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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Glockerfella, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. Glockerfella

    Glockerfella Whoops

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    Hi all, I just mailed off my GSSF application and I am hoping to make the matches in Jacksonville, and or Orlando. I was just wondering what to expect at these matches. Big crowds, difficult parking? Should I practice with the targets that are mentioned on the GSSF website? Do they have refreshment stands? Are there places to buy t-shirts, caps, and accessories? Should I take anything with me like food, drinks, clothing, holsters, ammo ( what kinds of ammo?). Should I wear sneakers, boots, hiking boots, shorts or long pants. Or does it make any difference at all what I bring or wear? Just curious and looking for info, thanks.
     
  2. DaleGribble

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    At a GSSF match you're not going to be doing any type of drawing from a holster, so a holster isn't necesary, unless you want one to carry your gun in from stage to stage which some folks do.

    Ammo, bring 150 rounds of ammo for each category you plan to shoot in. I use factory Winchester Whitebox from Wal-Mart. You can use any brand you want or you can use your own reloads. But if you have any stoppages during the match you won't get a reshoot if you're using reloads.

    Clothes, wear something comfortable. I usually just wear loose fitting khaki pants, a golf shirt and tennis shoes. There is no running, kneeling or squating so it doesn't make a whole lot of difference. Bring something to sit on also. The folding camp chairs are popular.

    Food and water, bring something to snack on. I usually throw two granola bars in my bag because they won't melt in the heat, and I always bring bottled water. There may or may not be a caterer, so plan ahead in case you're gonna be there for a while.

    There has been a vendor at every GSSF match I've ever shot at selling mags, knives, ammo, clothes, targets, holsters or whatever.

    Practicing with the NRA D-1 target definitely won't hurt, I just practicing with then and I don't think it's made to much difference in my shooting, but it hasn't hurt it either. I personally think you'd be better off buying extra practice ammo, but if money is no object...

    Crowds are usually bigger on Saturdays instead of Sundays, so the wait time is usually worse on Saturdays. I like to arrive at the range kind of early just so I can get ready and kind of relax. Registration starts at 9 am but sometimes they start a little early. Once you get registered go to each stage and sign up before you do anything else. The sooner your name is on the sign up sheet the sooner you'll be able to shoot. You'll also have to watch a new shooters video at your first match, but sign up at the stages first and then come back and watch the video before you shoot! Parking has never been a problem at any of the matches I've ever attended.

    Here's some links that will help you out.

    http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=145777

    http://www.sportshooter.com/GSSF/tips/index.htm

    http://www.sportshooter.com/GSSF/sg_tipsfromthepros.htm

    Welcome to GSSF, good luck and have fun.

    If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask, you'll get an answer from somebody!
     

  3. Rusty Phillips

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    if it looks like its gonna rain - be sure to dress appropriately

    some matches are worse than others when it gets sloppy wet, and a pair of knee high rubberboots, while not exactly fashionable, are a lot better choice than soaking wet nikes
     
  4. Glockerfella

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    Thanks for the info guys, and thanks for the links Dale, very much appreciated.
     
  5. DaleGribble

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    i highly recommend practicing on the NRA D-1 targets. also, if you cant practice on a real plate rack, put some 8 inch, white paper plates at 33 feet and try that.
     
  7. WIG19

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    ^c A great practice exercise; get the cheapest and try to get the round inside the smooth part. If you start getting out to the corrugations, slow down. :)