The United States Practical Shooting Association has added a provisional Carry Optics division to its competition categories for the remainder of 2015 to “keep up with the industry,” according to USPSA President Phil Strader.
For 20 years, USPSA has provided a test bed for equipment and techniques, many of which have become the standard for police and military training. Today, USPSA competition matches are conducted every week by nearly 400 clubs all over the United States.
USPSA President Phil Strader said, “We have recognized the progression of lightweight carry pistols that are being outfitted with slide-mounted electronic optics.”
For the rest of the 2015 competition year, the Carry Optics division will be recognized at sanctioned Level 1 USPSA events. At the next United States Practical Shooting Association’s board of directors meeting in January 2016, board members will evaluate participation, industry response and growth trends to determine if Carry Optics can remain a viable division within the USPSA.
According to Cabela‘s, the trial period for the new division ends Jan 1. 2016 and from there, they will evaluate participation and rules. Until the evaluation period is completed, they will be in Level I matches only and many details are yet to be determined, such as weight limit.
“We are excited to see how this new division will be received by our members and the industry,” Strader said.