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Old October 19, 2001, 07:24 PM   #1
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Tell me about it

How do I get into comp shooting?..... rookie level....what types of shooting (please describe event)..... how much money?... what type of guns?...what are the levels?....what does ispc mean?

thanks chris
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Old October 19, 2001, 07:59 PM   #2
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IPSC Stands for International Practical Shooting Conference I belive. I may have a word off but that is the jist of it.
They set up the rules for Practical handgun shooting of which in america USPSA (United States Practical shooting Association) shoots under.
Some people feel they have gotten to equipment oriented, thus IDPA (International Definsive Pistol Association) was born.
Both are similar but different. I have shot IPSC but not IDPA.
In both you are faced with a tactical situation, bad guys, hostiges, Cover etc. and you need to solve the situation. From what I have heard the scoring is very different. IPSC rewards speed with marginal hits, IDPA rewards accuracy over speed. (If I have this wrong someone who knows better can correct me).
I like IPSC and I am sure I would like IDPA if I ever shot it.
One thing I like about IPSC is there are usually more rounds shot. If I'm going to shoot, I want to shoot. But again, that is me.
Both require a gun, holster, extra magazines, and mag holders. I of course omitted the safty equipment.
As an ancidote, the first place I called and asked about shooting IPSC here is the advice I got.

Me: I would like to come buy and watch a match and see how this works.
Wally Arrida ( Who at the time ran Norco Running Gun, Now he tries to publish Gun Games Magazine): Oh! Just bring your gun. What kind of gun do you have?
Me:I have a 1911 in .45, But I have never shot IPSC before. I just want to watch a match first.
Wally: Come on and shoot, how many Magazines do you have?
Me: Four, but..
Wally: That's enough. Bring 'em out and shoot.
Me:I was just thinking of watching for the first time.
Wally: How many rounds of ammo do you have?
Me: 500.
Wally: That's more than enough. Bring hem with you and shoot. Do you have a holster?
Me: Yes
Wally: I t sounds like you have all you need. Come on out and shoot with us.

I am not sure why, but this conversation hasd stuck with me. I still have my score from that first time. A 12 year old kid who left early to go to a socer game beat me!

If this type of shooting does not appeal to you there is also Bullseye, or silouette too.

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Old October 20, 2001, 05:54 AM   #3
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Go to and use the "club-finder" function. Find and go to a club match in your area. Observe and ask questions. You will be helped.

Then come back here and ask more questions, because we WANT YOU to join us in the fraternity of shooters.

It is so much fun..............

Cost? Less than you think, but more than you want. Seriously, if you already have a centerfire handgun of 9mm or larger then you really don't need much more.
Do what I suggested: go. Ask. Try. Enjoy.

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Old October 20, 2001, 08:00 AM   #4
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Chris - where 'ya from?

I'm sure someone here would happily introduce you to their favorite shooting sport firsthand.
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Old October 20, 2001, 03:27 PM   #5
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I live northern georgia.

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