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There are many types of competition to participate in, the three most interesting handgun related ones are the following :

IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association
USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association
Fun Steel - Similar to Steel Challenge but local

There are others like 3-gun/multi-gun, Tactical Shotgun etc but the top three above will get you started in the fun sport of competitive shooting.

IDPA is easy to get started with because it's defensive in nature and has the lowest barrier to entry. The equipment required is generally just a gun, good holster that fits on your belt, a mag pouch and 3-4 magazines. You also need a concealment garment like a vest, jacket or a hawaiian shirt. You can find lots of videos on YouTube related to IDPA by searching for IDPA or checkout the video thread in this forum. Also, the best place to find out more about IDPA is on the NWPPA Forums http://www.nwppaonline.org/. There are matches in Whidbey Island which should be closer to you if you're interested, please send Jim an email to find out when and where they're organizing IDPA matches : jetill@frontier.com

USPSA is more a sport. It is an American derivative of IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation). Where shooting is a lot more dynamic and more emphasis is placed on physical and mental performance rather than following a stage description like IDPA. Great place to find out about USPSA locally is here : http://northwestsection.org/forum/index.php

FunSteel is setup by the folks at Shootonthemove.org and the URL is : http://www.shootonthemove.org/funsteel. the objective of Fun Steel is to introduce the "fun-nest" of shooting at reactive steel targets. The matches are very similar to the Steel Challenge matches that are held nationwide. It's a great way to get started in competition shooting as there is very little movement involved and you're usually shooting at steel from a stationary position. This is the only competition sport that allows the use of a .22 caliber pistol. Like I said before, great way to start and fun for kids too.

well, hope that helps, if you need any additional info, please feel free to send me a PM or anyone of the members in the forums above, they're all very friendly. :)

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Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:53 pm
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Great post!!!

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Great post. I shot IDPA and a little 3gun in Alaska. It took me a while to get the info I just found on here.


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they shoot ice bullets in alaska (as seen in the 007 movie)

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:26 pm
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Where would I go to find out about steel shooting?

The above link is dead/out of date...

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Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:54 pm
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Fun steel is offered at different locations.

RFGC and Kitsap are the two that come to mind. You can check their website and also the national website for location hosts/matches near you.

RFGC
http://www.rfgc.org

KRRC
http://www.gunsafety.org


my website - www.shootonthemove is outdated.


Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:26 pm
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oldkim wrote:
Fun steel is offered at different locations.

RFGC and Kitsap are the two that come to mind. You can check their website and also the national website for location hosts/matches near you.

RFGC
http://www.rfgc.org

KRRC
http://www.gunsafety.org


my website - http://www.shootonthemove is outdated.


Kitsap, KRRC, is still banned from shooting.


Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:12 pm
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Damn it...

Yes, they are down.


Please contact the commissioners especially if you live in the area!


Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:31 pm
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Almost every range around here does some kind of fun steel.


Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:25 am
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The renton match is part of the national steel challenge org.
Paul bunyan, Tacoma Sportsman, Upper Nisqually Sportsman's club, and others all have steel matches that are fun steel.


Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:32 am
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I'm going to head to the steel shoot at Paul Bunyan on 4/17...

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After chasing my youngest around to matches for the last 2 years, I just started shooting myself (9mm AR and single stack 9mm 1911) damn it's fun!

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are there any intro to competitive shooting classes or workshops for a new guy like me? I have shot some but the stationary lane shooting is getting a little bit stale.

but I also don't want to be just thrown into a competition yet either.

Thanks


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ASI is exactly for shooters like you.

http://asi-usa.org/

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Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:37 pm
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Isildur wrote:
ASI is exactly for shooters like you.

http://asi-usa.org/



EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Thanks


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