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Xring Pistol League

April 21, 2018

It’s that time of year again.  Spring is supposed to show up sometime, we do live in IL so it may be a while.  We can stop saying we can’t go to the range because of the weather and get some outdoor trigger time. 

But who wants to just go to the range and blast away.  Yes we have the GSL Drill of the month to add some variety but what about the other pistol shooting disciplines? 

May I recommend the Xring Custom pistol league which is in its 5th year? 

Cost to shoot a match is reasonable, just $10.  The amount of ammo needed is minimal, they say bring 100 rounds.  I don’t recall ever needing more than 75 but bring extra anyway. 


Xring Custom in Toledo, IL

What you need.

Well you know you are going to need the entry fee and ammo but what else.  Well you will need a pistol, holster, magazine holder and at least 2 magazines but more is better.  I should suggest that you try not to use nylon holsters.  They tend to collapse when the gun isn’t in them and will cause issues when you go to reholster the gun after the stage.  It also doesn’t hurt to bring a backpack to put your extra ammo mags and anything else you think you might need into.

What to expect from the stages.

The match always consist of at least 4 stages, Bull’s-eye, Tactical/USPSA, Steel, Mystery, there have been times where a 5th stage was added, the 100 round recommendation still stood and was accounted for.  Signup starts at noon, new shooters meeting is at 12:30P.M., Shooters meeting is at 12:45 P.M. and 1st shots are at 1:00 P.M.

The bull’s-eye stage starts out shooting at a B27 target.  You shoot 3 strings of fire that are 5 rounds each from the 5, 7 and 10 yard line.  If this sounds familiar to the CCW guys it should.  This stage changes progressively match to match.  So you will be shooting the full sized B27 the 1st match, 2nd match might just be the B27 centers, 3rd match might be a B6 target.  The goal is to get progressively harder to make you a better shooter.  This is the one stage where you will have multiple people on the line with you.  There are plenty of range officers there to make sure everyone stays safe.  When I 1st started shooting the league 5 years ago I actually had 2 shots that did not score on this stage.  After keeping with it and a few thousand rounds of practice I now consistently score 147-148 out of a possible 150.


The 2nd stage is what they refer to the Tactical stage.  This stage you will shoot the USPSA style targets.  Round count this stage can vary from doing the El-Prez drill which is 12 rounds to doing barricade work and needing at least 16 rounds.  This stage will screw some people up but it’s not the stage itself it’s the buzzer that starts the time and adds the stress.  Competition is one of the few things can comes remotely close to the stress you may face if you ever have to use a firearm in defense of your life.  The video shows a perfect example of a failure to fire and reacting to get the gun up and running agai.  Can you do that under stress?  Personally I would rather find out how I respond to that stress on the range than when it counted.


3rd stage is based off of the steel challenge.  The 1st match will usually start out with the Smoke and Hope stage.  You will shoot this stage 3-4 times.  Yes you have seen guys on TV clear some of these stages in less than 2 seconds but it is harder than it looks.  Don’t be surprised if you end up grabbing for a 2nd magazine during a string.  Oh and just for fun and games there may be a steel hostage target for the stop plate or there could be barricades so you have to move to engage all the targets.  You will just have to show up to find out.  This is another timed.


4th stage always changes.  You could be shooting clay pigeons, water bottles, KYL steel targets, or my personal favorite double tap speed which is a modified version of smoke and hope.  What’s a KYL target?  Good question.  Its 5 plates, 12”, 10” 8” 6” and 4”.  You start out at 10 yards.  Clear the plates at 10 yards and back up to 15, then 20, then 25.  We had one guy in a previous match make it out to 45 yards before he missed, I don’t think I have ever made it past 20 yard.


 Have your interest yet?

Oh don’t give me that BS excuses you don’t want to embarrass yourself or you have been around guns all your life and have your ccw licence and don’t need the practice.

One thing that is stressed not only by the RO’s but by the members who have shot the league in previous years is new shooters get help if they asked for it.  Guys who have been there a while will get hell for any mistake that they make, like not doing a mandatory magazine reload on stage 2 when it is required.  Trust me I know I have been both the new guy and one of the guys who has shot the league.  I plan on shooting the league as long as the guys at Xring are putting them on.

And ladies don't think this is a boys only club.  We have a few women shooters that shoot the league.  There is is even one 12 year old girl who we call pink mist who kicks the crap out of most of the male shooters.

Anybody got any excuses I haven't covered?  No.  Then good I hope to see you at league.  Its the 2nd saturday of the month May-August.  Come out and have a good time with us.





2 Responses to Xring Pistol League

  1. Mom With a Gun on April 24, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for the details! Sounds like a fun day for the fam!

  2. X Ring Custom on April 27, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Pistol League Dates are as follow.

    May 12th, June 16th, July 28, Aug 18th.

    Come out and get some trigger time.