Two firsts in one week...

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    Two firsts in one week...

    Just got my Virginia Concealed Carry Permit yesterday, and have made the obligatory trip to "Wal-Mart" and purchased some nachos...

    I have studied lots of posts on this forum, and have read Ayoob's "In The Gravest Extreme" and also "Armed Response", and have studied VA's laws on Packing.org and the VA Citizens Defense League web sites while I waited for the permit to arrive, so I feel very aware of the ramifications and repercussions should I ever have to defend myself. I have also started going to a local range at least once a week, and am getting the hang of firing my Taurus PT111 Millennium Pro. I'm a disabled vet, and I think I was a better shot 20 years ago with my issue M1911... but who isn't able to say that they were "better" at a lot of things 20 years ago?

    I think I was more aware of what was going on around me, knowing that I was carrying a deadly weapon, and I felt some of that awesome responsibility that one feels when carrying a concealed psitol.

    I also shot in my first IDPA on Sunday. It was a classifier, and I had never actually drawn and fired from the holster before. What an eye-opener!! I discovered the vast difference between bulls-eye shooting on the range and IDPA! I completely missed the targets the entire last stage, so I did not get a classification. But I did discover how much fun it is to do IDPA. I am joining, and plan to shoot regularly. Donít really care about "winning" matches, as much as improving my self-defense skills...
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    Congratulations! Sounds like you're off to a really good start!

    (How were the nachos?)
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    Now is the time to get some skills back and some more IDPA will almost certainly help fluency.

    I would suggest also some safe dry fire drills at home, from under cover garment - so as to get that draw better, resulting in a consistent grip each time. Set aside a corner of a room where you can be sure there is no risk beyond, should an AD occur, tho naturally you must check clear fully before such drills.

    My IDPA shooting is always ''me against me'' - a further chance to get practice.

    Good to hear you mention your awareness level and responsibility - two major things that have to go hand in hand with carry.
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    Congrats. That sounds really cool.

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    Congrats, glad youre getting back in the saddle and working on the vital skills needed in defensive shooting.
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    IDPA

    Yeah, you say you don't want to win any matches, but just wait till you come in second or third and see how well that philosphy holds out. But seriously, like P95 said, this will only help to improve your skills, just remember it's a game and it's supposed to be for fun.
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    Thanks for the encouraging words. Just ordered 3 more magazines and a mag holder for the belt. I really enjoyed shooting IDPA - most fun I've had with my clothes on in quite a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Congratulations! Sounds like you're off to a really good start!

    (How were the nachos?)
    Now that I think about it, the nachos were pretty darned good! Maybe carrying a weapon puts me into a heightened sense of awareness, and also boosts the other senses, like "taste", as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwhall57 View Post
    Thanks for the encouraging words. Just ordered 3 more magazines and a mag holder for the belt. I really enjoyed shooting IDPA - most fun I've had with my clothes on in quite a while.
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    Sounds good. the 1911 is probably easier to shoot more accurately though. Longer barrel/sight radius, lighter trigger. Don't be too hard on yourself and keep shooting.
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    Way to go!!
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