at their start time. No Late Starts.   Walk-ups can show up but there is no guarantee you will get to shoot.

Check the RSSC Calendar, the Pistol-List or the match webpage for updates

Practical Shooting Starter Course Requirements:

All NEW shooters must attend the Practical Shooting Safety Course (PSSC) BEFORE competing in Tuesday Night Steel or any of the following “Practical Division” Matches:

  • ICORE Revolver
  • Action Shooting 101 Match
  • Hosemasters Match
  • RSPP Match
  • RMAP Match
  • UPPL Match
  • Intro To Steel (I2S) – PSSC required for “Draw Status“.  Novice competitors may participate, but will NOT be allowed to draw without the PSSC.
    FIRST TIME I2S Shooters:  From the I2S Page, Download, Print and Review the Safety Outline & Waiver.  Bring the outline & waiver with you to the match. There is a mandatory safety meeting, quiz and gun/holster inspection before you may shoot I2S.  Please go to the Intro To Steel Page for more info!

Go to the PSSC Page for class dates and registration info.

Practiscore Notes

Our club runs things a bit differently than some clubs that use the iPad or Android PractiScore automated scoring system since we do not use squads but rather allow people to show up during a 2 Hour registration window. This causes a problem since PractiScore depends on the shooter being in the system prior to shooting the stage. Once registered, Stats will enter the Shooter into the RSSC-Master iPad but the RO on the stages must Sync the iPad to bring down the new entries. The process to do that requires leaving the current score entry screen, coming back several screens, performing the sync, and returning to the scoring area. It is a pain and we try to avoid this by requiring as much pre-registration as possible. Please remember to Pre-Register for the weekend match by 6:00PM the night before the match.  All matches open at 6pm on Monday before match

We have found the following tips very helpful to successfully running a PractiScore stage:

  • RO Scoring Errors – Missed, incomplete, or erroneous target lines, scoring the wrong shooter. Solution:  Incomplete target lines will not turn green and those with extra shots will turn pink. The Review Screen will not display until the scoring is complete. The scoring RO must get the Shooter to Review the score and have the  SHOOTER PRESS THE ACCEPT BUTTON to acknowledge everything is correct. Stats cannot fix what we have no record of and there is no paper backup. Scoring errors will result in an DNF for the stage. RO’s – Please be very careful when holding the iPads that you do not inadvertently add NS checks to the target screen under your thumb.  We have seen numerous incidents of this and unless the RO or shooter catches this in review, the NS penalties will stand.  Shooters – always insist on reviewing your score and take the time to review any penalties.  Scoring errors such as this can only be fixed at the time and on the stage. If there are questions, please call the match director.
  • Summer Heat Causes the iPads to Overheat. Solution:  In these hot days, never leave the iPad out in the direct sun.  Use the Red Insulated bags – The IPads need to be in the bags when not active scoring.  The iPads will shut down and not work if they get hot. We even put ice packs in there to help to keep the iPads cool so they will work for the entire match.
  • Match starts at 7:00am for Summer Hours. Registration Closes at 8:30a.m. Solution:  Get to the range early. We are even opening the registration window at 6:45am or so to start everyone as soon as possible. If you plan to shoot a second gun, YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUR FIRST RUN AND BEGIN YOUR SECOND RUN BY 8:30AM. The match staff wants to get out of the heat just as much (maybe more) than you do.  We hate turning you away if you show up late and we are sure you are frustrated at making the trip and not getting there in time to make the deadline.  DO NOT depend on the match director allowing your late entry more than once and then only for a good reason. Yes, it is the weekend, but set your alarm early and just look forward to that cool beer when you get home!

Stage Procedure

Helping with the smooth running of the stage is every shooters responsibility. Qualified people need to run the clock and the board since they are the primary safety officers of the stage. Shooters waiting their turn should assist in taping, setting steel, and picking up brass. Only those on-deck preparing as the next shooters should be in the shooting area, with those picking up brass and magazines politely staying out of their way. This allows everyone to get a good look at the stage, obtain their brass back at the end of the stage, and the stage quickly prepared for the next shooter. It helps to be consistent in calling brassers and tapers. It is frustrating to be called for one job, then have it switch when someone else picks up the board.

This is what I do so that there is a consistent system. Take it as you want, but unless you have a better idea, you might consider it.

  1. Call the Shooter, On-Deck Shooter, and In-the-Hole Shooter (if you have enough people standing around).
  2. Call two or three for Brass.
  3. Call two or three for Tape and Setting Steel.

The idea is that the first job people hear is (Tape and Steel) which places them out near the targets so they can get a look from that angle. The next job (Brass) brings them back to see the stage from the shooters position. Once called On-Deck, they are better prepared to start examining their plans as their turn comes up for shooting. It is simple, easy to remember, and offers the best opportunity for the shooter to look at the entire stage. And yes, those not willing to help should be put at the bottom of the stack.

Responsibilities – Who can / should RO?

While we encourage people to jump in and help with duties such as the board and clock, we need to always remember that those TWO positions are the primary safety officers on the stage at that time. While the person on the clock is closest to the shooter and thus generally in the best position to stop things before they go wrong, the board person has an equal job and sometimes is in a better position to see something that might be blocked from the clock person.  EACH has a responsibility to stop the shooter when necessary to prevent a safety infraction.  It is all too common for the board person to forget (or even not be aware of) their responsibilities.

The PSSC is just another step toward bringing a higher degree of awareness of safety and procedure to our range.  Some may think it is getting away from the “fun” of the sport with all these darn rules and requirements but of course the opposite is really the case.  We always should be diplomatic and caring but it does no good to put someone in a position of responsibility when they are not ready.

Novice shooters can pick up brass – there will be plenty of time to grab the board and eventually the clock once they are ready. Lastly, it is my understanding that the range insurance ONLY covers RSSC Members.  If someone is not a member, they should not be on the clock, board, or any other position of responsibility.

USPSA Classifier Procedures:

  1. Shoot the classifier the first time for match score period.  There is no practicing the stage before you shoot for match score, period.
  2. Turn in all score sheets prior to getting another classifier score sheet.  Failure to do this will incur rule 10.6.1

Reshoot Procedure:

  1. You must see a match director before ANY reshoot is allowed.

Jim Adame
Practical President

USPSA Nationals Slots

The slots earned for the AZ Real Section generally arrive in March, are processed, and then passed out to those that earned them.  We have a very limited number of slots for both the Open/L10 and Limited/Prod/Rev national championship matches.  If you are contacted, please respond as quickly as possible so that the next in line can get their chance if you do not need or want your slot.

The qualifications for earning a AZ Real Section slot are:

  • Must be a member of both USPSA and Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club for the previous calendar year.
  • All scores from the previous calendar year are tabulated and you are ranked by your best 5 scores.  Ties are resolved by the higher number of matches shot.
  • You must have shot at least 5 matches in that division at the regularly held weekend matches of UPPL, RSPP, RMAP, or Hosemasters.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Steve Leach
USPSA AZ Real Section Coordinator