My first handgun match: I should have started years ago!


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1KPerDay
February 28, 2010, 12:11 PM
A couple of friends of mine asked me to go with them to the UDPL match yesterday. I was a little nervous having never attended anything like this before, but it was sooooo much fun and the old timers were extremely cool and helpful. :cool: I did okay for my first time I guess. I need some mag holsters, as I was losing 3 seconds per reload fishing them out of my pocket. :D

Definitely can't wait to go again. Now I REALLY need to get started reloading. Factory ammo is expensive! :banghead:

Video here for those interested

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A89Rmc0prrM

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Clifford
February 28, 2010, 12:54 PM
Glad you had a good time! Most guys say the same thing the first time they shoot a match. Get a good belt, holster and some good mag pouches and you'll be good to go. Look into a good progressive press for loading lots-o-practice ammo. You'll be hooked in no time flat.

the-ghost
February 28, 2010, 01:39 PM
if chuck norris had no arms or legs he'd still be faster just using his tounge getting from barrel to barrel!:D

looks like fun!

Quadkid
February 28, 2010, 02:44 PM
haha, i like the title ... "Jeff Shoots Stuff (slowly)", awesome.

EddieNFL
February 28, 2010, 03:52 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but what does UDPL stand for?

Gunfighter123
February 28, 2010, 04:22 PM
In 25+ years of Action Shooting competition I've always said that if I don't get the "shakes" at the start of Match Day --- I must not be having FUN !!!

The Lone Haranguer
February 28, 2010, 04:33 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but what does UDPL stand for?
Probably his club's pistol league.

In 25+ years of Action Shooting competition I've always said that if I don't get the "shakes" at the start of Match Day --- I must not be having FUN !!!
Competitions help your performance in a gunfight, by introducing an element of stress (the "shakes") that approximates that of a real gunfight. So does hunting ("buck fever").

Kingofthehill
February 28, 2010, 04:58 PM
Wish i could find some sort of competition in San Antonio!.... Im tired of shooting paper

1KPerDay
February 28, 2010, 05:40 PM
if chuck norris had no arms or legs he'd still be faster just using his tounge getting from barrel to barrel!:D

looks like fun!
ha haaa! LOL :D

1KPerDay
February 28, 2010, 05:41 PM
Probably his club's pistol league.
Yep... Utah Defensive Pistol League.

http://www.udpl.net/

BCRider
February 28, 2010, 10:30 PM
I just shot my first IPSC club matches this summer along with getting into the cowboy action shooting scene. Like you I found these matches to be great fun and infinitely more fun than perforating paper.

And for the record you're too modest. You dispatched those two Texas Stars in fine form. I could only hope to do as well.

David E
February 28, 2010, 11:56 PM
Wish i could find some sort of competition in San Antonio!.... Im tired of shooting paper

All kinds of shooting going on in Texas !!

http://www.americanactionshooting.com/index.php

and four others found with the "Club finder" feature at www.uspsa.org

Guy B. Meredith
March 1, 2010, 01:52 AM
Who's the revolver shooter?

EddieNFL
March 1, 2010, 07:59 AM
Yep... Utah Defensive Pistol League.

http://www.udpl.net/
Ah! Thank you. I shoot NWFLDPS matches.
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North West Florida Defensive Pistol Shooters (IDPA)

1KPerDay
March 1, 2010, 12:44 PM
That's a mouthful :D

Guy, I can't remember his name now but he's a regular there. They only have about 4 or 5 wheelgunners in the club, all shooting pretty much the same gun (performance center .357 8-shot with moon clips). He was shooting handloaded .38 short colt rounds with 180-grain cast lead pills over about 3.5 gr of clays IIRC. Said it was a very clean load and he liked them a lot.

Really nice guy. Another wheelgunner in our group let me shoot his PC with some custom trigger work... man what a smooooooth trigger. :cool:

Another guy I talked to was shooting 240 grain HCLSWC pills in his .38 spec. loads at about 800 fps IIRC. Those old timers were all pretty quick and smooth. Made me want to get a big wheelie.

