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    Do you shoot this?

    Here is our newest video and I was wondering how many gun people on the board shot competition?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zoc5qIRhNI

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    Not officially no. I've shot a couple of similar "styled" matches before (early 90's) and would love to get into something like this, but and other factors right now are just not on my side.

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    Very cool for sure. It would take me about 10 mintues to do what them fellows due in seconds. I am to old to move that fast. I enjoy watching them though. Good little flick.

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    I shoot Bullseye AKA NRA Conventional Pistol.

    Not as exciting as yours.

    We shoot one handed at targets 25 & 50 yards away.

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    Great video. I used to shoot IPSC locally but that kind of dried up. Now I shoot IDPA locally. It is fun and at times informative on my limitations and the shooting skills that I need to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGentry View Post
    Here is our newest video and I was wondering how many gun people on the board shot competition?
    Not in years. After about ten years shooting matches on and off, I finally decided I had neither enough natural talent nor enough competitive drive to really excel, so I tapered off and eventually quit.

    This decision was reinforced when I got spanked in the final shoot-off at Gunsite!
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    Cool video, thanks for sharing. I do not, nor have I ever done anything like that. It is something I would like to get into in the near future though.

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    Include me in. I just need one of you guys to sponsor me for a couple of pallets of ammo.

    Mike, or any of you guys who have done that, at that level, what with all the apparent training those guys do, about how much do you think they spend a month on ammo (assuming they would have to buy it)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    Mike, or any of you guys who have done that, at that level, what with all the apparent training those guys do, about how much do you think they spend a month on ammo (assuming they would have to buy it)?
    When I was semi-serious, I was shooting 500 rounds every weekend, plus two "practice" matches - pins and plates - a week. The guys who were actually good shot twice that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Very cool for sure. It would take me about 10 mintues to do what them fellows due in seconds. I am to old to move that fast. I enjoy watching them though. Good little flick.
    I can't move that fast anymore either Baldy but I still enjoy the shoots. We have one Saturday and I am going. I know I won't come in first but don't expect to be last either. I do expect to be a winner cause everyone that enters is that.


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    Ammo

    We shoot 6 Matches in Texas every month and 8-10 major matches around the country and at least 1 International Match. We go through an average of 3-5 thousand rounds per month - this includes 2 training sessions every week. The ammo is one part - the gas is another

    There are sometimes when I have to ask what city we are in cuz we travel so much. Thank goodness we have sponsors that help the team with the costs!

    I would not trade this sport for anything - We have so much and SO many stories!!

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    I've done a couple local IPSC matches with our club. I'm not really hooked yet, but I could be in the future. My work schedule is the main thing keeping up with things like this. I work every other weekend.

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    Ouchie Momma!!

    4-5 (000's) rounds a month, even the cheap 9mm stuff bought in 1K packs come to about $800/mo. If you're shooting .45's it's even more. And like you said, add gas and maybe a motel bill or two every month.

    I like guns, but I don't like them that much. I'll stick to golf as my main recreation. I occasionally get more than one shot out of each golf ball, so a box of golf balls lasts me longer than a box of ammo.

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    I shot in IPSC/SWPL matches from 1979 through the mid-1980s. At that time, our club, The Equalizers, quit IPSC because it had become about as impractical as it was possible to be. We started a new, absolutely-practical shooting discipline instead, and it continues today.
    I practiced with my club every weekend: at least 500 rounds, as Mike said, and frequently 800 or more. We ran through some basic warm-up drills, and then did the upcoming match-of-the-month over and over and over again, until we could just about do it smoothly on "automatic pilot" while concentrating entirely on pistol technique.
    I had some slight success, and won a bunch of trophies. I even learned a few things.
    The only way to compete in matches like these, I feel, is to buy the best-made and best-modified, "full-race" pistol, commit to endless practice, and do a whole lot of reloading. I bought into everything except the "full-race" pistol part. My belief is (and was) that if you can't carry it concealed on your person, it isn't worth using.
    This kind of competitive shooting will not teach you to be a better defensive shooter. Actually, it's quite the reverse, in that it will teach you some very bad habits that may get you killed in a defensive situation.

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    I went a couple months back and watched a match similar to that..The stages were a little different but similar...

    It is at that point when I decided that I was gonna get a 9 mm...Everyone pretty much was shooting 9 mm...Most of the guys had moderately tricked out guns to heavily tricked out....The place is close to my house and has a match like that once a month on a sunday and also a steel match once a month on a saturday...I would probably do my usual one day a week at the range practice and maybe shoot those two matches...My intention would not be to win against the stiff competetion, but to improve my self everytime I would compete...I have a good friend who is in it semi-serious and he told me that it is a great sport with guys who are willing to help and share and just enjoy it...Within these matches there are several skill levels and you can go at your own pace...if you go out as a newbie (me) and think you are gonna kick major ass, you will most likely fall short..My buddy told me to just go out and do my thing..compete against myself and improve...it will improve my shooting skills and gun handling skills and be much more fun than standing and shooting at one paper target..

    It looks like a blast to me....I have since bought the 9mm and a holster and extra mags...Now when I go to the range, I practice drawing from a holster and reloads...gotta crawl before you walk...

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    I don't know about other areas and there shoots but ours are open to all comers. We can compete at whatever level we choose to.

    We have some Grand Master shooters using the best Gaming equipment money can by and others using whatever they have, some of which aren't very reliable.

    I have used my GP100 6 shot revolver M&P40 and a few other similar pistols. I am not competing against the GM's I am competing against myself. Although Steve is right in some respects about learning the wrong things if approached from the right perspective you can also learn a few usefull things.

    I use what I am carrying every day including IWB holster.

    There are not very many Ranges that let you practice drawing then moving all around the range while shooting, as could become necessary in real life. We also have some moving targets which will teach you a thing or two.

    If you can afford and want to then shoot 5000 rounds a month if not you can still participate in shoots like ours and have a great time while learning a few things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    When I was semi-serious, I was shooting 500 rounds every weekend, plus two "practice" matches - pins and plates - a week. The guys who were actually good shot twice that.
    Let's do the math... at $20 per hundred for 9mm WWB (which won't get you into "Major", therefore killing your chances of winning...)

    500/weekend = 2000/month
    2 pin matches per week = 200 rounds = 800/month
    twice that to get good = 5600 rounds per month if you shoot every week.
    Times 20 cents per sqeeze...

    $1120 per month, (or roughly the cost of an above-average 1911-A1) per month! IF YOU SHOOT 9MM!!!!!

    $1680 PER MONTH FOR 45 ACP!!!

    $18,480 per year, if you take a month off to rest your wrists.

    A decent used car, or three trips to Jamaica for two... worth of 45ACP ammo per year.

    Ouch...

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    Um...reloads are much, much cheaper...especially when you buy the primers, powder, and bullets in wholesale quantities through your club's member-gunsmith.

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    Yeah Steve, reloads are cheaper but time is money too. How much time does it require to reload that much ammo? I'm asking because I really have no idea, but I'm guessing it's a lot. And it's not an occasional thing either. If you're shooting that many rounds regularly then it sounds like you're chained to the reloading bench for a good part of the time your are not actually in the act of firing your gun.

    How long does it take to reload 5K to 6K rounds?

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    Shooting that much factory ammo is pretty much out of the question for most people. I shot .45ACP back then, and reloaded on a Dillon press. It was pretty much essential. I was younger, though, and had less going on in my life.

    Nowadays, there are things I'd much rather do than sit in front of a reloading press for hours to prepare for a match I'd never win.
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