Cheap and easy competition to get into

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by texaswoodworker, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I'm wanting to give competition shooting a try, but I have no idea where to start. :eek: 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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  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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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?
     
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  4. genesis

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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 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.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNiy1j5i45s&feature=fvwrel"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNiy1j5i45s&feature=fvwrel[/ame]
     
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  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    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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    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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  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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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.
     
  8. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    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. :D
     
  9. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New 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?
     
  10. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    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.
     
  11. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    Both those vids are great. I like that new XD.
     
  12. Gert999

    Gert999 New Member

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    The range near me is open for anyone but NRA members get better parking :D Plus always good to support gun groups, to keep our 2nd ammendment safe. My 8 year old daughter just got done with a NRA Youth camp and loved it

     
  13. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    Just started in IDPA. Shot first match on Sunday. Score was nothing great, but the fun shoot was well worth it. I shot the match with my XDm 9mm Compact and all the stock gear that came with it, holster, mag holder, and magazines.

    The intent of IDPA is to allow shooters to compare their skill level without distorting the comparison with super gear. You should shoot what you carry (if you can carry) or what you keep around the house for defense.

    My plan is to use the IDPA matches as just practice doing things I can't do at my normal indoor range. Rapid fire, movement, target transitions, etc. I expect to get better as I go, but I'm just competing with my last score.

    I can say one thing about IDPA, at least the club I've gotten into: They have zero SNOBS (Shooters with No Observable Basic Social skills). Everybody is willing to help without being condescending.

    If you're still looking for a place to try, I'd recommend IDPA. Lots of clubs across the country. Not a lot of cost to join. The matches only cost you a range fee and your ammo that you bring with you. Same as a day at the range, but they set up a LOT more interesting targets!
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Aaron, if you like shooting shotguns, then check out sporting clays. i did it informally years ago and it was the most fun i ever had with a shotgun. not for sure what it costs to do it now, but use to it was relatively cheap shooting. lots of beginners even used pump shotguns instead of O/U's to start off with. just something to check out.
     
  15. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Which ever one you choose get ready to meet some life long friends.:)
     
  16. Old_Crow

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    I would try IDPA before spending a bunch of money. A local EMS tech placed in several IDPA events with a Hi Point C-9. She did get a competition quality pistol after she got hooked on IDPA. To just try out a few events any accurate semi-auto will do the trick. The IDPA people just want to have fun. :)

    Our fire department is considering hosting IDPA at the "police range" after deer season. I say police range loosely because anyone can shoot there on Saturday. We only have a volunteer fire department. They are creative fund raisers. I don't have a snowballs chance of winning an IDPA event but I will shoot just to donate a few dollars to the fire department.
     
  17. Flint Rock

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    The local clubs here in Georgia would let you shoot a match at 20. If you are 18 or over you sign the waiver and shoot, if under 18 your parent must sign the waiver and stay with you for the match. You can't legally carry the gun outside the match so you have to travel with it unloaded and cased. Check with your local clubs about local policies, but I'll bet you can shoot. IDPA will probably be the cheapest and easiest shooting sport to get into.