Shootoff Next Week

Just got the results for last night’s Indoor Silhouette match, and I’ve ended up in a shootoff with one of our better pistol shooters for the top spot for the pistol scoped class, which I guess means I must be doing something right.  I’ve been shooting into the high 20s and low 30s (out of 40) with pistol lately, which is a lot better than a few months ago.  We’ll have to see how the shootoff goes next week.  My competition is pretty tough.

Someone mentioned in the comments the other day about not having the money to get into competition, which I don’t think should really be a problem.  I shoot our indoor smallbore pistol matches, and IHMSA smallbore with a Ruger Mk.III Hunter 22/45 topped with an inexpensive BSA red dot scope that I bought from SayUncle for a few measly bucks.  My only nod to the exquisite is the Volquartsen trigger kit I put in, because the Ruger factory trigger is kind of awful.  When I shoot air pistol matches I shoot a Crossman 2300S.  I replaced the grips and added a peep sight to the rear, but the whole rig was under 350 dollars.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started competing.  In fact, you should probably start with cheap equipment, and only upgrade when you feel like the equipment is holding you back.  You’re far better off spending the money on ammunition and shooting more, than spending the money on expensive equipment you won’t be good enough for starting out.  If money for ammunition is really a concern, shoot air guns.  Not only are air guns cheap, but the ammunition is too, and if you have a basement, you can practice in it.  The skills you learn will transfer to other shooting disciplines.  Competition is a lot of fun, and good at helping you develop your shooting skills.  Money doesn’t have to be an object.

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