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Ok, so yesterday I shot my first USPSA match. I think I'm addicted. It was so much fun. My goal was to not get DQ'd and to have fun, and I met that goal! I came in dead last. I told them all that I hated to brag, but I was the top female shooter (we aren't discussing the fact that I was the ONLY female shooter!! Shhh!). I just took my time and went slow. The first stage was terrible! It was a Virginia count and I had two Mikes (yikes). Not sure if it was nerves or what. It didn't help that we had to shoot strong hand only for part of it and I still have a little trouble with that. The second stage was rough too, I hit the edge of a no shoot and had one mike. After that I was damned and determined to not have any more mikes!!! So I slowed down and didn't have another mike through the last three stages. One stage was 24 rounds and I had 21 alphas, two charlies, and one delta. I was just as slow as Christmas but I was proud of that stage. But I had a blast and have lots of room for improvement! So I think I am now addicted. I can't wait for my next match!! Just had to share here since all of my friends look at me like I'm crazy and have no clue what I'm talking about!

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my eleven year old son wants me to teach him so he can compete!

I'd suggest both of you get some professional lessons - so you don't

pick up bad habits. Even a one day (or half day) course will give

you both the fundamentals you need to get started on a truly

satisfying hobby. :cheers:

p.s. glad you found 1,000 rounds of ammo

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my eleven year old son wants me to teach him so he can compete!

I'd suggest both of you get some professional lessons - so you don't

pick up bad habits. Even a one day (or half day) course will give

you both the fundamentals you need to get started on a truly

satisfying hobby. :cheers:

p.s. glad you found 1,000 rounds of ammo

I have taken a class. And I'm being coached by a seasoned USPSA shooter that is a firearms instructor. As for my son, it will be a while before he is anywhere near ready for this type of shooting. But when the time comes, he will also have to take the class and get some instruction before proceeding.

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As for my son, it will be a while before he is anywhere near ready for this type of shooting.

Only you know your sons maturity level when it comes to something like shooting but don't let age be the deciding factor. We have an 11 year old young man signed up to shoot the Ohio match who last year at age 10 was a VERY good competitor. He will go places if he sticks with it.

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As for my son, it will be a while before he is anywhere near ready for this type of shooting.

Only you know your sons maturity level when it comes to something like shooting but don't let age be the deciding factor. We have an 11 year old young man signed up to shoot the Ohio match who last year at age 10 was a VERY good competitor. He will go places if he sticks with it.

I will let him shoot in time, but he has never shot anything more than an airport rifle, so he has lots to learn. And he only weighs about 65 lbs, he's the smallest 6th grader so I wonder how he will be able to handle recoil from a 9mm?

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I know a couple of guys who bring their sons and daughters to matches. There is a girl about 10 who shoots with her dad at one local match who is pretty good. She shoots a CZ 9mm. I doubt if she is more than 65lbs. I would say start with your son teaching gun safety, rules, grip etc.. then bring him to the range and let him try some static shooting.

There are also some who let their kids shoot .22 at uspsa matches. Usually the match director will allow this if you ask him. It may be a good place to let him get the feel of the sport without the recoil.

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Congratulations on completing your first match. As for your son's shooting ambitions let me suggest static steel. I believe static steel is the best introduction into the action shooting sports. Start with a .22. learn gun safety, and target transitions. Later on he can work on drawing from a holster. From there he can move up to a centerfire handgun.

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Congrats on your first match. Get a couple matches under your belt, with a little experience and some dry fire practice you'll shoot right up the score sheet. All of the things you are intensely concentrating on right now will become second nature after a couple matches. Stay safe and have fun.

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Welcome! Starting slow with good hits is always best in my opinion. It's easier to shoot accurate and get faster then shoot fast and learn to be accurate. And at they end of the day you had fun and that's what counts. Hope you get to shoot soon and enjoy

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