CPS Philosophy

 

At every event, we strive for:

Safety - a big part of any shooting sport!

 

Sportsmanship - we want a friendly and encouraging environment.

 

Fun - enjoy a day at the range with your friends both new and old.

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Welcome to COSSA Practical Shooters (CPS)

New Shooters: For your first event, we want to you focus on safety. We offer to pair you up with a mentor during your first event (or whenever you want) if you would like one. Your mentor is there to answer any questions, help you with your firearms, and walk you through the basics of safe shooting. Please do not buy a bunch of gear before your first event. Come out and borrow gear or observe an event and talk with the shooters. After that, decide on what you want for gear. If you are a shooter who would like to borrow gear (firearms, ammunition, holsters, etc), please feel free to contact us and we will work with you. Don't let a lack of gear prevent you from attending an event!

We recommend shooters have a basic knowledge of their firearms (how to load, unload, and work the firing controls). If you are not familiar with your firearm(s) please contact us. We can work to arrange one-on-one instruction for you with a friendly and knowledge member, or we do offer Introduction to Shooting clinics on a semi-regular basis.

Observers are always welcome to come and watch our events. If you wish we can assign you a mentor as well.

Juniors are welcome to come compete or observe. Junior shooters are considered ages 12 to 17. All junior shooters need a parent/guardian with them at the event. If your junior shooter is below the age of 12, please contact us to discuss options.

What You Need To Know

Event Fees


Fees may vary for special events, but in general we charge:

  • Match Fee - $25
  • Setup Crew - $ 20. If you arrive 1.5 hours before event start time to help setup, your fee is reduced by $5.
  • Observers - Free. Anyone is welcome to observe and ask questions.
  • Juniors (12 & up) are always welcome (see new shooter page for more info). Juniors (17 and under) shoot for free.
  • Range Officers helping run stages shoot free.




Weapon/Ammo Guidlelines


Pistols - 9mm is the minimum (and most common) caliber. 1600fps or less. A belt mounted holster for your pistol would be very helpful but not required. We can work around it. Shotguns - 20 gauge or larger. #6 Birdshot or smaller.. Slugs shall be 1.5 oz lead or smaller. No buckshot. Most our events will only have birdshot and maybe 1 or 2 slugs. Rifle - 5.45x39mm is the minimum caliber. .223 Remington is the most common caliber. Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing or steel/tungsten/composite core projectiles are not allowed. NOTE: If a target is damaged or destroyed by a competitor they will required to pay for or replace that target. No binary triggers allowed. Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) – 9mm is the minimum caliber for PCC. Ammo speed is less than 1600 fps.




Facilities


The CPS 3Gun events and practices at COSSA generally use bays #1 through #8 at our facility. We have access to other pistol bays as well as several rifle bays with ranges from 100 to 1000 yards as needed. Our primary bays have weather shelters with wood stoves for shade in the summer and protection from the elements in the winter. During the winter months, the stoves are a most welcome addition. We have two shoot houses, in bay #4 and bay #6, for some of our CQB type field courses.





Action Multigun

This event type incorporates rifle, pistol, shotgun, Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) style firearms. These events are designed to develop a well rounded shooter who is proficient at multiple firearms. Stage designs vary from close-quarter engagements to long-range accuracy challenges. Shooters can generally chose to use a PCC, rifle/pistol or rifle/pistol/shotgun to engage targets in stages.

USPSA / Action Steel

USPSA - This is a pistol discipline that focuses on the balance of speed and accuracy. Through creative stage design, shooters are encouraged to find the quickest and most accurate way to engage multiple targets. Various props such as rooms, vehicles, fences, barricades, barrels, etc. are utilized to present interesting challenges.

Become a USPSA Member

Steel Challenge

What is the Steel Challenge?

The Steel Challenge as a match has a history which rivals USPSA's own. In his column in the July 1986 Front Sight, then-USPSA president Dave Stanford wrote:

The match is highly spectator-friendly and the competition is easy to understand – it is all about the speed. And by maintaining consistent challenges from year to year, the competition lends itself to the notion of setting – and breaking – speed records, which greatly adds to the excitement for shooters, spectators and media.

 

Action Multigun

Event Fees


Fees may vary for special events, but in general we charge:

  • Match Fee - $25
  • Setup Crew - $ 20. If you arrive 1.5 hours before event start time to help setup, your fee is reduced by $5.
  • Observers - Free. Anyone is welcome to observe and ask questions.
  • Juniors (12 & up) are always welcome (see new shooter page for more info). Juniors (17 and under) shoot for free.
  • Range Officers helping run stages shoot free.




