The fact is, the basics of good practical shooting can be picked up and dropped onto almost any gun, and skill will trump gear every single time. Train the skill, and the gear will follow.

I’ve been swapping out my USPSA “gamer” CZ75 with my carry/IDPA CZ P07 when I dry-fire, because I want to get better at BOTH sports. I shoot the CZ75 from a Blade-Tech dropped offset holster, and the P07 from concealment in a Crossbreed Supertuck. This begs the question as to how much of a disadvantage is shooting carry gear versus a competition rig.

Fortunately, I’ve done dozens of runs through the El Presidenté as I was climbing up to C Class, and have some hard numbers to report.

CZ75 (Improved trigger, Improved sights, no concealment)
Average Time: 9.5 seconds
Average Points: 42.4 points
Average Score: 4.53

CZ P07 (Dead stock, from concealment)
Average Time: 11.4 seconds
Average Points: 37.4 points
Average Score: 3.25

BTW, my best time (so far) on this drill is 7.3 seconds with 50 points of hits, which translates into a score of 6.85. Not bad, I can do better.

How much of a difference does gear make? by KevinC

Skill is much more important than equipment concerns. Yet another shooter made it a point to perform a comparison and came up with this.

This mirrors other observations on this. Skill is the most important factor, equipment less so.

It’s also worth pointing his results on this are completely inline with USPSA Classifier data on CM99-11. Numbers work out there as well.