|What is TAPSS?:
Tactical Airsoft Pistol Speed Shooting is a form of "Practical
Shooting" based loosely off of several real steel
practical shooting systems. Practical Shooting can be defined
"Practical shooting is a sport which challenges
an individual's ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with
a handgun, rifle, and/or shotgun. To do this, shooters take
on obstacle-laden shooting courses called stages, some requiring
many shots to complete and some just a handful. While scoring
systems vary between practical shooting organizations, each
will measure the speed with which the stage is completed with
penalties for inaccurate shooting."
Basic TAPSS is the original
system developed by Caelyn Nagle (AKA BattlePriest) in 2004,
and the system used at Aggressive Sports Joliet Underground
in 2005 through early 2007. It was intended not only to be
a system for competition, but also as a training system for
Airsoft skirmish use of pistols. It used only paper ring scored
silhouette targets and a chronograph watch for self timing.
It is designed primarily for use of GBB pistols. Plans were
made to include other Pistol classes, but it never developed
beyond a flat GBB Pistol class. Basic TAPSS is a more "basic"
system, and a system more easily used by new practical shooting
event hosts, without having to buy any expensive specialized
Enhanced TAPSS debuted in
spring of 2007. It is the latest and greatest version of the
original Basic TAPSS. It adds several new elements to the
system, making it open to more shooters and making it more
exciting and dynamic. The first change was the addition
of more pistol classes and non-pistol classes. Weapon
classes include: Stock GBB Pistol, Unlimited GBB Pistol, AEG
and GBB SMG, Revolver. Also added were metal popper targets,
a stop plate timer and mandatory reload station(s). The addition
of these elements moves the TAPSS system towards the more
sport oriented IPSC,
while maintaining several of the more defensive training elements
of IDPA. Enhanced
TAPSS is the core system used at the new Airsoft
Specialists Practical Shooting Range in Hamilton, OH.
Future additions and options being considered are a "Tri-Gun
Class" and "Side by Side" races.
If you have never participated in Practical Shooting events,
and would like to see exactly what Enhanced TAPSS entails,
check out the Enhanced TAPSS Primer.
|History of TAPSS:
In early 2004 the Illinois airsofter that goes by the call
sign "BattlePriest", while perusing the Arnies
Airsoft forums, happened upon a link to a video from Hong
Kong. It was a video of a Practical Shooting event called
bbIPSC held by the Hong
Kong Shooting Development Union. After long hours
searching both Arnies forums and google for everything relating
to Practical Shooting he soon decided that was what he wanted
to do. Unfortunately, there were no Airsoft practical shooting
venues, groups, or hardly even interested people in the United
States. It was growing in popularity in Europe, and was relatively
popular in Asia, but there was nothing to be found regarding
it in the US.
After trying to find info about Hong Kong's bbIPSC, and finding
nothing that was translated into English, BattlePriest tried
getting info out of the few members of Arnies forums that
knew something about it, but had little success. Then after
long and tireless research into the the real steel rules for
IDPA and IPSC, with a little discussion with a colleague that
takes part in real steel practical shooting, BattlePriest
set out to write his own system, slated specifically for use
with Airsoft Guns, but maintaining the strict gun safety and
gun handling framework of the real steel counterparts. In
September of 2004 BattlePriest and his Airsoft Team Geeks
with Guns held the first TAPSS event in a 2 car garage owned
by one of the team. Some rules clarifications and refinements
came out of this event and the ball began rolling.... at a
very slow but steady pace.
After making some videos of this event, and doing some marketing
online, BattlePriest approached Justin Brown, owner of Aggressive
Sports Joliet and Summit
Lake Entertainment about finding a venue to host indoor
TAPSS events. Eventually Justin Brown agreed to host the first
sponsored TAPSS event in the basement of Aggressive Sports'
store in Joliet, IL, with BattlePriest running the show, and
Aggressive Sports and Summit Lake Entertainment providing
prizes and materials. The first event was held in May of 2005,
with one more event held in late 2005, two events held in
2006 and two held in early 2007. The last TAPSS event held
at Aggressive Sports Joliet in 2007 was in February. They
have since changes to a system of their own design, but many
regular participants are lobbying for them to return to TAPSS.
Also in February of 2007, BattlePriest began writing the
new Enhanced TAPSS rules, incorporating many suggestions and
ideas put forth by several regular TAPSS enthusiasts and future
enthusiasts, as well as some of his own ideas. The Enhanced
TAPSS system was finished around mid spring of 2007. Having
moved to Ohio in late 2006, BattlePriest also began feeling
the waters in Ohio for interest in Airsoft practical shooting.
After long hours spent doing market research and several talks
with the Ohio Airsoft retailer Airsoft Arms, A search began
with the goal of finding a venue to begin TAPSS event operations
in southern Ohio.
After several close passes on possible temporary venues,
finally in May 2007, BattlePriest found and signed a lease
on a permanent venue for TAPSS in Hamilton, OH. The rest of
this history has yet to be made.