Jun 12, 2017
If you're new to the shooting sports, don't settle on whatever shooting sport you decide to shoot first is. Go shoot a bunch of different disciplines.
The shooting sports are like high school cliques. If you go to IDPA, you'll hear people talk junk about those USPSA gamers. If you shoot USPSA, someone will talk junk about the tacti-fools at IDPA. If you shoot 3-gun, you'll hear someone talk junk about the guys that only shoot one match.
Here's the thing though, and I mean this:
Each game has it's own merits. In IDPA, I like that I can be competitive with my concealed carry gun should I decide to shoot it. It's also got smaller gear requirements, shorter stages generally, and the rules allow for some interesting things that you can't really do in USPSA.
In USPSA, I like that it doesn't pretend to be anything but shooting fast and accurate. I'm really motivated by the classification system where after each match, I can see how it's impacted my overall classification score etc. At least in my part of the world, the talent pool tends to be a bit deeper at the USPSA matches too.
So, go dip your toes into a bunch of different types of matches, and draw your own conclusion. Know how guys who shoot Glocks tell you to shoot a Glock, and guys who shoot 1911's tell you to buy a 1911? It's exactly the same with the different matches out there too.
For a little while now I've been doing the occasional call-in show where I get your voicemails answering one question and make that into an episode. Well, I want to do another one:
"What's the one piece of advice you wish you had been given before you shot your first match?"
So, here's how to do it:
That's it. I'll play them all in a future episode, and I'm quite excited to see what y'all have to say.
The Q&A question this week is about where your support hand index finger lands on the trigger guard when you're shooting. If you check out the picture above this post (which was taken by Bradley @Trigger_Pull on Instagram, go follow him) my index finger lands a bit further forward on the trigger guard.
However, I don't think it really matters. So much of the minutia of grip has to do with the size of the gun, the size of your hands, etc, I don't think you should look at the very exact finger placement of someone else and try to duplicate it. I'm no super ninja shooter, but I think the important things are getting your hands high on the gun, and gripping it as hard as you can without disturbing the sight picture. That's my $0.02.