The Whole Shootin' Match: Competition 101

All matches are different, but here are the basics you need to know to get started in competitive shooting.

posted on September 28, 2022

Does the term "competitive shooting" sound intimidating? That's probably because of the word "competitive," which we use because "safe and fun way to improve your skills while making new friends and learning how to shoot better" is too much of a tongue-twister. In this video from Smith & Wesson's GUNSMARTS series, you'll discover that the rules of competitive shooting are designed to level the playing field and keep you safe ... and that those rules are pretty intuitive and easy to understand. Who best to prove that than two of the world's most famous competitive shooters, Julie Golob and Jerry Miculek? 

As you'll see, competitive shooting starts and ends with safety. From the "safe area" to the likely range commands you'll hear, everything is designed to allow you to focus 100 percent on your shooting. You'll also learn what is meant by the dreaded "DQ," or disqualification ... that is to say, the shooter mistakes that can knock you out of the competition.

What the video won't reveal (but we will, because we love this fact) is that it's traditional in many matches for disqualified shooters to go get their pictures taken under the sign of a very popular fast-food chain that has the initials "DQ." Furthermore, many many famous competitors have such a photo in their archives somewhere. 

From starting positions, to target-to-target transitions, to moving and shooting skills, Jerry and Julie have you covered. Don't be intimidated, and one day you might just win the whole shootin' match.

Latest

Ccw Favorites Jm4tactical 2
Ccw Favorites Jm4tactical 2

A Few of My Favorite EDC Things

In my early quest for the Holy Grail of holsters and all things everyday carry, I have found a few keepers.

The Armed Citizen® December 9, 2022

Read accounts of three brave armed mothers who fought off intruders.

Wreaths Across America’s Escort to Arlington Commences Dec. 10

What has become known as the country’s longest veterans’ parade will travel down the east coast, stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the year-long mission.

A Few of My Favorite Late-Season Hunting Things

What makes prolific huntress Melissa Bachman happy this time of year? For starters, things that keep her warm—and a few more!

4 Ways to Purify Backcountry Water

Whether you're a backcountry hunter, camper or hiker, chances are you'll need to replenish your drinking water by purifying a natural water source. Here are the most four common methods.

How to Be a Courteous and Ethical Hunter

An ethic is an unwritten rule for the way we behave and act when no one else is watching, and this especially pertains to hunting.

Women's Interests



Get the best of NRA Women delivered to your inbox.