Tactical PISTOL Matches

N O    A P P E N D I X    C A R R Y

Matches are open to the public, you do not have to be a GMSA member
​to participate.

Tactical Shooting emulates real life defensive pistol shooting from a different

approach than IPSC or IDPA. These are fun matches that are perfectly suited

for the novice shooter.  You might find stages set up with steel, member built

props, a Texas Star, bowling pins or even shotgun clays.

This is the perfect discipline to introduce a new shooter to pistol craft and serves

as an excellent primer to learn how to run your pistol under the stress of a timer.

  • Perfect first step in preparation for - or practice for - IDPA competition.
  • No concealment, drawing from a holster or running required.
  • IDPA ScoringTime + Points Down + Penalties = Score (in seconds)
  • How are steel targets scored? 5 second penalty for each steel target left standing.
  • IDPA scoring places an equal emphasis on speed and accuracy
  • Questions on how IDPA is scored? click here
  • Range Commands used by our Safety Officers and Range Officers. click here

For more information, please send an email to: tactical@gmsaclub.com

Tactical Pistol Match Director:  Jim Hudak

Assistant Tactical Pistol Match Director: Zach Cagle

You may contact either Jim or Zach at tactical@gmsaclub.com

Date: 3rd Saturday of each month

Registration: Pre-Registration via Practiscore,    Safety Meeting at 9:00 AM, match begins immediately after Safety Meeting

Round Count: about 75 (individual mileage may vary)

Match Fee: For most, $15 per gun - GMSA members $10 per gun  PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE

(many shoot both PCC and pistol) 

Set Up Crew shoots free!

Please see the rules (link directly below) for required equipment and restricted gear - holsters, mag pouches etc.

Stage Designers and Volunteer Set Up Crew are ALWAYS Welcome!

                 Official GMSA Tactical Pistol Rules                           How GMSA Scores Tactical Pistol Targets

                 Set Up Guidelines for Tactical Pistol Matches         GMSA Blank Tactical Pistol Score Sheet

                 Past Match Scores                                                       GMSA Range Rules for Match Contestants

Equipment needed:

  • Eye and ear protection is mandatory for both spectators and participants
  • You may use any serviceable handgun 9mm or larger, this includes .380, with a barrel length of 6 inches or less.  (.22 caliber is allowed for junior shooters, under the age of 18 and for any shooter during ammo shortages)
  • PCC - Pistol Caliber Carbine division must be in a pistol caliber as specified in IDPA appendix B(.22 caliber is allowed for junior shooters, under the age of 18 and for any shooter during ammo shortages)
  • Belt holster required, (NO shoulder holsters, NO appendix holsters - see rules)
  • Magazine pouch (2 magazines) highly recommended (we load to 10rds max regardless of mag capacity)
  • Three magazines for your gun, you can get by with two but having three will be very beneficial
  • Some new shooters often come in pairs and might need to share pistols.  We are happy to accommodate new shooters sharing pistols but the "pistol swap" must be done on the firing line and under the direct supervision of the Range Officer.
  • Click here for a more detailed list of basic equipment needed

You will typically shoot four but sometimes more courses of fire, each course will require 16 rounds maximum, (individual mileage may vary) and most all stages will require at least one mandatory reload.  Target distances will vary from 5 to 15 yards but will average about 10 yards.