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#6405839 - 08/12/16 06:00 PM How to get into competitive shooting?
Ghost-cfd Offline
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Registered: 08/14/13
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Loc: Terrell Texas
How does one go about getting into the competitive shooting world? What kind of guns would you need? Where do you find out about events?
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#6405858 - 08/12/16 06:10 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
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It's depend on what discipline you want to do; shotgun, rifle, or pistol. Each gun also has several separate types of disciplines to do.

Shotgun has skeet, trap, 5-stand, sporting clays, fitasc, etc...

Rifle has bench rest, practical precision, long distance, iron sight only, caliber limits, defensive situations competitions, etc...

Pistol has precision events, speed events, steel shoots, and on.

Then there is a mix of all guns like three gun.
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#6405874 - 08/12/16 06:24 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
Ghost-cfd Offline
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I'm interested in doing pistol and/or rifle precision. Maybe steel shots on pistol as well.
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Originally Posted By: Slow Drifter
No one had a gun in our hands and we just watched it go. One guy threw his beer can at it..

Originally Posted By: Txslobberknocker
just in really good shape and also hopefully flip the switch a little faster on my wife.

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#6405897 - 08/12/16 06:50 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
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Google is your friend! Find somewhere that does the types of competition you want to shoot, and take the gun yku have that will fit in the rules. You're not going to win on your first match, even if you have the best equipment, so it's best to figure out what you need and like before purchasing or modifying anything.
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#6406002 - 08/12/16 08:23 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
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Do some research on the type of shooting you want to do.

For pistol, there's IDPA and IPSC. I personally enjoy the IDPA type matches because it closely resembles concealed carry.

For rifle, there's all types. There are many local club matches all over TX. TXPRC club matches, PRS and PRS club matches. We have one on next Sat- Aug 20 at Jason's place. Look up some gun ranges in your area that are longer than 100 yards, and they may have some. There's NRA F-Class and F-Open matches. Each type of match may require a specific type of rifle, though, like NRA F-Class with their rules and such.
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#6406009 - 08/12/16 08:27 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
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I can get you ready for the practical precision/ long range rifle. I have one that style next Saturday at my range.
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#6406027 - 08/12/16 08:35 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
Cleric Offline
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Personally I would start with some pistol matches. I think it will be easier to try since they are everywhere and in town generally. Shoot a few of those to see if you like the competition aspect of it.

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#6406038 - 08/12/16 08:41 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
Huntaholics Offline
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Registered: 04/15/13
Posts: 58
I don't post much here but there's a lot of helpful shooters and information on this site. Some of them have already replied.

Reach out so some of the guys offering you training/help and go to a local match just to see how they run. You don't have to shoot the first match you go to. If you want, there's normally a group/squad that will take you under their wing and let you borrow/use some of their equipment. Ask questions while you're there, how much was your gear, etc. Learn the commands and always be safe.

If it's 2 gun and 3 gun competition I recommend you check out North Texas Multigun and their facebook page. Great group of shooters and Jeremy puts on matches that really works for every shooter regardless of experience.

Also check out 3 gun matches with Texas Defensive Shooting Academy, Len also puts on some great matches and the guys that shoot there are very helpful as well.
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#6406073 - 08/12/16 09:05 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
Ghost-cfd Offline
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Loc: Terrell Texas
Thanks for all the information so far! I've done a little research and I think I would be interested in starting out with a small bore rifle competition or a IDPA competition. I live in Terrell TX so I'm gonna look for some ranges around there that might be hosting some competitions. If you know any around the area let me know and I'll look it up! The Rockwall gun club is literally a minute from my house but I don't even know if they've officially opened yet and I've heard that the membership fee might be Pretty expensive.
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Originally Posted By: Slow Drifter
No one had a gun in our hands and we just watched it go. One guy threw his beer can at it..

Originally Posted By: Txslobberknocker
just in really good shape and also hopefully flip the switch a little faster on my wife.

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#6406190 - 08/12/16 10:47 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
TDK Offline
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Get used to spending money, competitive shooting is an expensive hobby!


Edited by TDK (08/12/16 10:47 PM)
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#6406197 - 08/12/16 10:53 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
Poke81 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/13
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Loc: Granbury TX
Look up Cross Timbers IDPA and DAPS. Cross timbers is on the Fort Worth side and DAPs is on the other.

Cannot speak for DAPS but I shoot CTASA pretty regular and there's a lot of fun to be had. We have a match or two at Defender Outdoors, Triple C tactical once a month, Winchester Gallery on every Thursday, Lone Star in W'ford, and Johnson County on a couple weekends every month.

There seems to be more IDPA in the area. On some weeks you could literally start shooting a match on Monday and shoot a match a day all the way to Sunday.


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#6406203 - 08/12/16 10:56 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: TDK]
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Originally Posted By: TDK
Get used to spending money, competitive shooting is an expensive hobby!


I have shot 3500-4000 rounds a month this year shooting with CTASA. A ton of that is working on my skills at the range and a little bit of shooting. Maybe 1500/month competitive and the rest practice. I've moved up to a Dillon 650 and will probably get the auto drive for it when it comes out.

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#6406320 - 08/13/16 06:56 AM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: TDK]
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Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 1533
Loc: Kerrville
Originally Posted By: TDK
Get used to spending money, competitive shooting is an expensive hobby!


It doesn't have to be. Of course, if you want to be really successful, you're going to be dumping a lot of money into equipment costs and ammo. But if you just want to have a good time and practice your practical shooting skills, what you've got currently will work just fine. Most competitive organizations have a division that will let you shoot whatever you've got and be semi-competitive with it. Whether it's your M&P shield or your CZ Czechmate, you'll be able to jump right in and start learning without spending any more money on equipment. There are even some organizations which sort of encourage running what you got to allow more people to jump in, GSSF comes to mind.

But the second you decide you're jumping into a division like Limited or Open and will try to be competitive, all the cost-saving goes out the window. $100 for four adjustable mag pouches, $150 for a race holster, $50 for a nice belt, $2k+ on a gun, several hundred dollars on magazines, so on and so forth. It's a bit of an arms race, but it's a ton of fun to feel like you're really running on the ragged edge.


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#6406418 - 08/13/16 09:01 AM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
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Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 10758
Loc: Sachse, TX
Originally Posted By: Ghost-cfd
Thanks for all the information so far! I've done a little research and I think I would be interested in starting out with a small bore rifle competition or a IDPA competition. I live in Terrell TX so I'm gonna look for some ranges around there that might be hosting some competitions. If you know any around the area let me know and I'll look it up! The Rockwall gun club is literally a minute from my house but I don't even know if they've officially opened yet and I've heard that the membership fee might be Pretty expensive.


Terrell Rifle and Pistol Club has an open IPDA match every month, check them out.
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#6407149 - 08/13/16 09:26 PM Re: How to get into competitive shooting? [Re: Ghost-cfd]
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I shot pistol and rifle silhouettes for years. Great fun competing and some great people you'll meet along the way.
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