At the Gun Nuts Facebook page (which you should join) There is a small discussion going about reinventing Limited-10. Whenever I express my irrational love for this division, I will usually get 1 or 2 people to email or comment and say that “Limited 10 should be done away with” or something like that because either they don’t live in a state that limits mag capacity or they thing it should be shot with 1911s are usually the arguments that I hear.
The problem is that I find this argument to be very shortsighted when you look at the guns that people actually own in relation to USPSA’s divisions. Obviously, people just don’t buy Open guns off the store shelves, and for the most part to be truly competitive in Limited Division you need to sink a couple of grand into a platform (noted exceptions such as Bob Vogel and Dave Sevigny notwithstanding) because the Limited division tends to be dominated by high end 1911s with 22-25 round magazines. Production division is obviously favorable to neophyte shooters, but if you’re trying to play the Production game with a .40 or .45 that you’re feeding factory ammo in because you don’t have the time to reload, then you’re not competitive. I don’t know about you, but constantly getting my butt kicked isn’t a lot of fun.
So then I look to the new shooter – the guy who works full time and has a wife and kids and doesn’t necessarily have the time to reload, so he can’t download his .45 to make minor…but he still thinks that shooting USPSA might be a good way to improve his gunhandling skills with the Glock 21 that he carries. Enter Limited-10, which I would love to see USPSA rebrand as “Super Production” or whatever they want to call it. Make a conscious effort to appeal to the Glock 21, M&P .45, XDM .40 owners to show that their guns that they bought for concealed carry and personal defense do have a home in competition. I think that there is actually a market for that and you could significantly increase participation in Limited 10 by driving interest in these shooters – the guys that buy factory ammo but want to shoot a match because they saw it on ShootingUSA, the guys that bought a .45 ACP because it’s an absurdly popular cartridge in the US.
Essentially, Limited-10 as a division has incredible potential for new shooter recruitment, but the name has to go. Limited-10 just sounds LAME. Calling it Major Production or Super Production or (my favorite) even Limited-Factory would go a long way towards making it more accessible to the guy that rolls in off the street with his Beretta 96 and SERPA holster. Most factory loaded .40 S&W and .45 ACP (and even .45 GAP) ammo makes Major power factor, so I don’t really see any reason why Limited-10 couldn’t or shouldn’t be rebranded as a Super Production division and marketed that way to shooters. Get a couple of big name companies to sponsor someone shooting a .40 or a .45 ACP in that division and you’d be well on your way. They “hey, that’s my gun” factor helps attract shooters to a division.