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How many people shoot their carry gun in IDPA or other matches?

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by GEM, Apr 27, 2005.

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  1. jdkelly

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    ...I've always liked shooting against expensive guns...

    Ron,

    I think it is both the arrow and the indian. If it wasn't, neither IDPA nor USPSA would divide the shooters by "arrow".

    But with in the same division I think you are correct for the most part. However I do believe that a $3,500 Wilson Combat has an advantage in accuracy and function over a $350 P*S.

    Personally I've always liked shooting against expensive guns, it's the only time I'll get to see them!


    Respectfully,

    jkelly
     
  2. Ankeny

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    jdkelly:

    I absolutely agree with you, the Indian/arrow and singer/song sayings get over used and gear can make a difference. What I am refering to is the guys who blame thier gear when they haven't even begun to realize their own potential with what they already have. And of course we know guys who watch top flight shooters rock with the spendy stuff, then comment about how they would suck with a stock Glock.

    The truth is in the middle. Rob Leatham would clean the floor with us using a stock XD, but when he shoots against Sevigny a decent trigger job and sights are necessary to be in the game.
     
  3. Genghis

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    Dress appropriately . . .

    When I started shooting IPSC and IDPA a few months ago, I started shooting with my Para P-14. For the most part I carried a 9 mm.

    I'm still developing the basic skills for shooting in these matches, and it's vital for me to eliminate as many distractions as I can. So for now I'll continue to shoot the Para. But once I've gotten a little better at the basics, I'd like to shoot different types of guns in matches, and even get classified with different types. I saw my first wheelgun in a match yesterday. The guy worked his *ss off, but he sure gets a lot of practice with reloads. Tempting . . .

    Now I'm taking more of an interest in carrying the BIG GUN. I know what I can do with it, and I know if something happened I'd be far more effective with it. I tend to carry the biggest gun I can conceal, but with the weather here that's often something a lot smaller than a Para.
     
  4. TonyB

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    I carry a 5 shot revolver(sp101)and I have used it on occasion,but mostly use my glock17(which I never carry)..it does kind of bother though...I shoot IDPA once a week,so after 2 years I now shoot my 17 better than any other gun I have...I guess I'm just too competitive to use the SP more often..I like to see those low scores...we've never had a BUG match either...although once in a while me and a couple other guys will bring the 5 shots and compete against eachother..I recently bought a 6 shot carry gun(that had to back to the factory)to use as both a carry and idpa gun.....just waiting to get it back....
     
  5. faustulus

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    I compete with several different guns, some of which I carry. (others are just for competition.) It doesn't really matter to me if I compete with my carry gun because all of my guns are pretty much the same. They each have a barrel which is pointed at the bad guy, all of them have a trigger which is pulled when you want to fire the gun and all of them have sights to make put on the target.
    I learned to drive on a 1972 Chevy Impala, oddly enough I can drive my '95 M3 pretty much the same way.
    To me, these games are about having fun and getting some trigger time. Shooting will help your skills no matter what you are using.
     
  6. Krag

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    I recently chatted with a guy who carries TWO (!) 1911s all the time. A Gov't Model in a IWB holster and a Springfield light weight "Commander" sized in a shoulder holster. He also totes two spare 8 round mags. :eek:

    I asked him "Why?" and he told me that he is "...prepared for anything!" :fire: I gave him a bit of advice, "Stay away from deep water." :scrutiny:
     
  7. The Rabbi

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    Not really. Oleg had a fine article on this very topic in Concealed Carry Magazine. He pointed out that the very same action on a Smith auto and a Beretta auto will produce two opposite results. I wont even mention the P7.
     
  8. faustulus

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    I'm betting pulling the trigger with the barrel and sights pointed toward a target will create the same results. If you don't believe me I can do some experimenting and post the results.
     
  9. tcdrennen

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    I alternate between my EDC Kimber ProCarry and my TLE for the 2x monthly IDPA matches. I do use my EDC holster (Milt Sparks VMII) and mag pouch with either. And the first stage is shot with my EDC mags and carry ammo (230 gr. HydraShok); I switch to the beater mags and FMJ reloads after that, though. That cycles the ammo once a month but saves money :cool:

    I used to use an Uncle Mike's Kydex paddle for IDPA and everything else, but while it's slightly faster on the presentation, practicing with what I carry everyday is VERY important, so it might as well be fun, too! :D
     
  10. The Rabbi

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    Try sweeping the safety up first and then report what happens when you pull the trigger.
     
  11. GSMD Fan

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    I shoot with many different guns in IDPA because it is fun.

    Most of the time I do use a Berreta Elite for IDPA and always carry a Centurion.
    Same grip and manual of arms, just slightly shorter and lighter package.
     
  12. faustulus

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    Berettas and Smiths are DA why would you bother with the safety? and on my 1066 and 92, both seem to fire with the safety up.
    I am not saying that guns are different, (the example I would have used was the browning Hi Power and a BDM.) That being said. I don't really think it matters in a match. I have shot many with many different guns. (I spent six months shooting every week with a different gun.) And have never had a problem adjusting. I think if you are familar with your weapon, you will be able to handle the transition just fine -- at least I am sure that I will be able to handle it.
    This is just a game for me. It also helps me improve some skills which, lets face it, I will probably never need. That being said, I can clear jams, reload magazines and identify targets better than I did before I started shooting competively.
     
  13. tarrigoni

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    I carry and use a Glock 19 in a threat solutions ucr for IDPA and everyday life.
     
  14. WESHOOT2

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    ALL my guns are carry guns; all (but the 22's) are competition guns.
    No exceptions.
    All.
     
  15. dpesec

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    You bet Gengis,

    I shot my first match yesterday. It was way different. I stunk :( .
    I'm very good at target shooting, but the rules and stuff caused me to be way off my mark.

    There's so much to remember that it'll take months, to get things right.
     
  16. faustulus

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    :uhoh: Well, :uhoh: uh, :uhoh: technically, that (but the 22s) part is an exception. :neener:

    :D
     
  17. Series 70

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    I don't have any competition-only firearms. The 1911 I shoot in IDPA is the same 1911 that sits on my belt right now.
     
  18. Ian

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    I carry a cheap surplus Sistema 1911 with a trigger job. I used it in IDPA when I shot IDPA, and I currently use it in IPSC and Bullseye matches (with a .22 kit on it for the .22 portion of the bullseye shooting). What can I say? I'm too poor to go buy new guns for games. :)
     
  19. CZ52GUY

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    Yup

    I compete with and carry my G22, G35, 1911's, CZ-75's, and brand spanky new G26 :).

    Stay Safe,

    CZ52'
    - No, I don't carry the CZ52 or compete with her...she's too perty ;)
    - I too have a non-compliant IDPA body (nice one JK :))
     
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