Benefits of IDPA
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January 6th, 2012 01:44 AM
I do it for fun. It's ok. A change of pace from target practice.
January 6th, 2012 10:06 AM
I don't think the "shooting under stress" argument holds water. It's a diffrent kind of stress and can in no way approximate a defensive encounter. It does, however, put you in shooting situations that you just can't duplicate on your own. Ever laid down and shot the legs out from under a bad guy from under a car? Ever had to pull a gun from a tool box and shoot a charging Rottweiler? Ever been sitting at a table eating lunch and had to make a head shot on a suicide bomber? Those are just 3 IDPA COFs that I have shot, and I have a thousand more odd ball examples; Ever been knocked flat on your back and had to draw and defend yourself? <g> (In this one you start standing up and can't draw until the back of your head, shoulders, and wrists touch the ground) Yes, it's good, but really only for the range of experience that it gives you.
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January 6th, 2012 10:18 AM
its more fun than static target shooting
unless you have access to a simulator, its as close to real life as you are likely to get
many shooters have commented that after the buzzer, it seems real life to them
down side compared to even 5 years ago is it has become rules, rules, rules.
mag retention--or not
order of engagement
and rounds necessary on target even if you have a heart or forehead shot
penalties and DQ'ing for doing things that in real life will have saved your life.
what use to try to replicate a real event now is more that you can practice a COF and
its become more in the category of trick shooting.
if you have not done it, do try it a few times cause it can be fun--especially in the beginning.
You plug 'em, I plant 'em
...kid can't read at 17 (Garcia/Hunter 1985)
Lack of preparation on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on mine
January 6th, 2012 02:40 PM
I will add 1 thing to what people have said and it pertains to the rules. While it has many stupid rules, in particular with the magazine loads and things like that, they are still beneficial. They force you to think. And in a SD situation that is almost more important than having a gun in many ways. So while the limited round counts and tactical sequence and several other things may be stupid and borderline dangerous in real life it is still useful. The trick to IDPA is shooting it with the proper mind set.
January 8th, 2012 03:30 PM
We have a small semi private club where I live. And we shoot tactical and idpa style courses. And I think it has helped mine and my sons shooting. It is better than shooting paper targets. Dont get me wrong paper helps with the fundamentals of shooting but idpa style takes it to the next level.
January 19th, 2012 03:17 AM
Learn and remember everything you learn, except for the mag change protocol. thats my take.
February 1st, 2012 01:32 PM
IDPA is a lot of fun, and good gun handling practice. Self defense training it's not. I shoot 2-3 IDPA matches a month, did I mention it's fun!!!!!!!!!!!?
March 8th, 2012 06:41 PM
I'd love to join, my my options are limited here. In Stockton, every Saturday, they have meets. Unfortunately, I have to work Saturdays.
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