February 14th, 2011 12:04 PM
When Beating Your Friends Is More Important Than Defeating Your Enemies ~ WarriorTalk
Last month at WarriorTalk the following article was posted which at the time I gave it no second thought...Other than that by my own direct experiences with IDPA as a shooter and also as an SO, I very much agreed with the observations and bottom line position of the author.
Following the now internet infamous Thalheimer (an IDPA 'master' level shooter) incident in Naples, FL; I figure this article is very much on point and presents excellent lessons to be learned as in relation to how one of us might possibly do better overall.
I have for some time now been telling folk who are my friends and relatives that I from the start viewed IDPA shooting as being for me nothing more than an opportunity to gain _additional_ trigger time with added benefit of simulated stress by way of simulations, finite time allowance and a people are watching me degree of simulated stress (nervousness).
When Beating Your Friends Is More Important Than Defeating Your Enemies
By Alex Nieuwland, SI Staff Instructor
Almost exactly ten years ago, a friend of mine invited me to my first IDPA match. I still remember the first stage I ever shot. It was called ďOfficer Down.Ē For string 1, I started out laying flat on my back with my legs pointed at the target, holding a hammer in my left hand, and a Glock 19 in my right hand. At the buzzer, I sat up and shot both targets twice. For string 2, the hammer and gun switched hands. The only matches I had previous experience with were much more sedate, and I thought IDPA was the greatest thing since sliced bread....
...What is there to win at an IDPA match? Nothing but a worthless trophy. All of the expensive prizes are given out by random drawing. The person who finished last has as much chance of winning them as the person who finished first. So by their actions, the cheater heater users are saying that beating their friends to win a worthless trophy is more important than defeating their enemies.
But IDPA is just a game! Agreed. Any time you are shooting for score instead of shooting for blood itís just a game. Force-on-force training is a MUCH better way to train for winning your gunfights than shooting IDPA matches. Shooting IDPA matches, however, allows you to do something you canít do in force-on-force training: shoot real guns firing real bullets with real recoil and real malfunctions under time pressure with movement and with realistic accuracy demands. It allows you to determine if you have achieved the unconscious competence level with your gun handling skills. That is not a replacement for force-on-force training, but when you combine that with the skills learned from force-on-force training itís a combination thatís hard to beat.
So IDPA is a great opportunity to bring out the guns you would actually use during a gunfight. If you donít, your actions show your ego is more important to you than defending yourself and your family from serious harm.
But you carry a J-frame? Five shot .38 Special revolvers are perfectly legal in the Stock Service Revolver division. Bring it out! If youíre worried about finishing the entire course of fire with such a small ammo supply, might I suggest upgrading your carry gun? A Glock 26 is not much bigger and holds more than twice as many rounds.
The full article can be found at; http://www.warriortalknews.com/2011/...r-enemies.html
Within a month of shooting IDPA I stopped thinking of this as being 'real' because much of what I was asked or required to do at a match within given stages, I would not do real world...And what you're not allowed to do I would in fact think to do real world.
Further I too noted that the guns AND ammunition (!) folks use were not often facsimiles of their own real world carry....If they even carried at all.
This article though says it all.
It's too bad that Sandy Thalheimer had not read it prior to Friday. : |
Every gun I shoot in an IDPA match is literally the gun I walked in carrying off the street that day.
Every gun I carry on the street has been run in an IDPA match, including the mags, ammo selection (always commercial not light reloads) and my manner of dress too as rather than a photog/fishing jacket 'cover' which real world I wouldn't be caught dead wearing.
I am though NOT a master rated shooter in IDPA.
Maybe I need more jacket. ; )
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February 14th, 2011 01:24 PM
Just now saw the articles on Thalheimer... what a complete jackwagon. Under the circumstances described, robbery complete, no one harmed, no one under threat, BGs leaving the scene, what could have possessed him to RAM their car and then engage them in a shootout!?!? While armed with a 5 shot revolver!!! WITHOUT EVEN CALLING 911!!!
