Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by 2005 Vette, Sep 18, 2011.
Pistol selection would depend on the division you plan to compete in. What division do you plan on competing in? Since you are left handed, I would suggest M&P/Pro as it has ambi mag release/slide lock/safety.
Limited: No optics/ports/compensator. Magazines are limited to 140mm. You need 40 caliber or larger to make Major power factor.
Limited 10: Just like Limited, but with a 10 round magazines.
Production: Everything is scored minor power factor in Production (so 9mm is on even ground).
I just switched from a 34 to 35 as primary.
For me, I was comfortable and competent with Sig 226/Beretta 92/CZ75 but got the fastest stage times with another shooter's Glock 17 that I never shot before. I couldn't believe the timer and ran the stage again with the same results. Holes on targets and timers don't lie. I bought a Glock 17 to replace my Sig 226 and moved onto Glock 22 to better meet power factors.
With the gun club you joined, see if you can run the stages with different pistol models to determine which gives you the fastest stage times. Depending on club/shooters, they may allow such opportunities. We sometimes held range practice sessions where everyone brought different pistols so others could run the stages for comparison.
Barrel length means longer sight radius, which is good. The Glock 34 comes in at 5.3" which is about as large as you can hop to fit into the Production rules. The XDM 5.25 is, as the name implies, 5.25", and the S&W M&P 9L comes in at 5".
The Glock has a huge following and is a great choice. The XDM is a relatively new offering in this size and hasn't been tested a lot, but initial reports are encouraging. The 5" M&P models also have been gaining in popularity.
Personally, I shoot an M&P 9L and am liking it so far. My main reason for choosing it was that it was available for a minimal premium over a standard M&P (whereas a Glock 34 costs a fair bit more than a 17), and frankly, Glocks are incredibly common and I just don't want to shoot what everyone else shoots .
One possible benefit of the M&P versions: because they are specifically marketed as "competition" guns, the Glock 34 and XDM 5.25 are not Production legal in actual IPSC matches, whereas the 5" M&P's are still Production legal in IPSC. The vast majority of US-based shooters will only shoot USPSA and never IPSC, so that probably doesn't matter much, but I figured I'd mention it.
The CZ is the only DA/SA I am really happy with; I cannot shoot the P226, S&W 5906, or Beretta as well.
I'd go with the Plastic M&P Pro or maybe a 9L with finer sights and a trigger job.
Me, I recently got started with a CZ 75 Tactical Sports which with its wide grip fits really well into my big hands. It's a ready to race limited class gun, comes in both 9mm (minor) or .40 (major).
How'd it work for you?
I did get to shoot the Shadow a little at the demo range during an IDPA Nationals and it is a very nice pistol.
If you're shooting under IPSC rules, I believe that there's a minimum trigger weight for the first shot. In this case, a CZ-pattern gun might make sense. A friend has a CZ SP-01; it's a nice gun, but way too heavy for my liking.
I don't think the little blue pill will help with that...
I'm buying an SP-01 next year to replace it. If I didn't shoot the CZ, I'd be giving either the M+P Pro or the XD-M 5.25 very serious consideration.
All the stock CZ 75/85s need trigger work and spring changes (as do Glock, M&P et al).
Cajun Gun Works has come up with some "new" improvements that really do make the 75/85 triggers nice. He posts on this and other forums as "Schmeky". Even with IPSC DA requirements, the SA can still be very good.
That being said I have a Beretta 92 which isn't all that great going from DA to SA but I ordered some lighter springs.
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