Figuring out which sport I can participate in?
I'm trying to figure out how the whole sport shooting scene actually works. Where does one even start with this? I'd like to shoot my primary rifle (AR15), but how does one decide what sport would best fit their build (as opposed to building for a sport)?
I'm shooting a scoped AR-15 with 18" barrel. I primarily shoot paper from a bench with the intention of accuracy and as many bullets through a single hole as possible, but do get out into some hilly land and shoot around as well, though I prefer the bench shooting. Located in NorCal in Contra Cost County, and typically shoot at USI in Concord. I'd think region probably comes into play a bit. I haven't done any bench shooting beyond the standard 100 yard, though I'll probably be looking around to find ranges that offer something further to members of the public. Any nearby suggestions on that issue would also be welcome.
I'm just trying to expand upon this hobby that I love so much, and at least start researching a direction to start preparing for to ease my competitive nature. Any resources, suggestions, advice, or direction would be greatly appreciated.