Shooting other than just going to the range...

Shooting other than just going to the range...

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    Shooting other than just going to the range...

    Last night I tried my first "match" at a local range, where about 20-something people showed up. The format at the local place, at least on Monday nights, is relatively relaxed, more like practice for the people who regularly do matches. This one involved shooting and moving through various stages or courses of fire, some with limited ammo, some requiring moving and shooting, etc. I found it quite enjoyable and MUCH more mentally stimulating than simply going to the range for an hour or two to plink at some targets.

    One of the things I learned over the last couple weeks there (their rule is one week you have to observe, the next week you can participate) is the large number and variety of shooting associations. The only one I had even heard of was IDPA, and even after this experience or two I'm not sure how well I understand even what they're about. Does anyone have any shooting associations oriented on self-defense, such as what I think IDPA is, that he or she would recommend? I'm interested in acquiring and practicing self-defense shooting skills. Even these practice sessions with the experienced shooters help a lot I think, but they're not 100% along the lines of what my perfect fit would be. (For instance this place is all external holster only, no concealed holsters allowed, need at least 3+ mags for each pistol, etc) Any suggestions for me?


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    Why would they limit the type of holster? Anyone?
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    Do a web search for IDPA - it's a lotta fun and does help sharpen one's skills - tho real life it ain't.

    Holster restrictions probably just for safety - they probably do not want noobs or inexperienced folks trying quick draw from anything that might be awkward and so introduce extra hazards - my guess anyways.
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    I have participated in an IDPA match. IWB holster concealed was what I wore . It had to be concealed. http://www.idpa.com/

    I believe you were possibly at an IPSC match or training session. (?) http://www.ipsc.org/ or the version USPSA.

    Here's a decent explanation of the two: http://www.craigcentral.com/idpaipsc.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by xercise2nd View Post
    I have participated in an IDPA match. IWB holster concealed was what I wore . It had to be concealed. http://www.idpa.com/

    I believe you were possibly at an IPSC match or training session. (?) http://www.ipsc.org/ or the version USPSA.

    Here's a decent explanation of the two: http://www.craigcentral.com/idpaipsc.asp

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    Cool, thanks, that's good reading. Someone last week tried to explain it to me in-between people shooting but it was more complicated than what I was expecting, and it quickly got over my head. This is comprehendable though.

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    (For instance this place is all external holster only, no concealed holsters allowed, need at least 3+ mags for each pistol, etc)
    In IDPA matches, courses of fire are suggested to be 18 rounds or less; usually a full mag and one in a pouch will suffice. Shooters usually carry two extra mags in case something goes wrong or they want to shoot more rounds than the minimum requred. Even with a wheelgun you'll make it through a course of fire with two speedloaders.

    I highly recommend IDPA. You'll likely not find a single shooting sport that will meet your needs perfectly, but I have found IDPA to be a great way to stay sharp with my carry gun. I just wish I still had an IDPA club nearby where I could participate again.

    I'm not sure what kind of match you visited, but you've got a lot of IDPA clubs in Florida to choose from: http://www.idpa.com/clublist.asp?state=FL
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