Do you shoot in competition?


January 5, 2003, 02:20 AM
I shoot bullseye. Centerfire and rimfire pistol. It is in a small local league. Any of you folks shoot competitively?

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January 5, 2003, 02:50 AM

January 5, 2003, 02:59 AM
Used to pretty heavily.
Play some games once in a while for training and fun.

January 5, 2003, 02:59 AM

But, I plan on attending a GSSF match here in Oregon later this year.. :)

January 5, 2003, 03:11 AM
No....although I would love to try either IPDA or IPSC style competition shooting.

January 5, 2003, 04:37 AM
I shoot in IDPA and IPSC/USPSA. Both are fun. At one time I never thought I would compete. Thought of it as a game.

Ya know what, they are games. Games that allow for a good amount of "Supervised" trigger time. My gun handling skills have increased 10 fold.

I have been in it now for just about 6 months and I can't get enough. I shoot up to 2 matches in each sport every month.

Zekeluvs1911, e mail me if your near Philly. You can join me on an outing if your really interested!

January 5, 2003, 05:45 AM
I shoot rifle silhouette, both HP and .22. Well, I shoot AT them :)


3 gun
January 5, 2003, 05:52 AM
Competitively? No. :rolleyes: I do belong to and shoot in USPSA and 3 gun matches a couple of times a month during the outdoor season. The rest of the shoots I go to are fun, local, open to the public events without a sanctioning body or membership. They do provide good competition but on an unofficial level.

January 5, 2003, 07:17 AM
Cowboy Action Shooting. Although it's really more fun than competition. Which, for me, is a good thing. Because with my shooting, I'm probably never going to get to the podium anyhow.



January 5, 2003, 07:30 AM
like Drue, cf & rf silhouette plus SSAA "Field Rifle"; rf & cf, and Service Rifle. Physically not as able as I once was; shot 86% last Saturday's club match, but still enjoy it very much. Who do I compete against? Me first and the rest after that.

Navy joe
January 5, 2003, 08:27 AM

Hey, wow! they've got a competition forum here! :p

January 5, 2003, 08:29 AM

January 5, 2003, 08:37 AM
I also shoot Bullseye. Outdoor Pistol mostly, but I do still carry an Indoor rating, too.

Will Fennell
January 5, 2003, 09:26 AM
uh...well...yes, alot. A whole lot. My boss seez too much. My credit cards say too much.


I can't wait till the first big shoot of the year:cool: :rolleyes:

January 5, 2003, 10:04 AM
I shoot in my club's Highpower league and I shoot in a monthly pistol and rifle internet league.

I've only done the HP league this past year but will continue, its a lot of fun. I've been doing the internet leage for 3 or 4 years now.

I shot the national JC Garand match last year and will do so again this year.

I am not a hard core competetor. I really only like to shoot rifles as issued by the military so I don't trick out any of my guns.

I've learned a lot from com,petetion shooting and keep getting better because of it.

The nationals is an experience every shooter should have. its just great.

I would like to see a competion like NSSA but for WWII. 10 man squads, wearing WWII field uniforms shooting targets for time and score. Would be cool, eh?

January 5, 2003, 10:16 AM
I'm just entering my second year in IDPA. It has really helped my shooting and has taught me better safety habits. Plus, I've met a whole bunch of helpful folks who don't think I'm nuts cause I like to shoot pistols!:D

January 5, 2003, 10:24 AM
GSSF league
Pins center and rimfire
PPC indoor
PPC outdoor in the olden days
IDPA BuG match
Even tried shooting clay birds at Second Chance with a 45 once.
They hang or sit it up I will take a whack at it........ :)


Shooter 2.5
January 5, 2003, 10:39 AM
I've always shot in some sort of competition since I had a talk with a barber, of all people. He was a ranked bowler and he asked me why didn't I shoot competitively since I shot so much. I told him I really didn't know. Then he asked if I was scared to find out exactly how good I really was.
His point was that a lot of people enjoy a sport with no thought of improving. They enjoy it and that's the end of it.
I believe if a person wants to shoot for enjoyment and as a recreation. That's good old trigger time. It's fun. If a person wishes to use a firearm for defense, they should look into being the best possible shooter they can and that means competition. I know that a lot of people don't like the stress of shooting competitively but it gets easier and a lot more fun as time goes on. I'm a little burned out and had an accident a couple of months back so I'm not practiicing anymore. I still drag myself out to be a range safety officer. I'm learning more techniques doing that since I'm right on the line.

Kentucky Rifle
January 5, 2003, 11:03 AM
..ALL those years ago, I was on the "Small Bore Rifle Team". Top three shooters were recruited right during the senior year of high school. "Hey boy, join up with two stripes immediately. We've got something IMPORTANT for you. No bad duty, no burning sh## for you"!
All three of us fell for it. I'm the only one left.
I can't shoot competitively any longer. a slight tremble in my hands put me off just a little. Anybody understand? (Well, isn't THIS a weird post?? Sorry, the demons came again last night.:( )

P.S. Oleg--If you want me to delete this post, let me know. Morbid, it is.

January 5, 2003, 11:31 AM
KR, morbid is looking at my last match scores. And I'm young and healthy. :)

We do have a competition shooting forum here at THR. It is relatively low traffic compared to general (of course) so why don't you guys come over and visit a bit? I need something to moderate. :)

In answer to the question, 3 gun and IDPA. Every chance I get.

Long Hunter
January 5, 2003, 05:18 PM

Service Rifle, Military Bolt Gun, Pistol Silhouette, John C. Garand at Camp Perry last two years, and Hunter Rifle(home grown match at our local club).

