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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by william_h, Apr 6, 2004.
what else does GSSF membership get you?
A hat, membeship card, an annual and the Glock Report.
Fun, friends, "fellowship".
Certified GLOCK armorer services at GSSF matches.
"The GLOCK Report" magazine, 3 seasonal issues.
A copy of the GLOCK annual.
The opportunity to test-fire new guns (GLOCK 37) at matches. (Thanks again to Chris Edwards.)
The opportunity to learn how to be an RO.
A great place to start in the Shooting Sports.
And a HAT.
Try it for a year!
oh, I'm going to give it a try starting with the Carrollton match. I was just curious what else comes with your membership along with the matches. And now that I hear about the hat, I'm in.
Good call. ;f
William, I good sense of humor is great protection around here! Welcome.
I haven't decided if I want to shoot the 17 in am/civ or the 34 in comp, or both. But I'll stop back and let you know how it went. (That's when the laughs will really start)
Just have fun and be safe. Several of us will be at Carrollton, so be sure to say hi. By the way you thoughts of shooting the 17 in AmCiv and 34 in Comp sounds like a good plan. You might want to shoot the 34 in comp first to get the feel of things and then shoot your 17 in AmCiv. Just a suggestion. DEJ/FL, Pharoah and I will be traveling together to the match. Hope to see you there.
Does the GSSF have local clubs or is it all at a national level?
GSSF of course is based out of Atlanta, GA but they have about 30 matches nationwide. Individual Clubs throughout the USA host the matches that GSSF puts on. Look at www.gssfonline.com for the entire schedule and all rules.
Don, just curious about something because this is the first year I've thought about looking at GSSF as a recreation alternative. In a nutshell, how has the growth rate been, say in the last 5-8 years?
Is it foreseeable that in a similar period the number of matches at local clubs could increase or even double, thereby making more of them available (geographically, I guess) to those who can't travel to more than 1 (maybe 2) per year? I ask this because the one match in reasonable commuting distance of my area is a no-go due to another commitment, pretty much shooting 2004 down. I'll continue to follow it all & prepare so am not complaining. I think it's a great idea.
Seems like alot of fun. Certainly the courses are well-documented which makes for some very fun (and humbling) practice and, thanks to the classes, one doesn't have to be shooting at Warp-5 to place. If I knew of a club that might be a candidate to host a GSSF match, where would they start? (Don't want to hijack the whole thread, so you can PM any lengthy details if needed.) Thanks! ^c
Thanks for posting this. It will answer my questions, too!
I have the same thoughts and concerns as you.
Glad I wasn't the only one. Don immediately answered my Q's via an email. If not also sent to you, I'll PM the text if you like.
Thanks for passing my response along to pizzaaguy. Sorry I didn't send it to him, I guess he made his post about the same time I was answering yours. I don't know all the answers but if I can be of any help don't hessitate to ask.
No problem; thanks for the quick answer in the first place. Folks at this forum (generally) have each other's back better than any other discussion group I've ever seen. ^c
Thanks, WIG & DON.
Five years ago GSSF held 26 matches per year. Now it's 30. Attendance has improved, with an average match hosting 300 entries. The Conyers, GA match is the largest and will have about 600 entries this year.
Clubs interested in hosting a GSSF match must be able to handle 300 entries and their vehicles over the weekend and provide enough volunteer help to set-up, man, and take-down the stages. That's about a minimum of 20 volunteers per day. An officer of the club should contact Mr. Chris Edwards at GSSF.
GSSF is a once or twice a year kind of thing for most of it's members.
You are talking about a hard core group of people that drive to five or more GSSF matches in any given year (unless they work for GSSF and are getting paid to be there!). To make up for that, alot of people shoot three or four categories and make a weekend out of it.
So what to do the other 364 days of the year? you are very likely to live pretty close to a monthly IDPA or IPSC match, they are all over the country.
A spouse or child that loves to go shooting.
GSSF is a great way to introduce competitive pistol shooting to novices.
No quick drawing, no concealment, lewis prize structure, lots of fun, safe & supportive environment,
GSSF could also be looked at as a "gateway" into the other shooting sports. It was for me.