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Practical 22 games

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by pikid89, Jul 25, 2011.

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  1. pikid89

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    Mods, I realize this isn't the competition area, but since it discusses the idea of getting new people into the games, i put it in general discussions


    with the popularity and awesome level of fun in games like IDPA, IPSC, USPSA etc...

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    the constant (correct) advice of how everyone should have a 22 of some sort for its huge fun/cost ratio


    i start to wonder, why havnt these 2 thing been combined
    I realize there is the USPSA Steel Challenge, but thats not the same

    I think that shooting an IPSC competition with a Ruger MKII/ Buckmark/ S&W M-63 and a red dot would be a riot, and pretty cheap to boot
    A lot of people have a gun like that and it would be much easier for people with just a 22, or poor college students (like me :D) to shoot more competitions


    I decided to do a little googling and i came across another shooting forum (forum name withheld) where they were discussing just this conundrum. I figured there would be resounding support for the fun, the cost savings, and the ease of introducing newbies into action shooting.
    but that wasn't the case:confused:

    the general consensus was totally negative, some almost even snobbish towards rimfire

    Why such hostility??

    I agree that rimfire isn't what IDPA (defensive pistol) is about and that makes sense, but why can't we have something along the lines of that or IPSC or USPSA...I could even see that taking off into its own sport as ammo and components and guns get more and more expensive

    What say you fellow HighRoaders: You guys that shoot one of the games, would you be accepting of a rimfire division in your game, or even a dedicated rimfire organization?
    Or you guys that don't shoot, why not, are ammo and the special guns to cost prohibitive; would you play if you could run your favorite 22?
     
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  2. mnrivrat

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    I'm under the impression that the Ruger Rimfire Competitions have been gaining ground quickly.

    A step in the right direction as there should always be room for added shooting events, and the rimfire catigory is a natural choice for growing the sport .
     
  3. Geckgo

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    soda cans and golf balls work good for me. Appleseed is very welcoming to rimfire, but I hardly consider it a sport or competition. It's a cool idea though. I say, if you've got some friends and whatnot, then start one.
     
  4. M-Cameron

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    i find it odd there are not more rimfire competitions around......especially since .22lr is the most common and affordable caliber.

    one thing i would love to see would be a .22lr long range "sniper" competition....

    essentially, shooting man sized silhouettes at 100-400 yard ranges, from a variety of positions....you are scored on time and accuracy.

    and so you dont have one guy with a $4000 match gun having an advantage over the guy with the $300 gun.....you have price ranges....

    essentially you have a $xxx match......where if you win the match, and someone offers to buy your gun for $xxx, you have to( or are at least strongly encouraged to) sell it to them.

    and then the prize for 1st place would be something like 1/2 the price level of the match.......so if you win in the $300 class.....you get $150.

    this will keep someone entering in a $300 match with a top end anschutz...


    i dunno...just an idea.
     
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  5. CoRoMo

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    I love steel challenge with a MkIII. $20 in ammo can cover two matches.
     
  6. pikid89

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    steel challenge is a blast no doubt...but i want more rimfire run and gun, reload on the clock, shoot from cover etc...
     
  7. chhodge69

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    sounds fun to me - I practice for IDPA with a .22 anyhow. Fundamentals are, well, fundamental.
     
  8. Justin

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    Probably because the heart of USPSA shooting is built around the concept of defensive gun use.

    Momentarily setting aside the notion that certain guns used in USPSA may be sub-optimal for real-world defensive use, I think we can all agree that a move to include .22s would be yet another move away from the aspect of practicality in the sport.

    That said, with the rising cost of ammunition and the subsequent market offerings of rimfire guns in "practical-ish" configurations, I think it would be great fun and good practice to create rimfire-based matches that include movement and reloading on the clock.

    Such matches wouldn't even need to be officially sanctioned by any national governing body. A couple of years ago, we experimented with running a rimfire side match at our monthly tactical rifle match. It was a pretty good success, with everyone who participated reporting that they had a good time, and the low cost of ammunition meant that we all got to shoot a whole lot more. (In the end, we scrapped the side match simply because we didn't have enough people willing to get up early to come out and help with setup.)

