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Hey y'all, I recently purchased a Ruger Speed 6 and have started to fall in love. I'd love to try shooting revolver in a competitive setting, but have been struggling to find good resources online. With what I've seen online, looks like I should try and find Steel Challenge or IDPA matches, but I'm open to any other options if anyone has recommendations. If anyone that competes could give me some guidance that'd be very appreciated. Also, relevant resources on the topic such as YouTube channels or forums would be very appreciated as well. I have absolutely no experience in competitive shooting and very little experience shooting in general, so any suggestions would be valuable. Thank you so much!
 
Awesome go after it. YouTube is a great resource for information on shooting matches. Main thing I would look at is getting a set up for matches. Belt, holster, and speed loaders. The speed 6 will likely fit in the gp100 comptac holster I have a security six and it fits. The hks and safariland speed loaders both work well. Get a few things and head to a match. Using PractiScore online will help you find something local to you. Looks like there is lots of matches in Kirkland. Maybe someone from Washington can chime in on what's good up north.
 
Awesome go after it. YouTube is a great resource for information on shooting matches. Main thing I would look at is getting a set up for matches. Belt, holster, and speed loaders. The speed 6 will likely fit in the gp100 comptac holster I have a security six and it fits. The hks and safariland speed loaders both work well. Get a few things and head to a match. Using PractiScore online will help you find something local to you. Looks like there is lots of matches in Kirkland. Maybe someone from Washington can chime in on what's good up north.
Thanks for all the advice, I will take a look at PractiScore and try find something to sign up for! I appreciate the info, I have been struggling to find recent information about the sport. Also I will take a look at GP100 holsters as well, do you compete in revolver? If so, which federation do you prefer?
 
Stay with the G17 or G19, get an optics ready one or new slide for yours, good red dot (i.e SRO or Holoson Comp) and throw a Timney trigger in it (they are surprisingly very nice). Still a lighter pistol, robust, can likely share mags with shooting partner, etc.

Then shoot 4-600 rounds a week doing quality training for a month. Then re-evaluate your choice.
 
Not regularly but I have. I did pick up a gp100 match champion recently for the express purpose of shooting it at matches. I'd recommend hitting a steel challenge match first if you can find one. Fewer rules and less intimidating for a first match. IDPA is probably funner but more complex. The most difficult thing action shooting with a revolver is the limited capacity and reloading. Someone else is suggesting you might have more success with an autoloader and that is probably true but shoot whatever makes you excited to shoot. You might go out and decide man that would have been a lot less hassle or better with a different pistol and that might be the cause but going is the most important part in getting started. People are generally very welcoming and friendly. They will help you out and you will learn a lot.
 
Agree about a steel match vs IDPA. See if there is a bowling pin match in your area. Doesn't get more basic as far as competitions go. Also a typical steel match is around 150rds if shoot clean (no misses). So plan for 200-250rds. The cost of ammo can get expensive. Couple that with associated gear, match fees and distance to the match(s) you want to shoot, the expense of all that also needs to factored in too.
 
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