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USPSA Nationals In Vegas 2009

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by SteveZ, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. SteveZ

    SteveZ Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    The USPSA Nationals are going to be held in Vegas this year and I'm guessing that since its going to be nearly in our backyard, there will be quite a few people going this year.
     
  2. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    For us non competitive shooters what is USPSA? I assume its some sort of pistol sport shooting?
     
  3. SteveZ

    SteveZ Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    I think the best answer I could give ..... would be, go here:

    http://uspsa.org/

    and click the video right in the middle of the page.
     
  4. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    But not me! Dammit. Went to Missoula in 07 and had a blast. This
    year's dates are the first week of fall term. My wife works at the local
    college, and absolutely CAN NOT get away then. Having the Nationals
    during the school year is not my idea of good planning.:(

    Bill
    TY46179
     
  5. SteveZ

    SteveZ Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    I think thats one of the juggling acts that the USPSA has to play when picking a date for the Nationals. Having it during the summer months in many states turns into an unbearable experience. Last year (and the year before) the USPSA tried to put it in Tulsa in September...but when it rains on the USSA range in Tulsa...the range deck goes to crap.....literally.

    This will be my first Nationals experience...and I'm looking forward to it.
     
  6. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    WOW I watched that video and that looks like fun. I really want to get into competitive shooting. I am not going to lie I am a TERRIBLE shot and expect nothing but last place but I have always wanted to try something like this. My friend did something like this. I think he called it practical pistol so I am assuming its the same. He came in last place but said everybody was very helpful and he would love to do it again. There was a schedule page but what clubs are in the area? Are there any dates set for the portland/eugene area and how do i look those up.
     
  7. SteveZ

    SteveZ Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    I started off as a TERRIBLE shot also. Ranked as a D class shooter when I started in 1993....took a few years but I made Master. I can guarantee you that you WILL become a better shot and you will improve your gun handling skills by getting involved in practical pistol shooting.

    Regarding clubs in your area. You're in the Columbia Cascade section (they've got a great introductory program down there...like a Practical Shooting 101 type program). You can also go to the USPSA webpage and click on the Club Finder button. Put in your zip code and it will find clubs in your area that participate.

    The only bad news I have for you....it is a habit forming addiction! :)

    http://www.columbia-cascade.org/
     
  8. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    Thanks for the info!
    Currently I have a Colt Commander size 1911 in .45ACP, Hi point 9mm(wouldn't consider using this lol) and a HK USP .40 S&W. It sounds like the HK would be my best bet for starting, I have 2 13 round magazines and 1 10 round magazine and a laser sight on it. I would only need one more magazine and a holster that covers the trigger? Is this what you would start with if you are me? I also have a P22 but it looks like you need 9mm or larger rounds right?
     
  9. SteveZ

    SteveZ Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    When I started playing in '92, I was using a Colt Commander also...using 7 round magazines while everyone else was using mags with more than twice my capacity...but I didn't care.

    Your H&K sounds like your best bet (yes..9mm and greater). You'd be shooting in production division where you can only load 10 rounds into your magazines (regardless of the amount of round they can hold). You can't use a laser in Production (leave it turned off). I'd recommend having 4 or 5 magazines total. Its not unusual to have some 32 round stages in a match and there are times where you may shoot 6 - 8 rounds and then drop the partially loaded magazine on the ground.
     
  10. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If it's a rail mount laser you should take it off. It acts as a "weight or device to control
    recoil". You probably won't get any flack about at at a club match, but it is
    outside the rules.

    You could also shoot your commander in L10 or Single Stack.
     
  11. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    I do have a 10 round magazine and 1 6 and 1 7 round magazine for the commander. So I guess either will work but I am a little better with the .40 thanks for all the info.