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Although I was a shooter (Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, MG, Tank you name it) for about 30 years, I havent shot in 9 years. Im doing pretty good with my new guns and getting the hang of it back. I think in a couple of months I would like to try some competition. But I dont want to go against people who have been steady shooting for years without a break. Are there comptetitions for those just breaking in or getting BACK in the sport?

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What part of the state you from?
 

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From another post, I believe you are in the Jackson area? Cliff is a great resource; definitely send him a PM.

In the central Mississippi area, you'll have lots of choices for handgun competition. Although there will be experienced shooters in most any sport, most groups will be very willing to help you get back into things. There is no "defense" in shooting sports, so really your biggest competition will always be yourself. With your background, I'm sure it won't take long for you to get the hang of whatever sport you try. In the interest of full disclosure, I am the Mississippi Section Coordinator for the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) and have been shooting matches for about 10 years. I've also shot steel challenge matches and a couple Cowboy Action ones, too. I say this because I don't want you to think I am trying to sway you toward or away from any particular competition. I have more knowledge about some than others, but by all means try as many as you can or want to. They all have their merits and fans, and only you know what you enjoy.

On the 1st Sunday of every month, there is a USPSA match in Byram. USPSA matches attempt to mix of speed, power, and accuracy, and are a lot of fun. I believe I read that you had a Sigma, which would work in Production Division, and a Ruger 45 which would work in Limited 10 Division. If you have any questions about the sport or the divisions, feel free to contact either me or Cliff. There are a good many other USPSA shooters here as well, and some good info in the USPSA section. One thing USPSA does is allow you to get "classified" where you can compete against people of your own skill level, or "class" within a particular division. This lets a new shooter with basic equipment compete against others similarly situated instead of having to worry about experienced shooters with "race guns". The Byram club's website is www.teammagnolia.com. As a side note, their match this weekend is a special classifier match. If you think you might be interested in USPSA, this would be a GREAT match to make. You'd need less equipment than a regular match and can go ahead and get an initial classification if you join the national organization either before or shortly after the match. The match this weekend won't be quite as much fun though as a regular montly (well in my opinion anyway), but it will still be fun.

On the 2nd weekend of the month at the same place, you can shoot Renegade Steel matches, which are speed steel matches similar to the Steel Challenge. Either your Sigma or Ruger would work. Cliff helps run the program and would be a good person to talk to. Steel is a simpler match than USPSA, but there are no classes and fewer divisions, so you will be lumped in with everyone a bit more.

On the 3rd weekend of the month, also at the same place, you can shoot International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE) matches OR Silhouette. ICORE will let a new shooter use a semi-automatic for their first match, but as the title indicates, is a revolver only competition and is similar, in some ways, to USPSA. Silhouette is longer range shooting at steel animal silhouettes, and they shoot both .22 and large bore handgun silhouette in Byram.

A full list of the match schedule in Byram can be found here:
http://www.msgunowners.com/comp-shooting-firearms-training-area-shoots-f34/magnolia-rifle-pistol-club-2010-match-schedule-t4523.htm

Of course if you want to travel a bit there are even more options, including Cowboy Action Shooting just down the road in Mendenhall and NRA Action Pistol further south. Like Cliff said, just let us know what gun you want to shoot and ask as many questions as you like, many here would be glad to help.

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Welcome Tanker, I have just shot one USPSA match and one steel match. Everyone is quiet nice and helpful (Leland1 even let me share his Buckmark, which as you know ain't a cheap gun) and they let me borrow a belt and mag holders. Cliff and the others offer advice and words of encouragement. I'm only shooting against myself. I always shot a targets, may set two out or so. I never moved and neither did the targets. The wife always plans out the camping dates so I haven't got to a regular routine but plan on it. Building some target holders to practice with and plan to shoot this Sunday. This qualifier will be the first for me. I just want to be able to defend my family and this is the most realistic. Also gets me off my duff to loose some weight and get in shape.
 

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Bryant is our "go to" guy!!
 

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Ha. I'm just the "wordy" one.

Tanker, don't wait to try some matches. The best (and most fun) way to learn any of them is to jump in with both feet.
 

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I agree. Don't worry about practicing so you'll be "good enough" to compete. I know I tried to do the same thing before I started shooting and you just won't know what to work on until you've shot a match. Nobody expects anyone to be phenomenal their first time out. My first match was embarrassing. But I learned a lot and I'm hooked.

Like Bryant said, shooting matches is the most fun way to learn.
 

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Learn how to shoot a handgun first, then go to the combat matches. I suggest a program such as I participate in at the Southwest Gun Club. Members can borrow Olympic Grade Air Pistols and compete every Monday evening. We have 4 Level 2 International Pistol Coaches and of the 4, two of us are on the National Coach Development Staff. Air Pistol will teach the fundamentals better than shooting a firearm. Then the shooter can progress to one of the club owned .22 rf Ruger Mark III Pistols. You can shoot a Bullseye one handed match each month or the .22 rf can be used in the Action Pistol Matches at our club. The .22 rf pistol allows less expensive practice and is easier to master than a CF handgun. Then the CF handgun can be mastered easier.

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Doug Bowser said:
Learn how to shoot a handgun first, then go to the combat matches. ................... Doug
Doug, the word "combat" is not politically correct these days..... :) The new term is "practical" or "action" pistol matches....

True, in 1981 when Magnolia started IPSC style matches they were called Combat Pistol Matches. But that was back when we were in a Cold War with Russia and the "public" was not so worried about getting their feelings hurt........... Now we are a nation of BIG BABIES........... (crying out whenever things don't go our way).

Sorry for the history lesson and my opinion sidebar.............. :)

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