The following information is a small summary of your  first match. The USPSA Rulebook  is the definitive answer on all aspects of a match ( Please take a bit to browse  through it and become familiar with some of the safety elements listed as well  as how scoring works. Safety is always the #1 goal of our match

Cold Range

We operate what is known as a "cold range". This  means all guns are unloaded, hammer down on an empty chamber (or cylinder) and  you may only handle your gun when under the direction of a range officer or  while in the safe area. This includes when you arrive, your gun should be empty  and in a case. After registering, you are to proceed to the safe area and gear  up. NO ammunition is allowed in the safe area. This  includes the handling of loaded magazines/speedloaders.

What you need:
  • Ear and eye protection
  • Serviceable handgun and holster
    • Center-fire, 9mm or larger
    • Holster must cover trigger guard and be     carried at "belt level" with the gun muzzle towards the ground (no cross     draw, shoulder rigs, etc.)
  • Magazine pouches/carriers for your   belt
  • 4+ magazines (6+ if shooting a 1911)
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition (this   will vary depending on the number and round count of stages)

If you already have the above equipment, that's  all you really need. Going out and purchasing a custom gun and accessories is  completely un-necessary.

There's no need to worry about divisions and  classifications, this will come later on.

Simply let the registration officer know when  signing up that you are a new shooter. You will be given a safety briefing and  placed on a squad with some seasoned shooters to help you along the  way.

Range Commands
  1. Make Ready - This signifies   the start of your stage. Only after this point can you handle your gun and   load it
  2. Are you ready? - Prior to   the start signal you will be asked this. Without a response the range officer   will continue. If you are not ready, this is the time to speak up.
  3. Standby! - After this   command, there will be a random pause of 1-4 seconds before the start signal   will sound and you begin your course of fire.
  4. If you are finished, unload and show   clear - After you are finished shooting the stage, remove your   magazine or empty the cylinder and show a clear gun to the range   officer.
  5. If clear, hammer down and   holster - At this point, you must dry-fire your gun (no de-cocking)   and holster. If your gun has a magazine disconnect safety, be sure to have an   empty magazine on you in order to dry-fire your gun.
  6. Range is clear - Signifies   the end of the course of fire.
If at any time, you hear STOP,  immediately stop shooting and wait for further command from the range officer.  Hearing stop may mean you have committed a safety violation or perhaps another  un-safe condition has arisen