Deaf Smith
March 1, 2010, 10:10 PM
240 grain HCLSWC pills in his .38 spec.?

You mean 158 gr, right. The 240 is more for the .44 special.

As for IDPA, great to see you like it guys. The match is the test, the training for the match, if you keep in mind the 'defensive' part if IDPA, will server you well if ever you need to defend yourself.

1KPerDay
March 1, 2010, 10:17 PM
Nope... in his 38. I asked twice because I thought the same thing. I guess I could be mistaken.

EddieNFL
March 2, 2010, 08:24 AM
It's addictive, ain't it?

Shooting revolvers in IDPA/IPSC builds character...lots of character.

Just One Shot
March 2, 2010, 08:57 AM
if chuck norris had no arms or legs he'd still be faster just using his tounge getting from barrel to barrel!
Chuck Norris doesn't use a gun, he just puts the bullets in his mouth and spits them at the target.
;)

1KPerDay
March 2, 2010, 11:52 AM
Results are out: I got 10th out of 28 in the High-Cap division, 13th out of 54 overall. Right mid-pack where I hoped to be. Next time I'll work on being faster moving and reloading. Hopefully top 10. Either way, it'll be a lot of fun! :cool:

mgmorden
March 2, 2010, 11:54 AM
That's top third High-Cap and top quarter overall. You did better than mid-pack. Be proud of yourself :).

gordy
March 2, 2010, 12:17 PM
You are in for trouble know, you are going to get bit and bit hard. You allready say you need mag holders. What is next? Well more mags, and a reloader. I from past shooting needed a dillion 550B. You can't go wrong with that. You need to shoot for practice and for the match. That can be over 500 rounds a week. On the dillion that will take you about a hour(after some time) Then you will want to buy a wheelgun just for a different game. Mine is a S&W 586 with a 4 inch barrel, trigger job and magna porting(well worth the money) And then you may need(WAN'T) a shotgun. OH you are in for lots of trouble. Just sell your guns and run:neener: before it gets out of hand.
You should ask if you can do it with a 22? It will help you in the long run. It won't cost as much. And it will be just as much FUN. And were where the bowling pins? You need to try that.
I build shooting plates for our club and they just love them. Five five inch plates on a frame, All in a row. You shoot and they fall, pull the rope and they stand up. Did I say BOWLING PINS! This kinda dates me but have you ever head of John Shaw? He was my mentor. I wanted to be just like him.
As I told you before sell your guns and run before it is to late. You might still have time:neener:

1KPerDay
March 2, 2010, 12:47 PM
:D LOL

Those plate racks sound like the bee's knees! Do you happen to sell to outside people or just make them for your club?

SG1
March 2, 2010, 01:18 PM
Did you just say bee's knees? :D

Kidding. The videos were very cool. I've been thinking about getting involved with a local practical defensive pistol shooting group, but have been nervous that my skill level would not be up to par. Plus, I too need a few accessories.

Thanks for sharing!

1KPerDay
March 2, 2010, 01:26 PM
Would you prefer "the dog's bollocks?" :D

don't be nervous. I delayed going a few times for the same reasons (the unknown, etc.). But there's no reason to be nervous. Everybody starts somewhere, and the old timers were extremely friendly and helpful. get going! :cool:

gordy
March 2, 2010, 01:51 PM
Hi 1kperday
You are right they are the bees knees. I could make them for you, but by the time I am done they would be in the 100 lbs range. And you will want two. I use one inch thick steel for the plates. Shipping would be alot. You should be able to find a guy by you who can make them. Ask at the shooting club. It is not that hard. Google John Shaw shooting, Find Mid-South Institute self defense shooting. Look for range photos,find man vs man reactionary steel range. Get a good mental picture, Find a guy with a cnc cutter who can weld and fabricate and you are in the steel plate shooting gig.:) Or you could find time to visit John at his place.

1KPerDay
March 2, 2010, 02:50 PM
I assume you use hardened steel/armor plate?

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