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Old November 28, 2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Competition shooting

I don't know much about pistol competition shooting.

What are the governing bodies and classes?

Are there 22 pistol competitions? Anything else seems like a lot of $ to practice with.
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Old November 28, 2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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Try NRA, join if you haven't already. Check out Rimfire silhouette.

There are also folk doing both winter and summer variants of biathlon with handguns.
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Old November 28, 2011, 12:45 PM   #3
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I don't know much about pistol competition shooting.

What are the governing bodies and classes?
This will get you started:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=236788

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Are there 22 pistol competitions? Anything else seems like a lot of $ to practice with.
Bullseye, Rimfire steel, silhouette. Rimfire steel, in particular, is a very affordable way of getting into competitive shooting. You just need a gun, a few extra mags, and a box of ammo. Check out some "Ruger rimfire" vids on YouTube.

As far as $ to practice with, you can reduce this somewhat by...

...making your live fire sessions as effective as possible by 1)having a plan when you go to the practice range (mindlessly sending rounds downrange is a great way to spend $$), and 2) dry fire regularly. It's free for petessake.

...choosing a lesser-expensive caliber, e.g. 9mm instead of .45acp

...finding good on-line ammo deals

...get into reloading your own ammo

...choosing a gun that has a .22 conversion kit available for it so you can supplement, rather than replace, your cf training
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Old November 28, 2011, 01:24 PM   #4
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Rimfire Steel Challenge,,,

Lots of fun,,,
Very challenging,,,
Not very expensive to do.

At the start of the season this year I went to a range that sponsored these shoots,,,
Basically all you need is a decent .22 semi-auto pistol and 5 mags total.

Go to this website for the rules,,,
http://steelchallenge.com/

Due to other responsibilities I wasn't able to attend the matches,,,
So I made my own set of targets out of paint buckets, PVC pipe, plywood, and paper plates.

I planted the PVC pipe in the paint buckets and set them with quick-set concrete,,,
Cut the circles and rectangles to correct size from cheap 3/8" plywood,,,
And covered the plywood with paper plates and white cardboard.

I downloaded the "stages" from the "Stage Library",,,
Then set them up at my local outdoor range.

I don't have a timer but at least I can play and practice on my own.

Most of the people I met were using Rugers, Buckmarks, and NEOS',,,
I use my CZ-75B Kadet and my Bersa Thunder 22 the most.

Anyways, if you can find a match close to you,,,
This is a serious competition that is also a lot of fun,,,
Just be prepared to get your butt whupped by 14 year old girls.

This is one competition not dominated by the men-folk.

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