looking for an entry level competition pistol

looking for an entry level competition pistol

This is a discussion on looking for an entry level competition pistol within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I知 thinking of purchasing another pistol. I壇 like to get more active in competitive action shooting etc. This new purchase would be primarily for action ...

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    looking for an entry level competition pistol

    I知 thinking of purchasing another pistol. I壇 like to get more active in competitive action shooting etc. This new purchase would be primarily for action and target events. I already own several good quality rim fire pistols which are fun and cheap to shoot, and several 45 ACPs for CCW. I also have a 9MM which I keep for home defense primarily due to its large capacity. What caliber should I be looking at for action shooting? I壇 think 45 has a bit too much kick for these events. Maybe 40? Or even 9MM? What do most of the competitors use in these types of events? Thanks in advance for your opinions and help.
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.


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    Seeing as 9mm is still the cheapest option for ammo - I'd stay with that. I use my 226 EDC or 228 for IDPA ... both 9mm.

    As ammo prices rise I think this becomes even more significant and don't feel any enjoyment factor is prejudiced.
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    Just exactly what type of shooting do you want to do with it? IDPA, ISPC, pins, falling steel? Whats your primary platform for CCW?

    A solid 1911 is a good do it all pistol. The Glock 34/35's are very popular as well, but I have to wonder if a G17/22 would serve you just as well for less cost.
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    EAA's witness is a good platform to use too...
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    Why not use your carry gun? That's the gun your life is going to depend on in a deadly force encounter. Using it in action shooting competition would to help you get even better with it.

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    On about any competition that could relate to CCW the .45 is your best choice . Competition allways involves scoring , and if a round " cuts the line " its scored up instead of down . Also all power factors seem to be momentum based and the .45 again rules due to the heavy projectile .
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    G17 would be a good choice

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    I have the same question as SIXTO. What is your primary carry platform?

    I shoot IDPA at a couple of local clubs and I've shot a Glock 26, 19, 34, 35. I've scored better with the 26 than most of the people with full sized guns of all makes. Having a good gun is nice but it won't necessarily make you a better shooter.

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    Shoot what you carry, or at least the same manual of arms.

    I carry a P225, and compete with either that or a P226... same except for magazine capacity.
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    My primary carry gun is a Taurus PT745. A decent, but not the most wonderful, carry gun. I値l do something a bit/lot better when I知 rich and good looking LOL. Not accurate enough with the short barrel to be of any value in competition though.
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverickx50 View Post
    My primary carry gun is a Taurus PT745. A decent, but not the most wonderful, carry gun. I値l do something a bit/lot better when I知 rich and good looking LOL. Not accurate enough with the short barrel to be of any value in competition though.
    I would say that it depends on the competition. Are you talking bullseye competition or IDPA type? I would have to agree that it probably isn't for bullseye competition. I'd say it would do for IDPA as most of the scenarios are fairly close range and you have nice large, "human sized" targets to shoot at.

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    Check out the CZ series of pistols. They've got 9mm, .40, .45ACP. IDPA/IPSC champions have used them effectively. Can be very fast to operate. Tend to have large controls, for easy manipulation.

    If you've never held a Browning Hi-Power, that's one to consider as well. Good capacity, excellent balance and feel. Fairly fast in a competition.
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