Real Life Shooting Competition?

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    Question Real Life Shooting Competition?

    I am thinking about getting into shooting competition.
    But, I dont want any fancy "Hollywood" style race guns.

    I was wondering if there are any competitions, where real world combat style handguns with iron sights and common caliber's are used?

    I was thinking IPSC [sp?], but when I look at pic's it seems they have the fancy 8" .38 Super barreled 1911 looking guns, with a scope/red dot on top of the thing.

    Which is wonderful, I have shot guns at the range like that.

    But Im looking for a competition that's more "real world" I can try.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    (Keep in mind I live in the North East, but can travel a fair distance for meets and coemptions)
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    IDPA might be your cup of tea. And yes, no competition is Real Life (cutting the naysayers at the pass here) but so far it is the closest thing to RL Competition there is.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    And yes, no competition is Real Life (cutting the naysayers at the pass here) but so far it is the closest thing to RL Competition there is.
    Thanks for the link.
    Yeah, I know no shooting games is real life training.
    But shooting the handguns I carry in a fast pace, well aimed and quickly reloading can only help. At least that's what Im thinking anyhow.

    Ive already taken a Tactical Handgun and Tactical Carbine Rifle course. But, Im looking for something to get into on a regular basis.
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    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    I want to do this some time...the instructor I took several of my 'self-defense' pistol courses from is the IDPA director for FL, and he works out of Leesburg...'gotta' get down there...

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    IDPA generally has shorter and more realistic scenareos than IPSC but don't avoid IPSC altogether.

    The stages are determined by whoever sets up the match and many I have been to use only realistic scenareos.

    Also, stay away from the "open" division in IPSC and your competitors equipment will be more realistic, too and you won't have to spend big bucks to get race guns.

    If you like to shoot more than 1 or 2 matches per month, you may have to shoot both IPSC and IDPA.

    Also, if you are a wheel gunner, don't overlook ICORE (International Confederation of Revolver Inthusiasts.

    Not only does this type of competitive shooting give you some good practice, IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!
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    If a drive over to Blair County was possible then you could guest shoot IDPA - third Saturday in month thru summer months - try it out at least. I would have to check dates.
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    IDPA is more like what you want, but check out IPSC anyways. In my area we only have IDPA matches once a month, but there is a weekly IPSC meet.

    You won't be able to keep up with the big super high-cap race guns, but the practice is invaluable just the same.

    Both IDPA and IPSC allow you to practice essential techniques that aren't allowed at most ranges: working from a holster, engaging multiple targets, shooting on the move etc.

    I view IPSC as a training tool and don't even try and keep up with the hardcore gamers.

    No matter how you look at it, time spent shooting is better than time spent working!

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    If a drive over to Blair County was possible then you could guest shoot IDPA - third Saturday in month thru summer months - try it out at least. I would have to check dates.
    Man, that would be great!
    I drive all over the Tri-State area just for fun. SO going out to Blair County is no problem.

    I just looked at the Morgantown, WV range and it costs $240 a year for range membership, and $100 for the IPDA membership.
    That's a lot of money for me to throw out just to try something out to see if I like it.

    Please let me know more when you can.
    Is this place your talking about where you shoot?
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    Yes - it's my IDPA shooting venue but hardly close to home so don't use the club as often as I'd like these days - plus altho I shot this month and last - usually miss some others during high summer due to biking or flying things.

    I'll drop you a PM with some extra info.
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    Man, I just watched those vids and Im really excited about trying it out.
    Looks like I better go buy a lot of ammo.

    If I really get into IDPA, I may have to go buy a new handgun in 9mm to save on ammo costs!

    Hmmmm I wonder what kind I should get.......
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