Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Fun Stuff in between Track Days!

I used to be a big handgun fanatic and have owned several long ago, but I sold all of them and have been without any firearms for over 16 years. I recently learned about the Texas Motorist Protection Act, which allows citizens to legally carry handguns in their vehicles without a concealed handgun license, so Monica and I decided to get ourselves some handguns.  Unfortunately, my addiction for handguns quickly took over again and I've acquired five new handguns in less than six months! :-)

I've always been interested in the action shooting sports, specifically USPSA and IDPA, so two of the guns were purchased with the intent of competing in these types of matches.  There are a lot of various differences between the two shooting sports, but the biggest is that IDPA is centered around concealed carry scenarios and shooting from behind cover, and competitors are directed to shoot each stage in a specific way.  USPSA is more about shooting fast while moving from target to target (no concealed carry or shooting from behind cover), and competitors can shoot each stage however they feel is the best way.

I've already attended a few local matches and practices, and I try to do dry fire practice at home as much as possible.  It is a LOT of fun, and it will give me something to do in between our motorcycle track day weekends.  I have a lot more fun at USPSA matches, but I like the challenge of the IDPA matches.  I may use my GoPro camera at some of these events and post them on YouTube and link them here once I have done enough events that it doesn't look like I suck too bad. :-)

You can see more photos of the guns here:

Springfield Armory Trophy Match 1911 in .45 ACP
Used for IDPA in Custom Defensive Pistol Division
and for USPSA in Single Stack Division

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match in 9mm
Used for USPSA in Limited Division

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