- IDPA - The International Defensive Pistol Association is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters.
- USPSA - The United States Practical Shooting Association is the national governing body of practical shooting in the United States under the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).
- Steel Challenge - As a division of USPSA, this sport is all about speed. The stages are consistent from match to match, so this is a great way to judge your progress in action pistol sports.
- GADPA - This action pistol sport is an interesting mix of IDPA & USPSA. There are divisions for race gear, and for every day carry gear. There are week-night matches at indoor ranges all over town, and they host an outstanding monthly match with the most impressive set of moving targets I've ever shot.
- CMP Rimfire Sporter - This challenging match format is great for people of all skill levels. The targets are big enough that novices can keep things on paper, but hard enough that only one person has ever shot a perfect 600 in the history of the game! You shoot prone, sitting/kneeling, and standing, with 10 shots slow-fire and 10 shots rapid-fire from each position.
- Extreme Rimfire - Cherokee Gun Club runs a rimfire (.22LR & .17HRM) match that uses the traditional NRA silhouettes, shot at double the distance, but from a bench rest instead of standing.
- NRA Light Rifle - shot at 50 feet and designed to be shot with sporter rifles (low cost), this bullseye game is rather challenging.
- NRA Smallbore Prone - these matches are shot at various distances from 50 feet to 200 yards. Shooters fire all shots from a prone, unsupported position, using only a sling and shooting coat for support.
- NRA 3P - generally fired at 50 feet, shooters engage targets from standing, kneeling, and prone positions.
- NRL 22 - this is a new (2017) sport that's designed to introduce shooters to the "precision rifle" matches shot with centerfire rifles, but using less expensive and easier to handle .22LR rifles. Click here for more info.
- Skeet - clay targets are launched from throwers on the sides of a semi-circle, giving shooters many unique, but predictable, target presentations.
- Trap - clay targets are launched from a single thrower, which oscillates back and forth so the shooter never knows which way it's going to fly.
- Sporting Clays - this is a field course where clay targets are thrown in any number of directions. You could have targets flying over your head, or even coming straight at you. Many liken it to "golf with a shotgun" since you shoot on a number of stations, all with unique challenges. Oh, and you frequently use a golf cart to move from place to place.
- 5-Stand - shooters move through a set of 5 specific shooting positions, where targets are programmed to make a number of interesting presentations. It's a lot like sporting clays, but without the need to drive from station to station.