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The BUG (Back-Up Gun) match is a home-grown sport at Pima Pistol that was started in 2010! It’s a chance to shoot that small handgun you usually carry for self defense against the clock!  This is a great starting point for new action pistol competitors which does not require drawing and uses less than a box of ammo per match.

BUG Gun Website: None

PPC Match Registration:

Match Fee:  $25 ($5 discount for PPC members)

Match Director:  Aaron Brudenell  /

Set Up & Tear Down

Action pistol matches require labor intensive set up and tear down.  Set up is often done on the day prior to the event.  Please contact the match director if you are able to help with set up and please help break stages down after the match.  By working together, we can maintain safe, fun, and manageable matches for our members and guests to enjoy.


There are no minimum caliber requirements to shoot the BUG match and a lot fewer rules and procedures to learn than other popular competitions. Guns must be small enough to fit into a 5.25″ x 7″ box with a magazine inserted (basically smaller than a Glock 19/23).

There are four divisions:

  1. Backup Pistol: Semi-automatic pistols

  2. Backup Revolver: Compact revolvers

  3. Hideout Gun: Smaller Subcompact handguns (these must fit in a 4″ x 5.25″ box)

  4. Big 5: full size guns may be used but they must start with no more than 5 rounds loaded


Holsters are not required*, but dress so that you could carry your pistol in your pocket or tucked into your waistband if you don’t have one. You may also need one extra magazine or reloader (you’re free to reload with loose rounds out of your pocket if necessary).

* For safety, BUG stages start with the handgun safely staged or held at low ready. Sometimes drawing the gun is simulated using a blue gun to exchange for the pre-staged firearm.

Matches are held the first Saturday of every month

There will be 4 stages requiring no more than 10 rounds each to complete and matches start at 9am year round (please be there by 8:45 to sign in).

New shooters are welcome.

What You Need:

  • Ear and eye protection

  • Water, a hat and sunscreen

  • The smallest gun you carry! Anything, even a .22, can enter. The gun must fit in one of the divisions listed above.

  • Approximately 50 rounds of ammunition

  • One extra reload method–spare magazine, speed-strip or loader, etc

  • Holsters are optional but it helps to dress so that you can tuck a blue gun into a pocket or waistband.

7:30 am – Stage setup
8:30 am – Registration
9:00 am – Match briefing/walk through
9:15 am – Shooting starts

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