SAFETY is the watchword of the entire USPSA program! Practical Shooters instinctively practice safe gun handling under pressure, and they demand the same of others: USPSA-affiliated clubs always check new shooters to insure that they have the skills needed for safe participation. Consequently, before you are allowed to compete in any USPSA/IPSC match or organized practice, a Practical Shooting Safety Check is always required -- always.
"USPSA Shooting" is a fun, fast-paced, action shooting sport, using realistic courses of fire and scenarios that challenges your mind, body, and equipment. The only restrictions on course designers pertain to safety and standardized targets; beyond that, the sky's the limit! USPSA Shooting Matches are realistic and diverse. Multiple targets, moving targets, partial targets, knock-down steel targets, no-shoot targets that cover or obscure "shoot" targets, barricades, doors, windows, walls, tables, cars, boats, motorcycles - all these and other props are mixed together by course designers to create constantly changing situations which challenge the competitor to shoot and think! As Practical Shooting is freestyle, you provide the solution to the shooting problem, and both your score (points) and speed (time) are factored.