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How to get into shooting sports

This is a discussion on How to get into shooting sports within the Gun Games: Shooting Competition forums, part of the Use and Training category; I live in Tucson, AZ and I would like to get into shooting sports, whether it be pistol competition, rifle, 3-gun, or skeet/trap/sporting clays. Where ...


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Old 06-13-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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How to get into shooting sports

I live in Tucson, AZ and I would like to get into shooting sports, whether it be pistol competition, rifle, 3-gun, or skeet/trap/sporting clays.

Where do I start?

I have heard terms like USPSA or IPSC but have no clue what the difference is.

How often are these matches? I want to try it, but not join a club or anything like that. I also don't want to have to travel anywhere for it.

So where do I start? I am quite interested in 3-gun! Sounds like a blast!

Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:36 AM   #2
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I'd start on the internet. Search for websites of ranges local to you, and see what they offer. Then contact the club, I'm sure they'll be more than happy to answer your questions and help you get started. I know at least with the clubs in my area, matches are open to anyone, not just club members.
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:47 AM   #3
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Google is your friend.

I know around me most clubs want you to be a member to participate in events, to make sure you're not some nut who has no clue how to safely shoot a gun. You could probably still do events if you hang out with some of the members, though, so they get to know you.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:32 AM   #4
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Go to United States Practical Shooting Association

On the right side, you'll see where you can put in your zip code and find the nearest club and its contact. Shoot 'em an email and they'll point you in the right direction.
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Search and ask around for clubs or matches. I have met some of the best people at shooting events and almost all of them are very welcoming of new shooters or potential members. Just go watch and meet some of the people to see if it is something you would like.
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How many matches depends on the size of the clubs most of the time. Also when you get more involved, offer to host matches.

Invest in a timer, this way you can see how fast you are while practicing on your own range time.

For USPSA, and IDPA your gear will need to consist of a good holster that covers the trigger guard, atleast 4-5 mags, and mag holders.

3-gun is a blast, but takes much more time to improve at, because you have to teach yourself in 3 different guns, and learn to tansfer shooting stances, aiming, and trigger control.

Have fun, i shoot atleast 4 matches a month, and its still not enough.

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Old 06-15-2008, 07:19 PM   #7
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Well I went to my first IPSC match today with my Beretta 92 and LOVED IT.

I will definitely continue this sport.

I actually did quite well surprisingly, or at least that's what everyone told me. They said I was quite good for a first-time competitor. I had pretty good times, about double what the better guys were doing in Production. I hit mostly A's, but had a few M's which really hurt my score, but I would say that at least 70% of my shots were A's.
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Well I went to my first IPSC match today with my Beretta 92 and LOVED IT.
Wow.. not many Beretta guys running around.
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Wow.. not many Beretta guys running around.
Is that because of the DA/SA? What other reasons?
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Is that because of the DA/SA? What other reasons?
It is mostly that... as well as many military types not liking them.

I shoot one... and I like it quite a bit.
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