Under UKPSA competitions different calibres of firearms are used to best challenge the competition element. Courses for ‘Practical Rifle’ will involve the use of a .22 semi-automatic rifle, but this same course can usually also be shot with Underlever, Long Barrelled Pistol or Long Barrelled Revolver.
The competitions will usually involve multiple timed stages which will include elements of movement, different shooting positions and reloading as part of the competition. Good safety discipline and ‘muzzle awareness’ are critical elements in any course of fire which requires movement.
It’s a combination of adaptability, speed and accuracy. As such you will often hear the phrase ‘shooting rig’. This is usually as simple as a shooting belt with tailored magazine or shell holders attached to it which enables the shooter to carry and quickly reload during the competition or practise. This is particularly important to keep the speed element up, and when you consider the difference between a winning run and second place can me seconds – this is a major consideration to take into account.
(Specific authorisation via the individuals FAC is required to obtain, hold or use a Long Barrelled Pistol or Revolver)
View some UKPSA Courses of Fire HERE
Or you can download a sample UKPSA course of fire from 2016 direct from our website HERE