    While I don't know if there is enough interest to warrant the incorporation of "tactical" rimfire matches into a currently existing or even new governing body, my guess would be that such sanctioning isn't really a necessity.



    If you're really interested in participating in such a match, consider setting one up. You could go about doing this in a couple of different ways. If you want to bootstrap your own match, grab a few like-minded and helpful friends, draft some basic rules, find a range that's willing to allow you to run a match, and go to town. Admittedly, that can be a lot of work, and you'll have to contend with costs for things like targets, tape, holders and walls up front.

    The other option would be to piggyback a rimfire side match onto an existing practical shooting match. Talk to a local match director and see if he'd be willing to allow you to take two or three stages per month and allow competitors to run them with a rimfire gun after the official match is over. There would be a couple of advantages to this:
    1.) You've already got an audience there. Most of the people shooting the regular match will probably want to shoot a side match. (Just make sure that an announcement for the rimfire match goes out in the newsletter/email/web announcement for the regular match.)
    2.) You don't have to worry as much about sourcing materials for running the match (timers, targets, stands, walls, etc.)
    3.) Stage setup is easier. You're taking pre-existing stages and re-purposing them.
    4.) Match fees can be passed on to the match director to defray the costs of using their stuff.

    If you go this route, realize that you will have to convince the match director that you're willing to undertake and administer this yourself. For instance, they aren't going to want to deal with the hassles of signup or scoring for yet another match, so have a plan in place for taking care of those sorts of things ahead of time.

    Frankly, I think the world would be better off with shooting competitions of all sorts, and we would all benefit from having people step up and volunteer to undertake running them.
     
  9. Justin

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    I see little utility in the concept of "racing for pinks" in the shooting sports.

    Most competitions solve the issues of advantages arising from equipment disparity by incorporating rules that put various configurations of guns into different classifications. That way, the guy who's shooting an iron-sighted rifle doesn't have to compete against the guy with a 20x scope and a bipod.

    Overall, equipment divisions works satisfactorily enough that I see no reason to try to force someone to sell a gun just because they won a match.
     
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    "Probably because the heart of USPSA shooting is built around the concept of defensive gun use."

    Then they need to climb down off their high horses and start shooting at targets that shoot back. Otherwise it's just another game. Might as well be horseshoes or something. :)
     
  11. Justin

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    And just exactly how do you propose to run a match with "targets that shoot back?"
     
  12. Andrew Wyatt

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    your problem is you run matches, justin. Your experience is blinding you to the truth that people who have never shot a match in their life know.
     
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    Simunitions. :)

    But really, why are Derrienger(sp?) so popular as defensive carry? Because they work. You don't have to vaporize the attacker. Snobs.
     
  14. Justin

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    That would then be a paintball match or force on force training, not a shooting match.
     
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    Maybe PSP paintball is the new USPSA.
     
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    Can i get a show of hands in this thread of people who've shot a match?
     
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    I would if I could afford to. If they only had a cheaper way to get in...
     
  18. Justin

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    Perhaps we ought to bring this thread back on topic, and discuss the feasibility of the OP's concept of instituting practicalish style matches with rimfire guns.
     
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    i shot an ipsc match once with my glock 19 and I went through over 250 rounds through the course of the morning
    that cost me close to 60 bucks in ammo, plus the match fee of $20, plus gas etc...=approx $90 for the day

    if i could do the same day over with my Ruger MKII (which i would have but the director aka IPSC snob, said no), it would have only cost me about $10 in ammo, plus 20 for the match, plus gas= approx $40

    that means i could have shot the next weekend too with the rest of the brick of 22, but alas, i had to shoot the 9mm

    i would totally do this but i don't know much about running matches and I'm not a member of the only local range that does have matches at it

    if anyone here is a member of or has pull at the the Gainesville Target Range, maybe we could get something going, as i may not be able to run one, but i would definitely help out any way possible
     
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    Just a couple of clarifying points...which I feel might be based on lack of information or mis-information.

    If it was a local match, it wasn't a IPSC match...the domestic body is the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Assoc.). IPSC is the international sanctioning body.

