I shot my first IDPA match yesterday; I actually learned about it Friday night at 7:30pm and I had to be present at the match at 7:30am Saturday. I'd already been shooting all day Friday basically, both rifle and pistol, when a fellow shooter told me. It was my first ever pistol competition. I've done a lot with rifles (not civilian, but I'll be doing that soon) but the only thing I've done regimented with pistols was maybe some army training using the pistol as a backup. Or some demo our school might have done. I do carry, practice with, reload and shoot pistols and revolvers regularly, but never in a match. Haven't had the time or opportunity until now, but understanding how match shooting improved my overall and military shooting, I knew it would be invaluable. I was right. And it was a LOT of fun. I shot 6 stations using my mostly stock but slicked up G17L with some light target reloads, and I had no mag carriers for it so I had 'em stuffed in my pants. I know better for next time now. I nearly shot perfect on the targets, but I was VERY slow since it was my first time. I always wanted to use that 17L in a match and it rocked, the accuracy was just insane --many were just 2 inch groups! I was also "unclassed" so it didn't mean anything. My score wasn't the worst compared to all the others but it wasn't anywhere near the top either. But I didn't expect it to be, I was somewhere in the middle or maybe high middle. I'll speed up though, I'll also join up so I can shoot more matches. Overall it was fun and getting together with other shooters and "shooting it out" was a blast. You always learn something doing stuff like this and watching others was really great. Definitely going back. Plan on doing IPSC too, along with all the rifle stuff coming up. I at least want to try them all. So for you guys shooting IDPA, would you recommend using a G17L, a G20 or a 1006? Or my carry piece, a G29? I also have a G21, but that one doesn't have adj. sights and I prefer those. The five I listed I own, the others I have I don't plan on using, and I don't plan on getting another just for IDPA, but may change sights on the G21 if there is a good reason. I shoot them all well, but I prefer the 17L (it is a match pistol after all) or one of the 10mm's. I load all my own too. My interest is whether or not one pistol is better than the other for scoring? Does the 17L make it harder? Which one of those pistols would any of you IDPA shooters use and why? For you guys not shooting IDPA, why not? I should have done it a long time ago, it sure is a lot more fun than just shooting pistols at the target range!