We were all a bit derpy when we started and more or less have swapped gats or run through various magpouches, holsters, and other things before we threw enough money at the problem for it to go away. I'd like to make a list on what equipment to buy (brand specific) so we can help people out if they want to get into USPSA/IDPA/SASS etc. Shooting can be a very expensive sport and the amount of gear options and hopefully this can become a sticky for noobs. This can even go division specific from a USPSA Open Rig to IDPA SSP rig.
BEFORE YOU BUY SHIT
1. Figure out what shooting game you are going to play whether it be USPSA or IDPA, also look a the rules of the divisions.
2. Sure you can always shoot what you have but if you want to game it prepare to save some money not only on your rig but also practice supplies.
Example: USPSA Production
Remember to read the rules of Production first.
For you striker fire peasants (or $1000 or less): Glock 17,34, XDM 5.25, M&P, GP6 (All 9mm suggested)
If you are uber serious and don't have to pay child support: CZ Shadow, Tanfoglio Stock II
Example: IDPA SSP
Get a quality holster (Not some Nylon shit from Wal-Mart or the Blackhawk Serpa....its not gamey enough)
If you want to play with the spirit of IDPA (IWB Holster) and not get killed on the street: Galco King Tuk or Crossbreed Supertuck
OWB (To game it): Blade Tech's IDPA Starter kit or Comp-Tac's IDPA legal paddle holster and mag pouches
This can also be extended to the BELT, SIGHTS, and Books (EX: RO'ing to Win)
Hopefully this can prevent people that want to get into the sport from getting discouraged from making foolish purchases. This is also a perfect opportunity to share with other shooters and gear queers to show what rigs you each personally use and promote experimentation. While everyone does things differently its worth exploring alternatives to see if they can aid in your improvement.