USPSA competitions infuse every shot with a sense of purpose: earning points. The number of points you earn, however, is influenced by both your accuracy and the power factor of your firearm:
Major Power Factor Guns:
Minor Power Factor Guns:
Steel targets add a tactile layer to the competition. They're valued at 5 points, but they demand more than just a hit—they must be knocked down to count.
To compute the Hit Factor:
Points: The shooter earns points based on the accuracy of their shots. Different scoring zones on a target correspond to different point values. For instance, in USPSA, an "A" zone hit typically awards the full point value (e.g., 5 points), while peripheral hits in the "C" or "D" zones might award fewer points or even result in penalties.
Time: The shooter's total time, typically recorded with electronic timers that detect the sound of gunshots, represents how long it took them to complete the course of fire.
Hit Factor Calculation: Hit Factor = Total Points / Total Time
For example, if a shooter scores 125 points in a time of 25 seconds, their hit factor is:
Hit Factor = 125 / 25 = 5
Understanding Match Percentage:
How is Match Percentage Calculated?
Determine the Top Shooter: The shooter with the highest total points across all stages in a match is considered the top shooter. Their total points become the benchmark for all other competitors.
Calculate Individual Percentage: For each shooter, their total points are divided by the top shooter's total points, then multiplied by 100 to get their Match Percentage.
Why is Match Percentage Important?