The U.S. Practical Shooting Association is the national governing body for the sport of practical shooting in the U.S. and a member of the International Practical Shooting Confederation and the Steel Challenge.
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A LITTLE ABOUT USPSA
SPEED. POWER. ACCURACY.
Blend those three elements, and you have got the most dynamic shooting sport ever devised – USPSA! Practical shooting was established as IPSC in 1976 to organize the various independent efforts to build shooting skills and train for self-defense. The early days of the sport can be traced back to the 1950’s, with the quick-draw “leather slap” matches popular in the desert southwest.
USPSA was incorporated in 1983, and has grown to over 35,000 members in 2021. Early practical shooting challenged the standards of technique, training practices, and equipment. IPSC pioneers developed scenario-based competitions to accurately measure the effectiveness of their own shooting techniques and equipment. The rapid, shooting-on-the-move stages gave birth to the term “run and gun” so commonly used to describe the sport today. In keeping with its roots, USPSA strives to offer divisions that use state-of-the-art firearms and support equipment. Everything from revolvers to the classic 1911 auto pistol, modern service pistols, custom race guns, rifles, shotguns, and carbines can be found in the hands of USPSA competitors.
In 2007 the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) was acquired by USPSA, expanding the portfolio of USPSA. SCSA consists of 8 stages of 5 steel targets in a race against the clock. 13 Divisions based on equipment means there’s something for everyone to compete in. SCSA is our largest growing sport.