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We tried opening our matches to civilians due to lack of LE interest, with same poor results. We had 2-3 come out(from Boeing that shot PPC). They shot 2-3 matches and never showed up again. Their scores were not very high and I think their egos got hurt? Also, they saw some of the competitors with the tricked out guns and thought they couldn't compete, even though the matches are geared to stock and service type guns and back only to the 25 yd line. We tried to help and explain not to expect high scores from get go and tried to help as much as possible, to no avail never came back. We tried spreading word that civilians (with firearms experience)were welcome to come out. Nothing.The Pioneer Gun Club has been shooting NRA sanctioned CIVILIAN PPC 1500 matches for the past 2 years. They are not LE matches, but LE are certainly welcomed to participate. We use the same rules as LEAD - well, except for the eligibility requirements. NRA sanctions these matches through the Action Pistol division.
We shoot a 1500, non-sanctioned Distinguished gun and non-sanctioned Duty gun match at each event. We average 10-15 shooters at each event.
So, folks, there are opportunities for Civilians to get an NRA classification card for PPC.