7 Shooters You Know

Somewhat similar to Polenar Tactical’s Sh!t You See On The Range, SuperSetCA made a video lampooning seven stereotypical shooters one would see at a pistol match like USPSA.


The seven shooters are:

1 shooter

I have not actually come across this type of shooter in the USPSA matches I go to. Shooters who take firearm self defense training courses, as often as I go to USPSA matches, usually do not go to competitions. There seems to be a segregation of disciplines. Fight like you train mentality thinks of competition as useless and not something they are interested in pursuing.

2 shooter

Typically I do see shooters who are brand new to the sport and have inadequate gear. Like an Uncle Mike’s soft OWB holster with the strap that snaps to hold the gun in place. They are using construction ear muffs and sometimes they don’t even have mag pouches. They end up using pockets or shoving them behind their belt or pant waist.

3 shooter

While this stereotype does happen it is typically frowned upon to coach a shooter. In 3Gun and USPSA you are not allowed to help a shooter during a stage. You can share information before and after a stage but not during. Sort of like taking a test in school. You can get all the help you want before or after but when you are taking it, you are on your own.

4 shooter

This is quite typical anywhere. Some shooters like to blame anything other than themselves for their poor performance. I recall a Yonkers Detective who showed up to a USPSA match at my local range back in NY. I had never seen him before but someone had mentioned he was a detective for NYPD. He could not hit an 8 inch steel plate at 15 yards. He emptied two magazines trying to hit the target. I spoke with him and he made excuses that the gun was new and he had been shooting for 8 years.

5 shooter

Right out of Lethal Weapon.

6 shooter

I hate this type of shooter. They are very selfish. It is a collaborative effort to reset the stage after every shooter. The only people who do not have to help is the shooter who is about the shoot the stage once it has been reset and the last shooter who just finished the stage. Everyone else should be helping out.

7 shooter

The final stereotype is quite the exaggeration. I have not seen this type of shooter. Any USPSA match I have been to, the match director expects a certain level of familiarity from the competitors. Drawing a hand gun from behind your back would not be allowed. Let alone dual wielding pistols.

There are some stereotypes they should have included.
Range Hen: These are the people picking up empty brass rather than help reset the stage.

USPSA Lawyer: These shooters are similar to “It’s Always Something”. However they are self appointed authorities of USPSA rules and regulations.

Pro Shooter: Some shooters who have their name printed on the back of their jersey are often too good to be bothered with any trivial matters. Sort of the same lines as “I am just here to shoot”

What other stereotypes do you see at competitions?

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Giolli Joker

    “Range Hen: These are the people picking up empty brass rather than help reset the stage.”
    This definitely made me laugh!

  • Tritro29

    Mr. Hollywood should scream It wasn’t my war…

  • Trey

    Not a competitive type person but just arrange a person is the spend your way to success! Has all the right do dads toys Bells whistles newest greatest wonderful Uber rifle but still shoot a shotgun pattern. Which of course itself is not bad, but it sure seems odd.

  • Wolfgar

    This is very funny and true. When I first started USPSC many moons ago it was a competitive yet fun environment of people who wished to shoot better and have fun with people who had a common interest.. Today it has morphed into a bunch of sub groups of personalities. Come to think of it, it is just like high school!

    • Big Daddy

      That happens on web sites too.

    • Tritro29

      It’s High Powered, High Calibre School. Get it right. Been at a couple of matches in Europe. Holy Duck, looked like the Olympics.

  • James OG

    I saw this last night on my FB feed. That video is one of the best shooting videos I’ve ever seen on YouTube! It’s hysterical!

  • Marko Ram

    I love video, so funny! This article, so not funny. It like when someone try to explain joke at party. No good. 🙂

  • AD

    Very well done video, and very funny! I probably fit at least three of those types to be honest… maybe four…

    Was it just me or was Mr. Hollywood actually pretty awesome in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way? I there was a whole movie about that guy, I’d watch it! Come to think of it, it kinda felt to me like a cross between “The Man Who Knew Too Little” and “Shoot Em Up”.