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Short history, I got into guns in the late 90's, my first was an H&K USP compact 9. Shot at a local range and ended up working there for a while. We rented guns there, so I shot everything in the case. Glocks, Sig Sauers, Springfields, S&W, Berettas, you name it I shot it, every caliber, every gun.

I shot at least 500 rounds a week while employed there. We also had a full auto MP5 and a suppressed MAC 10.(Shhh, don't tell anyone:D)
It was there I fell in love with the 1911's. I soon joined the IDPA, and with the H&K placed 2nd in my division the first time out.

After a while I moved to the CDP division with a Springfield "Loaded" full size, still shooting well. During this time I was receiving training from the range owner, a three time world Bianchi Cup title holder. I also obtained my CWL during all this.

I eventually had a gun made for me, 1911 officer, Caspian frame and slide, accurails, Shuman Barrel, 1.5 lb trigger by the same pistolsmith that made the owners match guns. The slide action was unreal, like greased teflon ice.
At my peak I placed in the top 30 in the state matches, shooting against the likes of Bill Wilson, founder of the IDPA. Good times back then.

As of now, my collection has shrunk, divorce, job market, the usual suspects.
My main carry weapon is a Springfield Microcompact, short trigger with night sights. When I don't feel like toting the 45 I throw on either a Sig P239 9mm or a S&W model 60.

One very important thing I learned through all this is that it does no good to have a gun if you don't learn how to use it effectively. I chose IDPA over IPSC for many reasons, the main one being I wanted to learn how to think while firing. Don't get me wrong here, IPSC is a wonderful venue, but for me it was too "game-like".

At the IDPA matches, we had to draw from a concealment position. That in itself is hard to master. We also had input on the courses of fire, like house clearing, CQ shooting, all kinds of stuff. We were able to make it hard on ourselves to increase skill levels.

I always shot what I carried, 45 230gr FMJ, sometimes 185gr, unlike some of the guys that shot the light 38 supers. If you've ever seen an IPSC match, you'll notice shooters that have the ghost rings, or Holosights. Those are nice if you go out to win, but not practical on the street.

I wanted to learn how to use a "regular" gun under stress and be proficient, not only in acquire, sight, fire, but in decision making as well. I've never been shot at, nor have I ever been in the service, so I don't know what stress shooting really is. But running the IDPA courses gave me a bit of a taste for what it must be like and I feel better prepared to defend my life, more so than Joe Public that has a pistol in his dresser that he has never fired.

This was supposed to be short, so get that gun out, find your local IDPA and have fun!!
 

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Good advice John!

I've been through CCW and tactical pistol training (taught by Larry Vickers) here at the local pistol academy.
Formal training and lots and lots and lots of rounds downrange make all the difference.
Never competed but it sounds like a blast :mr-t:

My main carry is a Sig SP2022 40S&W in a shoulder rig or a KelTec PF9 for pocket carry.
 

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Short history, I got into guns in the late 90's, my first was an H&K USP compact 9. Shot at a local range and ended up working there for a while. We rented guns there, so I shot everything in the case. Glocks, Sig Sauers, Springfields, S&W, Berettas, you name it I shot it, every caliber, every gun.

I shot at least 500 rounds a week while employed there. We also had a full auto MP5 and a suppressed MAC 10.(Shhh, don't tell anyone:D)
It was there I fell in love with the 1911's. I soon joined the IDPA, and with the H&K placed 2nd in my division the first time out.

After a while I moved to the CDP division with a Springfield "Loaded" full size, still shooting well. During this time I was receiving training from the range owner, a three time world Bianchi Cup title holder. I also obtained my CWL during all this.

I eventually had a gun made for me, 1911 officer, Caspian frame and slide, accurails, Shuman Barrel, 1.5 lb trigger by the same pistolsmith that made the owners match guns. The slide action was unreal, like greased teflon ice.
At my peak I placed in the top 30 in the state matches, shooting against the likes of Bill Wilson, founder of the IDPA. Good times back then.

