Oak Ridge Sportsman Association

Action Pistol

We now shoot four action pistol disciplines at the Club: IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Assoc), USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Assoc.), Cowboy action, 3-Gun, and steel challenge matches. Additional information can be found at the IDPA, USPSA, or steel challenge websites.

Contact Information
Club Contact:Mike Madden

Aerial Shot of Action Pistol
Cowboy Action
Steel Challenge

Monthly Matches

IDPA matches are held the 1st Saturday of each month. USPSA matches are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Steel challenge matches are held the 4th Saturday of each month. The 2nd Saturday is Cowboy Action shooting, see www.smssgazette.com for information. Registration for all IDPA, USPSA, and steel matches starts at 9:30 AM at the Action Pistol Range. Competition begins at 10:00 AM.

A typical IDPA or USPSA match consists of five to seven scenarios requiring approximately 150 rounds of ammunition. Competitors use semi-automatic handguns in 9mm or larger caliber, or revolvers in .38 or larger caliber. Ammunition is typically required to be "full power" (near factory spec). Competitors must have eye and ear protection, and a sturdy holster that covers the trigger guard. Magazine holders, at least four magazines, and a sturdy gun belt are recommended. Entry fee is $10 for ORSA members, $15 for non-members. More information about the ORSA Practical Shooters can be found at www.orsaipsc.org.

A typical steel challenge match consists of 6 stages requiring a minimum of 250 rounds of ammunition to complete. Equipment requirements are much the same as an IDPA or USPSA match. Steel challenge can only be shot with .22 or .17 rimfire pistols and revolvers. Entry fee is $10 for ORSA members and $15 for non-members.

What is Action Pistol?

Action pistol scenarios include stationary and moving paper targets. Paper targets may bob, swing, twirl, disappear, rotate, or advance on a wire. Metal plates that fall and activate other props are also used. Scenarios also include props such as walls, doors, windows, barrels, tables, chairs, tubes, Christmas trees, and many other things that require the shooter to move and engage targets. The shooter may engage targets from standing, sitting, kneeling, lying, or while moving.


Safety First. The emphasis of action pistol competitions is SAFETY. All action pistol matches are run under a range officer. Participants will acquire (from holster, from a drawer, from a table top, etc) and maneuver with the pistol while maintaining a safe muzzle direction. Safety is first, accuracy is second, speed is a distant third. New shooters are always welcome and are given special attention by the range officers to assist them in learning the rules of the sport. Come out and join in the fun.