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Old 11-05-2017, 11:39 PM
Lithium Lithium is offline
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Default LdF Steel Match at Pala

Anyone every done one of the Linea de Fuego Steel Match days they do at Pala? They do them any time a month has a 5th Saturday, the next being December 30th.

If you've been, what was the match like? Is this something a fairly new shooter could be comfortable doing? My wife is interested after we did the Texas Star simulation at Empowered Firearms (they have a sim range with CO2 IR guns), but she hasn't really done much independent shooting and definitely no matches.

We're going to try doing some of the Iron Sights Thursday night steel matches so she can get used to the match environment, but the Pala steel match sounds like it's pretty big and I would guess hectic. Being honest, I've only done a few matches and nothing that had squads. I've also been trying to get out to the Escondido steel shoot, but I usually have to work the first Saturday of the month.

For reference, I'll be shooting a 9mm handgun and she will either be shooting a 9mm handgun or a 22 rifle.

If you've been before, please leave your thoughts. Also, if you think you'll be going in December, so so as well.
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:49 PM
repomanNWP repomanNWP is offline
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I shoot LDF matches fairly often and have shot the steel match (although I prefer the 3gun). Bring LOTS of ammo and magazines... steel is unforgiving. LDF matches are well organized, squads tend to be friendly and very welcoming. Familiarize yourself with the info on the web page, focus on safety so that you don't get DQ'd, and have fun.
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Old 11-06-2017, 6:49 AM
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Rainbow Range has a good match this upcoming Saturday, would be good practice and it's only $10.

LDF steel match is a blast, everything repoman said is true. Plan on 20 to 30 targets per stage.
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Old 11-06-2017, 1:57 PM
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LDF Steel is fun- but I would not necessarily recommend it to someone new to shooting or competing. It is very friendly and welcoming, but is closer to USPSA and you will go through a lot of ammo depending on the stages and your *ahem* proficiency It doesn't happen every month, but it is a pretty good size event.

If you have a good holster and trigger discipline, there are actually quite a few competitions in Southern California. If you are looking for more formal ones, you will need to consider what you are shooting and what catagory it will fall into- IPSC, IDPA, USPSA Limited/Production/Open etc.

Rainbow or Escondido Rod and Gun are good matches for new shooters, and only $10 instead of $40. Rainbow is usually under 75 rounds, and Escondido is 90 (5 stages of 18 rounds- revolver neutral). No Rules on weapon types or divisions, just safety rules (pretty sure they only classify as Semi Auto or Revolver?).
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