Pistol Programs (IDPA)
What is Defensive Pistol Shooting?
Defensive pistol shooting as a sport is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated "real world" self- defense scenarios. Shooters competing in Defensive Pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No "competition only" equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.
Most people who have a concealed carry license like to keep their defensive pistol skills sharp by competing in local IDPA competitions. LASC holds matches on the first Saturday of each month. Match setup is at 8:30am, and all observers and shooters must attend the safety briefing following setup.
What is IPSC?
IPSC-style shooting has evolved from its martial origins in the much the same manner as have track and field, karate, fencing, archery, and similar" martial arts." IPSC shooting is now an international sport, with its focus on safety and safe gun handling, accuracy, power, and speed, in events that range from local matches to major competitions.
What is Cowboy Action Shooting?
Cowboy Action Shooting is a multi-faceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West era of 1865 to 1895: single action revolvers, pistol caliber lever action rifles and double barreled side by side, or pre-1899 pump or lever action shotguns.
Newcomers are welcome at our third Saturday match. Plan to observe the match to learn the rules and routine, but not shoot your first time, and then stay afterward for personal gun familiarization training using either your or the match director's guns. Be sure to bring eye protection with side shields, as we shoot steel plates at close range.
What's the Schedule?
Matches are on the 3rd Saturday. See Sportsmen's Club Schedule of Events for match dates. We occasionally cancel for weather, so be sure to call or email the day before. Set-up begins at 9:00 in the summer and 10:00 in the winter. We meet down in the pistol pits, so drive through the first gate (west of the building) and down the road.
|1) Do not let your gun muzzle point at another person (and it's best if your holstering technique keeps you from sweeping yourself).|
|2) Do not drop a gun.|
|3) Do not have a dangerous accidental discharge. SASS requires the pistol to be 45 degrees to the ground before you cock it. LASC requires your gun to be pointed at the target area before you touch the trigger.|
|4) Assume your guns are still loaded until the Unloaded Table Officer says "clear".|
|5) While shooting a stage, keep your guns pointed downrange (within the 170 degree cone). This is especially important for a pistol whenever the muzzle is clear of the holster, especially crossdraws.|
|6) During shooting, everyone must use eye and ear protection.|
|7) Loading and unloading must be done at the tables, and while being watched. Make sure your muzzles point at the berm, and nobody gets behind the tables.|
|8) Off the firing line and loading tables, all guns must be unloaded, and long guns must be action open.|
|9) All bullets and shot must be all lead.|
|10) Anyone may call "CEASE FIRE" anytime.|
|1) We shoot in the order listed on the scoresheet.|
|2) You are the Loading Table Officer for the shooter ahead of you.|
|3) You are the Unloading Table Officer for the shooter after you.|
|4) The Timer Operator needs to say "downrange" before people reset the targets. Loading tables remain in use during a "downrange."|
|5) Shotgun targets may be engaged and re-engaged in any order. We do not count misses for thrown cans, but you do have to take the shot.|
|6) Shot must be #7 1/2 or smaller.|
|7) Non-LASC members will limit their gun handling to that required for the match.|
|8) $5 per adult shooter (for our target fund).|
|9) Write your e-mail address on the back of the scoresheet if you want to receive scores and match notices.|
|10) Toilets are in the steel building. Ask for the key (The door is on the east side).|