No-Nonsense Insight Into Competitive Shooting: A Series

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Firearms today are under much debate over their use and the availability, leaving some wondering if they really are as commonly used as they seem. Regardless, firearms have become a common ingredient in many people’s lives, and competitive shooting is an activity with growing popularity.

The biggest misconception about competitive shooting is “oh, I can’t compete, I’m not sponsored,” which is completely false. I shoot with the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) every chance I get. USPSA is one of the many different types of shooting competitions available to the average person. You also have the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), 3-Gun (pistol, rifle, and shotgun) matches, skeet shotgun shooting, bench rest shooting and the list goes on. You will find that a majority of the shooters that go to these events are completely unsponsored and foot the bill themselves for all shooting equipment. However, even if you are not sponsored you can still get your hands on some free gear, such as through's monthly giveaway.

So, you want to be a competitive shooter?

I have been shooting USPSA matches for almost 2 years now, and I can tell you there isn't a day that goes by where you don’t learn something new. This sport takes a lot of hard work and off time effort. Don’t let this scare you, it is not difficult to work and also have a little fun on the weekends.

I am excited to teach you the basics of competitive shooting, and hopefully through this journey I can ease your doubt about wanting to take up the hobby.

Let us know if casual or competitive shooting interests you in the comments below.

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