Why I shoot Glocks in IPSC/IDPA
I have only been shooting in IPSC and IDPA competitions for about 18 months.
However, during that time, I have tried to be fairly meticulous about keeping records of my results using different handguns. What I have done is keep track of my scores using a timer (starts on audible sound and ends on last shot), shooting regulation IPSC and IDPA targets set at various distances from about 10 to about 20 yards, anywhere from 2 to four targets, each getting two shots (just as you find in most competition scenarios), and drawing from a holster. I have compared my Glock models 34 and 35 against a CZ 75 SP 01 (9mm), a Para 1911 9mm and a Para 1911 .45. If I compare the 9mm against the .45, I use minor and major scoring to reflect the difference in calibers (major basically is using a .40 caliber or above and is given more points on less than center hits on target). When I have used IPSC targets, I have used IPSC scoring and when using IDPA targets, I have used IDPA scoring. I have used Excel to set up automated scoring spreadsheets so all I have to do is plug in the time and "hits" and the program does the rest. I have usually shot 10 to 12 strings with an average of 6 rds per string.
The results have been interesting. I really thought that my scores with the 1911s would be better than with the GLocks. My Para .45 is a 14/45 limited with no modifications. My Para 18/9 was worked on by a gunsmith to tune the trigger and make the gun as accurate as it could be.
Long and short of the story - I don't shoot any better with the CZ or the Paras than I do with my Glocks. In fact, my Glock 34 nearly always finishes ahead of the other handguns I have used as comparisons. I have used "head to head" competitions about 25 times. Of those times, my other handguns have outperformed the G 34 4 or 5 times.
Of course, these results are mine only and other shooters likely would have different outcomes. Nonetheless, I feel I have some solid reasons for using my Glocks in competition beyond just saying to myself: "I think I shoot as well with my GLocks as other pistols I own."
It has been interesting to compare my handguns in this fashion. I would encourage others to give it a try if they haven't done so already and see how much fun it is.
CZ SP-01 vs Glock 34 for IDPA OR IPSC`
which one has a lower bore-axis and trigger reset. And which one would be better for the conditions for competition. If I were to get one vs the other, how much more money and work would I have to do???