Competition grade target pistols are used in NRA Precision Pistol matches, tournaments and
championships, and the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Service Pistol disciplines. A Precision
Pistol competition grade target pistol is usually evaluated by its ability to hold a 3” or smaller
10-shot group at 50 yards. The NRA and CMP both sponsor annual National Championships for
the respective shooting disciplines.
There is a wide array of rules that differentiate NRA and CMP pistol competition events. The primary differences between the NRA and CMP pistol disciplines is that typically three target pistols are used in NRA events: .22 Caliber Rimfire, Center Fire Caliber and a .45 Caliber. It’s the competitor’s choice to use iron sights or optics. The CMP program specifies two calibers of pistol for their competition events: .22 Caliber Rimfire and an assortment of manufacturer’s and their various models and calibers of Center-fire pistols. Competitors are restricted to iron
sights and in the case of Center-fire, full metal jacket ammunition is required.
The photograph above ilustrates typical target pistols and range equipment used in Precision Pistol Competitions.
Cowboy action shooting is a competitive shooting sport that originated in Southern California in
the early 1980s.
Cowboy action shooting is now practiced in many places with several sanctioning organizations including the Single Action Shooting Society, Western Action Shootists Association, and National Congress of Old West Shooters, as well as others in the US
and in other countries. Cowboy Action Shooting is a type of multi-gun match utilizing a combination of pistol(s), rifle, and/or shotgun in a variety of "old west themed" courses of fire, also referred to as scenarios for time and accuracy. Participants must dress in appropriate theme or era "costume" as well as use gear and accessories as mandated by the respective sanctioning group rules.
The photograph above illustrates typical type of firearms used in a Brassmasters’ Cowboy Action Match.
Brassmasters strongly supports the military and makes its ranges available to the various
branches of service for live-fire training and qualification requirements.
The photograph above illustrates National Guard members loading magazines in preparation for live-firing exercises.
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