Growth in Pistol Caliber Carbine Competitions

Sparrow Dynamics
2 min readAug 22, 2018

The pistol caliber carbine (PCC) has grown in popularity over the last few years and we are looking forward to see what’s new at SHOT Show 2019. Their growth in the market has sparked an emergence of new divisions in shooting sport competitions and other multi-gun competitions. We are also witnessing more people getting involved in shooting sports that may have been less comfortable competing with pistols, or just prefer shooting rifles over pistols. In fact, the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) welcomed long guns when they added the Pistol Caliber Carbine Division in June of 2016. And matches have expanded wildly across the country since then, giving even more people the opportunity to enjoy the sport.

Challenges to Competing in California

USPSA PCC Division SD Speedshooters All Steel Match in Pala, CA (visit our YouTube channel for more)

There are always challenges to competing in California due to “assault weapon” laws. Some modern (CA compliant) featureless grips have come out in the last year that are great choices for competition rifles. Featureless rifles benefit from having a standard mag release, and these modern featureless grips allow the shooter to have better ergonomics and more control over the rifle than older grip designs. So, even though there are challenges… competition shooters in CA can still legally participate in this growing sport with many of the benefits of standard pistol caliber carbine.

Sparrow Dynamics California Compliant Featureless Rifle Grip for AR-15 Platform Rifles

Sharpen Your Long Gun Skills

The “practical” part of USPSA shooting is meant to hone our practical application of firearms in staged real world scenarios. The relatively young PCC division extends that practical application to long guns, and we see this as a welcome addition to the sport.

Learn More!

Look for a USPSA PCC division near you and learn how you can get involved in this growing and enjoyable sport. Visit USPSA’s website and find a club near you!

The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) is the largest practical shooting organization in the United States and the second largest region within IPSC after the Russian Federation of Practical Shooting.

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