As of now, my collection has shrunk, divorce, job market, the usual suspects.
My main carry weapon is a Springfield Microcompact, short trigger with night sights. When I don't feel like toting the 45 I throw on either a Sig P239 9mm or a S&W model 60.

One very important thing I learned through all this is that it does no good to have a gun if you don't learn how to use it effectively. I chose IDPA over IPSC for many reasons, the main one being I wanted to learn how to think while firing. Don't get me wrong here, IPSC is a wonderful venue, but for me it was too "game-like".

At the IDPA matches, we had to draw from a concealment position. That in itself is hard to master. We also had input on the courses of fire, like house clearing, CQ shooting, all kinds of stuff. We were able to make it hard on ourselves to increase skill levels.

I always shot what I carried, 45 230gr FMJ, sometimes 185gr, unlike some of the guys that shot the light 38 supers. If you've ever seen an IPSC match, you'll notice shooters that have the ghost rings, or Holosights. Those are nice if you go out to win, but not practical on the street.

I wanted to learn how to use a "regular" gun under stress and be proficient, not only in acquire, sight, fire, but in decision making as well. I've never been shot at, nor have I ever been in the service, so I don't know what stress shooting really is. But running the IDPA courses gave me a bit of a taste for what it must be like and I feel better prepared to defend my life, more so than Joe Public that has a pistol in his dresser that he has never fired.

This was supposed to be short, so get that gun out, find your local IDPA and have fun!!
Very impressive JohnL,...I would of loved to get a job shooting & reloading anytrhing way back... Avid reloader for 40 years,....I had some 1/4" shooters built , 22-250 chambered in a Ed Shilen(Texas) full match grade stainless bull barrel, a 25-06 same as a as the 22-50 shot 3/8" - 1/2", & a Rem 40XB also with Shilen Barrel that also could stay in the 1/4" bracket if I was up to it. All I have now is 2 Glocks, 19 & 26 in 9mm. I have a Red lazer sight in the 26....fail safe hitter.
 

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Wow you guys make me feel like an amateur. I have been shooting since I was 5-6 years old. During the mid 90’s I lived (in CA) less that a mile from an indoor range and used to go at least once a week and put a hundred rounds thru my ruger p-90. In 2000 move to AZ and got my CCW. Still carry the p-90 but am looking for a new gun to carry. I don’t like double action only guns my self and don’t like caring a “locked and ****ed 1911. I have been thinking of a small revolver for my wife to carry. Have any of you seen or fired that new Judge that is out? This is the one that fires a .45 colt or a .410 shotgun shell. If so please let me know what you think. I feel the .410 would be good for someone that is not used to hand guns and could hit the target at close range in a stressful moment. By the way good thread idea.
 

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Glock 19 & 26 ,,,,,carry the 26, perfect size..
Model 26 on right with LaserMax Internal Laser Sight

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Wow you guys make me feel like an amateur. I have been shooting since I was 5-6 years old. During the mid 90’s I lived (in CA) less that a mile from an indoor range and used to go at least once a week and put a hundred rounds thru my ruger p-90. In 2000 move to AZ and got my CCW. Still carry the p-90 but am looking for a new gun to carry. I don’t like double action only guns my self and don’t like caring a “locked and ****ed 1911. I have been thinking of a small revolver for my wife to carry. Have any of you seen or fired that new Judge that is out? This is the one that fires a .45 colt or a .410 shotgun shell. If so please let me know what you think. I feel the .410 would be good for someone that is not used to hand guns and could hit the target at close range in a stressful moment. By the way good thread idea.
I really like the judge but i wouldn't call it a small revolver. A small frame .38 is probably the most reliable handgun in the world (no I don't own one they don't fit my hands well) and can do some impressive things. My mother could put 5 rounds from her S&W J frame in A 9 " target at 10 feet in 1.6 seconds from the holster, and that was 30 years ago. these guns have only gotten better
 
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