Different Types of Matches

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by FCross7, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    I was browsing through the websites of the Competition Organizations that I know of (IDPA, USPSA and IPSC), with the intent to find out which appealed the most to me. My first question is are there any other organizations? I just wanna scope out all the options. Second, while reading through, none of them really jumped out as being more appealing to me than the others. They all seem to have parts that I like. I like the practicality of IDPA, the kind of running around shooting around obstacles aspect of USPSA, yet plate-shooting of IPSC seems kind of intriguing as well.

    My last question is this, for those of you who have participated in one, two or all three of these organizations' matches, what do you like, what are some things you don't like? If you participated in more than one competition, did you like one more than the other(s)? If so why? I want to try to get out and watch some matches of all three, but also want to hear from first-hand shooters experience on the three.

    Sorry for the lengthy post, and thanks in advance for any and all advice.

    -Fred
     
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  2. NGIB

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    Fred, along with the organized & regulated shooting sports, there are also other types of competitions. My absolute favorite is head to head bowling oin matches. These are tons of fun and really help you improve with accurate speed shooting. My second favorite would be steel plate matches and I'm looking for some down in my neck of the woods. Check with your local ranges for these types of events as they are not generally "sanctioned" by any of the national organizations...
     

  3. utf59

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    Fred,

    Most of these organizations will let you participate in at least one match without joining. So you can try different matches and see what you like. Some ranges also host competitions that aren't part of a larger organization. I've seen "ads" on forums for ranges that run Halloween events, zombie shoots, and WWII matches.

    Tell us more about what you are looking for; I'm sure someone on here can help.
     
  4. VR4

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    I shoot IDPA & USPSA. What I like about IDPA is the scenerios and the use of concealment.

    What I like about USPSA is you can engage the targets as you see them and running and gunning. Plus there is a lot more steel to shoot at in USPSA.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    USPSA is the national organization under the international umbrella of IPSC. Most rules are the same. There are some differences. In the US, most of the time the USPSA rules will be used. Most if not all the US clubs will let you shoot as many times as you want w/o joining USPSA.

    If you go to watch, you will be upset with yourself for not just shooting. Every club I have shot with are very receptive to new shooters. There is a separate safety briefing for new members and you should be assigned a mentor. The clubs around here will have the new shooters shoot last in their squad so they can see a few different ideas on how to negotiate a course.
     
  6. frank_1947

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    I shoot USPSA and Steel Challenge and have shot IDPA as well everyone has told you pretty much whats its about now practice your draw at home and moving keep your finger out of trigger while moving you will be DQed disqualified also do not break a 180 degree line, you will be hooked. My avatar is my Steel plate gun 9mm single stack with all the custom stuff Springfield Armory my USPSA gun is similar but double stack 9mm it is STI
     
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  7. FyreGuy

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    You missed at least one organiation -
    ICORE

    While revolver based, We have a monthly match and there are classes for those of us that don't shoot the old time guns with round magazines...
     
  8. jtischauser

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    Here is your area's USPSA section page. Southeast Shooter - The Official USPSA Area 6 Web Site

    I prefer USPSA but shoot them all. I am athletic and like to shoot a lot so the high round count (32 max) per stage and the run and gun style of USPSA/IPSC are for me.

    IDPA is good too but it is basically a slower more deliberate version of USPSA with less movement, less racier guns, less prizes at big matches, more tactical.

    Steel Challenge is great ot do but I use it for practice for 3 gun and USPSA. There is not much movement at all. It does train you how to transition targets faster and work the trigger smoother.
     
  9. frank_1947

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    steel is great practice for the draw at our club we have a new person shoot steel before he or she shoots USPSA just to see if they can handle gun safely and to get use to drawing drop your gun you are DQed
     
  10. jtischauser

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    Great Idea! Steel Chalenge is probably the best first match for anyone especially junior shooters that may not be physically strong enough to do a lot of gun manipulation.
     
  11. FCross7

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    Thanks for all the info guys. USPSA kinda sounds like what I was wanting to do. I'll probably end up doing IDPA as well just for the extra training/practice. I don't have the time to do it tonight as I need to do some studying for some tests(what I should be doing instead of being on here), but tomorrow or Friday I'm gonna see what all my area has. Being as I'm just outside of Orlando, and not far from Tampa, I'm sure there will be a lot around here.

    I don't yet have a holster, but as soon as I get one I'll definitely be practicing. I've been trying to just put the gun in my pocket to practice drawing, and while better than nothing, is probably nothing like drawing from a holster. I do have a question about holsters though. I've pretty much decided on getting a Blade Tech, but can't decide between a regular one, or a DOH. What do you guys prefer? I don't think any stores around here sell them so I don't have anywhere where I can try them out. I'll check around though next time Im in some of the local gun shops.

    Also, one of thing. I have somewhat of a flinching problem. While at the range where I can take my time, I just slowly put more and more pressure on the trigger until the gun fires, essentially surprising myself. Of course I won't be able to do this in competition as it will be much too slow. Other than just dry-firing and shooting, is there anything else I can do to work on the flinch, or is it something thats just going to take some time to get rid of?

    Thanks again for all the help.

    -Fred
     
  12. jtischauser

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    Bladetech is by far the mist popular kydex competition out there. I have about 6 of them myself for my G17,G24, 2-G34's, G35, S&W 625 Revo. I had a dog chew up a holster and myself try to heat up and reform one if their jolsters and they exchanged both if them at no cost! That kinda of customer service and the factvthat their qualtiy is outstanding gets my vote. I hipe simeday im good enough to ask them to sponsor me.

    I also use their AR mag pouches and Bobby McGee competition single pistol mag pouches for 3 gun. I really like the CR Speed mag pouches for pistol only competitions though. You do a lot of reloads in a pistol match and not as much running as in a 3 gun match. So the BladeTech pistol pouches are taller and hold onto the mags a little better so they never fall out when I run but they don't come out as easy/fast when I'm doing 5 mag changes in a 32 round stage shooting production division. The CR Speed mag pouches are fully adjustable and can be used with various mag types. They are shorter which allows you to get mire if your hand and fingers in the mags and have a big thumb screw for adjusting the tension in the mags.

    The best way to figure out what you think us going to work for you us to attend a big match and ask everybody what they use and why. Most if us guys that like to compete with guns are A type personality and have an opinion and/or reasons why we use what we use. Plus mist of us ate proud to show off our hear which is why the people if this sport are so fun to hang out with.

    The best place to order from is not CR Speed or BladeTech directly. cR speed is in south Africa so it takes 2-4 weeks to get you stuff and BladeTech usually builds to order so it takes 1-2 weeks.

    Check out Chris' Winning Shooting Accessories LLC, velocityshooter, shooters connection, brownells, or midwayUSA. They all have great customer service and give 10's of thousands of dollars per year back to the competitive shooting sports in prizes and donations.

    Good luck to you!
     
  13. jtischauser

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    Oh yeah I forgot in my rambling to say that I like the DOH with teklok the best. I also use the double belt deal from CRSpeed. It's an awesome concept and makes gearing up/down so easy and convenient. You will want to buy a roll of that 2" wide Velcro from Lowrs and put the hook side on the back side of you msg pouches and holster so that they stick to your inner belt too.
     
  14. FCross7

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    Thanks for all the info JT. I definitely wanna try to get out to a match and see everyone's setups. I think the DOH with tek-lock is what I'll end up getting, and I'll give those mag holders and double belt a look. I know I need a better belt real bad.

    -Fred