Big news from USPSA.
USPSA competition rules have been adjusted to reflect changes in equipment position requirements for Production, Single Stack, and Carry Optics, as well as the addition of a firearm-mounted flashlight.
In the February 2021 USPSA Board of Directors Meeting, a few rules were updated in the firearm equipment appendices to make the placement of pistols and magazine pouches consistent in all USPSA Divisions. The goal is to make the process easier for members to understand and less subjectively enforced at matches, resulting in fewer competitors being moved to a less competitive division for their firearm at registration, and even fewer moved to Open Division because of their holster or magazine pouch position. This less-restrictive change will allow members to use their “everyday carry” holster position for Production and Carry Optics Divisions without being moved to Limited or Open where the holster position is less restrictive.
With regard to the same consistent application of division equipment rules, the use of a firearm-mounted light [such as the SureFire X300 Ultra] was also approved. This should also result in fewer competitors being moved to a division where their firearm, usually their defensive firearm, is not competitive. Allowing the use of a functional mounted light to a firearm that meets division weight and size limit otherwise will allow those members to compete in a division where their firearm is most competitive.
Please note that all other rules including the type of holster, height of the firearm, and distance from the belt have not changed.
The Single Stack Division weight limit was increased to accommodate a wider variety of factory-produced pistols common in the marketplace, specifically in 9mm.
Here are the specific changes to the rules:
o App. D2-D7, Item 14 – Changed to ‘Yes, must be functional’
o App. D4, D5, D7, Item 12 – Removed reference to App. E3
o App. D4, D5, D7, Item 20, 4th bullet point – Removed ‘Magazines may not be retained through magnetic means.’
o App. E3 – Deleted bottom diagram showing equipment position in relation to hip bones
o App. D5, Item 18 – Maximum single stack weight with empty mag increased from 43 oz. to 45 oz.
For more information, on the USPSA, visit uspsa.org.