Production is second only to LImited in numbers and participation per the end of year stats from minutes on the uspsa "website". So a lot of people are shooting it and enjoy it.
I shoot Production so I don't think it's dumb. I doubt more than 8 people will turn their Shadow 2 into an Accu Shadow 2. Just pound in the 10x bushing from CGW and call it a day.
And I don't think "Production" has ever been since its inception. Every division in USPSA is a "race" division in its own way.