Beg to differ...gear certainly DOES make the shooter..most shooters who 'advance' to the practical competition shooting DO know how to shoot; what makes the difference in the rank and file shooters is the equipment. The guys with the 10rnd Para-Ords have a distinct advantage over my 1911 single-stack. The only solution? I have to buy a Para-Ord. Even in the Standard Division it's an equipment race.
I constantly hear IPSC people saying that we are here TO HAVE FUN...but I see precious few of the folks preaching that actually *having* fun..it's WAY too competitive for that. The only ones *really* having fun are the newbies, and the old farts..<g>
Just my .02cents worth!