That’s why I could never get into Gun Games. I remember 20 years ago when the “Super 9″ craze was going around so people could make “Major.” Just don’t see how a 9mm 1911 is any less a gun than a .45 ACP 1911.
Meh on that whole type of competition. When your entire shooting experience depends on the dance steps you have to use to actually GET into position to fire, then your score depends not only on how well you strike the target, but how much muzzle energy your round makes, the competition is on the wrong things.
Target disciplines should always promote mastery of hitting the target. Scores count, and time is a tiebreaker. I won’t shoot competition any other way, and I did smallbore indoor rifle in high school and at the NCAA level.
I shoot USPSA, and even if they took away the major/minor categories everyone would be shooting 9mm. Also, the only reason you need to load to 9mm major is for open, and realistically you probably only start to run into problems when you get into master class shooting. By that time you should have the skill set to properly reload anything you want.
It’s not really a big deal, I’ve seen people shoot A-level minor in limited, as well as many people shooting 9mm major or .38 super.
The major/minor distinction is just there to ensure a minimum amount of recoil forcing the competitor to compensate.