Sport shooting has an ‘extreme’ sport and it is called practical shooting. Competitors have to move, lean, shoot, negotiate obstacles, run, shoot, reload, crouch, problem solve, shoot some more as they safely drive their bodies and guns through each of the stages as fast as their skills will allow. Every G.S.S.F. Practical Shooting Match is made up of stages that seek to measure a shooter’s ability in all three elements of the sport and are coordinated under strict safety guidelines marshaled by experienced Range Officials. These matches in Guyana are held outdoors, in all weather, further testing competitor skills. Saturday 30th July, 2016 was no different as the Foundation members started out in horrific heat in brilliant sunshine, blue skies, facing 4 stages ahead of them to complete the scheduled match. Shooting was done under the USPSA Practical Shooting Handgun Rules at the G.D.F.’s Yarrowkabra Range.
Queensway Security Service Inc. is the latest corporate agency to support the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation. The leading security company has over the years continued to recognise shooting as a sport and gives the company's commitment to fostering the continued growth of the sport in Guyana. This was highlighted as Queensway Security Service gave sponsorship to the growing Foundation for their upcoming Practical Shooting competition.
At a simple hand-over ceremony at the Company’s Head-Office at 153 Regent Road and Oronoque Streets, Bourda Georgetown, Chief Operations Officer of QSS, Mr. Lancelot Khan, presented the sponsorship funds to GSSF Chairman of the Practical Shooting Committee, Mr. David Dharry who thanked the security company for the usual support given to the G.S.S.F. In an invited comment Mr. Khan highlighted that he is happy to be involved and that he has seen first hand the discipline and high level of safety surrounding the sport not only in Guyana but also around the Caribbean and further afield. He also mentioned the added benefit sport shooting brings to practical shooters with regards to the training element for safe and accurate firearm use in a totally dynamic environment.
Just a few weeks ago the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation received a National Sports Award for the Most Improved Association for 2015 and there is no question that merely a few months later, Sport Shooting has once again been taken to an even higher level in Guyana after Saturday’s successful hosting of Guyana’s first 3-Gun Match.
As a part of the Guyana’s 50th Independence Activities the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation and the National Sports Commission successfully featured Practical Shooting in the NSC’s 50 Shades of Games sports programme on Saturday 27th February, 2016.
Practical Shooters were given the opportunity to display their Accuracy and Speed while managing Power at the Practical Pistol Match, held at the G.D.F’s Timehri Range as new and experienced shooters alike showed up to test their skills against each other in four challenging courses of fire in celebration of Guyana's Golden Jubilee.
The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation Practical Pistol Section brought the curtains down for 2015 on Saturday 5th December, 2015, when they hosted the P&P Insurance Brokers & Consultants Practical Pistol Match at the GDF Timehri Range. The event saw local practical shooters testing their skills in four dynamic stages setup by the GSSF Match Committee competing for prizes in two divisions. The Production Division shooters used out of the factory firearms which were limited to a magazine capacity of 10 rounds only while the Limited or Standard Division shooters where allowed some add-ons to make their guns more race worthy for the sport.
Match Director for the event, Mr. Ryan McKinnon in his opening remarks, welcomed the shooters and encouraged all to follow the strict safety rules set out by the discipline and introduced the range safety officers who would be monitoring the action. McKinnon also noted the attendance of sanctioned and established practical shooters of IPSC Guyana along with the Regional Director Mr. Harold Hopkinson. The stages selected for the competition from the get go appeared to be a rigid test of the ability of the shooters to balance the three elements of practical shooting: Speed, Power and Accuracy. To get things on the way the MD introduced the Range Master for the event, Mr. David Dharry, who was tasked with ensuring all the rules of the sport were followed correctly.
Local practical shooters will participate in a Practical Pistol Match which has been exclusively sponsored by P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Limited and hosted by the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation. This much anticipated competition will be held at the GDF’s Timehri Ranges this weekend.
President of the Foundation Ms. Vidushi Persaud, in her remarks said the match will usher in the festive Christmas season and hopefully brings lots of cheer to the members and local pistol aces as they compete in the final competition for the GSSF’s calendar year. Competitors will be separated into two divisions based on their firearm setup: Production Division (for out of the factory firearms) and Standard Division (where some add-ons and higher end aftermarket parts are allowed.) She went on to note that local Regional Director for IPSC, Mr. Harold Hopkinson has been instrumental in encouraging local shooters and the attendance of a number of practical shooters of Guyana will be facilitated to test their ability to balance the three elements of practical shooting: Speed, Power and Accuracy. Built around safety, the sport simultaneously measures the ability of the competitor to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full powered gun in a fun, fair, and competitive environment.
Practical Shooters of Guyana were on Saturday 25th July, 2015 given a chance to display their Accuracy and Speed while managing Power, compliments of the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation with the support of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.
It was another fun afternoon in the blistering sun at the G.D.F’s Timehri Ranges as new and experienced shooters alike showed up to test their skills against each other in four challenging courses of fire.
The fascinating thing about sport shooting is that is draws persons together from all walks of life. This was demonstrated on Saturday 18th April, 2015 when a diverse group of local handgun shooters (comprising of criminal attorneys-at-law, civil attorneys, businessmen, civil engineers, IT consultants, a farmer, dentist, pilot and psychiatrist) braved the rains of that day and made their way to the GDF Timehri Ranges to be part of some safe shooting competition when the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation hosted another Steel Challenge Shooting Match. The competition on Saturday consisted of three sanctioned SCSA stages: Accelerator, 5 to Go and Smoke and Hope.
We have secured access to use the GDF Yarrowkabra Range at Timehri on Saturday 11th April, 2015.
As such we will be using this opportunity to host a practicesession, this can be used to sharpen your skills for our Steel Challenge Match slated for next week, Saturday 18th April, 2015. Others can additionally do timed drills as they see fit.
Additionally if you still have the practical section of our Range Discipline & Firearms Safety Course to complete this is an opportunity for you to do so.