Originally Posted by jdw174
There's USPSA, IPSC, and IDPA. Check out their websites. Chances are there's a club near you.
GSSF is actually the least "well known" of the competitions there are, primarily because it's Glock only, also because there are no "local" matches. By "local", I mean a club that runs a match of that type every month.
I live near Charlotte, and there's an IDPA match here in Charlotte every month, another maybe 50 miles away, and a 3rd 80 miles away.
For USPSA, there are 3 in the greater Charlotte area, and a 4th 80 miles away. That furthest one actually holds two per month.
Realize, IDPA/USPSA are *very* different from GSSF. Your gun starts holstered (usually), and on the beep you draw, and most stages will require mag changes.... all on the clock. Also movement, barriers, ports, moving targets, etc. etc. They are truly ACTION matches.
So you need to master not just shooting, but all gun handling techniques (the top guys can draw and first shot off in .8 or so), and mag changes should be practiced until they are blindingly fast.
Go to youtube and search for USPSA/IDPA and Bob Vogel. Or Dave Sevigny. There are other top shooters, but not so many that excel in both of those.
Also realize... there are different divisions so you might see an open gun (optical sights and compensator) and Limited guns, which can have a large magazine with 20+ rounds in it.
The Production divisions are more like GSSF, where you're limited to (mostly) stock gun and 10 rounds in magazine.