Competitive Handgun Shooting
There's an excellent variety of competitive handgun shooting at the Weeping Water Gun Club, and this page will tell you a bit about the various types of competitions. The matches we shoot are generally with .22LR, center fire (CF ) - any center fire pistol of .32 or larger), .45ACP and Air Pistol.
The Standard Pistol:Is any .22 pistol. The rules specify a one-hand hold, open sights and a barrel length of 5.9 inches or less. These rules allow pistols such as the S&W Model 41, High Standard, Colt Woodsman or Browning Buckmark, etc. We offer a reasonable interpretation of International Shooting Union (ISU) rules to include any shooter who may have a firearm that does not meet the rules.
This Walther CP2 air pistol was used
by the Swedish world champion, Ragnar Skanaker,
to win an Olympic Gold medal.
We use the B-40 target at 10 meters (33 ft.). The match lasts up to one hour and 45 minutes. There are unlimited sighters and 60 shots for record. The only stipulation is that once you start the match you cannot go back for more sighters.
Free pistol is the most exacting of all shooting disciplines. The B-l I target is used at 50 feet indoors and the B-17 target is used outdoors. The bullseye is about the size of a little fingernail at 50 feet and about the size of a 50-cent piece at 50 meters.
International Rapid Fire:
We also shoot NRA Style matches. The matches are shot with the .22LR, center fire, and .45ACP. Most people use the .45ACP for both the center fire stage as well as the .45 stage, so they can practice with only two firearms, and need ammo for only two. Open or optical sights are allowed.
The course of fire is:
3 targets (B-6) , 10 shots per target in 10 minutes, at 50 yards,
3 targets (B-8) , 10 shots per target in 20 seconds per 5-shot string,
3 targets (B-8) , 10 shots per target in 10 seconds per 5-shot string.
That totals of 90 shots per gun.
90 with the .22LR, 90 CF, and 90 with the .45 comprise a total of 270 shots, and a scoring total of a possible 2700.
We also shoot the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) "Excellence in
Competition" Match, also known as the .45 Leg Match.
This match is shot with the standard .45ACP, with military-issue 230-grain ammunition and is only 30 shots. The 9mm Beretta is also legal for this match. The trigger pull for the competition must be at least 4 pounds.
We usually shoot this match only once or twice a year and all are welcome. The match fee goes to the CMP.
The course is:
10 shots at 50 yards slow fire, 10 shots at 25 yards timed fire,
(2 strings of 5 shots in 20 seconds), and 10 shots rapid fire
(2 strings of 5 shots in 10 seconds).
This match is held on the days that we have a State or Regional Championship. We usually have two relays; therefore, it is almost always possible to borrow a gun to use on an alternate relay.
All pistol events held at WWGC are open to the public. The dates and times of upcoming events are listed here. At all matches, we emphasize safety, education and fun.
In the past, I have offered instructional classes for adults and juniors usually about one month before the Cornhusker State Games. If you have any questions, please call me at 558-2211 (work) or 333-3785 (home).
We run low key matches and welcome juniors and women as well as men, and all levels, including beginners. We have a special half-price entry fee for all first-time shooters. We are an equal opportunity fun group with an emphasis on safety.