Your First Competition...don't wait!
I'd like to post something quickly about shooting competitions and shooting clubs. I went to my first steel plate match yesterday after only 3 weeks of gun ownership (never shot anything but a bb gun before July of 2008).
Let me say that you will be welcomed warmly. The people in that competition were thrilled that I was there! Ammo and gas are expensive and these local matches are not being well attended these days. They led me through all aspects of setting up, shooting, scoring, etc.
Drawing, shooting the first shot off of double action and timing were all new elements to me and made for a very exciting day. I will be going back and I will be doing an IDPA event in the near future. My advice to anyone is DON'T WAIT to try out competition. You will have fun and really get your money's worth out of the ammo you're blowing through. You'll also go home with some good advice, a pile of e-mail addresses, information about other events and clubs and a bunch of new friends. Don't wait until you get, "better," before trying it. Competion will make you better and you'll need only compare your first score to your re-shoot to see it. Now go have some fun!