Quote from: mwgm2020 on February 27, 2021, 03:04:05 AMWhat is an acceptable entry-level pistol to try out competition target shooting. Should it be CO2 or would a pump gun like a Crosman American classic model 1377 work, or even a Beeman P17?Stephen,Are you looking into 10M competition? How serious are you about competition? What is your gun budget to start?You could start with a P-17 for less than $50. It's accurate enough to start, but not much more. Maybe one of the Diana's would work. Maybe an Air Venturi V10, or AV-46? If you have enough in your budget, the Hammerli AP-20 is a great starting pistol for 10M. There's also the Alpha Proj and Ataman AP16.Consider this when choosing . . . If choosing PCP or CO2, you want to be able to shoot a minimum of 60 shots per fill. ISSF competitions are 60 shots plus the finals. Single pumps will work, as long as you can pump and shoot 60 shots in 75 minutes.There is a lot to consider. If you think you're going to take this seriously, I would recommend starting with a Hammerli AP-20 or the AP-20 PRO. The Alpha Proj is good as is the Ataman AP-16. If you're really serious, look into a Steyr, Morini, Walther, FWB, or Pardini. This last group will enable you to shoot a lifetime and not need to upgrade - you will not need to re-learn to shoot a different pistol. The group of pistols in this paragraph are PCP 's.Probably the best advice is . . . Buy the best pistol you can afford - make certain it fits your hand and you can shoot it comfortably for 70 + shots. This info i provide is rather vague, but should get you started thinking - and asking more questions. Ac12 should chime in soon, asGr he has been shooting competitions for quite some time and offers great advice.
What is an acceptable entry-level pistol to try out competition target shooting. Should it be CO2 or would a pump gun like a Crosman American classic model 1377 work, or even a Beeman P17?
Firewalker,i really like your wife's opportunity - keeping all participants using identical guns is a great idea. i wish her the best !to add to something ac12 mentioned - i keep a light over the target as he does, but i also keep a light over the firing point. because we only shoot iron sights, having a light above the firing point makes for seeing the front sight much easier.it's always a good thing when husband and wife can go out to the garage and plink around for a while. hope these suggestions help !
Oh, Firewalker - I forgot . . . Let me know what you think of that Diana Bandit. I've been thinking about getting one because . . . Well . . . I don't have one. Any reply will be appreciated.
@AlanA mental trick that my coach taught me.Do NOT ring score your target 1-10. Score your shooting as 0/1.Pick a ring that you want to keep your shots inside of, say the 8 ring.Anything outside the 8-ring = 0Anything on or inside the 8-ring = 1When it becomes easy to hold the 8-ring, go to the next ring, the 7-ring.When you score 0 or 1 per shot, it removes the pressure of shooting a 10. Cuz even if you shoot the 10 ring, you only get 1 point.The goal here is to learn to shoot tighter groups, not higher scores. The tight groups will naturally lead to better scores.It is the flyers that will kill your scores, and that is what shooting tight groups is trying to prevent.Example for 5 shotsIf shot one is a 1, you need to shoot four 10s to score a 41. Where as if you can hold the 8 ring, some of those 5 shots will be 9s and 10s. So you will score higher than 41.Now think of how hard it is for most of us to shoot four 10s, out of five shots. I'll take holding the 8-ring.