April 12, 2003, 12:14 AM
We have a small group around here and we have been getting together lately for a little competative shooting...later we plan on trying an IDPA match or two...I have always shot either a 40SW or .357sig....I currently shoot and carry a Walther P99 in 40SW but have been think of getting another one in 9mm for practice and competition...mainly because the ammo is cheaper and the recoil is slightly less allowing quicker follow up shots in competition....do you guys think this is a good idea? or would I be better off just staying with the 40SW... Can you buy light loads in 40SW this might help with follow up shot in comp...I already realize that I can buy a lot of ammo with what I would pay another P99...Thanks
April 12, 2003, 12:24 AM
I'm a big fan of the 9mm, and I usually prefer it in the same gun over .40, if available. The effectiveness with modern defense loads is negligible, and the 9mm is much cheaper, easier to control, and easier on the hardware. Less ammo costs mean more practice. You can't beat 100 rounds of 9mm for $10.97 at WallyWorld.
April 12, 2003, 12:36 AM
I don't know of any light loaded factory ammo for the 40. As for shooting IDPA or IPSC production they are flooded with 9mm's for fast shooting like you said. Just depends what you want out of shooting IDPA.
I shoot a 40 in IPSC limited to get the points for major, as for production and IDPA I shoot 9mm loaded to 130 power factor.
April 12, 2003, 01:19 AM
Well, I'm a fan of the 'shoot what you carry' school of thought. If you carry the P99 in 40, then that's what I'd compete with.
On the other hand, I might be tempted to add a CZ75B SA in 9mm to the collection just for competition purposes. They are really excellent out of the box.
April 12, 2003, 01:34 AM
The IDPA matches I've seen, 9mm rules the day. There is a smattering of other calibers, but since there is no advantage to shooting the bigger calibers, 9mm rules.
April 12, 2003, 10:13 AM
I like the .45. Bigger the bullet, bigger the hole. Eaiser to break the next line up.