Equipment a/k/a Shooting Gear
- Eye Protection: prescription or sunglasses will suffice if the lenses are not glass
- Hearing protection: plugs and/or muffs
- Brimmed hat that is compatible with ear protection (no 360 degree hard brims for example with ear muffs)
- Dress appropriate for the weather
- Ladies, No low-cut blouses that can catch hot brass
- No open toed or smooth soled shoes
- Camp Chair/Folding Chair
- Water and snack
- Firearm and Ammunition (9mm and higher calibers recommended)
- Belts, holsters and mag pouches starting at April's match ... please contact Eva to discuss handgun type and recommendations or click on the Resources link (soon to be posted).
At your first match we will discuss transitioning into holsters and mag pouches. Please call if you have questions about equipment. It is our goal to have everyone evolving into proper "shooting gear" and to learn the skill sets involved in shooting with holsters and gear.
(*) Located in Tucson
There are many other resources but I am personally familiar with these companies and services.
Brownells , Midway and Optics Planet are a few of the largest online resources for shooting accessories.
Speed Shooter International and Dawson Precision have hard to find gear, targeted towards the match shooter (e.g., 2-part belt systems I showed you).
Holsters.com is Safariliand’s equipment website
Dillon Precision has very good prices on holsters and carries Blade-Tech and Safariland brands; located in Scottsdale, AZ.
Disruptive Tactical makes custom Kydex holsters and the workmanship is some of the best I’ve seen and reasonably priced. I own a couple. Ryan or Steve.
Tucson Guns carries Blade-Tech and Wilderness Instructor Belts but may not have as large an inventory as an online store if you are looking for belts. I’ve shot with Scott, Pete, and Shane. The staff there is very knowledgeable as they continually train for personal growth.
Diamondback has a large inventory of Safariland products and some Wilderness Instructor Belts. DB staff is very helpful and you can count on them to have a good stock of Safariland accessories. John does the orders so ask him for help if needed.
Sportsman’s Warehouse carries Uncle Mikes Kydex products; inexpensive and a good basic Kydex holsters and magazine pouches. They usually have a large inventory of Uncle Mike products. Stick with that brand for quality and price.
Gun Goddess is an online store of unique gun accessories and apparel. Athena is a friend, classified shooter in USPSA, and a good business woman. I try to give her my personal business whenever I can. My favorite item is the gun bling for my Smith & Wesson M&Ps. If you start competing with shotgun she also carries the Haley Vines brand shooting shirts.
Scottsdale Gun Club is an option if the local stores are out of certain brands of gun inventory. My friend Joe Bridgman is the Range Master and is one of the best Grand Master shooters in the US. He was offered a competitor spot on the reality show TOP SHOT but declined. SGC has changed staff within the last 2 years but Joe is still there and offers private lessons. If you buy a handgun there I would suggest you take a lesson. Joe charges $90+ for an hour but he is also onsite: instant gratification.
Tripp Research Inc. makes the best 1911 magazines in the industry. Nobody understands the 1911 like Virgil Tripp. Tripp (along with Strayer) invented and patented the STI 2011 frame in the early ‘90s. They alone revolutionized the action handgun sports exponentially because of the STI frame. He sold STI to Dave Skinner and Tripp began finishing, chroming/plating guns (retired). He is back to what he does best, manufacturing guns and magazines. I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Tripp since he built my race gun years ago. If a 1911 has a feeding problem, generally a gunsmith will tell the shooter to try a Tripp (aka CobraMag) magazine first then call him back if that doesn’t fix the problem. He does not advertise because he doesn’t need to. Tripp was APG Pistolsmith of the Year 2010; an honor that Kay Miculek's father, James Clark,was bestowed in 1985. I can’t say enough good things about him because he always takes time to take care of my handguns no matter how busy he is.
Please check out the United States Practical Shooting Association’s website at www.uspsa.org to view a Production Gun List (Rules). This will help while making a decision to choose a basic gun for match shooting. Accordingly, check the International Defensive Handgun Association at www.idpa.com for their guidelines.