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    Quote Originally Posted by HK Dan View Post
    I assumed that you were, but the OP probably is not aware of how the matches are scored. And the comparison between similar runs in both sports is pretty illustrative. 11 Hostages? Dude, if they didn't wanna get shot they'd be hanging around in a better neighborhood. Let's call them "possible evil doers" until we hear different...LOL

    Congrats on the hunt, man! I wish I could have been with you.
    I haven't shot in months but the hostages were safe this time. I think I got better transitions too. Here's stage 3 saturday. Thirteen seconds and a 7.8 hit factor. I'm giddy.

    Stage 3 USPSA 11 26 2011 - YouTube

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    I shoot IDPA every Monday night and it is a rush! Great fun. Had to start buying ammo online by the case to get discount pricing. My Beretta 92FS with it's long sight radius is just perfect for this, but not so much for daily concealment. Feels great in the hand but heavy on the hip.

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    Rh, if you're using the sights that way, you're not going as fast as you could be going. If I had half a day with you I could bump you 2 classification levels. <g>

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    I shoot USPSA because BOTH are unrealistic, but USPSA is less "subjective" on the penalty calls. USPSA is a game, trying to be a game. IDPA is a game, trying to be realistic.

    Both will help with your gun-handling.
    Both will make you a better shooter under pressure.
    Both will train you to shoot fast, and accurately.
    Both are populated by fellow gun-buts, and downright GOOD people.

    With the 9mm, I'd shoot "Production" Division in USPSA, and get 4-5 mags, 3-4 mag pouches. Load 10+1 and have fun, while being safe!

    Jeff
    I have a 92FS, SR22 and a 686 with 6 inch barrel and I want to improve on all of them. Also, going to the range solo is fun but it gets boring. No one to compare my results with to know if I am getting any better. Now all I have to do is find a place near me that hosts these and hang out there I guess. I'm in Centennial Colorado. I think the IDPA website listed the Aurora Gun Club as a participant, or is it the other way around. And how expensive is it to do this kind of stuff?

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    This looks great. Conrgats on your score. Looks like a summertime weather sport but in Denver, that can still be January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    I shoot USPSA because BOTH are unrealistic, but USPSA is less "subjective" on the penalty calls. USPSA is a game, trying to be a game. IDPA is a game, trying to be realistic.

    Both will help with your gun-handling.
    Both will make you a better shooter under pressure.
    Both will train you to shoot fast, and accurately.
    Both are populated by fellow gun-buts, and downright GOOD people.

    With the 9mm, I'd shoot "Production" Division in USPSA, and get 4-5 mags, 3-4 mag pouches. Load 10+1 and have fun, while being safe!

    Jeff
    Went out this weekend and watched. It looks like a great time. Now I need to dump this "Gun Show" shoulder holster and "tactical thigh" holster I bought by being uninformed and get something the other shooters wont smirk at. I'm thinking about the 92FS for sure but don't know what holster to look for. Your opinion ? Blackhawk SERPA sportster level 2 holster model 4135 or maybe the 4105_bk looks like what some of the others were wearing. And I will for sure need atleast 1 more mag. Probably get 2 from GunBroker. Got to have a holster to compete and 3 mags minumum. They were shooting galleries with 24 - 26 rounds required to hit all targets with 2 rounds.

    Thanks,

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    Re: IDPA/USPSA Which one? Or Both?

    I'm not going to say "don't but a Serpa" but I will say that you should Google Serpa ban and continue your research and try to be more informed about your holster purchases.

    I will say that you could not give me one to wear, especially if I were a novice shooter looking so start in the gun games.

    Blackhawk can make a good holster, is look at thier CQC holster which lacks the button. Most I've seen in competition that are usinng a Serpa have disabled the locking mechanism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    I'm not going to say "don't but a Serpa" but I will say that you should Google Serpa ban and continue your research and try to be more informed about your holster purchases.

    I will say that you could not give me one to wear, especially if I were a novice shooter looking so start in the gun games.

    Blackhawk can make a good holster, is look at thier CQC holster which lacks the button. Most I've seen in competition that are usinng a Serpa have disabled the locking mechanism.
    Do you mean this one I googled from gunholsters.com?

    Blackhawk Sportster Standard CQC Holster
    Item #: 415600BK
    http://gunholsters.com/data/default/...ster-black.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Younguy View Post
    Do you mean this one I googled from gunholsters.com?

    Blackhawk Sportster Standard CQC Holster
    Item #: 415600BK
    http://gunholsters.com/data/default/...ster-black.jpg

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    Yep, that is one of them.

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    Got the blackhawk CQC holster, 5 mags for the 92FS and a pair of double stack mag holders. Now about the belt. I saw a "duty belt" setup that was a 1 1/2 inch inner belt that goes through the belt loops of the levis and a second belt about 2 inches wide that is much stiffer with a snap closure that I attach the holsters to. Both have velcro to hold on to each other and the theory, I guess, is to place the weight on the 2 inch belt cinched over the hips rather than pulling my pants down. Also when I need to disarm all I need do is remove the larger outer belt. Guy at the army/navy store called it a "duty" belt rather than the other one next to it that was a little less stiff labled a riggers belt. This sound like what I am looking for? Total cost is about $25 - $30 for inner and outer. Weather is turning warmer and it might not snow next weekend, I want to be ready. Looking to take a class with a local USPSA instructor on the basics as well. Still need ammo though.

    Thanks all for your input.

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    Sounds like you're good to go. Just make sure that the holster will fit the outer belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    Sounds like you're good to go. Just make sure that the holster will fit the outer belt.
    One of the hazards of not using a Blackhawk CQC eh? It will work but you may have to adjust the lil tabs inside the belt fixture. Not hard and it will make the holster rock solid. Do NOT use the paddle attachent that comes with it, as I have seen people DQ when the holster popped off their pantline and hit the deck.

    Now--your first match: 1) Do not expect to be competitive. Dont think you're going to walk in and give the local GM a run for his money--you're not. You'll be worried about looking bad, and you will look bad. Dont worry about that, worry about looking safe. The first match is kind of a throw away. You likely wont remember your runs (no kidding), you almost certainly will not be able to call your shots, and you may not recall a single sight picture. This is normal. Your second match, take notes on what you want to work on, specifically. No "EVERYTHING" remarks, actually list them. Then get with other shooters and ask them how to do that.

    2) Go help setup and tear down the match. This will make the other shooters more inclined to help you and give you a nice advanced look at the stages. They will be short on people who are willing to help and you will be viewed as a godsend.

    Have fun man! You are sticking your toe into some very deep water. I'll be here if you need some help further down the line.

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