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Which pistol for IPSC?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kannonfyre, Apr 2, 2003.

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  1. kannonfyre

    kannonfyre Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    At home, posting on THR instead of working.
    Dear All,

    If everything works out, I'll be going for my first IPSC shoot this sunday. The range only has CZ 75s and Berettas M92s for rent (both 9mm). If I can only rent one which one should I choose?
  2. Bergeron

    Bergeron Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Lafayette, LA
    Get the CZ.

    IPSC mandates that you start with your gun on-safety, so you will be drawing the Beretta double-action on your first shot, and the safety will be in an awkward position.

    The CZ, on the other hand, will allow you to draw with a single action first shot, and the safety will be quicker and easier to disengage.

    Keep in mind that you will be shooting minor with either. Also make sure that you get as many magazines as the shop as to rent to you. I've seen new guys show up at practice IPSC shoots in Baker and actually run out of ammo due to having too few magazines.

    Hope this helps.
  3. stans

    stans Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    central Virginia
    I think the CZ-75 would be better for IPSC competition because you can start with the pistol in single action mode. The first shot out of the Beretta 92 would be double action.
  4. blades67

    blades67 Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Mesa, Arizona, USA
    If you already own a gun, take it. If not, choose the gun that feels best in your hand.
  5. seeker_two

    seeker_two Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Deep in the Heart of the Lone Star State (TX)
    blades67 has the best advice. IPSC has several different categories to compete...

    Open--optically-sighted, compesated, hi-cap "raceguns".
    Limited--single-action autos w/o optics & compensators. No capacity limit.
    Limited-10--same as Limited, but capacity limited to 10 rounds.
    Revolver--DA or DAO. Limited to 6 rounds :)fire: ), no optics or compensators.
    Production--DAO or DA/SA autos. First shot MUST be DA. 10-rd. mag limit.

    The Beretta would be good for Production class, but you could use the CZ for Production or the Limited classes (unless it's a D-model=Production).

    I currently compete in Limited-10 w/ a 1991A1 & 10-rd. mags. I have competed in Production & Revolver too. I enjoy it all (except for the stupid Revolver rule :fire: ).

    A few tips...
    1. !!!FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES!!! The quickest way to be escorted out of the range is to break one of the FOUR RULES OF GUN SAFETY.
    2. Bring plenty of reloads. In autos, have at least 3 mags in addition to the one in the gun. I usually have 4-6 on my gunbelt--and I have sometimes used ALL of them...:what:
    4. Listen to the veteran shooters. You'll learn a LOT.
    6. HAVE FUN! Some of these guys take it way too seriously. Don't be one of them...:cool:

  6. NEtracker

    NEtracker Member

    Apr 3, 2003

    How about using a Browning Hi-Power 9mm in USPSA?
    The only other 9mm that I have is a Walther P99 DA/SA.
  7. shooting4fun

    shooting4fun Member

    Jan 20, 2003
    SE AZ West of the Pedro
    G'day kannonfyre, and et al.,

    What you select to use is truly a personal choice. Others have already contributed their suggestions. I will share with you that both are suitable choices is the individual pistols are in good working order. I have found that reliability is very high in consideration when participating in IPSC or related endeavors. Having a weapon that is not consistent in function will cause much more grief than should be tolerated.

    If you are able to handle each, select the one that you are most comfortable with. Make sure that you're able to manipulate all the features of the weapon in a safe manor. [maintining muzzle control] Some folks get a bit careless with muzzle control [most ranges want muzzle downrange at all times] when reloading or manipulating the slide. There is a tendancy to cant the pistol so you can see almost a full profile when reloading. This type of activity does tend to get most folks uprange slightly nervous.

    Additionally, if this is your first go at IPSC, remember safety first and always [this also keeps the fun factor high, since you'll probably want to do it again!], take enough time to be safe and accurate, speed will come as your skill level advances.

    Take the time to talk with the range officer [RO]. Let them know that it is your first match. Also let them know if you would like assistance through the range or not. Sometimes ROs will provide guidance through the stage or helpful hints. Just be sure to let them know what your preference is. Some matches allow the beginners to shoot towards the end of the squad so that they have an opportunity to see how others solve the stage. This also give you time to settle and develop your stage solution.

    Please enjoy the shooting sports. Look forward to hearing/reading about your experience. Cheers!
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