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I am going to try out my first IPSC match this August the 15th, I was told by one of the RO's out there to enter the Production class? But there is usually only about 3 in that class every month. What is the difference with the serviceable class and production?

This IPSC does a lot of shooting it seems, I was told to bring 4-5 mags and 200rds to be safe. Usually they shoot 150rds.

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Hello Troy, I'm a regular USPSA shooter. USPSA is the U.S. division of IPSC. Basically here is the break down of our pistol classes. Open....this is the 'race gun' class, here pretty much anything goes. Electronic red dot type optics and hi-cap. mags rule. Limited...all the 'cool' race gun stuff still applies except only open iron sights can play. Limited 10....M1911A1 style autos with open iron sights and 10 round mags live here. Production....CZ's, Glocks and XD's are the guns of choice in this division.

go here to view the rule book http://www.uspsa.org/body_index.shtml

the equipment thing is easy in Production class. Your XD, an open top holster and a couple dbl. magazine pouches and your good to go. 200 rds is more than enough for a weekly club shoot. We like getting new shooters!!!! It's important that you tell the match director or RO that you are new to "the Game" and would like to shoot with someone who can keep you pointed in the right direction. Think SAFE and HAVE FUN!!!!!!
 

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Hi Troy. Welcome to the world of IPSC/USPSA. Lodraw is right on - gear is easy for Production. No high dollar stuff is needed. You can also use your XD in the Limited 10 Division, but if it is a 9mm, it will still be scored as minor for scoring points.
A lot of clubs have a practice day/night during the week. If yours does, this is a good opportunity to get started before match day.
On match day, show up about an hour early and get with an RO. Ask for a new shooters briefing. This will get you informed on correct range procedures and some IPCS/USPSA safety rules BEFORE you make an uninformed mistake.
Read through the USPSA rule book (current 14th edition) on the USPSA web, or borrow a book form a fellow shooter if you have not received yours yet. It has the standard IPSC guidelines, plus the US variances to those rules.
Pay particular attention to Rule 2.4 on pg 36 and Sections 5, 8, and 10.3. These will get you will get you started in a safe manner. Don't worry about scoring, course design, and range equipment. Those will come as you continue to shoot in matches. The guidelines for the US Production division are on pg 92. All references are to the current 14th edition Rule Book (red one). There are new rules posted on the web site, but won't go into effect until new books have been sent out to the members.
If you want some good info and competition training techniques, I highly recommend Matt Burkett's video series. Matt Burkett
Don't rush yourself. Concentrate on procedures and accuracy. Speed will come with time and practice.
Happy Shooting :!: :D
 

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Hey guys thanks for repling and the pep talk, it sounds like fun. I will check out the rule book and I need to order some mag pouches.

How many magazines do you think I need on a minimum?
 

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I use five. Four in the pouches. One in my pocket I use to charge the gun in the "box". A common practice after given the command to 'load and make ready' by the RO is as follows. Draw your gun pointing it safely down range. Finger outside the trigger guard. Pull the 'charge' mag from your pocket. Insert it in the gun and rack the slide to chamber a round. Engage any external safety if available.
Remove your 'charge' mag from the gun and return it to your pocket. Grab the rear-most mag from your mag pouches and insert it into the gun. Holster the gun. Wait for further instructions from the RO.
 
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