This is a discussion on Glock 26 & IDPA..... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by wdbailey My understanding of IDPA rules is that you'll have to remove the laser before you can compete I believe that he ...
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I'm just going with what I was told by a rangemaster last year when I inquired about using my Custom Crimson Carry II last year
FWIW: Fist-Fire Instructor Rick Simes was runner up behind Dave Sevigny at the IDPA Nationals using his EDC gun which is a Glock 19. I thought that was pretty cool, considering Dave shot a G34.
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10th Mountain put it best. IDPA was supposed to be the shooting disipline for the everyday guy. The one who could not or would not compete with tricked out race guns and so on of IPSC. Depending on who you listen to some say it has not or ever will reach the gamesmanship level of IPSC while others say it has reached and surpassed those levels but on a much more covert level.
It can be a good training tool. Simulates stress, reloads, shooting from cover and so on, but when you have to alter the way you carry or what you carry in order to conform to their rules you may be losing some realistic training ground.
As has been stated you may win or place with your Glock 26 but remember the type guys you are facing. They are there to win not train. Custom holsters, high dollar guns and whatever else they can squeak in to fit under the rules to compete. Not saying that they are not good shooters or lack training it is just that their motivation may be different from yours.
Go there and compete, have fun, take away whatever training and tips you can get but go with the mindset you are there to hone your skills and not walk away with a trophy you will not be disapointed.
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It depends on the club too. The local club I shoot at does not really care what you use.
I have seen some guys run 26's very well.
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I did some experimenting just for fun. Shot the classification match with my 19 and my 26. I scored better in the initial part of the match with the 26, better in the longer range part with the 19. My double taps with the 26 just "work" almost perfectly, noticably better than the 19, if I just pull the trigger as fast as I can for the second shot. Not skill, just something about the dynamics of the gun and my hands/arms that "clicks".
I had decided to shoot the 26 in competition all year this year, then the club stopped having the matches. I did develop a load for the 26 that meets the power floor with margin to spare, and is within the powder company max load using VV N350 and a 115g bullet. It fees and chronographs like my carry load, 115g COR-BON DPX +P.
The Glock 26 just works for me. I can carry my 19 all winter very easily, but I don't because I just plain "like" the 26, how it feels, how it shoots, how it conceals, and how it's never ever had a failure with any ammo I've put in it. Since it's my EDC, I clean it after range trips and field strip and wipe it down once a week (with my life style it can get pretty crunked up in a month), but other than that it doesn't need anything.
I am going to the range tomorrow to practice point shooting with it to see if I can get my time to the first shot from cover under 2 seconds, would like to get to 1.5 seconds if I can do that accurately.
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I appreciate all the comments guys. Trophies and medals never appealed to me. I started looking at the IDPA matches as a way to learn / improve skills, and besides it just looked like a hell'o lotta fun
I am a pretty good shot and have been shooting for a very long time but I'm smart enough to know what I don't know, LOL. I KNOW I need more practice in higher stress situtions, baricade shooting, etc. I do practice strong hand and weak hand often, but I don't think I can get too much practice. But with that said, you have to practice the right things, the right way. Practicing with bad techniques only create more problems.
Thanks to the comments here, I am rethinking the SOB holster for daily carry. Being a larger guy, it was more comfortable for EDC, but as I examine different holsters and carry methods, I see a possible change coming.
Fitch, I definitely agree on the 26. It is the most comfortable shooting gun I've owned. I really do love it
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I have used the same Glock 17 in IDPA for over ten years and I also finish in the middle. have used my beretta 92 f, but iit jams when it needs cleaning