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DAVE ANDERSON PHOTOS: CHUCK PITTMAN

Only a small percentage of shooting enthusiasts ever try competitive shooting. Should you try it? Competition is fun, it can teach several valuable shooting lessons, and it doesn't have to be expensive. I've been a life member of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) for many years. USPSA is the USA's representative of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), both great organizations. When I shot my first IPSC match about 1980, practical shooting competition was primarily a handgun sport. Handgun competition still predominates, but "3-gun" matches are rapidly increasing in popularity.

Why should you join USPSA? You will learn to handle a firearm safely and competently. USPSA isn't concerned whether you become a Grand Master, or just shoot a couple of club matches a year with your buddies. But they care very much about firearm safety.

The splendid safety record of practical shooting competition didn't just happen. USPSA long ago developed rules and procedures to ensure the safety of spectators, match officials and competitors. Rules are strictly enforced.

Safety skills such as muzzle control become ingrained habits under the watchful eyes of officials, instructors and fellow competitors. On a public range I can watch a shooter for a couple of minutes and have a good idea if he is a competitor just by how loads, holsters, and unloads his pistol.

My first lessons in firearm safety were from my dad and my grandfather. Dad had been the best shot in

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