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Nullus Anxietas
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Not that I'm necessarily going to jump right into this, but I'm wondering what is recommended in the way of holsters, mag carriers, and number of mags for competing in IDPA, USPSA, and Steel Challenge with a (single-stack) 1911 in 9mm?

If I understand correctly: I can compete in IDPA ESP with three (3) ten-round mags: One in the gun and two on my belt? (Plus maybe a "Barny mag" in a pocket for loading one in the pipe?)

I'm reading that, for USPSA, I'll want up to five (5) ten-round mags: One in the gun plus four on the belt? (Plus a Barny mag in a pocket?)

Steel Challenge appears to require five (5) mags for a full course? (Plus Barny mag?)

If I recall correctly (I read up on some of this in the past): IDPA prohibits the use of things like dropped and offset holsters, but USPSA allows them? Looks like Steel Challenge would, too? If so: I'm thinking a Blade-Tech, like I have for my G34, where I can add and subtract components such as a DOH adapter, might be a good way to go?

Any other thoughts or wisdom on IDPA, USPSA, or SC with a (single-stack) 1911 in 9mm are welcome.

Thanks!




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Four magazines will be plenty for IDPA. For steel challenge, providing you don't miss, you only need 25 rounds per stage, 20 for outer limits. So, theoretically, one could shoot steel challenge with three, 10 round magazines. 5 might be smarter. USPSA would be best approached with 6 magazines for single stack. Steel Challenge with a 9mm single stack is one of my favorite shooting activities. Right behind steel challenge with a 2 inch Kimber K6S.


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Thanks for the info, miazarus!

When you're giving those mag counts, you're including the Barny mag, correct?

Probably what I most need, for training in SD proficiency, is IDPA. But what sounds like the most fun is ringing steel Smile

USPSA is the closest to me, distance-wise, but seems the least interesting.

I think the closest club that does IDPA also has pin shoots. I used to enjoy that when a nearby gun range used to run them on Thursday nights.




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There is a difference between what is the minimum for the course of fire and what is the right number for score. For example as is noted by mlazarus in SC you can do the course of fire no misses with a small number of mags. But misses are 'free' in SC and you can use whatever amount of rounds it takes to hit the targets and the stop plate and a mag change is suicide. So you want 5. Swap every time so you are fully charged for the next run. But you don't need them in mag carriers on your belt just somewhere.
The same is true for USPSA mostly but given the COF restrictions you want 4. For IDPA its really 3 not including the start mag if your division needs that and/or you don't want to just add a loose round.
But if your going to setup your equipment for carry do 4. and have at least one extra.


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