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Action Shooting

ACTION SHOOTING is a sport where the participant competes by engaging multiple targets including both stationary and moving targets while moving through a course of fire containing multiple firing positions. Some of these positions will be positions of cover such as walls, doorways, and hallways. The sport requires engaging these targets utilizing practical/defensive shooting skills including drawing you gun, shooting “threat” targets on the move while avoiding “friendly” targets, reloading and re-engaging targets, and shooting from positions of cover. Action shooting events at MRGC are the only events that allow members to draw a loaded gun from a holster and load magazines with more than 6 rounds.

The two major organizations sanctioning Action Shooting events in the United States are the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the United States Practical Shooting Association. Click on the links for more information.

MRGC is affiliated with both the IDPA and USPSA organizations and we alternate our matches and practices between the two disciplines. By doing this we prepare our members to safely participate in matches at other affiliated clubs. MRGC members regularly compete at clubs throughout New England and have participated in State, Regional, and National Championships. Our monthly matches are held on the second Sunday of the month and alternate between IDPA and USPSA rules. The match schedule and registration information can be found below.

We run a cold range and all firearms must be holstered and unloaded except when under the supervision of a safety officer when shooting a course of fire. The safety officer will instruct you when to load and make ready to execute the stage and when to unload and holster the gun after completing the course of fire. We have over a dozen IDPA and/or USPSA certified safety officers (SO’s) at MRGC that work our practices and matches. Most of these SO’s also work at other matches in the area.

MRGC holds 2 practices and 1 match a month. The club calendar has the dates for these events. Weather permitting, we shoot outside using three pits on the outdoor range and a dedicated fourth pit.  You must attend 2 practices before you can participate in a monthly match although spectators are always welcome. You must be trained and certified by 2 safety officers before you can draw from the holster at a match. Certifications usually take place at practices. Before certification, stages are started with the loaded gun held at a “low ready” position.

2019 Action Shooting Schedule

  • January 13 (USPSA)
  • February 10 (IDPA)
  • March 10 (USPSA)
  • April 14 (IDPA)
  • May 12 (USPSA)
  • June 9 (IDPA)
  • July 14 (USPSA)
  • August 11 (IDPA)
  • September 8 (USPSA)
  • October 13 (IDPA)
  • November 10 (USPSA)
  • December 8 (IDPA)

Here is some video from past matches:

MRGC members can click on Competition Results and our Action Shoot Forum


International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) 

USPSA Hand Gun Rules


Steve Trindall 

Dan Rosen

Upcoming events

    • July 12, 2020
    • November 14, 2021
    • 7 sessions
    • Outdoor range

    Action Shooting match format will alternate between IDPA and USPSA.  This is a USPSA format match

    You must register in advance in Practiscore.  REgistration link can be requested from the match director.

    Mandatory Safety briefing at 9:45.

    Please come early to set up if possible.  Setup starts at 8:30AM

    Weather permitting, the outdoor range will be closed for this match. 

     In order to shoot int his match you must meet one of the following criteria: 

    1. Be an MRGC member who has attended 2 practices and been certified 

    2. Be an IDPA or USPSA member with previous match experience

    3. Have the permission of the match director. 


    All participants are expected to comply with the state regulations and guidelines for competitive sports matches/tournaments that are in effect at the time of the match.



    • October 31, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Action Shooting Practice Pit (Freedom Pit)

    Pumpkin Shoot   Sunday Oct 31st 10am-2pm

    MRGC members and their guests are invited to bring a pumpkin down to the action shooting practice pit and carve it up with their handgun, pistol caliber carbine or rimfire rifle.  

    Steel plate rack and other steel targets will also be available for use.

    Please Note : In the Action Shooting practice pit there is no shooting bench and shooting is done under the supervision of action shooting safety officers. Unloaded firearms must remain holstered, bagged, or boxed until shooters are directed to load them by a safety officer. 

    Contact Dan Rosen with any questions.

    • November 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • MRGC

    In observance of Thanksgiving, the outdoor ranges are all closed on Thursday. The Williams Archery Center as well as the indoor range remain open for use.

    • December 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • MRGC

    In observance of Christmas, the outdoor ranges are all closed on Saturday. The Williams Archery Center as well as the indoor range remain open for use.

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