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OPSA (Otero Practical Shooting Association) is a group of men and women that enjoy the wide variety of shooting sports. Our first commitment is to insure and teach safe gun handling. That is our most important goal. Safety briefings are given before the start of each and every match. All shooters and spectators are required to wear both eye and ear protection. If you see anything that might be a safety concern, SAY SOMETHING! Our next goal is to have fun.

OPSA holds five monthly matches at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range located just north of La Luz, NM, and hosts special matches during the year. OPSA was the host of the USPSA New Mexico Sectionals for 2002 and has held the New Mexico 3 Gun Championship for a number of years. We also host the NRA "Women on Target" and the Eddie Eagle safety program. Many of our members are certified NRA instructors and have helped the Boy Scouts with their shooting merit badge program and are sponsors of our local 4-H club. Our club is also sanctioned by USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) and SASS (Single Action Shooting Society).

USPSA, is governed by IPSC (International Practical Shooters Confederation), holds its matches on the forth Sunday of each month. The match consists of four stages, one of them being a classifier, the scores of which are submitted to USPSA for the shooter's classification. Twice a year we hold a special four-stage classifier on our regularly scheduled match day.

IPSC is a fast paced shooting sport. There are handgun divisions that cover everything from race guns to off the shelf pistols and revolvers. The stages involve engaging targets using cover, on the move, and speed drills. Targets include steel poppers and plates, paper and sometimes moving targets. Everyone is invited to shoot our matches and you don't need to be a member of USPSA to enjoy this sport.

Wild West Shooting Matches are cowboy action shooting based matches. Participants dress in late 1800's clothing, strap on their single action shootin' irons and have their trusty rifle and coach shotgun close at hand. They hold their matches on the first Saturday of each month.

You will find yourself transported back in time with stages that engage targets from the back of your favorite horse (ok, so it's a large, adult sized rocking horse), to coming out of the outhouse with gun's a-blazin'. You usually use all three guns for every stage. Everyone is invited to come out and join the fun.

22 Rimfire Matches

22 Rimfire Benchrest Silhouette are matches where the shooter will engage Chickens at 65 m, Pigs at 77 m, Turkeys at 100 m and Rams at 150 m. Come on out and join us in a fun and inexpensive shoot and meet other shooters in this area.

22 Rimfire Action matches include the use of handguns and rifles. Standing behind a table with your 22 handgun and rifle ready to go, you engage targets with your pistol, transition to your rifle and engage another set of targets at a further distance.

22 F-Class/Palma is shot at 100 yards using different targets to simulate various ranges. Shooting is done prone using scopes or open sights. This match is held at the Roadrunner Trap Club, 4-H range.

Most of the above matches start at 9:00 a.m. with sign up at 8:30 a.m. For the matches to work, help with setting up the stages at 8:00 is highly encouraged. During the match, if everyone pitches in and helps with the pasting of targets and picking up of brass, the match goes smoother and a good time is had by all. The more you contribute, the more you get out of it.

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