In another thread discussing training equipment newcomers to the sport are advised to buy a starting pistol.
After reading the thread there is one other advantage - many of us who live in states bordering Canada run trials on both sides of the border. I have never been stopped when I declare a starter pistol at the border, a long gun would be entirely different.
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