What Gear Should I
The answer is none….. At least not at first. Once you have located a club to shoot your
first match, hopefully you have tracked down someone to help you on your
journey. Chances are that individual or
other individuals at the club have gear you can use. It is a good idea to try out a lot of gear
before you make any substantial purchases.
This is a gear intensive sport, but starting out a new shooter can
really shoot whatever you have, there is so much to learn that is really
a while in the sport before your gear is what is getting in your way. So, in short, bring your bone stock M4,
Remington 870 pump and any pistol you have.
What should I Expect
at My First Match?
I tell people to expect to lose and more importantly to
learn. Very few people perform well in
their first match, even those with substantial firearms capabilities. The rules are unique to what most firearms
enthusiasts have experienced and take time to get comfortable and even more
time to become efficient. The game is
meant to be a challenge and a
skillset, like any other, requires work to be
truly capable. Safety is the most
important thing in your first match and every match after. This is especially important in your first
matches as you are very unfamiliar with what you are being asked to do.
In conclusion, you are taking a step into a great hobby and
past time with some great people. The
game itself is multifaceted and can be complex and even frustrating at time,
but the result is a stronger shooting skillset. Be open to input from credible resources,
be willing to explore new ways of doing things and ask a lot of questions. Don’t make assumptions about rules or the
best way to do things. Observe the best
shooters and how they perform and prepare.