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If I’ve Heard it Once, I’ve Heard it a Thousand Times…

want to try competition“I’d love to try competitive shooting, but I need to get some more practice at the range first.”

I came across a post on an IDPA Facebook group that illustrates exactly why you should just go shoot your first competition (You can find the original post here, Facebook won’t let me embed it for some reason):

I’ve always thought of myself as a good shot. I rarely score outside the ten ring at the shooting range, I am superb at sporting clays, I shoot well in high power….

Well tonight was my first IDPA match, and I sucked.. Not just a little… I sucked EPICALLY. I did learn a few things though, and met some highly skilled shooters. Plus I had a blast (no pun intended)

I am very humbled by my experience tonight and very intrigued all at the same time. I really want to practice the different skills and new techniques that I was made aware of tonight, but most ranges offer nothing of the sort except the matches themselves. Where can you go in the north west Georgia area to practice?

I think this is awesome for several reasons:

  1. He went and shot his first match and had a blast.
  2. He realized that shooting and moving under the stress of the timer is vastly different from shooting on the square range.
  3. He makes a good point: finding a place to practice action shooting skills are few and far between (at least in his area, and here in mine).

What can we do about this? I think we should all resolve to bring someone out to try their first competition at some point this year. Take one weekend, invite someone out and offer to show them the ropes.

Eliminate all of their excuses. Don’t have a gun? Loan them one. Don’t have ammo? Give them some for the match. Don’t have a holster/mag pouches/belt/whatever? Get what they need. Chances are there’s someone you shoot with regularly that has what they need.

Here’s what I’ve noticed over the last 5 or so years I’ve been involved in competitive shooting: The more people that get involved in the sport, we miraculously have more places to shoot… Funny how that works.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

5 comments

  1. “I’d love to try competitive shooting, but I don’t have the money it takes”

  2. There is a illusionary high hurdle for those who are interested in Competition. Honestly I agree with your point here, that is, that the idea that you have to be a “good competitor” before you begin competing is a bit backward. This is America, if a person (assuming he doesn’t have a violent felony) really wants to compete, he will make a way.
    Half the people who say they want to compete but don’t fit into the same category of those who “almost joined” the military. No compete, no credit.
    The others are those who are actively searching. Actively, as in more than just a single google search once.
    One is willing to go to a match and not shoot, the other expects to be placing “middle of the pack” his first match.

  3. >> >> “I’d love to try competitive shooting, but I don’t have the money it takes”
    >> “At least that’s actually a valid reason.”

    Is it? It would be a valid reason for a person that doesn’t already own a firearm and isn’t already going shooting on a semi-regular basis. Otherwise, probably not.

    For a person that already possesses a firearm, dry practice is free. The cost to attend a local match will be about the same as plinking the same number of rounds.

    While attending an event at a range new to me, the Match Director gave me a tour of their facility. Mid conversation we heard someone in a different bay rip off an extended blast while bump firing probably two dozen rounds.

    “Oh, that’s just one of the locals that never attends our matches because he says he can’t afford to shoot competition,” the MD said with a laugh.

    At a different event, Bill Wilson informed our group that his company’s “Texas Barbeque 1911” outsells their competition-specific models even though the BBQ gun is more expensive.

    If a gun owner wants to become more skillful and test skills in a competitive environment, they’ll likely be able to find a way.

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