USPSA Down Range
Oct. 24, 2014

Team USA succeeds at IPSC World Shoot
IPSC World Shoot is complete! We had some amazing success from our U.S. competitors and Teams!

Team USA won:

Team USA Shooters winner: Congratulations to all members of Team USA!More

Become a USPSA Range Officer
Are you an RO? Do you want to be? Becoming a USPSA Range Officer is a great way to learn more about the rules of USPSA and give back to the sport. See if there is a class scheduled near you. You can also schedule a NROI seminar for your club. Instructions can be found here. Get involved. Become an RO.More

Reduced-size metric targets
Recently, the USPSA board of directors approved the use of reduced-size metric targets in Level One competitions. The Director of NROI is currently gathering samples from target manufacturers, as well as seeking member input regarding the preferred size for these targets, in order to standardize the size and specifications for target manufacturers. Please send your comments or suggestions to:, with the words "Reduced Size Targets" in the subject line.More

Louisiana Gator Classic is underway
It's fall here in South Louisiana, and that means cooler weather and less humidity, with the smell of cane smoke in the air. Sugar cane is being harvested, and college football is in full swing. What's all that mean? Why, it's time for the Louisiana Gator Classic, that's what! With almost 300 competitors and a $50,000 prize table, this year's match promises to be great. The match sold out in a little over 22 minutes this spring, with a long waiting list following. Over 300 rounds will be fired on 12 stages, all with South Louisiana flair. Staff will compete on Thursday and Friday; regular competitors will compete Saturday and a half-day Sunday, with free jambalaya served once the shooting is over. In addition, an Akai custom Limited gun and a Max Michel Jr. Sig 1911 will be given away with each competitor having a ticket in the drawing. For years, this match has been special, mostly because it's a cooperative effort among several Louisiana section clubs. Each club contributes the design, props and staff for a few stages, and sets up stages accordingly. It's also the Louisiana Section Championship, so bragging rights are at stake. It's always a relaxed, fun atmosphere, with great people and stages.

Laissez les bon temps Rouller!More

10-year-old shooter: 'I want to be an inspiration'
VideoBrief Meet Shyanne Roberts, a 10-year-old competitive shooter who is out to prove something: Children with guns don't always mean disaster. "I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader," said the girl. "Kids and guns don't always mean bad things happen." Shyanne competes alongside junior shooters, who are participants younger than 18, and even adults. Last year, she beat out adult women to place second in the Women's Division of the New Jersey Ruger Rimfire Challenge.More

Man plays star Spangled Banner with gun
The Washington Free Beacon
VideoBrief A man has managed to play the Star Spangled Banner with a Ruger 10/22 and a bunch of steel targets. Video of the remarkable performance was posted to the YouTube account of the company that made the unique steel targets, Musical Targets, and has racked up more than 25,000 views since its debut.More

Handgun maintenance tips for everyday carry
Handguns Magazine
You've got your CCW, a reliable pistol that you've practiced with and premium defensive ammo. All you need to do is load up, holster (or pocket) your equalizer and you should be good, right? Well, yes, but not forever. Whether you take your gun off (holster and all) every night, rarely carry concealed or practice regularly with your daily carry gun, at some point, you will have to deal with some maintenance issues.More

Low light defensive pistol tactics
Handguns Magazine
VideoBrief When an attempted robbery or home invasion occurs in the late-night hours, a flashlight is an excellent tool to help the user find, identify and, if necessary, take down a threat in a low-light scenario. However, the benefits of using a flashlight don’t end there. What many sometimes fail to consider is that the flashlight can also be used to disorient a potential attacker, giving the user the critical seconds needed to gain the tactical advantage.More

Gun test: Colt Mustang XSP
American Rifleman via The Daily Caller
It is no secret that American handgunners have a love affair with the M1911. It also will shock very few that not everyone finds an M1911-style pistol easy to carry concealed on an everyday basis. For those who value the great trigger, single-action operation and aesthetic lines of the M1911 but desire a smaller and lighter handgun for discreet carry, Colt offers the Mustang XSP. The XSP is a polymer-frame handgun that shares many of the features and the basic operation of the .45 warhorse, but is chambered in .380 ACP.More

Have shotgun, will travel: 6 tips for ensuring stress-free flying with firearms
Whether this season will see you making your first out-of-state or out-of-country trip with a shotgun or your thousandth, there are some time-tested tips for getting from Point A to B with no stress. If you're going to be traveling with your firearms anytime soon, read through these tips to ensure your trip goes smoothly.More

Clearing semi-auto gun malfunctions
Women's Outdoor News via The Daily Caller
If you've shot a semi-auto handgun more than just a couple of times, it's happened to you. Malfunctions are the bane of self-loading firearms. There are many causes of semi-auto handgun malfunctions; common ones include: poor technique by the shooter, mechanical problems, ammunition, dirt, improper lubrication, weak springs and magazines. With so many potential failures facing us, it's important to know how to get our pistols quickly back in the game.More

5.11 tactical Cirrus pants and Trinity polo: Review and pictures
Sass, Brass & Bullets
For years, Diana Hufstedler was too cheap and kept shooting in jeans, cargo pants and inexpensive bottoms from the Juniors department. "I always rationalized that pants are not that important and wouldn't make a difference," Hufstedler said. "I was so wrong!" Recently she decided to ask her shooting friends for their recommendations. She then decided to give 5.11 a try. Here is her review.More

Guide to buying used guns
Shooting Illustrated
We've all heard the many reasons for buying a new car—like why buy someone else's headache — but those do not generally apply to firearms. While it's true that some guns get traded in because they didn't work, the vast majority are because the owner was bored with them and wanted a new toy. When you are buying a used semi-auto, ask if you can field strip it or if the salesperson will field strip it for you.More