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I'm wanting to give competition shooting a try, but I have no idea where to start. What would be a good one to try? 3 gun, CAS, skeet, IDPA? I will most likely have to buy a gun no matter what I go into, so I'm open to anything.

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I shoot IDPA. Most gun people already have everything needed. You need a gun that is the way it came from the factory. A holster that is good for concealed carry and a double mag holder. You need 4 magazines. Three are to use. The forth one is called a Barney mag. You put one round in it and uste it to chamber a round then eject it and put in a full one. Most clubs will let you try it out once or twice before you join. It is a great sport. People will give you friendly pointers to help you out too. Go here to find a club near you.

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I shoot IDPA. Most gun people already have everything needed. You need a gun that is the way it came from the factory. A holster that is good for concealed carry and a double mag holder. You need 4 magazines. Three are to use. The forth one is called a Barney mag. You put one round in it and uste it to chamber a round then eject it and put in a full one. Most clubs will let you try it out once or twice before you join. It is a great sport. People will give you friendly pointers to help you out too. Go here to find a club near you.

http://www.idpa.com/clubs.asp
Awesome! It would be around a year before I could do IDPA though. I don't turn 21 until next August. When I do get into it, what would you recommend I go with? I plan on using a High Standard 45 acp 1911 for my CCW. Would that be good, or would a gun with a higher capacity, and less recoil like a 9mm be better? Is it more of a personal preference?
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I'm wanting to give competition shooting a try, but I have no idea where to start. What would be a good one to try? 3 gun, CAS, skeet, IDPA? I will most likely have to buy a gun no matter what I go into, so I'm open to anything. Thanks
For a competition pistol, look at the Springfield Armory XDm 5.25 9MM. It was designed from the ground up for competition and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Around $700 to $750. The accessories that come with it are just awesome! Go to youtube.com and do a search on it, or any firearm you're interested in. Youtube has a bazillion gun videos. Here is one on the XDm 5.25 9MM by Hickok45. He's an excellent gun reviewer and has over 650 gun videos on youtube. Nutnfancy is another good gun reviewer on youtube.

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Here's another one where Hickok45 goes over competition shooting.

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Awesome! It would be around a year before I could do IDPA though. I don't turn 21 until next August. When I do get into it, what would you recommend I go with? I plan on using a High Standard 45 acp 1911 for my CCW. Would that be good, or would a gun with a higher capacity, and less recoil like a 9mm be better? Is it more of a personal preference?
You are already old enough to shoot IDPA. There are teenagers that shoot in my club. There is a 13 year old that is a regular with his father.

The nice thing about IDPA is that you compete against people with a similar gun. I shoot CDP. That is custom defensive pistol. It is the 1911 class. That is the only class that you can change grips and stuff like that. The other classes are bone stock. You can get trigger jobs and stuff like that. But nothing that would let you simply outspend everyone else. Do you already have the high standard? If so use it. If not, use whatever you have. There are a lot of people using 9mm. But I like the 45 because it is easier to see where your holes are on the targets. Something to think about.
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For a competition pistol, look at the Springfield Armory XDm 5.25 9MM. It was designed from the ground up for competition and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Around $700 to $750. The accessories that come with it are just awesome! Go to youtube.com and do a search on it, or any firearm you're interested in. Youtube has a bazillion gun videos. Here is on on the XDm 5.25 9MM by Hickok45. He's an excellent gun reviewer and has over 650 gun videos on youtube. Nutnfancy is another good gun reviewer on youtube.

Don <><

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPzIisdtS8o

Here's another one where Hickok45 goes over competition shooting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNiy1j5i45s&feature=fvwrel
Awesome! I have had some range time with a regular XD in 9mm, and I loved it. If I really get into IDPA, I will definitely give it a try.

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You are already old enough to shoot IDPA. There are teenagers that shoot in my club. There is a 13 year old that is a regular with his father.

The nice thing about IDPA is that you compete against people with a similar gun. I shoot CDP. That is custom defensive pistol. It is the 1911 class. That is the only class that you can change grips and stuff like that. The other classes are bone stock. You can get trigger jobs and stuff like that. But nothing that would let you simply outspend everyone else. Do you already have the high standard? If so use it. If not, use whatever you have. There are a lot of people using 9mm. But I like the 45 because it is easier to see where your holes are on the targets. Something to think about.
I do not have the 1911 yet. LOL, I just remembered that I could buy handguns through private sell. If they have a class for 1911s only, that will probably be the one I go for first. I really like that it's bare bones competition. I definitely do not have the money for a completely custom competition gun.

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Well, you asked for cheap and easy. Steel Challenge.

http://steelchallenge.com/

I shoot it with a Ruger 22/45 or a modified 10-22 carbine. Can't get
much cheaper than 22 rimfire!

Easy? Pretty much stand and shoot against the clock. You have to be
fast and accurate, but you shouldn't have to reload on the clock, and 22
is shot from a low ready position instead of from the holster.

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Well, you asked for cheap and easy. Steel Challenge.

http://steelchallenge.com/

I shoot it with a Ruger 22/45 or a modified 10-22 carbine. Can't get
much cheaper than 22 rimfire!

Easy? Pretty much stand and shoot against the clock. You have to be
fast and accurate, but you shouldn't have to reload on the clock, and 22
is shot from a low ready position instead of from the holster.
If I can find something like that around here, I'd definitely give it a try. I see a lot more shooting in my future.
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I just looked at the IDPA link at some clubs close to me. The one club to join says you need to be a NRA member too. What the heck! Does anyone know why you would need to be a NRA member?

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I just looked at the IDPA link at some clubs close to me. The one club to join says you need to be a NRA member too. What the heck! Does anyone know why you would need to be a NRA member?
The club may be affiliated with the NRA, so their trying to get more business. I have heard of a few gun ranges allowing only NRA members to use their facilities.
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