Beginning Pistol

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by Scoobydoo51, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Scoobydoo51

    Scoobydoo51 New Member

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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.
     
  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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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.
     

  3. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Wow, that about covers it:D
    Great post[​IMG]
     
  4. FaTmAn

    FaTmAn New Member

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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
     
  5. utf59

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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.
     
  6. Scoobydoo51

    Scoobydoo51 New Member

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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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  7. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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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.:)
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    What competition are you looking to get into? Or is this a beginning pistol (like "hey, for my first handgun...."?)
     
  9. Scoobydoo51

    Scoobydoo51 New Member

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    Thank you all very much for the help I will be at the shop soon to examine some more.
     
  10. utf59

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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.
     
  11. Scoobydoo51

    Scoobydoo51 New Member

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    Oh I have no doubt that the 1911 design is superior to the vast majority of pistols. However I feel that the 1911 should be kept in it's original state. For some reason it feels like destroying a work of art. Do you know what I'm saying?
     
  12. PapaNovember

    PapaNovember New Member

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    I started shooting competitively with an EEA Witness. Good gun to start with but eventually had reliability issues. Since then I have been running on the Para Ordinance P16. That particular gun is pushing your price range however. But it is a great gun for USPSA, if thats what your looking to get into to.
     
  13. Scoobydoo51

    Scoobydoo51 New Member

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    How does the grips wideness effect the feel in the hand? I can't stand the feeling of some double stacks, especially the Beretta M92FS
     
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  14. PapaNovember

    PapaNovember New Member

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    Surprisingly, the P16 grip width is not much different compared to my single stack Kimber. Both have the factory grips on them and my hand wraps around each gun to almost the exact same spot.

    The more guns you get in your hand, the better you will know what fits you the best.
     
  15. sharpshooter2

    sharpshooter2 New Member

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    one thing I didn't see in all these post.....you should consider getting the match grade barrel if you want to target shoot..I have a springfield armory .45 ACP XDm match and I can put 10 rounds inside 2 inches at 25 yards.....I really like this gun and yes it does have interchangeable back straps to help fit your hand ......
     
  16. Scoobydoo51

    Scoobydoo51 New Member

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    Unfortunately I am not that experienced with the special parts on competition guns. Would this be akin to a bull barrel? Ie. Heavy, thick. Would you please explain?
     
  17. ocpd806

    ocpd806 New Member

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    I know it is way out of your budget right now, but if you like 1911's and you get serious about competition shooting, you can get a 2011 STI. They are double stack 1911's and are very good guns. However they are pretty much just for competition.

    From my experience around here the most popular guns in USPSA are Glock's, M&P's and 1911's.