PowerFactor Show

Episode 58 – Stage Design Theory

Rick, Caleb and Steve sit down to talk about the theory of stage design for popular shooting sports like IDPA and USPSA. This episode also starts a series that will focus on ideation, designing, stage setup and shooting them.

Send your stage designs to powerfactorshow@gmail.com if you want us to take a look at them.

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  1. On the subject of safety, why not just hang the timer on the competitor, instead of having the RO running around with them, getting underfoot and risk getting muzzle swept?
    If an infraction is seen and some action is needed, how about just using a fog horn or something, from a safe distance?

    For the competitor that starts facing uprange –
    to prevent them from turning in the opposite direction than they declared, how about using a barricade to block them from doing so, that forces them to turn correctly?
    It wouldn’t have to be anything large and heavy, maybe just a small fence type.

    • Interesting perspective. I’m not aware of any timed event in sports that has the timer on the competitor rather than under control of a match official or referee, but it’s an intersting thought. Every shooter could have some sort of transmitter, and it could read out on a billboard where everyone could see it. There are already timers with that capability, but attaching to to the shooter could be the next step. The Safety Officer does have to be in close proximity to the shooter, in order to determine if/when an infraction occurs. Again, comparing it to other sports, you don’t see boxing referees or football officials on the sidelines, you see them close to the action.
      It certainly would be possible to have some sort of moveable structure that would prevent a shooter from turning into it, while still allowing them to choose the direction they’ll turn, and maybe someone else in the viewing audience has seen something like that at a match?


  2. Awesome episode. I’ve been shooting USPSA for over a year and recently thought it would be cool to start designing stages to submit to my local club. Well after watching this episode I can clearly see my thought process was way off on stage design and now with your comments in mind I hopefully will design much better stages to submit.


  3. Last year Chuck Anderson won Area 1 Single Stack shooting minor. Third place was shooting minor as well. I think there may be something to it 🙂

    • Mark – I didn’t shoot A1 last year; were there a lot of steel targets, or stages that favored capacity? I think that’s going to determine how well minor will fare. If I saw stage designs with three paper targets and two steel targets in every view, I’d shoot minor, too.


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