How to get into shooting sports

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  1. JBHorne

    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    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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    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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    Joeywhat XDTalk 5K Member

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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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    jonny4523 XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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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.;)

    Blake.
     
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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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    Wow.. not many Beretta guys running around.
     
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    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    Is that because of the DA/SA? What other reasons?
     
  10. Ben Stoeger

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    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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    No XDs in Production right??? Single Action Only.

    Guess I'll have to go nuts with mag-wells, grip-tape, guiderods, springs... lol

    Limited only?

    JW
     
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    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    I did a trigger lob on mine and polished the sear faces to a mirror finish as well as the sides of the sear and hammer. I even polished the hammer and sear pins and the openings on the sear and hammer. I then polished the internal frame where the hammer and sear contact.

    I installed a skeletonized hammer from an Elite, as well as a "D" spring, cut 2 turns off.

    After assembly, I marred the surfaces of the sear to the hammer using the poor-boy method for both the SA and DA surfaces.

    I have not measured the trigger pull, but it is MUCH, and I mean by a long shot, smoother than it was before. The crispness is right on par to my 1911, minus the trigger takeup.

    The DA pull is MUCH lighter and I had no problem pulling of A's on the first shot. You barely tap the trigger now for SA shots.

    So yeah, I think I am going to be sticking with my Beretta!



    Yeah, that's what I heard. Even though many consider the XD to be just like a glock, they are quite different in their internal firing mechanisms.
     
  13. ROFL XD

    ROFL XD XDTalk 100 Member

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    The XD is definitely on the list of production guns, I shoot my XD-9 Tactical in it: Untitled Document. You may be thinking of IDPA, where it is indeed in a different division than a Glock (ESP vs. SSP, I believe).
     
  14. Ben Stoeger

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    That sounds like a sweet trigger job. Mine is pretty good.. but not quite as good as that.

    I was the only guy I saw at USPSA production nationals using one. :shock: Ah well.. its still a sweet gun.
     
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    I like to playing sports in the club.
     
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    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    Thank you very much for that clarification! People must be confused between IPSC and IDPA.
     
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    dolhasso XDTalk 100 Member

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    XD is legal in IDPA Divisions ESP and CDP. Not SSP because springfield classified it in official documentation as a single action gun.

    XD is perfectly legal in USPSA production as well as IPSC production.
     

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