Advantages To Competing With Your Carry Gun


Then i started my lifetime of daily carry almost 30 years ago, I carried what was approved and available. My respect of the .45ACP round goes this far back, as that’s once I chose to get one stack .45ACP because the handgun which might reside in my holster. I actually opted out of the .357 revolver that was department issued at the time.

Not long after, i started seeking out a number of the simplest firearms shooting and training that was available. Living during a shooting mecca, I quickly caught the match shooting “bug.” it had been in those early years that I met fellow Springfield Armory SMEs Steve Horsman, Kyle Schmidt and a few guy who was often seen riding wheelies round the range on his all-terrain bike . You guessed it this multi-tasking dude was Rob Leatham. having the ability to compete with shooters of all levels, from beginners to class World Champions was both inspiring and awakening.

I decided then and there that for the bulk of my match shooting, i might compete with some sort of my duty or daily carry firearm.

Carry Options

Fast-forward a few years to the introduction of the Springfield XDs line of firearms. Since then, the XD-M in 9mm has been one among my two primary carry/duty companions. additionally , it’s the handgun I shoot in USPSA Production, IDPA Stock Service Pistol, and multi-gun matches. My second carry/duty handgun may be a Springfield Lightweight Operator in .45ACP.

Stock Options

Other than adding grip tape and experimenting with various iron sight combinations, my XD-M pistol is in its factory stock condition. the sole trigger enhancement that I even have done is by way of hard use and repetition. The trigger components have refined each other just by the thousands of rounds of 9mm ammunition that’ve been fired through the gun.

Advantage, Me

I teach tons of classes – from the novice shooter and therefore the new academy recruit, to the veteran SWAT officer and experienced competition shooter. Not only do I compete with the gun I carry, I teach with an equivalent . Why, you’ll ask? Well, it’s simple, because there are numerous advantages to competing together with your carry gun.

1. Train such as you Fight

I have thoroughly enjoyed attending Pat McNamara’s TAPS classes; his energy, shooting skill, experience and sarcastic sense of humor (at times) make him an excellent instructor. “Mac” delivered to the forefront the reflection of the “overused axiom” of “train such as you fight.” Understanding the history and actual concept behind this mantra still holds tons of merit and is certainly applicable within the arena of competing together with your carry gun. The consistent use of your daily carry handgun in competition can pay dividends if you ever need to use your handgun in “real life.”

Anyone who competes regularly has done thousands of under-pressure first shot draws. This repetition, which is completed on every stage of a match, assists the daily carrier’s tendons, bones and muscles in learning the precise angle the wrists got to be aligned for consistent, repeatable, proper sight alignment during a draw or presentation of the gun.

Angular Approach

It’s a known incontrovertible fact that different handguns have different grip angles. This angle must be “learned” to the purpose where the draw may be a reflective action. very similar to shooting baskets in basketball, the mind integrated with the body, learns what proportion input, angle of release and arch must be applied to form the ball enter the bucket. this will only happen through repetition. The draw is not any different, which grip angle is one among the explanations i prefer the XD-M such a lot . The different-sized replaceable grip inserts allow a custom fit the shooter’s hand. The XD-M grip angle is additionally very almost like my other favorite carry gun, my Springfield 1911.

Timing Is Everything

Each model of the big variety of obtainable handguns features a different, albeit ever slight, recoil impulse or timing. This feel and response also varies with different ammunition, even within the same caliber. Shooting my XD-M carry gun in competition helps me better understand the timing of my handgun. Acquiring the recoil/timing knowledge and knowledge of my defensive handgun enables me to shoot faster and more accurately. Shooting often during a competition setting training with the gun you’ll need to use during a lethal force encounter defending lives can only benefit you and people you protect and care about the foremost .

2. Expensive Customization Not Required

My XD-M is that the standard 4.5 inch 9mm model again, it’s the handgun I compete with, also as my basic duty/daily carry firearm. This particular Springfield has performed these multiple functions on behalf of me for nearly a decade. During this point , I even have spent little money to switch the gun. With the straightforward addition of grip tape and fiber optic sights, my cost to customize has been kept to a minimum.

USPSA Production and IDPA Stock Service Pistol divisions are an ideal fit me and my 9mm XD-M. The gun has served me extremely well, at a really cost-effective price point and that i haven’t any doubt it’ll still do so for several more years — in both competition and defensive roles.

3. Thorough Testing & Complete Confidence

Match Report

On the date of scripting this article, I shot a 5-stage USPSA club match in northern Arizona. It had hit 105 degrees within the Phoenix area and summer had just started, so getting out of the excessive heat, if just for each day , was welcomed.

As with most USPSA matches, there have been some very technical shots:

  • A “standards” stage with shots bent 50 yards
  • Stages with a series of close, mostly open targets, where you’ll run the gun as fast as possible – with splits within the low teens
  • Aiming-oriented stages with several “head” shots

Everyone who shot the match was tested during a sort of situations, and every one of this was done under the time and pressure of the clock. There are few better tests you’ll encounter together with your daily carry firearm that need the variability of skills that matches offer.

Reliability Required

Don’t discount the reliability of your gun, associated magazines, and ammunition used during a match setting either. Not only is it vital to your score, but the reliability of this same equipment during a lethal force encounter is critical.


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