Practical Shooting attempts to measure the ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a handgun. Speed, accuracy, and power form the three sides of the practical shooting triangle. By design, each match will measure a shooter's ability in all three areas. Shooters take on obstacle-laden shooting courses (called stages) engaging both paper and steel, requiring anywhere from six to 30+ shots to complete. Unlike other shooting sports, most stages are “free-style”, meaning the shooter is given a starting position then given freedom to solve the stage the best way possible.

  Shooters compete within their specific Division, as well as competing in Classification of skill level which range from Unclassified to Grand Master. This means a beginner Unclassified Production shooter is NOT competing against a Master Open shooter.

  All shooters use a minimum of 9mm/.38 caliber ammunition in either a minor or major power factor. Power factor is determined by bullet weight multiplied by its speed. Minor power factor is 125,000 and major is 165,000. Almost all factory ammunition at least makes minor! Power factor is used to determine the point value on paper targets.

Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club hosts a USPSA match on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  We use for registration.  You can find our matches by searching for