The Southwest Pistol League, the Practical Shooting division of the Gopher Flats Sportsmen’s Club, is a member of The United States Practical Shooting Association and The Steel Challenge Shooting Association.
Welcome To Practical Shooting!
The Southwest Pistol League (SWPL) is the originator of Practical Shooting. Each month, SWPL hosts a USPSA Handgun & Pistol Caliber Carbine Match open to members of all the clubs at our range and to the general public.
USPSA Handgun & Pistol Caliber Carbine Matches
In USPSA Shooting, you’ll draw your handgun from a holster or pluck it from a table (or raise your pistol caliber carbine from the low-ready), then walk, run, crawl, dive, and climb through varying and challenging courses to hit cardboard and steel targets. You can…Stand still. Go slow. Go fast. Go left. Go right. Sit. Stand on one foot. Stand on the other foot. Hop. Kneel. Reload. Don’t Reload. Change hands. Anything goes…as long as safety rules protecting the shooter, officials, and observers are followed. With few restrictions on how targets can be engaged, it’s up to each competitor how to complete a stage. If merely hitting targets wasn’t enough…all courses are timed. If you haven’t tried practical shooting before, it’s an entirely different game. You’ll need a revolver or semiauto handgun, a holster, (or pistol caliber carbine and sling), spare magazines or moon clips or speedloaders…and lots of ammo! Here’s How to get started in practical shooting the USPSA way.
|1||January 29||Results||USPSA – Lionel Tan Memorial Match|
|2||February 26||Results||USPSA – MATCH CANCELED DUE TO RAIN AND MUDDY CONDITIONS|
|4||April 22||Results||USPSA – April Bonus Match (Rain-Rain-Go Away-Come Again Another Day!)|
|7||June 25||Results||USPSA – The SWPL 300 Match|
|12||November 26||Results||USPSA – Last Match for 2017|
** In early 2016, a bug surfaced in the match results section of the USPSA website, which showed many shooter classifications as “U” (unclassified). The official results tabulated by USPSA, however, included the correct classifications. The bug has been fixed. But, if it reappears, the correct classifications are displayed on the Practiscore website.
SWPL USPSA Announcements
USPSA Match – Sunday June 25, 2017
On the fourth Sunday of each month, SWPL hosts a USPSA sanctioned handgun & pistol caliber carbine match. Paper score sheets are a quaint artifact of a bygone era and scoring is done entirely in Practiscore. Please remember to install the Practiscore App on your Apple iOS or Android devices, or risk becoming an artifact yourself.
Drive Slowly, Save A Life, Save The Match
New for 2017, is a commercial truck yard at the start of the range access road. To prevent collisions with the large trucks and heavy equipment using the yard (crash! crunch! ouch!), All Traffic Must Slow To 10mph. Please, slow before entering the access road, deepen your breathing, steady your nerves for the match. Slow, Smooth, Calm. (Here’s where it gets loud again…) Otherwise, the yard will close their gate to the access road…and there will never again be another match. The 10mph speed limit now applies to the range access road, too.
Administrivia – Fun New Paperwork
Also new for 2017, the property owners now require SWPL to maintain a daily sign-in log in addition to the annual releases from everyone visiting the range. This will delay your start a bit, but think of the fun you’ll have after you put down your pen and pick up your gun. As all signatures must be legible, please practice your penmanship skills.
Lionel Tan Memorial Match January 29, 2017 – A Message From The Match Director
“I wish to thank everyone who shot the Lionel Tan Memorial Match. There was a great turnout under the circumstances and I want to send a big THANK YOU to all the sponsors who donated raffle prizes. Unfortunately, weather forced me to delete Stages 4 and 5. Also, the Practiscore Gods wreaked havoc on SWPL’s primary and backup scoring tablets. As the day progressed, the Practiscore software decided to delete shooters and eventually stopped accepting “syncs” and even emailed import files. So, if you shot the match and didn’t see your name in the USPSA or Practiscore match pages, I apologize. I’ve been trying to get more scores in, but nothing seems to work. Please pass this along to anyone you know shot the match. – Dave M.”
