Shooters new to competition are required to take the PSSC to participate in Tuesday Night Steel and the Practical Matches at RSSC.

Practical Shooting Starter Course (PSSC) – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE PSSC!

WELCOME to Rio Salado Sportsmans Club’s Practical Division.  We’re excited that you are interested in competing in our Practical Shooting Matches!  If you already hold a current classification (other than Novice or Unclassified) via USPSA, IPSCIDPA, NRA Action Pistol or ICORE, you are NOT required to take this course.

If you are a competent pistol shooter looking to get started in the exciting, fun and challenging sport of Practical / Action Shooting MATCHES, you are in the right place!

RSSC’s Practical Division wants to provide a friendly, encouraging and informative environment for all who want to compete, and more importantly, we want them to get started off on the right foot. So the PSSC shows you how to get into “practical” or “action” shooting matches. We want all of our new competitors to understand exactly what our matches demand of every shooter, from safety and match procedures to basic techniques and match commands. And the bonus is that we actually run you through 8 to 9 live “courses of fire”.  The PSSC is a 3 to 4 hour course, depending on the number of students.

PSSC IS FOR:

  • Individuals who are new to competition, not new to pistol shooting.
  • Individuals who have an exceptional working knowledge of their pistol and basic firearm safety;
  • Individuals who already know how to safely load, shoot, and unload their pistol;
  • Individuals who are ready to PARTICIPATE in “Practical Shooting” Matches;

ARE YOU READY?:

  • I have an exceptional working knowledge of my pistol and of basic firearm safety – YES!
  • I am able to mentally and physically navigate courses of fire that pose challenges requiring dexterity, movement, strong and weak-hand-only shooting, and moving and balancing around obstacles – YES!

PSSC SYLLABUS:

  • Classroom Time: Muzzle Direction | Trigger Finger | Range Rules | Match Rules & Procedures | Range Commands | Equipment | Multiple-Choice Exam
    (Must pass written exam to continue to live-fire drills)
  • Range Time -> Live-Fire Drills: Holstering | The Draw | The Reload | Multiple Targets | Navigating around props, barricades | Moving from position to position | Retreating Uprange | Strong Hand Shooting | Weak Hand Shooting | Varied Start Positions | Multiple Strings of Fire
  • Student’s must pass the live-fire segment of the PSSC. A student is allowed 3 WARNINGS.  4 or more warnings will result in failing the live-fire portion of the PSSC.  Students will be required to retake the PSSC at a later date.  VIOLATING a safety rule results in disqualification and failing the PSSC.
  • Instructors issue a PSSC Card to students who successfully completed the PSSC.  Student MUST bring their PSSC Card when signing up for matches, until they are established.  A copy of each student’s test and release shall be kept on file.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

  1. EYE and EAR protection.  Eye protection must be worn at all times.  Hearing protection is mandatory when in the shooting bays and while shooting.
  2. AMMUNITION – 100 rounds of FACTORY target ammunition.
  3. PISTOL – 9mm centerfire or larger caliber is required; either Semi Auto or Revolver.  Pistol should be carried in a shooting bag or a case that zips / latches closed.  The pistol should be in safe working order with the manufacturer safeties functioning.Our practical matches are NOT for small, concealment pistols.  You must have a pistol that is suitable for competition, i.e. a USPSA Open, Limited, 1911 Single Stack or Production gun.  Revolvers must be six, 7 or 8 shot.  In general, handguns with a barrel length LESS than 4 inches are not legal for competition.  Please reference the USPSA Production Gun list for the few exceptions:  http://www.uspsa.org/uspsa-NROI-production-gunlist.php
  4. BELT – a belt rigid enough to hold magazine pouches and a holster.  Belt must go through a minimum of 3 belt loops.  A typical dress belt is not recommended.
  5. MAGAZINE POUCHES & MAGAZINES – Magazines and speed loading devices must be carried on the belt in approved retention devices (magazine pouches).  We suggest 3-4 standard capacity or 2-3 high capacity magazines and pouches. Speed loaders are required for revolvers.
  6. HOLSTER:
    Holster must be SNUGGLY SECURED at waist with a BELT.  The belt must pass through a minimum of 3 belt loops.  Holster should not move on the belt when drawing or holstering gun.
    Holster must be worn on competitor’s STRONG side.Holster Position – While competitor is standing relaxed and the gun is in the holster, the muzzle of the gun must be pointed down toward the ground (within 3 feet of the competitors feet).A holster must completely PREVENT access to, or activation of, the trigger of the handgun while the gun is holstered.HOLSTERS NOT ALLOWED – Shoulder, cross-draw, pocket, tie down or fanny pack holsters!Inside-the-waistband holsters are not recommended.  PSSC does NOT allow any holster that utilizes a trigger finger to manipulate any retention device, i.e. Blackhawk Serpa.

WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED:

Upon successful completion of the PSSC, you are ready to get some match experience under your “belt”. You may attend any of the matches you feel you are ready for – we all have different skill levels and progress at different rates. We suggest observing a match before you attend, or buddy up with an experienced competitor at your first few matches.

Below is a series of matches we suggest for new shooters, in order of the overall level of challenge.  Once you have safely completed a number of matches at one level, you are feeling more comfortable with the match environment, and you have seen an improvement in your shooting skills, feel free to move to the next level:

  1. Intro To Steel Match – 4th Sunday
  2. Her Handgun Practice (sorry – women only) – Check Calendar
  3. Tuesday Night Steel (TNS) Match – Every Tuesday
  4. GrandBaggers (AS101) Match – 1st Thursday
  5. All Other “Practical” Matches

PSSC INSTRUCTORS:

  • Scott Durkin | Kippi Leatham | Matt Misino | Stacy Misino | Brad Perkinson | Kyle Schmidt | Kelly Fletcher

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE PSSC!

For more info, contact us – pssc@rsscaz.com

 





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