The April 23 match will be a makeup for the cancelled March Special Classifier match. Same stages we posted before….
EXCEPT! We have just been given the go-ahead from Schultz, our host range, to begin offering Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) at all matches. So if you want to get classified in this new division, this is your chance to get it done all at once.
Important Note: As we wait on USPSA to solidify their RO training for the PCC division, we’ve decided to require all PCC competitors to join a single squad, where experienced PCC ROs will be running the squad. We realize everyone wants to shoot with their friends, but this temporary safety measure is necessary while the rank and file ROs get up to speed. Here is a guide USPSA released recently, which is a good primer — we have one local requirement as well, which is that we will be bagging and unbagging each competitor’s carbine at the line before and after the course of fire, because we don’t have racks yet.
Match Setup Policy
For many years stage set up has been a problem. It winds up being done by the same few people starting Saturday morning and finishing Sunday morning. We have tried many different ways to persuade, entice, reward, guilt and otherwise cajole people into helping out, to no avail. The thing is, USPSA is a volunteer sport. The people who arrive first at the range, who are also the ones putting away gear and cleaning up trash when you leave? They aren’t getting paid, and they aren’t even shooting for free. We’re all in this for the fun, not profit.
A few years ago, NISA began a new procedure to include everyone in the match setup process. Check in opens at 7:30 am day of match. It will close at 8:30 — meaning if you are not in line by 8:30 you will not be able to check in and you will not shoot today! You and your squad will be assigned a stage to build as we will bring the trailer around and drop off the materials necessary for each stage. We will provide detailed diagrams to follow, and several of us will float between stages to help direct and adjust layouts. We’ve found that if we have 50 people doing setup work for an hour, or so, no one is that tired and everyone still has a good time.
The shooter’s meeting will be held at 9:45 and the match will commence as usual at 10:00. Squads will be responsible to tear down the stage they finish on and should help load same onto the trailer. These cooperative efforts will allow us to continue to put on 7 quality stages per match (6 new plus a classifier). We are contractually obliged to be off of the range by 2:00, so if everyone pitches in just a bit, we all win.
This system has also helped spur some people to come up with stage designs of their own, which is always welcome. Even if it’s a variation on a stage you shot at another club, if you had fun everyone else will probably like the stage too. Just send them to NISA.USPSA@gmail.com and we will adjust the layout and diagrams if necessary.
NISA is a competitive, dedicated group of individuals from northeastern Illinois and southern Wisconsin with good character who enjoy interactive practical pistol shooting. We a member club of the United States Practical Shooting Association.
Shooting events are held once a month, from March thru October, subject to weather. These events consist of at least six individual stages of fire that can range from single, multiple or “field course” positions with a round count of up to 32 rounds per stage. NISA owns a vast array of target types, including the Texas star, drop turners, swingers, plates, poppers etc. so there is always something new. Each month brings six new course designs, plus a classifier, which means new challenges to test the skills of shooters of every level, and of course, an endless amount of fun.
Typical round count for a match is around 175, but we suggest bringing at least 250 rounds of ammunition (it won’t spoil if you don’t use it!)
Range fees are $20 for NISA or Schultz members, $25 for non-members and $15 for Juniors. We accept cash or checks only – no credit cards! Non-members are always welcome to compete, but we suggest becoming a USPSA member if you participate in the sport long-term.
Membership fees for NISA are $40 for new members and $30 for renewals. Your NISA membership includes a $5 discount at all monthly NISA and Schultz USPSA matches.