During Episode 25 of Shooting The Breeze, I spent several minutes talking about Episode 55 of The Power Factor Show. Towards the end of the show, the guys informed their audience that they were looking for some stage design submission to critique in a future episode.

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at USPSA Stage Design for a little while now and the prospect of having it reviewed finally made me get started. In the past I’ve tried using the Powerpoint Template that is so popular amongst USPSA stage designs, but I just couldn’t get my head around it (Maybe my lack of Powerpoint and using a Macbook has something to do with it).

In order to design my stage, I made it much more complicated than it had to be. I fired up AutoCAD and got to work, from scratch, in a 3D Environment.It has been a few years since I’ve done anything more than dabbling in 3D, so it took me a little while to find my groove.

After I was finished, I packaged it up and sent it away to The Power Factor Show. I received a positive response from Steve telling me that there were no glaring holes in my plan and that it had plenty of options for the shooter. Steve also mentioned that the use of Shooting Boxes would limit the stage to Level 1 matches only (club level matches) and that I had some room to place extra targets if I wanted to increase the round count a bit.

This gave me an idea. I thought, why don’t I present the stage to the readers of my blog and we can work on it as a collective? After some work on the stage, maybe we can even get it used at a club level match and record some video of it being shot.

USPSA Community Stage: 001

Stage Description:
From Box A, shooter is to engage all steel targets. Once all steel is down, shooter may then procede into forward shooting zone and engage paper with two best shots scoring.

Walt In PA - USPSA Stage - 1 Top

Stage Layout:
From Box A, the shooter is to engage four steel poppers. Steel may be shot in any order the shooter prefers. The closest piece of steel, on the left, is a small popper at 10 Yards. The next piece of steel is placed 15 yards from Box A, on the right. Steel targets three and four are large poppers placed 25 yards from Box A. The 25 yard popper on the right is setup to activate a no-shoot swinger.

From within the large shooting zone, the shooter is to engage a variety of paper targets. The first is a series of stacked targets placed between two walls. These walls restrict the shooters visibility and draws the shooter in to make closer shots. A similar setup occurs on the opposite side of the shooting zone.

Barrels are setup towards the rear of the stage with targets tucked around behind them. Beyond these targets is a narrow shooting lane with two target stands at the rear. The target stand on the right is shrouded by a no-shoot swinger than was activated earlier on in the stage.

Walt In PA - USPSA Stage - 1 VIEW 1

Walt In PA - USPSA Stage - 1 VIEW 1

Walt In PA - USPSA Stage - 1 VIEW 1

Participating in Development

If you would like to help develope this USPSA stage, you can do it in a couple of ways. The easiest is probably to leave comment on this post with your suggestions. If you would like to take it a step further, you could save or print the above images and mark them up. If you send the revised images to me, I’ll upload them and host them here on my blog (you can use any image editing software to draw on them. You could even print them off, scribble on them, then scan or snap a photo of your markups).

Every so often I’ll go through the suggestions, alter the original file, and repost the stage. We can go through the process until the stage is deemed complete. Once we get to that point, I’ll do my best to create the official USPSA Stage Paperwork and submit it to my local club for inclusion in a match (you are welcome to do the same with the completed stage).

Shooting The Stage

If stage design isn’t your thing, I would still appreciate your input. Instead of offering ideas to alter the stage, tell me how you would shoot it. If you have no experience with USPSA shooting, limit your gun to ten rounds and consider yourself a Production or Limited 10 Shooter.