Use what you have. Your firearm should be in working, serviceable condition. Avoid going out and buying a new firearm just to get into the match. Once you start shooting matches, you will have an opportunity to speak with other shooters and learn about the different types of firearms being used.
Your don't own an appropriate firearm? Before going to the local gun store, contact one of the resources listed on the 'Safety Orientation' page. They can provide you with information that is specific to shooting action pistol that will aid in your decision making.
Having the most expensive handgun for your first match won't make you shoot any better or worse. Complete a few matches, and you'll start to get a feel of what works best for you.
GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
A common occurrence is that a new shooter will start buying up accessories such as shoes, ProGrip, BOSS hangers, Oakley sunglasses, etc. These are useful for experienced shooters, but not necessarily for the beginner. Just like a firearm, use what you already have. At minimum, you will need the following:
The initial investment into competition shooting may seem steep. But purchasing good equipment will pay for itself in the long run. Buy once, cry once. Do not opt for the cheap equipment listed on eBay or Amazon. The links to equipment above have, for the most part, proven themselves as being reliable and long lasting.
Choosing the right equipment and gear can be confusing. Don't spend money on unnecessary items.
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