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Equipment for a new bullseye competitor

Post by tvphotog on 4/10/2018, 11:25 am

I have a 1911 GI model that has been accurized, with a Greider trigger and Ultradot scope. I also have a Nelson .22 conversion slide for it.

I've noticed that all videos of competition shooter show everyone with a gun box for a couple of guns and accessories. However, all I need is this one pistol and conversion slide and accessories. Does everyone buy a gun box regardless, or can I use use my Pelican case for the gun and extra slide, and another small case for accessories? Thanks.

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Post by AllAces on 4/10/2018, 11:35 am

I shot my first 2700 with a Ruger Mk II and a SA Range Office. I carried everything, guns and ammo in a canvas range bag. I had to borrow a pencil for scoring. Over time my fellow shooter's gave, sold or advised me on other things I needed. Start simple, learn the basics and the rest will happen.
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Post by Tim:H11 on 4/10/2018, 12:09 pm

Use what ever you want. Every shooter has a preference on how the gear is organized and transported. I shot an EIC match this past weekend next to a shooter that turned a pelican case into storage for Ammo and accessories and guns went into zipper cases. Everything was packed neatly and safe in a pelican case. Even a spotting scope attachment was mounted inside. There’s no rule that says you need a pistol box. Many shooters have them. But some have other ways of accomplishing the same thing. Shooters preference. Shoot more matches and look around. You may adopt ideas. You may come up with some of your own. No right or wrong way to it.
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Post by Chris Miceli on 4/10/2018, 12:18 pm

you'll see a full range of equipment and doodads. The minimum i recommend is a way to safely secure your guns and ammo from the car to the shooting position, a way to view your target down range, a stapler to put up your repair centers, an empty chamber indicator, and a pen to mark on the score sheet. Forget a pen and someone will have one for you, forget your stapler one of the people next to you will let you use theirs.

The bigger your pistol box the more crap you will carry.


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Post by desben on 4/10/2018, 1:28 pm

Here it's very common for competitors to use a range bag to haul their stuff. A tripod gets used to hold the scope instead of a gun box. Ideally, you want a setup that lets you scope your shots without moving your feet.
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Post by jglenn21 on 4/10/2018, 1:34 pm

"The bigger your pistol box the more crab you will carry."

no truer statement ever.... lol!
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Post by Dcforman on 4/10/2018, 5:08 pm

jglenn21 wrote:"The bigger your pistol box the more crab you will carry."

no truer statement ever.... lol!
Not sure about that. My box is pretty big, and I've never carried a crab in it...  Very Happy

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Post by Chris Miceli on 4/10/2018, 6:19 pm

Dcforman wrote:
jglenn21 wrote:"The bigger your pistol box the more crab you will carry."

no truer statement ever.... lol!
Not sure about that. My box is pretty big, and I've never carried a crab in it...  Very Happy

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Post by Mike38 on 4/10/2018, 6:57 pm

Kind of like a local motorcycle race where they say "Run what ya brung" you carry your gear and pistol in anything you have, as long as it's safe. Get the word out at every match you go to, that you are looking for used gear. My first pistol box (I still have it) is a old, but very good condition, Gil Hebbard two gun. A very nice Lady saw that I was carrying my stuff in an old duffel bag. She sold me that pistol box for $20. Then to top it off, she let me use her backup 1911 for my second ever match. Heck, she even gave me the ammo for it. I offered to pay her for it, but she refused. Bullseye shooters are very nice people, you'll get plenty of help, just don't be afraid to ask.
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Post by AllAces on 4/10/2018, 8:05 pm

Shoot enough matches and you'll think you've seen everything. One fellow who shoots the Walt Wise brings his gear in a geetar case.
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Post by LenV on 4/10/2018, 8:29 pm

The bigger the box the more crab you can get in it. So true..

Works for pistol boxes too. Very Happy
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Post by weber1b on 4/10/2018, 8:35 pm

My first gun box was a Home Depot tool box with soft pouches inside for my borrowed guns. Shot that way for the first few months and then bought my first gun, still borrowing another. Didn't get my second gun for almost a year. Got my first gun box which happened to come with a scope at about the 6 month mark. It's all about the fun, the comraderie, the learning and the journey.

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Post by Bullseye_Stan on 4/11/2018, 7:04 am

I read on another forum where a guy was using a Dewalt tool storage box for a range box, which I thought was clever: https://www.dewalt.com/products/gear-and-equipment/tool-storage/toughsystem-ds150-small-case/dwst08201




I've used a gym bag for many years as a range bag, and it works fine.  As long as you are comfortable that all your 'stuff' will get to and from the range or match, that's all that matters.

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Re: Equipment for a new bullseye competitor

Post by tvphotog on 4/11/2018, 7:20 am

Thank you all. I feel more comfortable now. One less think to distract me on the line.

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Post by lyman1903 on 4/11/2018, 10:20 am

Bullseye_Stan wrote:I read on another forum where a guy was using a Dewalt tool storage box for a range box, which I thought was clever: https://www.dewalt.com/products/gear-and-equipment/tool-storage/toughsystem-ds150-small-case/dwst08201




I've used a gym bag for many years as a range bag, and it works fine.  As long as you are comfortable that all your 'stuff' will get to and from the range or match, that's all that matters.

when I  started shooting high power, I used a cheap plastic  tool box from Lowes,
my scope, home made stand, and ammo etc fit right in,

over the years I geared up to have the stool, freeland stand, etc etc and retired that box to hold my Black Powder stuff for my Flints,

high power guys, like bullseye guys, (and gals) are very helpful, and will help in just about any way possible,
by paying attention you can learn what works and what does not and save yourself some cash  buy not buying the wrong or 'flavor of the month' stuff that does not hold up

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Post by tvphotog on 4/11/2018, 11:32 am

I've got a tripod for my camera. Will that work as a scope stand? Will raise the scope to eye level. May have to move my feet to use it. The scope has a good desktop stand, I'd only have to bend forward.

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Post by desben on 4/11/2018, 12:20 pm

Camera tripod works fine. This is the setup I use at a small indoor range I visit a few times per year for matches. I can scope the shots without moving my feet.

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