Okay guys, it’s about that time. What time, you ask? Time for Ahab to start shopping for a gun for IPSC Production Class/IDPA Stock Service Pistol. If my wife reads this, don’t worry I don’t plan on making this purchase until next year, because I’m set for guns right now. Here’s a rundown of what I currently use for competition, bearing in mind that I like having to only reload/buy one or two calibers.
- Glock 24, .40 S&W for Open division. I’ll be ordering a Trijicon Red Dot and Glock mount for this gun pretty soon which will complete the construction of my “Open” blaster.
- ParaUSA 16-40 Limited, .40 S&W for Limited Division in USPSA and Enhanced Service Pistol in IDPA. I do need to order a couple of parts for this gun like a Bulletproof Slide Stop from Wilson Combat, but other than that this gun is rolling.
- ParaUSA Gun Blog 9mm, 9mm Para for Single Stack in USPSA and Enhanced Service Pistol in IDPA. This is probably my favorite gun of the three I’ve listed, just because I’ve shot more rounds through it than any of the other guns on this list, thanks primarily to Todd Jarrett’s insatiable desire to “shoot some bbs”.
So, with that in mind, I’m looking for a 9mm for Production/SSP shooting; I’ve got some ideas that I’ve kind of been kicking around, and since this is a blog after all, I’m going to inflict them on you for your review/mockery. My selection criteria are pretty simple, I want either a 9mm or a .40, with the 9mm being preferable, and although a polymer frame is on the table, I’d rather have some kind of metal framed pistol. I like heavier guns for competition. The guns below are listed in the order that I want:
- Beretta Elite II – a heavily modified and no longer offered 9mm Beretta based on the well tested M9 platform. This gun has a lot of appeal to me since I 1) love Berettas, 2) have shot a lot on the M9 platform, 3) think it looks neato. The problem is that this gun is discontinued, and used ones are pretty pricey (Gunbroker has three, all of which are in the $700-$899 range, ouch). But, this would be still be my number 1 choice.
- EAA/Tanfoglio Witness “Stock” – according to EAA’s website, the “Stock” series of Witness pistols are designed to be a turn-key solution for shooting in USPSA Production Division. I like this gun as a concept, but I’ve never shot one so my “platform familiarity” is pretty low here. I do like that it can be had as an all-steel 9mm, and it’s pretty easy on the eyes. But like I said, I don’t know squat about Tanfoglio pistols, so this one would involve a lot more research before I drop 600 bones on a pistol.
- Last but not least, there is the Para LDA Hi-Cap .45, which in addition to being the only .45 on the list is also the only 1911 on the list; but that’s more a function of the fact that there aren’t a lot of 1911 style pistols eligible for Production/SSP. This gun made the list for no other reason than I did get to shoot some with the LDA trigger while I was at the ParaUSA shoot, and I have to say that I liked it. It was like the trigger on my Glock, but with a lot better let-off. Sure, a .45 has a bit more recoil, but one of the things I learned from practicing with a laser is that the actual difference between a 9mm and a .45 in terms of muzzle flip is minimal, it’s largely a psychological difference.
Okay loyal readers, tell me what you think? If I’ve slighted your favorite blaster or left it off the list, let me know. Or if you’ve got experience with the Tanfoglio/Witness platform and want to give me some feedback, that would be excellent as well. Needless to say, there’s nothing I like doing more than shooting competition, so I’m pretty excited to round out my “gun stable” next year.