Thanks for the reply. I have just about come around on my own that to stay in Production either shoot my G23 or get a G19.
One question I have that was raised in your reply to Hammer is this. What is the advantage to shooting Production vs another class like Open for example. I am a new USPSA shooter and still trying to figure everthing out.
Thank you for your imput.
No problem, I'm glad to help wherever/whenever I can.
The biggest advantage to shooting Production to me is the ability to shoot something you have. Most people that own handguns have or can borrow something that will fit within the Production rules. They will generally just need a few more magazines/mag holders to be ready to go. There is no "ideal" Production rig, as it is largely personal preference. Glocks have been used to win more Nationals than anything out there, but there are also more of them being used although this numerical advantage has come down somewhat over time.
Another advantage is Production typically has more beginners in it and, at least in Mississippi, more shooters than most, if not all, other divisions at local matches. It is a good way to come try a match and see if you like it. You may like the division and want to stay there, or you may see something you might like better and want to branch out. It is completely up to you.
While money is the first thing that came to Xd's mind, it's not necessarily so for me. He is right though. You can get started in Production for cheaper than Open. That being said, you can spend (or may compete against) $1,500+ Production rigs, while I know someone that bought a used Open gun for a grand, put a couple hundred bucks into gear for it, and has won local matches and done very well with it. However, even with 9mm in Open guns, it will have to be reloaded for best performance and brass won't last as long, so it is more expensive to run.
The thing that comes to my mind regarding the difference is restrictions, or lack thereof. Production is very regimented and strict. Open is the exact opposite, and the other divisions are somewhere in between. To make a rough, cheesy analogy with drag racing, Production is like running stock Cameros and Mustangs or something. You can change the tires and the paint, but that is about it. Open on the other hand is about as wide open as you can get with optics and compensators, more like a top fuel dragster. Yes, it should be more expensive to run and maintain, but it should also be faster. That is why the divisions don't really compete head to head. Most clubs print an "unofficial" overall because the shooter's request it, but it is just that, unofficial. You will generally see Open or Limited shooters at the top, but I have seen David Sevigny and Rodney May win the overall at local matches shooting Production. You really only compete with those in your division though.
It just comes down to what you prefer. Do you like shooting or competing with a "duty" type gun with a double action or "safe action" trigger (Production) or do you prefer shooting a relatively stock 1911 (Singlestack), a wheel gun (revolver), or a modified gun of your choosing to fit your tastes without optics or a compensator (Limited or Limited 10), or the least restrictions around (Open).
I have tried a few different divisions, but I pretty much have always shot Limited. It just fits my personality and style and is what I want to shoot. I prefer iron sights, and comps are loud and put blast back into my face which I don't care for. I also like a single action trigger. I can do lots of things to make the gun how I want it, and I have more options on how to shoot stages because of the higher capacity. Reloading is still important but there is more weight on the shooting than the reloading, and I can usually be in the hunt for the overall if I do my part, which to be honest I do enjoy, "official" or not. My $.02 (with the length of this post, you are really getting your money's worth! LOL)