The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Competition Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old October 28, 2011, 11:51 AM   #1
Dino.
Junior member
 
Join Date: November 2, 2006
Posts: 908
Competition / Beginner Level

I've wanted to participate in competitions for awhile now but know very little about the different classes and how or where to begin. I own and enjoy shooting handguns mostly, and though it's not exactly my most favorite gun in my collection, I tend to shoot my Glock 17 with the best accuracy, so that would probably be the gun I would choose to compete with.

Having said that, what competition would best suit me?
And what is the average cost of participating in these competitions?
Thanks for the help.
Dino. is offline  
Old October 28, 2011, 12:28 PM   #2
kraigwy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 16, 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 9,548
You need to check your local clubs and gun shops and see what's available in your area.

You sound like your interested in pistol shooting with your Glock. That's fine. There are several different styles of competition out there that will allow that. Steel, Run 'n Gun, USPSA, Pins, etc etc.

Cost isn't what you think. A gun, good safe holster, mags, mag holders, eye & ear protection and that's pretty much it except for ammo. If you don't reload ammo cost is going to force you to sell your grandkids into the slave trade.

But like I said, check locally to see what they have. Main thing is to get out there a do it. Your gonna have fun, meet great people and learn things, that's a guarantee.
__________________
Kraig Stuart
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071
kraigwy is offline  
Old October 28, 2011, 01:13 PM   #3
Jim Watson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
Posts: 11,385
If you have a Glock, you can shoot in GSSF, IPSC/UPSA, and IDPA with no trouble at all.
IPSC/USPSA and IDPA are action sports. You draw, move, reload, fire, in various combinations. All you need is your gun, a safe straight draw, strong side holster, some magazines, magazine carriers (more for IPSC than IDPA), eye and ear protection.
GSSF is even simpler, you do not draw on the clock and a holster is just a convenient way to get your gun from one firing line to the next.

There are club finders at
www.idpa.com
www.uspsa.org

also
http://gssfonline.com/index.cfm
which is not as widespread but worth a look.

Lots of clubs have outlaw matches "IDPA Style" or "IPSC Style", nothing to do but start asking and calling. I don't know why they don't want to follow all the rules, but better than not shooting.
Jim Watson is offline  
Old October 28, 2011, 01:17 PM   #4
Dino.
Junior member
 
Join Date: November 2, 2006
Posts: 908
Thanks for the info guys!
Dino. is offline  
Old October 28, 2011, 03:38 PM   #5
MLeake
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 15, 2007
Location: Outside KC, MO
Posts: 10,128
The IDPA website not only has a club listing, but it also had a link to the rules pdf file. Check that out, so you know what gear to bring with you if you decide to check out your local club.

Both IDPA and GSSF seem very beginner friendly; I enjoyed my early experiences with both organizations.

Good luck.
MLeake is offline  
Old October 29, 2011, 08:21 PM   #6
Ken O
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 2, 2005
Location: Half way between Grayling and Cadillac, Michigan
Posts: 353
If your asking what it cost for the match itself, anywheres from $5 to $35. For an ISPC or IDPA pistol match usually in the $15 -$20 range here in the midwest.

Just show up and tell them you are new, you will be welcome. Don't worry about your score, it probably will be low to start. Hell, mine are still low and I have been competing for many years. Its all about enjoying shooting.
Ken O is offline  
Old October 30, 2011, 03:56 AM   #7
gunrobot
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 29, 2009
Posts: 300
checkout the video series called The PowerFactor show at http://www.powerfactorshow.com or subscribe to it via iTunes.

hope that helps!
gunrobot is offline  
Old October 30, 2011, 08:52 PM   #8
Jesse Tischauser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 26, 2009
Location: Edmond, OK
Posts: 208
What state are u in? We migh be able to find u a match in your area.
Jesse Tischauser is offline  
Old November 1, 2011, 07:31 AM   #9
WESHOOT2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 20, 1999
Location: home on the range; Vermont (Caspian country)
Posts: 14,270
Most fun = all.
Least rules = USPSA.
Most Glock jams = GSSF.
Most rules = IDPA.
__________________
.
"all my ammo is mostly retired factory ammo"
WESHOOT2 is offline  
Old November 1, 2011, 06:04 PM   #10
RickB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 1, 2000
Location: Western WA
Posts: 5,854
Quote:
Most Glock jams = GSSF
RickB is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09213 seconds with 9 queries