Weapon/Ammo Guidlelines


Pistols - 9mm is the minimum (and most common) caliber. 1600fps or less. A belt mounted holster for your pistol would be very helpful but not required. We can work around it. Shotguns - 20 gauge or larger. #6 Birdshot or smaller.. Slugs shall be 1.5 oz lead or smaller. No buckshot. Most our events will only have birdshot and maybe 1 or 2 slugs. Rifle - 5.45x39mm is the minimum caliber. .223 Remington is the most common caliber. Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing or steel/tungsten/composite core projectiles are not allowed. NOTE: If a target is damaged or destroyed by a competitor they will required to pay for or replace that target. No binary triggers allowed. Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) – 9mm is the minimum caliber for PCC. Ammo speed is less than 1600 fps.




Facilities


The CPS 3Gun events and practices at COSSA generally use bays #1 through #8 at our facility. We have access to other pistol bays as well as several rifle bays with ranges from 100 to 1000 yards as needed. Our primary bays have weather shelters with wood stoves for shade in the summer and protection from the elements in the winter. During the winter months, the stoves are a most welcome addition. We have two shoot houses, in bay #4 and bay #6, for some of our CQB type field courses.





USPSA / Action Steel

USPSA competition rulebooks


Acton Steel - Pure, fast shooting. Targets are steel plates, poppers, plate racks and other steel target configurations. This is excellent training in gun handling skills, accuracy and speed. Our Action Steel events usually involve both pistol and shotgun stages. Action Steel is scored under USPSA rules.




Match Fees


Fees may vary for special events, but in general we charge:

  • Match Fee - $20
  • Setup Crew - $ 15. If you arrive 1.5 hours before event start time to help setup, your fee is reduced by $5.
  • Observers - Free. Anyone is welcome to observe and ask questions.
  • Juniors (12 & up) are always welcome (see new shooter page for more info). Juniors (17 and under) shoot for free.
  • Range Officers helping run stages shoot free.




Facilities


The CPS USPSA events and practices at COSSA generally use bays #2 through #6 at our facility. Our primary bays have weather shelters with wood stoves for shade in the summer and protection from the elements in the winter. During the winter months, the stoves are a most welcome addition. We have two shoot houses, in bay #4 and bay #6, which are used to provide a bit of realism to many of our self-defense type field courses.





 
 
Steel Challenge

Steel shooting offers a port of entry to the shooting sports that is far less intimidating than practical shooting. Steel shooting provides an excellent starting place for young or beginning shooters. It also provides a soft way for those who have begun to suffer the problems associated with aging a vehicle to remain involved in the shooting sports. All this provides an alternative for those who might otherwise be lost to shooting.

To become a Steel Challenge member you need to become a USPSA member as USPSA owns Steel Challenge.

Event Fees


Fees may vary for special events, but in general we charge:

  • Match Fee - $25
  • Setup Crew - $ 20. If you arrive 1.5 hours before event start time to help setup, your fee is reduced by $5.
  • Observers - Free. Anyone is welcome to observe and ask questions.
  • Juniors (12 & up) are always welcome (see new shooter page for more info). Juniors (17 and under) shoot for free.
  • Range Officers helping run stages shoot free.




Weapon/Ammo Guidlelines


Pistols - 9mm is the minimum (and most common) caliber. 1600fps or less. A belt mounted holster for your pistol would be very helpful but not required. We can work around it. Shotguns - 20 gauge or larger. #6 Birdshot or smaller.. Slugs shall be 1.5 oz lead or smaller. No buckshot. Most our events will only have birdshot and maybe 1 or 2 slugs. Rifle - 5.45x39mm is the minimum caliber. .223 Remington is the most common caliber. Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing or steel/tungsten/composite core projectiles are not allowed. NOTE: If a target is damaged or destroyed by a competitor they will required to pay for or replace that target. No binary triggers allowed. Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) – 9mm is the minimum caliber for PCC. Ammo speed is less than 1600 fps.




Facilities


The CPS 3Gun events and practices at COSSA generally use bays #1 through #8 at our facility. We have access to other pistol bays as well as several rifle bays with ranges from 100 to 1000 yards as needed. Our primary bays have weather shelters with wood stoves for shade in the summer and protection from the elements in the winter. During the winter months, the stoves are a most welcome addition. We have two shoot houses, in bay #4 and bay #6, for some of our CQB type field courses.