Springfield Tactical Shooters

USPSA Club IL10 - Area 5

Serving Sangamon County and the surrounding Counties within Central Illinois


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SAFETY TOPIC #1: SAFETY AND PRACTICAL SHOOTING

THE QUESTION OF SAFETY—Watching your first practical shooting match, you may wonder how safe it is. You see competitors draw from holsters, negotiate obstacles, use different positions to engage multiple targets, make rapid reloads, and generally shoot the course with more speed and precision than you thought possible. You wonder, “Is this safe?”

THE ANSWER—If you are the average gun owner, don’t go home and practice what you saw. Owning a gun doesn’t make you skilled. You need safety training first. Check with your local club about their procedures for integrating new shooters. Generally, most clubs will require some sort of safety check before letting you shoot, but that varies from club to club. When you go through that safety check (or attend a USPSA Safe Handgun Competitor course) the person who runs you through should go over the basics of how to draw safely, how to move safely, and how to reload safely. Building on those basics, you can become a formidable competitor. If you overlook those basics, you could get yourself, or someone else, seriously hurt.

Safety-consciousness is our hallmark. The primary responsibility of a range officer is to assist the shooter and help ensure safety at all times! The safety rules under which the range officer works are the foundation upon which he builds in order to discharge his responsibility. These safety rules are probably the most stringent to be found in any shooting sport. There is no margin for error when it comes to SAFETY and no leeway is allowed. A range officer has complete authority on the range. Our shooters have programmed themselves to reflexively practice safe gun handling under stress, and they demand it of others. Our clubs check out new shooters to ensure that they have the minimum skills needed for safe match participation. They will help you to become a safe shooter and to receive the proper instruction to compete safely.

“I’ve shot hundreds of matches, literally, and I’ve never seen a bullet-related injury. Sometimes people sprain their ankle, but I’ve never seen a bullet wound. IPSC shooting has as near perfect a safety record as any sport could have. “Obviously there is a potential for a great deal of danger in this sport, but the shooters adhere to strict safety rules and are disqualified if any safety rules are broken. I really can’t think of any other sport that has as good a record as IPSC shooting.”

— Mickey Fowler, Beginner’s Guide to Combat Shooting

Careless shooters get disqualified. The habitually careless will find other shooters quite intolerant of sloppy gun handling. They expect to compete under safe conditions and demand safe actions by other shooters. That is why our sport has such an excellent safety record.

Gun control is self control.

Like rock climbing, river running, or sky diving, our sport contains an element of danger. Unlike many of these other sports, the “disaster factors” are all under the shooter’s direct control. Control of the firearm is always the shooter’s responsibility.

Any accident means that one or more safety rules were violated. That is why we demand that you accept full responsibility for your actions. It’s your gun, you’re shooting it, and you have full control of the “disaster factors.” If you can’t accept responsibility, this is not the sport for you.

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