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First IDPA G21 okay?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Mr. IronHead, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Mr. IronHead

    Mr. IronHead

    Dec 14, 2010
    Hello Glockers,

    In order to really practice my "defensive situation" skills I will be joining IDPA. My first match as a new shooter will be this Thursday if all goes well and I am wondering if my G21 will be okay for this? I also have a G30 I can use. What are your recommendations? I would like to use the G30 but at this time I feel more comfortable with the G21.

    I know they have a specific "class" for big bore "Custom Defensive Pistol" for .45 ACP so this is what I will be registering for.

    Feedback and suggestions welcome.


    Mr. Ironhead - Practice, Practice, Practice!
  2. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 17, 1998
    Roanoke, Virginia
    Either pistol will do fine in IDPA, GSSF or USPSA Production Category.

  3. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    Plenty of folk use a .45 for IDPA. Some use a 1911, but there's nothing wrong with a Glock. I love my G30SF!
  4. HK Dan

    HK Dan

    Mar 27, 2008
    In CDP you'll be limited to 8 rounds in your mags. You could also shoot SSP or ESP and load 10. Face it--you're not going to be competitive on your first match anyway (unless you're a Delta Force operator or something), so you're not REALLY at a disadvantage shooting versus 9mms.

    Yes, the G21 will have a significantly better match than the G30, particularly if that's what you're used to shooting. Take the gun you're the most comfortqable with and eliminate THAT as a problem. Learn the match and range rules with a gun you know and work into the carry piece later. That's my advice!

  5. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
    Your fine. When you go to matches you will see others there with a G21 maybe its not the overwhelming choice for Glocks because I've seen more G34, G17L, G35 than the G21 but there are some.
    The rounds I usually see in semi autos are 45 ACP, .38 Super, 9mm, .40 S&W and .22
  6. GroundedCLK


    Dec 29, 2004
    New Hampshire
    I have shot IDPA for a eight years now, I originally started with a .45acp. The only comment I am going to make is if you are going to do it often go with a 9mm.

    Ammo is so expensive, especially when you are practicing a lot. Then shooting match after match.
  7. JonInWA


    Apr 4, 2004
    Auburn, Washington
    You'll do just fine with your G21. I'd suggest that you compete in Stock Service Pistol (SSP) as opposed to Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP); in SSP, you can compete with 10 rounds (plus 1 in the chamber initially) as opposed the 8+1 limitation in CDP.

    There can be some good reasons to compete in CDP with a G21, but I'd suggest you start with SSP.

    Best, Jon
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  8. stengun


    Nov 20, 2004
    Bugtussell, AR

    Gee, in my first IDPA match I won my division and came in 3rd overall out of about 85 shooters and I was using a G20 10mm.

  9. Actually, no, the G21 isn't okay for IDPA; it's AWESOME for IDPA :supergrin:

    It is my main IDPA gun; I've shot probably 20 plus IDPA matches since I bought the 21 and in all but one I shot the 21. The other was to finally classify in SSP. I started shooting IDPA with my 1911 and then moved on to the G21 and haven't looked back. Love the 21!
  10. HK Dan

    HK Dan

    Mar 27, 2008
    Wow! I've never met a Delta Force Operator before--the pleasure is mine Sir!

    (I did the same thing. I'd been shooting USPSA for 4 years already and IDPA was a complete cakewalk)

  11. JAREDG21


    Jul 11, 2004
    Coastal NC
    it is what i shoot