Absolutely on the call, and I'm using the same logic here - no model specified, just:I ran an M1, so I had no problems with it at major matches, but if I had an M2, I would definitely give a call to see if it can be used at a major match. My argument is that the PPQ is on the approved list, and not defined as M1 or M2. As long as weight and barrel is the same length, then either the M1 or M2 should fit the definition. However, considering the cost associated with major matches, I'd definitely make the call ahead of time.
PPQ 9mm 4.01 barrel (24.52 oz.)
Definitely, on all of the above. I picked up the CZ as 'second choice' in looking for a 5" PPQ locally, but I'm glad I did. The improvement in my accuracy and time was pretty decent, with ~300 rounds of load testing bone-stock, then 'the usual CZ mods' and right into a match without shooting the modified gun beforehand. I can already see the draw of a Shadow safety model (mine's a de-cocker), but want to see how far this one can take me first.I made the switch to the CZ last year and never looked back. I jumped 2 classes from December thru April. My times, and accuracy are much improved than with the PPQ. I suspect if I shot the PPQ today I'd be far better with it than I was in December, but the CZ is definitely conducive to being customized, and it really is a "competition" gun.
The 5" PPQ may be competitive, and is certainly at a more attractive price point, but for my dollar, the CZ helped minimize some flaws I have had, it's made the experience more enjoyable, and those two things made it a lot easier for me earn some honest improvement.
I wouldn't worry at all about PPQ reliability, if that's the concern. Finding sights that work well for you is a bit more challenging, but the gun doesn't really need more than sights done to it.Thanks for the feedback. To be on the safe side, I started my USPSA journey this May with the G19 and a few internal mods on that gun. I had spent the first four months of this year preparing myself with the PPQ but haven't touched it since as I wanted to adjust back to my trusty G19.
Why the M&P?My quandary now, as a new USPSA shooter, is sorting out what my goals in the sport are/will be. I'm building a M&P for Limited and really eyeballing an STI Trojan for Single Stack.
'Not last' is a great first match goal. It also gets you over the initial 'overly-excited hump,' and hopefully starts you on the path to slow down, and realize an extra second here or there with a good hit > faster stage with more misses. I think most of us still can improve in that area..FWIW, I came in 15th out of 18 in Production on my first match, and that was with zero points on stage 2 due to M and NS penalties. I got a bit excited after a good stage 1. With a few more A zone hits, I'll be fairly competitive with my G19.
Not worried! It is a quality gun for sure. Sights changed, I run FO front and .140 notch rear on all my main handguns. Running a slightly modified large palm swell, other than the tweaks for my hand and sights, it is bone stock.I wouldn't worry at all about PPQ reliability, if that's the concern. Finding sights that work well for you is a bit more challenging, but the gun doesn't really need more than sights done to it.
I've always wanted one! Like the ergos on the gun and had a void after trading my G17 for the PPQ. As far as a USPSA limited class gun, the aftermarket support is there for the M&P. Magwells, extended base pads, and the beautimous Apex FSS aluminum trigger with lighter springs. It's not a STI 2011, but a fantastic shooter non the less.Why the M&P?
I'd love to retain mag compatibility, which is one of the reasons for considering a 5" PPQ, along with the slightly longer sight radius. For anything other than a pure range toy, I prefer to have 8 or more mags, sometimes different capacities...and those can add up!
My three successfully acheived match goals for the first match:'Not last' is a great first match goal. It also gets you over the initial 'overly-excited hump,' and hopefully starts you on the path to slow down, and realize an extra second here or there with a good hit > faster stage with more misses. I think most of us still can improve in that area..
Funny you mention CZ. I've had a CZ hunting rifle for a while and been looking hard at a CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow Target or Accu-Shadow as my long term Production gun. ...
XDm is my long term plan. Picked up a 4.5" 9mm to replace my M&P, this gun will take me over the next year in USPSA Production, then I'll jump to a Canyon Creek modified 5.25". Picked up a 3.8" 9mm compact to replace the G19. Consistency in feel and form across the lineup.If I opted for a 5" gun right now, it would be the XDm 5.25, I really enjoy my other XDm line of guns. My concealed carry weapon is the 9 mm XDs. Though not a 5" barrel, the CZ75 appeals to me for the heavier frame.