Originally Posted by jordan89
Thanks for all the great info!
So its as easy to get started as becoming a member and then finding events to compete in?
I found a club near by that has USPSA shoots the 2nd week every month and a IDPA match the 3rd week every month.
I'm pretty stoked!
Found a club already? Excellent! The next step (I recommend for USPSA) is obtaining the rule book. Familiarize yourself with the rules, expecially the safety aspects. It is rather easy to get yourself disqualified at a match if, for example, you "break the 180". Ask me how I know this
. At the top of the page click on RULES then click on the first link, 2008 Rule book. Save this rule book on your 'puter. It is free! A printed copy can be purchased, by contacting USPSA. You do not need to be a member. In fact, USPSA membership is not required to shoot Level I matches (local matches).
Also on that same page, and just below the rule book, you will find the "Approved List" of guns you are permitted to shoot in Production Class. Production is where most people start. I think you will find that you need at least four magazines, and five is best. You can only have ten rounds per mag, you see.
There is a wealth of information at uspsa.org, including locating clubs / matches. If you do a search for "Clubs" you will find contact information for every club in Ohio. Every state, for that matter.
Good luck, and ask all the questions you like. Someone here will have the answer or tell you where to find it
I can't help you with IDPA, never tried it. LubeckTech will have to field your questions there.