Competitors’ Corner: July 2024

Highlights from the July 2024 issue of Shooting Sports USA, the NRA’s competitive shooting journal.

posted on July 2, 2024
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On the cover: A full-sized, semi-automatic striker-fired pistol chambered in 9 mm Luger with a hefty precision-machined steel frame to mitigate recoil, the PDP Match Steel Frame is Walther’s latest competition gun.
Cover photo by Peter Fountain

On the cover is the new Walther Arms PDP Match Steel Frame, a game changer pistol chambered in 9 mm Luger that’s designed for competition. Sporting a slide cut for optics and a frame made of metal that will help reduce felt recoil, this new handgun is ready for USPSA Limited Optics competition out of the box, and by removing the magazine well, it’s legal for Production and Carry Optics divisions. Field Editor Chris Christian evaluates the Walther Arms PDP Match Steel Frame in Product Focus and said it’s “probably the most accurate 9 mm Luger semi-automatic I’ve yet tested.” Read his review to learn more.

Paris 2024 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team Preview
Paris 2024 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team Preview


The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will kick off on Friday, July 26. Last month, USA Shooting announced the final roster of the team, which includes a mix of past Olympic medalists and a talented group of newcomers that will make their Olympic debut in France later this month. You won’t want to miss our U.S. Olympic Shooting Team preview, with details about the 17 talented USA Shooting rifle, pistol and shotgun athletes that have qualified to represent our country on the ultimate stage.

Canik’s new TTI Combat is a striker-fired handgun chambered in 9 mm Luger that is built on a new polymer frame designed by Taran Butler. This new competition gun also stands out as the first factory-compensated and ported pistol from Canik. In his review, author P.E. Fitch provides an overview of the TTI Combat, along with a thorough evaluation.

There are a few good reasons why experienced shooters are embracing coated lead bullets for competition. For one, they are cheaper than jacketed or plated bullets. Additionally, they offer less resistance in the bore, allowing them to achieve similar velocities as jacketed or plated bullets with less powder, as well as helping to extend barrel life. In his article titled “Discover the Coated Lead Advantage,” Field Editor Chris Christian outlines the reasons why many shooters are choosing loads incorporating coated lead bullets for use in action shooting, supported with competitors’ survey data gathered from the 2023 USPSA Nationals.

It’s not too often you can find solid 5.56 mm NATO ammunition that sells for one dollar per round. Well, one company—Marine Corps veteran-owned 4140 Armory of Mexia, Texas—is doing just that, with a 5.56 mm NATO offering topped with Hornady’s 75-grain hollow-point boattail bullet sold in 20-round boxes for the bargain price of $20. In his review, Field Editor Art Merrill evaluates this load for use in High Power Rifle Across-the-Course competition.

John Parker
Editor-in-Chief, Shooting Sports USA

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