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Old 04-19-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hello I am looking into competition pistol shooting. Ive cruised around this section of the forums for a while. However I have no clue as to which pistol to start with. I have large hands if that helps. I just want to make shure I don't get my hands on it and regret dropping the cash on it. Any recommendations will help me. Much Appreciated! Budget is up to $1000 dollars. However I would like to keep it under if possible.

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Old 04-20-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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What kind of competitive shooting do you wish to participate in? Go to a match and see what guns, models, options, calibers, etc. they use. A good choice for Bullseye shooting would probably not be the best choice for IDPA or IPSC, Steel match, etc.

Smith & Wesson, Kimber, Springfield Armory, Glock, Beretta, CZ, Para-Ordinance, H&K, S.I.G., Browning, Colt, Ruger, Dan Wesson, all make good guns that can be used in competition and all are in your price range, from 9mm to .45 and 1911's.

Through trial and error you will need to fit the handgun to you, it's comfort and fit in your hand, balance and ease of point, ergonomics should all be natural. The more you try and preferably, get a chance to shoot, the better chances you will discover the right handgun fit for you.

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What kind of competitive shooting do you wish to participate in? Go to a match and see what guns, models, options, calibers, etc. they use. A good choice for Bullseye shooting would probably not be the best choice for IDPA or IPSC, Steel match, etc.

Smith & Wesson, Kimber, Springfield Armory, Glock, Beretta, CZ, Para-Ordinance, H&K, S.I.G., Browning, Colt, Ruger, Dan Wesson, all make good guns that can be used in competition and all are in your price range, from 9mm to .45 and 1911's.

Through trial and error you will need to fit the handgun to you, it's comfort and fit in your hand, balance and ease of point, ergonomics should all be natural. The more you try and preferably, get a chance to shoot, the better chances you will discover the right handgun fit for you.
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Yeah what they said, Only thing i think i can add is that i know glock,and the p4 storm offer adjustable backstraps. i also think the xd does as well. But it really depends on what kind of match your shooting on what kind of gun you get

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You'll also want to look at the rules for whatever type of competition you want to do. There are limitations on what you can use, and there are categories that certain types of guns compete in.

You will also find that some guns can be used in more than one kind of competition, if that appeals to you.

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Thank you very much for the answers. H&K USP .40 at the local shop. I loved the balance and the fit and finish but the grip was'nt really tickling my fancy. I would love an 1911 but I would rather have a pistol with a double stack magazine. Mostly for convenience. However I am always open to new things and love advice. Any pistols along the same lines of th H&K but with Interchangeable Grips. I understand that the 1911's offer this but I would like to See what else there is.

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The FNP has a changeable back strap to change the way it feels. SA/DA ambi safety double-stack mag. Can't go wrong wit ha Sig Sauer . They have literally tons of designs and a well proven track record. I'm personally a 191 fiend and don't venture away often. But keep your options open. Understand the rules for whatever you're wanting to get into then check out as many different types of weapon you can get your hands on. Find the one that fits your hands best and the rest will fall into place.

A simple truth is you put ten decent shooters in a room and you will get at least seven different types of weapon with a plethora of reasons why it's best. And every one of those might not be a good fit for you. All thew big makers make a quality weapon that will get the job done but they all have little things different. So you really need to get out there and handle as many as possible. Or be really wealthy and just buy a lot of them.

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What competition are you looking to get into? Or is this a beginning pistol (like "hey, for my first handgun...."?)

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Thank you all very much for the help I will be at the shop soon to examine some more.

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Para Ordnance makes double-stack 1911s that are within your budget (though not by a whole lot).

Do your research on 1911s, especially if you're going to use it for competition. If you get a basic 1911 with GI-style sights, you won't be able to upgrade to Novak-style sights without getting the slide remilled. If you're thinking of shooting IDPA, they don't allow bushingless bull barrels (as I understand it).

I'm not trying to be a naysayer. I just wanted to point out that there are a lot of variations in the 1911 world, and if you want to shoot competitions, make sure the gun you pick will work.

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