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August 23, 2012, 04:47 PM
Hell All,

I used to shoot when I was in Corrections but haven't shot any in a couple years. I always thought Competition shooting was interesting but know nothing about it.

Where is the best place to find info on it?

What are some of better inexpensive hand guns to look for? (I know inexpensive there is no such thing but i didn't want to say cheap)

What calibers?

And just some overall good info that I can sink my teeth into and possibly get started?

I guess a little info about myself might help: I am 50 years old, have had back surgery and a hip replaced and looking at having the other one replaced. So to say the least I am not in the greatest physical shape and know my limits and breaking through doors, running and rolling around on the ground are not within my limits.

I guess I am looking to just do some plain old target shooting if there is such a competition.


August 23, 2012, 06:15 PM
Start out with a nice .22 target pistol that feels good and balances well in your hand... and go from there.


August 23, 2012, 06:24 PM
You can shoot bulleye competition or steel challenge with 22's. The 22 steel shoots are mostly standing in one spot and shooting reactive targets for time from a ready position. A Browning Buckmark with adjustable sights would be a good place to start for handguns. There's a centerfire steel competition too. A Glock 17 would be fine for that.


August 24, 2012, 11:06 AM
uspsa.org, for action type matches.
idpa.com, for defensive type matches.
NRA action pistol, also known as the Bianchi Cup type match.
Steel Challenge matches, also at the uspsa.org web site.
Silhouette matches (steel knockdown targets shaped like critters).
Bowling pin matches.
Just do web searches for the ones above that don't have web site links, to get started.
So many choices, so little time.

August 27, 2012, 10:04 AM
I am in no way minimizing any physical issues, as I have numerous and similar issues myself, but I thoroughly enjoy competing in USPSA matches.
Yes young(er) galloping gazelles slaughter me when much movement is demanded (although I have a growing reputation as "Hey, ain't you the guy who shoots 'em if you sees 'em?"), but it gives my shooting purpose.

Visit here www.USPSA.org for local events.
Beats just standing around.....