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Default Butte/Yuba county NOOB... wants to compete

Hello CG'ers,
I am interested in getting my feet wet in competative shooting. I am in butte county and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction for someplace to start out. I am most interested in some type of "moving through a course" type of competition(I get enough sitting down in the rest of my life). Anyhow, I have have heard that pistol matches are the best to start out with. Is this true? And is there local matches here in this area?
Any and all other advice would be greatly appriciated.
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Old 01-28-2013, 3:02 PM
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Take a look at http://www.actionpistol.org. You have a few clubs that shoot out of the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center in Sloughhouse and you also have Solano Targetmasters that shoots out of Yolo Sportsman between Davis and Woodland. There are plenty of people that also make the trek down to Richmond Rod and Gun twice a month from your area.

Go take a look the next chance you get. These three clubs have a bunch of great people that will answer any questions you have about getting started.

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Gridley has ICORE, rimfire, and IDPA.. Check them out at http://www.nvsa.info/
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Hello CG'ers,
I am interested in getting my feet wet in competative shooting.
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I can help you with competitive shooting, but don't really know about competative shooting? And I don't shoot in the rain either.

USPSA.COM/IDPA.COM

look for clubs, contact match directors, show up, shoot fast, have fun, don't point your gun at me....
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Thanks for the replies guys,
The links are a big help too.
I will definitely get with North Valley as I live very close to Gridley.
Is IDPA OK to start out with for first time competitive(is that better Highlander51) shooting? Or would you guys recommend something else for a beginner?
I have been shooting all of my life and am safe and competent with various firearms. However, the bulk of my experience is recreational paper punching and shooting clays. Sorry if my questions seem moronic, but I really have no idea where to begin with this side of things.
Thanks again, I really appreciate the help very much.
Noah

ps I supposed I deserved the dig on the poor spelling as well... I won't skip the spell check next time HighLander51.
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From The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Tuco The Rat " When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk." You can always spell check later!

Actually the absolute best place to start is Steel Challenge. All the discipline without the movement, but I still recommend USPSA over IDPA. Whatever is closest to you is the best, even if it is a non sanctioned local action event.
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North Valley Shooters Association in Gridley has rimfire steel matches using pistols and rifles the fourth Sunday of the month. It's a good way to start and fun. IDPA on the 3rd Sunday and ICORE (double action revolvers) on the Second Sunday. Check out our website for updates. We may have make up matches scheduled on the first weekend if we have rain outs. Mark
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If IDPA is the only action shooting game local, then it's a start.. once you get your feet wet, you can determine if you want to expand on it by itself or try something different. My main pursuits are USPSA, ICORE, multi-gun, and maybe one or two other things.. My schedule is so full that IDPA is not really on my horizon any time soon..

Our range schedule is so full that we don't have much time for Steel challenge.. but we do something similar with rimfire..

ICORE is revolver only that uses elements from Bianchi, Steel Challenge, and USPSA..
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Go to link below and enter 95901 or 95969 zip code (or your actual zip).

http://www.uspsa.org/locate-uspsa-clubs.php
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Go to link below and enter 95901 or 95969 zip code (or your actual zip).

http://www.uspsa.org/locate-uspsa-clubs.php
Thanks for the link, very helpful. Unfortunately There are no clubs close to me. 2 or 3 are within range but would make attending a match a truely ALL day event for me. Definately good info though, Thanks
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North Valley Shooters Association in Gridley has rimfire steel matches using pistols and rifles the fourth Sunday of the month. It's a good way to start and fun. IDPA on the 3rd Sunday and ICORE (double action revolvers) on the Second Sunday. Check out our website for updates. We may have make up matches scheduled on the first weekend if we have rain outs. Mark
Mark thanks for the reply.

I went to North Valleys site last weekend and read what info was there. The website says that if you are interested in attending for the first time to email the club president. I sent him an email last weekend. He hasn't responded yet(which is OK, I well understand people have lives). I plan to start out there due to the proximity of the club/range from where I live.
I couldn't figure out if the rimfire is for pistol and rifle, or if it is pistol and/or rifle. Currently I only have rimfire rifles. I have three 45 pistols so I figure I will start with the IDPA and see how it goes.

Any further advice or pointers would be much appreciated. I am looking forward to getting over there and having a good time, and at the same time I would like to minimize the help and guidance other have to offer me at my first match. Since I am new, a certian level of ignorance is unavoidable but I also don't want to burden others with any undue ignorance either.
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Thanks for the link, very helpful. Unfortunately There are no clubs close to me. 2 or 3 are within range but would make attending a match a truely ALL day event for me. Definately good info though, Thanks
Mostly you have to accept that a match is an all day event if you don't live within an hour drive. Fact of life for many competitors. Where there is a will, there is a way
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GeoffLinder I totally understand what your saying. However I preffer to avoid 6+ hours of driving(I live in the boonies) on top of a day of competition if I can. So for now I think I will see what I think of IDPA over at North Valley.
I do travel to sacramento quite a bit in the summer for my business and see there are a few clubs down that direction that host uspsa, so maybe I will look into uspsa more when the time comes.
What do you prefer about the uspsa over idpa?
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Both are shooting games with their own rules. An 6 stage IDPA match consumes about 100 rounds, more or less, while a typical USPSA match consumes about 225, or more. USPSA rewards speed because scoring is based on points earned, minus penalties, divided by time, called the hit factor, highest hit factor, winner takes all, even if they didn't earn the highest points. IDPA is more accuracy based with .5 seconds added per point down. The way I view it is an IDPA match has to have about 20 'stagelets' to be equal to a USPSA match. You simply get more gun time at a USPSA match, but both require speed and accuracy.
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GeoffLinder I totally understand what your saying. However I preffer to avoid 6+ hours of driving(I live in the boonies) on top of a day of competition if I can. So for now I think I will see what I think of IDPA over at North Valley.
I do travel to sacramento quite a bit in the summer for my business and see there are a few clubs down that direction that host uspsa, so maybe I will look into uspsa more when the time comes.
What do you prefer about the uspsa over idpa?
Thanks,
Noah
6 hours (3 each way) is a bit much, I can understand that. In my time I have routinely spent 2+ hours each way traveling to matches. I have driven to Reno from SF for many matches in the past, I would travel up on Saturday, get a motel, compete on Sunday and drive home after match.

As far as USPSA versus IDPA, the free form stage approach in USPSA is what I like. I don't like to be restricted in how I approach a stage. Requiring use of cover makes it more tactical and lowers the level of competitiveness. IDPA does not allow for a total competitive drive approach and the stages are less complex and usually involve less shooting time and lower number of rounds fired. More of a structured game and less of a competitive sport as I see it.

Still a valid sport though, just a little less exciting overall IMHO
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The rimfire matches in Gridley use both pistols and rifle, seperately. There will be several pistol only stages and several rifle only stages. But there are usually loaner guns available. They shoot USPSA at the Yolo airport not too far on the other side of Woodland.. I don't know how far that is from you. I've only shot a couple of the rimfire matches at our club in Gridley, but took the wife out shooting to show her how a match works and she's interested. Mark
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Thank you guys for the additional details. It's very much appreciated. I am actually thinking for right now the IDPA may suit me better. It sounds like the more rigid and abbreviated stages will keep it simpler for me at first. Also, the round count required for a match being lower will probably help me out temporarily since I only have 300-400 reloads of .45 right now and have given up on finding fair priced and available reloading components until the panic settles down some.

Also, I still have not heard back from Brian at North Valley about coming out for the first time. I sent him another email this mourning. If I do not get a response, how can I get more info from the club about attending my first match?

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