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Old November 22nd, 2015, 05:07 AM   #1
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New to competition and M&P

I tried out USPSA for the first time last last month. Knowing I wanted to get into competition shooting I bought a new gun not knowing the rules (stupid on my part) so I went all out and got a performance center 9mm 4.25.....
My first round was great but on my second round I was kindly informed that my gun automatically puts me in open class not production.
So my predicament is where do I go from here. I'm a new shooter in a class way above my skill level. Do I leave the gun as is and shoot as if I were in production class or do I start adding on the goodies like higher capacity mags, magwell, speed rigs etc to try and even the playing field equipment wise.
I have shot 3 rounds with this gun so I'm starting to get the idea but still have a ton to learn.

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Old November 22nd, 2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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I shoot IDPA and checked the rules when adding an Apex trigger kit. Changed out the sear kit, but left the trigger alone, as changing it would have broke the "external" modification rule and moved me from SSP to ESP. I would shoot what you have and add to it. The guys that are better than you would be glad to help a new shooter get better and that's how to learn. Compete against people better than you, watch them and ask questions.
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Old November 22nd, 2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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Compete against people better than you
I love this advice. When you first start out, it is a learning game no matter what class you are shooting. Watch and learn.

If your goal is to have fun, meet great folks, do the best you can every match and be proud of your skills - stay in that class.

If your goal is to win trophies - stay in production.

The reason why the advice is such great advice is that competitive pistol shooting is ALL about the mental game. It is 80% mental; 20% physical. Satisfaction, fun and accomplishments are what we call "process" goals. Process goals motivate people.

Trophies are examples of what we call "outcome" goals. Outcome goals kill motivation.

Shoot with people better than you. Not just to learn the physical skills; watch and learn how they approach a match. You will find they are there for the fun, and they NEVER go near the prize table. They are also the nicest people there and enjoy nothing better than offering advice to those who listen.

I admire you. I hope you follow this advice. You are about to embark on a great adventure. Outcome-goal-oriented people see only the destination; you are about to enjoy the JOURNEY.
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Old November 23rd, 2015, 02:17 AM   #4
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So long as you can shoot and move safely all of the divisions are within your skill level. The divisions are equipment restrictions and do not define skill.

The path to pursue depends on your particular interests (and how much you're willing to spend.) The cheapest and easiest things to do are either continue to shoot open minor with what you already have or get an unported barrel and return to production. I've shot matches in open minor with a cheap holster and mags in my back pocket; you don't need fancy equipment to enjoy this game. Limited requires 0.4" or larger bullets for major so a 9mm isn't optimal for scoring. 9mm can make major in open, but you would need to reload your own +P++ rounds. Are you willing to do that?

Continue shooting matches in open minor with your current gear, talk to other competitors, and read the rule book. Focus on safety, stage breakdown, and skill development no matter what you decide.

Welcome to the sport.
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Old November 23rd, 2015, 05:38 AM   #5
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Thank you for all of the great info, I am lucky because the place I shoot at is an indoor shoothouse so they cap attendance to 20 people, everyone is very friendly and helpful.
Taking all of your advice into consideration I think I will try shooting open minor next time. That will let me load my magazines to capacity instead of 10 rounds. As for equipment I think the gun will stay as is for a while, my first purchase will be a proper belt and rig as it is tough using a carry holster and shoving magazines in my belt and pockets... from there I will probably go to magazines next still leaving the gun alone.

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