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Hey guys, I am brand new to this forum and sport. I understand that I can search this topic before I ask, and I have. So on to my question, I want to start competitive shooting, but i dont know what gun to start with. And and all information is appreciated. I dont really have a prove range, but since its a beginners thing, I dont want it to be super expensive. Thank you guys!
 

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IDPA is a great sport. There are different divisions for different guns. Are you thinking auto or revolver? I shoot a 1911 in CDP. The nice thing about IDPA is it is all normal real world guns. No lazers, scopes or stuff like that. You can't really outspend everybody. You are supposed to use a right off the shelf gun. 1911s are popular. So are Glocks, M&Ps and I have seen a lot of people using the Ruger SR series guns too. Not many revolvers in my club. But there is a class for them.

Do you owns a handgun yet?
 

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Thanks guys! And no I dont own a handgun :/. I was looking into bolt action rifles though. Although I will definitely look into what you have good me :). Am I in the wrong place to ask.about rifles?
 

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dtchaulk said:
Hey guys, I am brand new to this forum and sport. I understand that I can search this topic before I ask, and I have. So on to my question, I want to start competitive shooting, but i dont know what gun to start with. And and all information is appreciated. I dont really have a prove range, but since its a beginners thing, I dont want it to be super expensive. Thank you guys!
Would recommend steel because you can use a .22 pistol to shoot the match. With competition muscle memory is your best friend. .22 makes the best muscle memory tool. I am sure people will disagree with me. I started in steel in January and am now into everything except action pistol.
 

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Perfect, thank you :)
 

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About 20 yards. It can be scary but most people shoot minor power factor reloads.
20 yards would be about the minimum safe distance for full power lead rounds. You really shouldn't be shooting jacketed at steel that close. I had an argument with a guy on my range about how close he was shooting at steel with his .45. He was using cast lead rounds which is definitely safer but still had to admit that at 10 yards he had a bullet bounce back and hit him in the forehead. He said it was like someone threw the bullet at him. Long story short I had him push it back to 25 yards. Just imagine if it had been a jacketed bullet though. He could have been seriously injured or killed. A jacketed bullet isn't going to pancake on the plate and expend that much energy before it comes back.
 

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20 yards would be about the minimum safe distance for full power lead rounds. You really shouldn't be shooting jacketed at steel that close. I had an argument with a guy on my range about how close he was shooting at steel with his .45. He was using cast lead rounds which is definitely safer but still had to admit that at 10 yards he had a bullet bounce back and hit him in the forehead. He said it was like someone threw the bullet at him. Long story short I had him push it back to 25 yards. Just imagine if it had been a jacketed bullet though. He could have been seriously injured or killed. A jacketed bullet isn't going to pancake on the plate and expend that much energy before it comes back.
Since they are big on safety it might be more like 25 yards. I see what you are saying though.
 
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