Long Hunter

January 5, 2003, 09:37 PM
In the broad sense of the word...YES. I only made a couple IDPA matches last year even though I'd wish I'd made more. Being working, single parent w/ BUSY son limits my personal play time.

January 5, 2003, 11:49 PM
Yes, in IPSC ;)

John Forsyth
January 6, 2003, 12:06 AM
Do I shoot competitively, ask my wife. She says I shoot all the blankity-blank time. Been shooting IDPA now for 5 years. State matches, regional matches, and made it twice to the Nationals. I am set up for 3-gun and USPSA/IPSC, and as soon as the new range is complete we are going to host some more matches. If I owned a Glock, I would try GSSF.

January 6, 2003, 12:28 AM
Yes. USPSA and IDPA. Also an IDPA certified Safety Officer.
I encourage every gun owner to participate in local competition. You get to know people who are interested in many of the same interests as you, guns for one, while at the same time you are supporting our right to keep and bear arms and to assemble with them. Except for military or law enforcement, where else would you find men and women with so many guns and so much ammo?
Many people feel intimidated by the word "Match". Don"t be. I have never heard, at any match that I have ever been to, anyone laugh at, make fun of or criticize any other shooter. If you are a new shooter, tell them when you sign-up. They will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.(At least at all of the ranges in my area.) After all we are all Brothers (and Sisters) in Arms. Come on out, enjoy the experience and "Support the Sport".

Bruce in West Oz
January 6, 2003, 12:48 AM
Yes, like geekay I now shoot SSAA Field Rifle and Scoped 3-Positional matches, both rimfire and centrefire, at local, State and National levels; Hunter class benchrest at club level (occasionally).

Have also shot UIT Standard Pistol, Air Pistol and fullbore in competition. Oh, and shotguns once or twice a year.


January 6, 2003, 08:02 AM
Yes. NRA Conventional Pistol (outdoor and indoor).

January 6, 2003, 02:40 PM
I shoot benchrest.

Kentucky Rifle, you really oughta look into it... All the cameraderie of a good shootin' match, without the exercise (unless you count loading one's vehicle...). We've got folks who are in wheelchairs who shoot... very well too...

January 6, 2003, 02:49 PM
No, I don't.

Although I'd like to try IDPA and IPSC someday. (Emphasis on the someday part) :)

January 6, 2003, 04:12 PM
Yes, I shoot with my 9mm Glock in one of our club's pistol teams. We compete at county level. Maybe, with enough training and a little luck I could make it to the state championships this year.

Kentucky Rifle
January 7, 2003, 10:07 AM
I'll look into bench rest shooting. I don't think I'll ever be as good as I once was. I'm in my 50's and I've got PTSD. But it might be good therapy. Especially, if there are other guys there in the same boat.


January 7, 2003, 10:42 AM
I had entertained the notion and obtained my IDPA membership and other than Tuesday night shoots at my local club, I've had little time or opportunity for other than work and family.

The best intentions of mice and men...

January 8, 2003, 02:59 PM
IDPA, .22 action shoots, and Combat Shoots (where Wheelguns RULE).

January 8, 2003, 03:34 PM
Nope, but I would like to one day...don't know when, but one day!

January 8, 2003, 06:03 PM
A little highpower rifle with a Garand and a little NRA Bullseye. I wish I had the time and funds to shoot more. I'm going to my first 300 meter match this weekend.:)

January 8, 2003, 06:24 PM
I encourage all people to engage in sponsered competition. Many, Many years ago like most people I thought I was a pretty good shot and new a lot about firearms. Then one day in order to be eligible to purchase an M1 Garand I joined not one but two rifle clubs. I found out how little I knew about being a real rifleman and how low a skill I actually had.

Engaging in competition really seperates the men from the boys and will enhance your skill astronmically and your knowledge at least 10 fold as to the potential of the weapon as well as your own skill.

Daren Thompson
January 8, 2003, 08:40 PM
I have shot competatively for the Kentucky Army National Gaurd for the last four years. My first three were on the pistol team and the last was on the rifle team. I have shot at the state, regional, and national level. I like the National Gaurd matches because they are combat and all the weapons are equal.


Guy B. Meredith
January 8, 2003, 09:03 PM
I need to echo Arcane's comments. I participate in competition, but do not really compete. I just enjoy the far out shooting galleries the competition provides and being around other shooters. I do ICORE (International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts), IDPA, IPSC and some PPC. Strangely enough I usually place ahead of about 24% of the auto shooters (I shoot revolvers ONLY) in IPSC. Another fun thing and running joke is that I've also collected several 2nd through 4th place trophies from local IPSC matches in the Revolver catagory. Aren't too many revolver shooters in the club and someone has to fill out the 4 places receiving note. Ha!

January 8, 2003, 10:06 PM
PPC, used to shoot smallbore sillouhette.

January 9, 2003, 02:09 AM
yep IDPA and IPSC

January 9, 2003, 03:25 PM
IDPA and NRA Highpower
Badly, I might add.

January 9, 2003, 04:19 PM
IDPA and bowling pins, I would like to try IPSC, and maybe even bullseye.

January 9, 2003, 10:30 PM
I shot trap for30 yrs until I injured my shoulder mountain biking, now I shoot sporter rifle competition with a .22 rimfire.


January 9, 2003, 10:49 PM
I used to shoot a little bit of 100yd .22 at a local German club...I'd like to try cowboy action shooting though!

January 9, 2003, 11:19 PM
Did the IPSC thing mid 80's to early 90's, shooting 3-Gun now
for the last 4 years, great game.

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