USPSA and IDPA to Merge

1-Apr-15 – 00:01 by ToddG

arghs-targetAfter more than a decade of rancorous and sometimes hostile co-existence, today the U.S. Practical Shooting Association and the International Defensive Pistol Association are announcing a joint restructuring that will merge the two organizations by the end of Summer 2015.

The combined organization will be named the American Run & Gun Handgun Sport. The sport will utilize an easily recognized target that has the same overall size and shape of both the USPSA and IDPA target, using the lower scoring zones from IDPA and the upper A & B scoring zones of USPSA.

Realizing that the two games had far more in common than most competitors wished to admit, their respective Boards of Directors have been meeting secretly since this year’s SHOT Show to bring a big tent, uniform approach to competitive action pistol sports. Rulebook proposals will be sent out by the end of June to current USPSA members for comment, and the final rulebook will be delivered to IDPA members in July so they can read it.

ARGHS will start with four Divisions:

  • Play; this division is intended for the majority of competitors who simply wish to enjoy a day of shooting in a competitive environment and will accommodate most common sport handguns.
  • Operate; a division dedicated to low profile tactical operations from concealment and/or anyone named Timothy, Operate will require competitors to shoot from behind barricades rather than run past them and perform all reloads while crouching.
  • Race; the Race division is specifically designed for handguns that no one would use for any reason other than an ARGHS match and/or someone who places a loaded magazine in a front pocket, will require all movement to be performed at a full sprint, and shooting from barricade positions must be performed while standing on one foot only.
  • Revolve; the rules for this division have not been finalized at this time because Jerry Miculek hasn’t told us what they will be.

The game’s classification system will be dependent on Division. For Play and Race divisions, shooters will be given a chance to shoot the same stage as many times as they want until they get the score that gives them their best possible ranking. For Operate, competitors will be forced to shoot an extensive course of fire covering skills that primarily have nothing to do with ARGHS matches. And Revolve division entrants will all be ranked Novice except for Jerry Miculek, who will simply be ranked National Champion Again.

Current USPSA and IDPA memberships will automatically become ARGHS memberships on September 1st, 2015.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

 

  1. 27 Responses to “USPSA and IDPA to Merge”

  2. Happy April Fools Day :-)

    By MarkC on Apr 1, 2015

  3. april fools, lol nice try.

    By Lian on Apr 1, 2015

  4. Come on Jerry and get us some ARGHS Revolve rules so I can start automatically losing to you. It will be so great bragging to all my friends on how I lose to JM every match instead of just talking up his YouTube videos. Losing to JM. Sweet!

    By David on Apr 1, 2015

  5. Oh how I wish this was true.

    By Edwin on Apr 1, 2015

  6. I think it would actually work… 😀

    By Miguel on Apr 1, 2015

  7. Rulebook proposals will be sent out by the end of June to current USPSA members for comment, and the final rulebook will be delivered to IDPA members in July so they can read it.

    Love this part

    By Rob E on Apr 1, 2015

  8. You had me until “ARGHS”. Too early in the morning for this crap:)

    By Arty on Apr 1, 2015

  9. I am ready to operate!

    By Timothy on Apr 1, 2015

  10. 5 demerits for not using the term “grand bagger”.

    Now, not to be mean, but can you write us some content this long? I miss it.

    happy shooting, dv

    By dustyvarmint on Apr 1, 2015

  11. Revolve; the rules for this division have not been finalized at this time because Jerry Miculek hasn’t told us what they will be.

    I kept a straight face until that right there. 😀

    By Tam on Apr 1, 2015

  12. An obvious hoax, Bill Wilson will not capitulate or sell his sport.

    By Chuck Van Meter on Apr 1, 2015

  13. You spelled Revolve wrong its “Miculek” If I hear “cover” one time I am breaking the 180

    By Fred on Apr 1, 2015

  14. Charlie. Uniform. November. Tango.

    Had me going though…

    By P. K. on Apr 1, 2015

  15. You forgot that folks shooting the Operate division must shoot at No light/Low light conditions.

    By Rick R on Apr 1, 2015

  16. Should get the SASS involved in the merger.

    By benny on Apr 1, 2015

  17. >> You forgot that folks shooting the Operate division must shoot at No light/Low light conditions.

    No, the Operate division is for people wishing to present illusory interest toward training. It will also be a welcoming division for most attendees at tactical classes/schools.

    Those interested in training will compete in Race and Play because that is where people who actually compete will be.

    By John M. Buol Jr. on Apr 1, 2015

  18. I do like that target

    By mark p on Apr 1, 2015

  19. Are we allowed to use automatic revolvers in this league? :)

    By Anthony love on Apr 1, 2015

  20. Should have happen long time ago. They should also look at SASS..

    By joe on Apr 1, 2015

  21. And yet, still no production optics.

    By Doc on Apr 1, 2015

  22. I am looking for the Revolver with a Silencer Division.

    By Joel Parks on Apr 1, 2015

  23. Good by me. Please keep me in the loop with any updates.

    By Thomas Heyward on Apr 1, 2015

  24. Bwahahahaha!!!!
    Can’t fool me!
    As soon as I saw the acronym, ARGHS, I knew it was a joke.

    By Geoff on Apr 1, 2015

  25. “And yet, still no production optics.”

    Oh, golf clap! :)

    By Tam on Apr 1, 2015

  26. Hope this is an April Fools Joke

    By Bruce Point on Apr 1, 2015

  27. Will I be able to dress Operate Division appropriate but compete in the Race Division?

    By Rick on Apr 4, 2015

  28. Rick: only if you divide all the targets by zero.

    By ToddG on Apr 4, 2015

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