Insane... totally and utterly insane.
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February 14th, 2011 01:38 PM
Absolutely right. Competition is a great way to simulate stress, but is usually a terrible way to train in tactics.
I'll keep competing though. I love making loud noises and pretty holes in paper. FOF is a whole different subject. Just realize which is which and learn the lessons each can offer.
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February 14th, 2011 10:37 PM
Yes, Mr. Thalheimer made the point VERY well for me.
Originally Posted by Janq
Good. I wish everyone at IDPA would do that because my ultimate goal as an instructor is to have as many highly dangerous people, who are on my side, out there as possible.
Every gun I shoot in an IDPA match is literally the gun I walked in carrying off the street that day.
Every gun I carry on the street has been run in an IDPA match, including the mags, ammo selection (always commercial not light reloads)
February 14th, 2011 10:46 PM
I encourage people to come out and try their gear in competition. Making loud noises and pretty holes is just plain FUN, and hanging out with other gun people makes it even better. I just encourage them to do it with their carry gear instead of their cheater heaters so they get the maximum defensive bang for their ammo bucks.
Originally Posted by RoadRunner71
February 15th, 2011 12:14 AM
Shooting with a snub is fun.
I shot the Nationals last year with a snub.
February 15th, 2011 12:26 AM
Based on maybe 10 runs at Rio Salado's "Tuesday Night Steel" I know I will never make "master" level in my lifetime. But dang it all... I've winnowed out bad gear, revealed gun problems that never happened when I was punching paper, and suffered only a level of personal embarrassment when I jerked a trigger or fumbled a speed reload that resulted in penalty points being tacked onto my score.
I never lose sight of the fact that these informal matches take place on a square range with lead only going in one direction. But I shoot until I've either knocked down all the plates or run out of ammo... I won't quit because of a "foot fault." I can't speak for the other shooters, but for me it's a field laboratory and not a game. Master Class will always elude me, but it's light years ahead of shooting paper targets at a fixed distance from the same firing point at the range.
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February 15th, 2011 12:29 AM
My .02 for what it's worth (which is probably less than .02)... Even if it is a game and not the best means of training.. it is a heck of a lot better than just standing statically in a shooting lane and firing one round after another on a static while you stand firm, putting down your gun on a bench to reload because your rang won't allow you to draw from the holster or do speed or tactical reloads.
You can try out your gear. You can draw from concealment. You can shoot at multiple targets, some of which are moving and some of which are partially hidden and many other scenarios that test your limits and knowledge of using a handgun in a more realistic manner than just standing on a range.
I have heard people discourage new shooters from shooting IDPA because "it's a game" and "it's a waste of time" and "it's not good training," and a million other excuses... but let me tell you... give me a choice between someone who's shot just 2 or 3 IDPA matches against someone who has just done static target shooting on a traditional range to back me up in a gunfight and I'm probably going to pick the guy with IDPA experience.
I choose to view it as a tool.. you take away what you can from it and you have fun with the rest and you continue your training with other means like FOF or other formal trainings and keep your skills practiced and work out kinks with your gear and your gun through shoots like IDPA.
Thankfully, not all match directors or stage diagrams are the same and some try very hard to make it more realistic within the rules... yeah, there are always those goofy matches that make no sense whatsoever but it keeps you on your toes for sure.
I'll always advocate IDPA.. and can't wait to start shooting it again this spring.
February 15th, 2011 12:40 AM
For me IDPA is an excise in gun handling not tactics, reloading, shooting while moving, watching the front sight, trigger control, muzzle control. It is also a great way to spend a Saturday morning and sure beats, IMHO, bullseye shooting.
In the 1970's I shot PPC (Practical Police Course) which also had nothing to do with tactics, but also taught trigger control and sight picture/alignment.
February 15th, 2011 07:20 PM
Bravo! Keep up the good work.
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