PRACTISCORE Comes To SWPL
Fellow luddites! Stage scoring at SWPL is now paperless. You’ll need a new-fangled smartphone or tablet to score your stages. Install the (Free) Practiscore App for your Apple iPhone or iPad, or your Android phone or tablet. While there will be a local WiFi network to connect with the Match Tablet, there is no Internet access. So download Practiscore before match day, then experiment with the App and become familiar with it. After signing-in at the registration table, you’ll download the stage files from the Match Tablet. Enter your squad members and scores on each stage, and when you’ve completed the match, send your scores to the Match Tablet. If you don’t install the App, you will have to join a squad where someone has already done so. Again, please install Practiscore on your phone or tablet before arriving at the match.
Dress For The Weather
Although it’s now spring, morning temperatures can still dip into the low 50’s F. And, as the day progresses, temperatures can rise from the 60’s F to the 90’s F. Dress in layers to easily adapt, and bring a supply of cold beverages. Then, hop-hop-hop, skip-skip-skip, jump-jump-jump through six invigorating stages of paper and steel. Afterward, reward yourself with large doses of SWPL’s terrific food! As usual, there will be a USPSA Classifier stage. So, zip through the stages early, then retire to the shade for refreshing drinks, convivial gun talk, and grilled treats by the SWPL grillmaster.
Fire, Brimstone, And Assorted Apocalyptic Conditions
It may sometimes be necessary to cancel a match due to fire, smoke, or other apocalyptic conditions. In the event of a cancellation, updates will be posted here.
The SWPL Points Race And Past SWPL Champions
Since 1963, SWPL shooters have competed to win the League Championship. Among the past SWPL champions are familiar names featured online, in film and TV, magazines and books, and who compete throughout the country in USPSA and internationally in IPSC matches. And, there are mere mortals, as well. Join the annual SWPL Points Race to take your place among the famous and the soon-to-be-famous.
You’ll find the matches at the Lower Ranges of The Gopher Flats Sportsman’s Club. These are the first set of ranges, on the right-hand side of the access road. Enter the gate and park between the pistol berms and the registration area. If you reach the card-key gate at the end of the access road, you’ve passed the Lower Ranges. Sorry, entry to the property beyond the card-key gate is prohibited, even if the gate is unlocked. Parking for the matches is limited to the fenced area within the Lower Ranges and the adjacent overflow parking area. Please do not park along the access road.
There are separate restrooms for Men and Women, running water, a covered registration/dining area with electrical outlets, and shade on each stage.
Food & Beverages
Named in honor of “Uncle Mike” Agoncillo, SWPL’s long-time grill empresario, production of Uncle Mike’s Pork Skewers continues along with other delectable BBQ entrees. These are served throughout the match, along with icy cold Bottled Water, Gatorade, and Soft Drinks. Stop by for a between-stages snack, a belly filling lunch, or just to talk guns with your fellow competitors.
Start & End Times
As always, once registration opens about 8:00 am, you are welcome to start shooting. Due to time constraints, stage tear-down starts at 1:00 pm. If you plan to arrive late or if you run stages in an exceptionally leisurely manner…um, shoot fast. All the stages are broken-down and every piece of gear stowed after each match, which requires quite a bit of time. So, please help the match crew and your fellow competitors by moving through the stages as quickly and safely as possible. Then, remember to sync your scores to with the Match Tablet before leaving. You remembered to install the Practiscore App on your phone or tablet, right?
If you are a member of one of the five clubs at our range, you are automatically a member of the Southwest Pistol League. You can also join SWPL for $25.00 per year. Not only are you entered in the SWPL Points Race, but you receive a discount of $5.00 at regular monthly matches.
SWPL Members $30.00
Last Minute Changes & Cancellations
While the SWPL crew is a hardy bunch, sneering at mere weather, sometimes Mother Nature gains the upper hand. During the rainy season and especially when the Weather Service issues Red Flag (brush fire) Warnings, check here after 6:00pm on Saturday.
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