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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Right out of Lethal Weapon.
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.
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?