USPSA Club Code: OHS08
Match Director: Thomas Maksymowski
Contact Number: 513-239-7471
Hammer Down Range
1616 State Route 28 Loveland OH 45140
Matches are held 1st and 3rd Sundays January – March and November – December.
Stage Setup starts at 5pm.
Registered Match fee: $25 (0-1 classifiers).
Classifier match fees: $30 (4-6 classifiers).
USPSA members will get first consideration on registration due to limited opening for the matches.
You do not need to be a USPSA member to compete but it will help for sign-up and registration to lock your spot.
If you dont feel your ready for the USPSA matches, feel free to check out our Outlaw Matches every Thursday https://www.hammerdownrange.com/league/
United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)
The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) is the national governing body of practical shooting in the United States under the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). Our over 31,000 active members and over 440 affiliated clubs makes USPSA the largest practical shooting organization in the United States and the second largest region within IPSC after the Russian Federation of Practical Shooting. USPSA publishes a member magazine called Front Sight six times a year.
USPSA is a 501c(3) non-profit Delaware corporation and currently headquartered in Burlington, Washington. The association is organized into 8 “Areas”, each of which is represented by an Area Director at the board meetings of the organization. Further, each Area is divided into sections which is represented by a Section Coordinator responsible for coordinating the activities of clubs within his/ her section, and managing the nationals slot distribution process.
History of Practical Shooting
Practical shooting is a sport that evolved from experimentation with handguns used for self-defense. The researchers were an international group of private individuals, law enforcement officers, and military people generally operating independently of each other, challenging the then-accepted standards of technique, training practices, and equipment. The work was, for the most part, conducted for their own purposes without official sanction. Even so, what they learned changed the face of police and military training forever.
You may remember that in the original Dirty Harry movie, Clint Eastwood’s character visits a training center and walks down the street of a mock city engaging hostile targets and while identifying and sparing innocents. A lot of us saw it too, and thought, “cool!” It looked like too much fun to be just the law enforcement work of qualifying with a handgun.
Competition had begun with the “leather slap” quick draw events of the 1950’s, which had grown out of America’s love affair with the TV westerns of that era. However, many wished for a forum that would more directly test the results of the experimentation that had been going on in Big Bear, California and many other places. Competitions evolved to test what had been learned, and just for the pure fun presented by what quickly became a sport requiring competitors to deal with constantly changing scenarios while shooting rapidly and accurately with full power handguns.
In 1976 an international group of enthusiasts interested in what had become known as “practical” shooting met in Columbia, Missouri. From that meeting came the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). In 1984 USPSA was incorporated as the US Region of IPSC. Membership in USPSA automatically includes membership in IPSC.
For 20 years USPSA competition has provided a test bed for equipment and techniques, many of which are now the standard for police and military training. Some of USPSA’s top competitors are regularly employed as trainers for elite police and military units. Today, USPSA matches are conducted every week by the nearly 400 affiliated clubs all over the United States. For most people, practical shooting is pure sport conducted with little or no thought of the self-defense aspect of firearms use. However, USPSA members are generally the most proficient shooters in the world as witnessed by their domination in the world of firearms competition.
All that’s missing to make USPSA’s history a total success story is your involvement. Join us today!