I'm currently saving up my toy money for a Ruger MkII pistol. This will be my first pistol and I fully understand that I'm taking the first steps down a long path of shooting but at some point (and sooner rather than later) I'm going to want to get into some sort of regular competition. preferably club level at first and see where it goes. Competition makes it that much more fun for me and will motivate me to become a better shooter. Disclaimer: I don't expect to win. I don't even expect to do well. In fact at first I sort of hope I DON'T do all that well. I also own and shoot a remy .410 at the 5 stand trap and my personal best is 8/25 so far. I expect a long road of work towards improvement and I enjoy the challenge of bettering my last score. I don't care what the guy next to me shoots and honestly i don't care to know my score till the end of the round. Missing a lot doesn't discourage me. it doesn't upset me. it's not a waste of targets, ammo and entry fee's. it's a journey that i find quite satisfying. Now all that said.. What sort of competitive pistol sports can you guys recommend? I don't own a gun for self defense and don't expect to buy a gun in an appropriate self defense caliber any time soon. I will likely stick with .22 for quite a while. eventually moving up from the ruger to a SW 41. I'm not really sure what's popular with handgun sports. I shoot 5 stand trap because it's popular and there is always a group ready to shoot with. I'm looking for something along those lines in pistols. something a lot of people shoot at a lot of clubs with a wide variety of skill levels. So give me your ideas. what should i be looking for?