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GUNS Magazine July 2009 - Page 40

1 (And EvEry womAn’s) 2 EvEryman’s GamE DAVE ANDErSON PHOTOS: CHUCK PITTMAN UsPsa Production Division nly a small percentage of shooting enthusiasts O ever try competitive shooting. Should you try it? Competition is fun, it can teach several 3 valuable shooting lessons, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve been a life member of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) for many years. USPSA is the USA’s representative of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), both great organizations. When I shot my first IPSC match about 1980, practical shooting competition was primarily a handgun sport. Handgun competition still predominates, but “3-gun” matches are rapidly increasing in popularity. 1) Mike Hughes, Production division Grand Master, engaging multiple targets at high speed with his Glock 9mm. Note three empty cases above his pistol. 2) Randi Rogers, 2008 USPSA ladies Production division national champion shoots a near-stock Glock 34 9mm. The only change from stock is the sights. These are designed by Dave Sevigny and made by Warren. 3) Jessie Abbate is the 2008 USPSA Ladies Limited Division national champion. Her Glock 24 .40 S&W, with 6" barrel, has only a few custom touches such as an ICE mag well, Warren sights and a match barrel. Why should you join USPSA? You will learn to handle a firearm safely and competently. USPSA isn’t concerned whether you become a Grand Master, or just shoot a couple of club matches a year with your buddies. But they care very much about firearm safety. The splendid safety record of practical shooting competition didn’t just happen. USPSA long ago developed rules and procedures to ensure the safety of spectators, match officials and competitors. Rules are strictly enforced. G35 (G34) Safety skills such as Maker: Glock Inc. muzzle control become 6000 HIGHlands Parkway ingrained habits under sMyrna, Ga 30082 the watchful eyes of (770) 432-1202, www.Glock.coM officials, instructors actIon tyPe: Locked breech, and fellow competitors. semiauto On a public range I can calIber: .40 S&W, (9mm) watch a shooter for a caPacIty: 15, (17) couple of minutes and barrel lenGtH: 5.32" have a good idea if he overall lenGtH: 8.15" is a competitor just by how loads, holsters, and weIGHt: 24.5 ounces, unloads his pistol. (22.92 ounces) My first lessons in FInIsH: Tenifer firearm safety were sIGHts: Fixed 3-Dot from my dad and my GrIPs: Polymer, integral grandfather. Dad had PrIce: $679 been the best shot in WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JULY 2009 40

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