I have pretty much decided that I would like to have a STI Targetmaster for an upcoming match this summer. I am not thinking rationally by buying a gun for one to two matches, however; I want to make sure that I am not hindered by me or equipment. I could futz around with turning a dial on a Bomar style target rear, but I like the idea of the three position sights of the aristocrat. In addition the event is a 1500 semi and 600 distinguished, seeing as that this gun is good to go for both, I only have to bring one gun. I am having a hard time deciding which targetmaster to go with and here is my reasoning
-Dont have a 1911 in 9mm (biggest reason for getting one)
-9mm seems to be the thing for PPC autos
-Can be more accurate with high end ammo
-Am thinking of getting an additional slide and barrel to put a dot on for the centerfire portion of Bullseye (serving double duty)
-I cant find any powder for 9mm. Have plenty of Bullseye and WST, but no good for 9mm
-Would prefer to shoot lead, but lead and 9mm don't go together too well
-I have Plenty of powder and access to lead (biggest reason for getting one)
-shoots lead well
-I am very familiar with loading for 45 (second biggest reason for getting one)
-I already have several 45 1911s
-I dont know of any accuracy differences between the 45 and 9 in the Target master
I know that no one can shoot as well as a ransom rest, but I have not found any data/info on out of the box Targetmasters and their 50 yard rested accuracy with either hand loaded or factory ammo. Again, being from the bullseye world, 45 is supreme, so I am not sure why 9mm is a PPC thing for semi, please advise.
Of those who have or have had one, what are/were your impressions and results. What are any other pros/cons for 9mm vs.45. I know I am over analyzing.