No-Nonsense Insight Into Competitive Shooting: Gear

Posted by on

One of the first questions people ask me when I invite them to a competition is “what gear do I need?”

Well, to be honest not a whole lot of gear goes into when you’re just going for fun. When you want to make it a permanent thing, that’s where the money comes into play.

When I first started shooting USPSA I went to Gander Mountain and bought a $20 dollar mag holder (a double one) and a $10 single mag holder. That lasted me for almost a year and a half when I was finally able to get a good rig. And just because I had that gear from Gander Mountain didn’t mean I came in last at every competition. I got accustomed to it and was still able to make the top half.

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to anything gear-related is good stuff ain’t cheap and cheap stuff ain’t good. You can go buy a $150 hi-point, but you know darn well that it won’t perform nearly as well as a Glock or Smith & Wesson would. So my biggest piece of advice is don’t get into a huge rush when it comes to gear. There is absolutely no need to go out and buy all this gear right now and pay for overnight shipping.

Save up your hard-earned money and get it in steps. I know a lot of us are on a budget and we don’t just have an extra $1,000 bucks lying around.

Some reputable gear companies to look at is Double Alpha Accademy (DAA), CR Speed, Safariland, Blade Tech and so on! I personally, have a DAA rig with a Blade Tech holster and I shoot a Glock 34. Again, your gear is completely up to you and there is nothing saying you have to have one specific brand for all your gear. I’ve seen people with a DAA outer belt, CR Speed inner belt and Safariland Mag Pouches, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box!


As far as firearms, everyone has their preference. I am a Glock guy, but I also own a Smith & Wesson. For your first gun I would look at Glock, S&W, or Springfield. You can look at STI if you want, but I’m just going to warn you now, you better have deep pockets! One thing I would suggest is go to an actual gun store and feel them out. Every gun is different and everyone likes a certain feel.

Please, don’t go out on a whim and buy a Glock just because I said that’s what I shoot. Do your homework and you can even go a step further and rent one at a range to actually shoot!

In the end, a lot of people get to know what they expect from certain brands. What works for me may not work for you. So do you research and find what you like. (YouTube will become your best friend). Just remember the results you get from your gear are going to be what you make it. Practice does make perfect, and for this sport a lot of practice is required.

Thanks for reading and join me next week when we go over the grip of the gun: what’s the right way and what’s the wrong way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.