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Old October 28, 2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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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.
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Old October 28, 2011, 12:28 PM   #2
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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.
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Old October 28, 2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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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

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.
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Old October 28, 2011, 01:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys!
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Old October 28, 2011, 03:38 PM   #5
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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.
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Old October 29, 2011, 08:21 PM   #6
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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.
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Old October 30, 2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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checkout the video series called The PowerFactor show at or subscribe to it via iTunes.

hope that helps!
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Old October 30, 2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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What state are u in? We migh be able to find u a match in your area.
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Old November 1, 2011, 07:31 AM   #9
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Most fun = all.
Least rules = USPSA.
Most Glock jams = GSSF.
Most rules = IDPA.
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