Hi everyone, instead of asking the question that everyone ask, "what gun should I buy", I'd rather ask if everyone could share their experience with buying hand guns for competition use. Here is mine, I have bought, sold and tested quite a few guns over the past few years and haven't been able to find one that really rings the bell for me. My first "compitition" gun I tried was a custom 2011, super smooth beautiful gun. I don't remember all the specs on it. I liked shooting it but I didn't get the amazing warm fuzzy feeling. Bought a TSO because I found one brand new from a private party for 1400. How could you pass that up. Shot it for a short time and realized that the weight up front really bothered me but man was it sexy and it was the best feeling gun I've ever picked up. I went shooting with a friend that had a few Glocks. Of course I stuck up my nose cause of the guns I have been shooting recently. He finally said you should really shoot my 17. So I shot it, then I ate crow because I was just as accurate with it as I was my TSO. What a terrible feeling I had in my stomach, shot a few more Glocks and ended up buying a 17L. Shot it pretty good, gun was cheep but I could never get a good connection with it. Every time I pulled it out of the box I felt like I was shooting an ugly brick, never felt nice in the hand. So, my experience is that I shoot everything from a 2011 to a Glock the same, I don't know if that means I suck or I am amazing, probably the former. I feel like the only way to become amazing is to stick with one platform and shoot every second your awake. Now my problem, I have no gun right now because a guy a work begged me for my 17L. I actually ended up making money on it and never really loved it anyways. Just last week I was able to shoot a friends Shadow 2, first double single I've ever shot. Loved the feel fit and finish. Shot it good, I was impressed. So now I'm in the market again, a lot of people have told me to go big or go home, if your into competitive shooting you will eventually spend the money on a really nice rig and setup. With that said I don't really mind spending around 2K on a gun, I've already got 2800 into my JP. I really feel like I need to pick a platform and stick to it so I can hone my skills, if there is an option out there that is under the 2k mark I would much rather do that and spend more money on ammo. Here's my thoughts:
2011-I shoot them good but they don't feel great in my hand. I could get a full custom gun that will probably feel like a glove but I don't want to spend 3-6k on a gun and magazines. Also concerned with reliability and having to work on it all the time. I would rather spend more time/money on shooting and ammo. I feel like I am missing something though, they seam to be the dominating force in most divisions they are used in.
CZ-I love the feel of these guns, they fit so well in my hand. I would say the SP-01 fits the best then followed by Shadow 2, TSO then TS. I shoot them well but not that much better a Glock or 2011. From my experience and from what I have read they are very reliable and only need minor maintenance/tuning. Also, way cheaper than a 2011.
Glock-Super reliable, cheap, shoot them well but don't feel that great in the hand. Not sexy at all. Great bank for your buck.
I am going to shoot 3 gun and steel challenge with it. Most likely in a limited type division, I don't have any desire to do open. I thought about getting a Shadow 2 so I can dabble in USPSA production then switch it to SAO just for fun in steel challenge in 3 gun. If you guy have any recommendations or opinions I would love to hear them but most of all I would love to hear your story of how you got started and what you ended up with now. Anything you would do differently from the start. Thanks everyone, can't wait to hear your experience.