What are Divisions?
USPSA recognizes 6 handgun divisions. In USPSA competition shooters are grouped into DIVISIONS based on the type of equipment they are using. Equipment type is a combination of the
type of firearm being used as well as the type of holster and mag pouches being used. This allows for the shooter to choose a division based on factors such as budget or personal
preference. Divisions are also much like classes in that they keep a shooters using an"off the shelf" model like a Glock 17 from having to compete with a shooter who has a fully
customized gun with compensated barrels and holographic sights, etc. The idea is to have shooters in the same class using similar equipment.
Strictly limited to the use of production handguns with double or safe-action triggers. Firearms in 9mm or .40 S&W are popular though 9mm
is the most common because of the cheaper and lower recoil round. Shooters may change the sights but no other externally visible changes are permitted. Limited to 10 rounds in a magazine.
Holsters and mag pouches must be of the carry type. Minor scoring only. Common models in the production division are Glock, Beretta, SIG, Springfield, Para-Ordnance, S&W, etc. Minor
scoring only. Click Here for the USPSA approved handgun list for the Production Division
This division is intended for stock revolvers (S&W 625 and the like). Shooters may fire only six rounds between reloads with limited modifications
permitted. No optical sights, porting or recoil compensators are allowed. Grips, sights and cylinders may be modified. Holsters and mag pouches may be of the "speed holster" variety. 9mm
for Minor scoring and .40, .45 for Major scoring.
Only 1911 production-type pistols allowed. Pistols must be available to the general public. No comps, barrel weights, barrel ports, optic or any electronic sighting device allowed.
10 rounds maximum per magazine for Minor, 8 rounds for Major. Holsters and mag pouches must be of the carry type. 9mm for Minor scoring and .40, .45 for Major scoring.
Typically single-action autoloaders in .40 S&W and .45 ACP, although double action pistols are allowed. Shooters are limited to 10 rounds in
the magazine. Competitors may make minor changes such as lightened slides, sights, grips, slide stops, over size magazine releases and mag wells, but they may not add optical sights,
porting or recoil systems. Common models in the Limited 10 division are STI, SV, Glock, S&W, Springfield XD, Para Ordnance, CZ, and others. Holsters and mag pouches may be of the
"speed holster" variety. 9mm for Minor scoring and .40, .45 for Major scoring.
This division is the same as Limited 10 except that magazines may contain unlimited amount of rounds as long as the length of the magazine doesn't exceed 140mm.
Open Division is the all-out "race gun" game. Open guns usually feature various types of optical red-dot type sights, ported barrels, and barrel
compensators. You will see radically lightened slides and convenience features like slide rackers. The only real restriction in Open is that magazines are limited to 170mm in overall
length, but even then the 170mm mags can hold as many as 30 rounds! Although Open guns can be any caliber, most Open guns are built in one one the 38 Super ACP variants. Holsters
and mag pouches may be of the "speed holster" variety. Most race guns are built on STI, SV, or Caspian frames, but you will see some from Glock, S&W, Para Ordnance and CZ as well. Mostly 9mm and .38 for Major scoring.
For more rules and information regaurding each division consult Appendix D in the USPSA Rulebook