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Defensive Pistol



The Otto Road Shooting Range Defensive Pistol matches are organized and designed to promote and enhance a shooters ability to safely shoot defensively in realistic courses of fire. While matches utilize some formatting and rules from other shooting genres it is not IDPA or USPSA.

All shooting is with centerfire handguns drawn from a strong side holster designed to securely retain the firearm while moving or a pistol caliber carbine fired from the shoulder. Minimum caliber 9mm/.38 special. No magnum ammunition permitted.  Defensive matches are not a venue in which to first learn basic gun handling and safety. Regardless of age new shooters should have basic skills in drawing from a holster, reloading, and firing multiple rounds at multiple targets. New shooters should have a holster which secures the handgun while moving, a strong belt to secure the holster to the waist and at least four magazines.
Courses of fire are usually five or six stages requiring 18 to 30+ rounds of ammunition to complete each stage. Shooters will fire at multiple paper and steel targets. Stages are timed and may require a shooter to move safely between targets, firing at times with either strong or weak hand, from behind cover and around barricades. Shooters must have hearing and eye protection to participate. 
Cold range rules apply. This means that once you enter the fenced in shooting arena your firearm must be unloaded, holstered with an empty magazine well with the hammer/striker down. Revolvers must be empty and holstered. Firearms may only be handled and loaded for firing a stage when under the direct control of a range officer. No firearms may be unholstered or handled at any other time. Pistol caliber carbines must have a chamber flag inserted when not firing during a stage. 
Production: Factory production guns such as Glock, S&W M&P, XD, Beretta, Sig Sauer. Double action/single action guns must start with hammer down. Iron sights, post and notch. No ported barrels or compensators. Factory available slide ports are allowed. Power factor does not apply
Single Stack: 1911 style handguns, 10 rd capacity or less. Iron sights, post and notch.  Factory production guns such as Colt, Springfield, Kimber,.
Limited: High capacity framed guns such as those made by STI. Iron sights, post and notch. Barrel porting and compensators not allowed.
Carry Optic: Factory manufactured for the purpose of mounting an optic sight on the slide in place of a steel notch
sight. Does not include customized guns with optic sights mounted on the slide or frame.
Revolver: A handgun which can be cocked and fired by a single pull of the trigger, double action. A revolving chambered cylinder capable of holding 6 to 8 cartridges. Not a single action revolver.
Pistol Caliber Carbine: a firearm capable of being fired from the shoulder, manufactured as a carbine in a pistol caliber, handgun conversions are acceptable if fired from the shoulder and are designed to function as a carbine.                                                         Open:  This category of handgun allows almost anything, optics, mounted anyway, barrel ports, no restriction of weight or size. Race holsters are the norm since with all the extra “stuff” they would never fit in a regular holster.  
SHOOTERS DIVISIONS - Men, women, seniors (65 years +) Shooters younger than 18 and having reached their 13th birthday may participate. The parent or legal guardian of the youthful shooter must get approval for participation in the match from the match director at least 5 days prior to the scheduled shoot. Conditions of approval apply, such as experience, maturity, knowledge of firearms safety and participation or attendance at the match by a parent or legal guardian.
Matches are held the second Saturday of each month, with the exception of winter months, December, January, and February. Signup for Matches held March, April, May, September, October, November, begins at 8:00 AM, shooters briefing at 8:45 AM, Shooting begins at 9:00 AM.
Signup for Matches held June, July, August, begins at 7:00 AM, shooters briefing at 7:45 AM, Shooting begins 8:00 AM match fee $15 , one gun, second  gun $5, maximum 2 guns /shooter. All proceeds go to support current and future defensive pistol matches.    September Match is a fund raising event for the Kathy’s Friends and the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative,. This is a special match with a match fee of $20 for one gun and $25 for two. Match will be six stages and 200 round minimum.  

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