Everyone knows that economic times are kind of tough right now for everyone, myself included. That’s why when you’re looking at guns to shoot competition with, it’s nice to have a gun/guns that you can use in multiple shooting disciplines. That way, you save money on gear and can spend that money on ammo, which translates into becoming a better shot. When it comes to being able to shoot multiple disciplines with one gun, you cannot beat the humble 1911 in terms of versatility. A well made 1911 pistol with adjustable sights (no fiber optics for Wild Bunch, but they’re fine for everything else) in .45 ACP can compete in the following sports/divisions:
- USPSA/IPSC – Single Stack & Limited-10
- IDPA: Custom Defensive Pistol
- Steel Challenge: Limited & IDPA-CDP (that’s right, Steel Challenge has IDPA divisions)
- Single Action Shooting Society: Wild Bunch Division, Traditional or Modern depending on gun.
- Bowling pin shooting: the .45 ACP is a wondrous pin gun.
- 3 Gun/Multi-Gun: Heavy Metal division
Now, it’s worth noting that for Wild Bunch or 3-gun you’re going to need a couple of extra guns, but the 1911 stays the same across the games. You can even use the exact same holster for USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, 3-Gun, and Bowling Pins. I use a Blackhawk CQC for most competition shooting. Buy a bunch of magazines, mag holders, and .45 ACP ammo and get shooting!
You can also compete across multiple sports with plenty of other guns, but very few guns offer the multi-sport versatility of the 1911. You can even “mission” customize it for various sports using a TechWell magazine well system. The modular well allows you to put one of three different sizes of magazine well on the gun depending on what game you’re shooting. You can use the huge magwell for Limited-10 division, and then one of the smaller 2 magwells for Single Stack or Custom Defensive Pistol. Remove the magwell completely and you’re set for Wild Bunch.
It really is easy to get started in action shooting – and you don’t need to spend a fortune on gear to do it! One gun can get you into 5 different types of matches, all with divisions designed to make your 1911 competitive!