Being a wonderful shooting buddy, he offers me pretty much first dibs on any guns he's thinking of selling. And, boy, oh boy, I wish I'd had the money when he sold his AR-15. But I didn't and it went to a good home, I'm sure.
This time, when he emailed me that he was selling a gun I jumped right on it. Not only is the price right, but I've been looking for one just like it. It's a GSG (German Sporting Gun) 1911 chambered in .22. Yes, you read that right. A .22 caliber 1911. I didn't get the one pictured in the link, with the faux suppressor. Mine looks more like the one below:
|Not my acutal gun, but one similar. Image from Google Images
I can shoot the Steel Challenges with this gun for $20 instead of $100 (or more) to shoot the Para. I'll still shoot the Para for the Defensive Pistol matches, but will "train" with the GSG. I won't need any new accessories; since it's a 1911, it will fit in my holsters and I can practice my draws while at the range.
Additionally, I can now do my Fit Shot workouts at the range and not cringe about the money flying down range, when each workout requires something like 60 rounds. As much as I love Fit Shot, I couldn't afford to do a workout each time I was at the range before. Now I can :)
There are some .22 conversion kits that I could buy for my Para so that I could train with the gun I'm going to shoot, but they're a whole lot more expensive than this GSG (even a brand new one is only around $300) and with the GSG I get a complete gun, not just parts to change out in the Para.
I understand the argument about about training with the gun you're going to shoot, and I agree with it. However, training with a similar gun is better than not training at all and with the cost of ammo, similar is going to have to be good enough.
I've shot this gun and loved it. It's a great little plinker and just a whole bunch of fun to shoot.