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Introduction to Competitive Pistol Shooting

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If you shoot a handgun for fun but want to go to the next level, then this is the class for you. This course is designed to prepare the shooter for their first competitive pistol match. Ozark Dynamics instructors draw on their extensive experience competing in US Practical Shooting Association matches and walk you through the process, outlining the basics of practical shooting, range protocols, courses of fire and how they are executed, scoring, and range safety. The different skills will be broken down and explained in detail.

Our next Introduction to Competitive Pistol Shooting class is

Sunday, Sunday April 2nd.

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If you can't make the April 2nd class, take a look at our upcoming Introduction to Competitive Pistol Shooting classes.



Topics Covered in the Course:

  • Shooting Stages and Matches
  • USPSA Classifications
  • Range Procedures and Safety
  • Equipment: What to Wear and What Not to Wear
  • What Gun to Use and How to Use It
  • Trigger Management
  • Sight Management
  • Target Acquisition
  • The Draw Process
  • Reloading

What to Bring:

  • Operational Handgun. Semiautomatic Only, No Revolvers
  • At Least Two Magazines for Your Preferred Handgun
  • Gun Belt and Holster
  • Magazine Holder for Belt
  • At Least 100 Rounds of Ammunition

Ozark Dynamics prohibits holsters that cause sweeping or other range safety related issues on the range, such as small of back, cross-draw, and shoulder holsters. These types of holsters have their uses, but on a crowded range we insist upon belt mounted strong side hip holsters that completely cover the trigger guard.

Nylon pouch-type holsters usually do not do well in heavy range use. Inside-the-waistband holsters are often slow or even difficult to reholster the gun and we recommend range-type holsters for the class. Proficiency with range holsters easily translates to real-world holsters and makes the initial learning process simpler. Synthetic (Kydex) ones are the most durable and serviceable.