This class is a prerequisite for new shooters at RRGC to participate in the sport of USPSA and other action pistol sports.

Required experience for this class:

  • Knowledge and familiarity with proper operation of their hand gun

  • People who have at least 1,000 rounds through the pistol they intend to compete with

  • Must already possess the basic fundamentals on how to shoot their pistol safely and accurately

Required equipment for the class:

  • A safe and properly operating pistol or revolver that must be carried separate from your ammo (No ammo allowed in the Safe Area, which is the only place where you may handle and holster your pistol)

  • Protective eye and ear equipment

  • Quality holster that meets the following requirements:

    • Completely covers the trigger and trigger guard

    • Does not require a trigger finger button actuation to release pistol (no Serpa, Sigtac)

    • Maintains rigidity when pistol is removed (no nylon, leather, suede, or other soft material)

    • Worn outside of the pants on the belt at approximately 3 o'clock

  • At least 2 belt-mounted magazine pouches

  • At least 3 magazines

  • 150 rounds of Ammo

  • Food, water and appropriate dress for the weather

After successful completion of the class you will have been given:

  • The absolute and nonnegotiable safety requirements of Richmond Rod and Gun Club and almost any IPSC or USPSA match range

  • Overview of the sport of Action Shooting

  • Etiquette of the sport

  • Equipment required

  • Volunteer responsibilities to keep the matches going

This class will not teach you:

  • How to shoot

  • Defensive handgun or self defense

What you will get for your $120 course fee:

  • Four free RRGC matches that must be used within 6 months.

  • Tips and drills that you can practice to improve your competitive performance.​

Some of the other topics we will discuss are USPSA divisions, rules, and the classification system. We will discuss and practice, drawing, reloading, sight picture, trigger control, drills, moving through a stage, planning how to negotiate a stage, and range commands. We will also tell you what you can do for practice at home.

We will be in the classroom from 9AM until 11:00AM. Then, we will be on the range from 11:15AM until 1:30PM.  

We typically hold two classes per month and they fill up VERY quickly.  All available classes are listed below.  If there are no classes listed, that means that all classes are full.  New classes will be posted as they become available:


Since our Introductory course fills up so quickly and, often there is a long lead time, we also accept courses from other "sister" ranges.  For a list of comparable courses, please check out or FAQs.