    USPSA competition was founded, back in the 60s, on a three legged foundation of Accuracy, Power and Speed...represented in their logo by the Latin DVC (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas) It was designed as a medium to test the ability to control a powerful enough (Power) handgun, well enough (Speed) to be effective (Accuracy) in a defensive situation. It would have been unfaithful to the roots of their foundation to take away one leg
     
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    There's nothing stopping you from running a .22 at a USPSA match. There's no rule against it. However, since the gun won't make minor power factor, you won't be able to shoot for score.
     
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    I think OP is striving for heavy emphasis on fun factor, and very affordable fun at that

    But... "it happens every time"... as soon as you introduce the words "match" or "competition" into the conversation, it quickly goes askew

    There have always been very serious rimfire competition games (BR50 and silhouette come readily to mind), but typical of centerfire games, the emphasis on (safe) fun very quickly evolves/devolves into:
    A) a hardware race, with heavy emphasis on $$$, and even in 'division' games, those with less costly hardware tend to be looked upon as second class citizens, who only do what they do because they be po' folks who cannot afford to "really" compete in prestige class with 'serious' people; a trend much encouraged just as soon as the game gets enough attention to be noticed by commercial sponsors
    B) constant bickering about the rules, rules, rules - followed by the creation of more rules, rules, rules - followed by more bickering, of course - to the extent that someone will get really peevish about it, and go start a new competition game, with the perfect (?) set of 'new rules' - guaranteed to inspire flame games with participants in the prior game, of course, because they are 'doing it wrong'

    All shooting games can be fun, but just as soon as the score takes precedence over the fun factor, safe shooting fun alone just isn't good enough any more. Human nature.

    But the good news is, a couple of shooting buddies with a place to safely shoot rimfires can set up any course of fire they please, be it "22 golf" or pretend Steel Challenge, no governing body required, and the only rules that really count are the classic four. Doesn't really matter if one is shooting a Korth and the other a Rough Rider, nobody is actually keeping a scorecard, and you can wear whatever shoes you want.

    Formal competition has many and varied serious merits, but fun requires no judge, 'da Judge being purely optional, whatever rings your chimes.

    No disrespect intended towards any formal discipline, you know, but me, I already have more 'governing bodies' in my life than I really need.
    But I never do seem to have enough brightly colored hard foam practice golf balls in the range bag; good thing we have a long open season on grasshopper hunting with scoped rimfires in south Georgia.
     
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  23. Maple_City_Woodsman

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    I fail to see how shooting an identical course of IDPA with a rim fire analogue is "not practical".

    Another poster already said it - fundamentals are fundamental.

    I realize that it may be hard for some competitors to maintain their combat shooting fantasy if everyone is using a Ruger MKIII, S&W 41, or a Whitney Wolverine, but if shooting the course with a Sig 226, or CZ-75 is "practical", then wouldn't the use of nearly identical analogues like the Mosquito, or CZ Kadet be just as practical?
     
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    it's the Power Factor proposition, MCW, no matter how practical in 'practice'

    truth be known, hard core IPDA (etc) competitors are well past the point where felt recoil and/or noise is a practical factor in their shooting, as is the case with any caliber competition; any well experienced shooter that throws really high round counts gets over that real early in the game

    it would be a tad silly to say that shooting a 6" k-17 is really any different than slinging lead out of a 6" k-66 with same grips on both, but still...
    low power factor is nonetheless contrary to the philosophy in the origins of the game, and you cannot really disrespect that

    it's more than a tad unfair to presume these guys are really that into it as a 'combat shooting fantasy' you know
    it's a speed/skill shooting game, and they all know nobody's shooting back, and they all know real gunfights never follow a rehearsed script
    but the skills developed have serious merits for unrehearsed scenarios nonetheless
    you can 'game' the real deal only so much unless holding the match in the middle of a war zone
    (I do love to practice with a k-17, but it ain't on the bedside nightstand, the k-66 is)
     
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  25. Mike OTDP

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    Olympic Rapid Fire.

    Anyone who's tried it will tell you it's a very demanding blend of speed and accuracy. Bring the gun up, put a shot into each of 5 targets. In 4 seconds. At 25 meters. And if you mean to win, your total group - for 60 shots - needs to be no bigger than about 4 inches.

    Good fun. Try it.
     
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