My first IDPA match- Range Report
Today I participated in my first shooting match of any kind.
An IDPA match in Dunn, NC. I used my Glock 30sf. I started with a nine round magazine, and used my ten rounder's for reloading. It had six stages, and one of those was a blind stage, you didn't get to look at it before you shot. I don't know if six stages is the norm, but it was enough for me.
Things I learned and observations.
First thing I learned? I had a BLAST!! :banana: If you haven't shot an IDPA match with your carry weapon, you should try it once, at least. You'll learn where your weakness' are, and then can work on correcting them. It is only your life or your families life you might be protecting if something "bad" occurs.
Second thing: Pack everything the night before. I forgot my camera and extra shirt. The two things I didn't pack. So no pictures and I had to wear my sweaty t-shirt on the ride home.
Third: Dry fire practice helps, but range time is good also -- IDPA even better.
I have been dry fire practicing everyday for the last few months, and that helped with drawing my weapon from my Remora holster. Now keeping my eye on the front sight? Easy when dry firing at home, extremely hard when on the range, buzzer goes off, and its time to stop bad guys. I need to practice my trigger reset, I was releasing the trigger too far, and that didn't help with staying on target.
I also need to work on magazine reloads, I was slow. The Remora magazine pouch is too deep for my ten round magazines, I need something different, or I need to put paper/tissue in the bottom of the pouch to bring up the magazine.
I had one failure to feed, but I think that was the old ammo I was using, I hope.
4th: I appreciate my G30sf even more. Conceals fine under my t-shirt and shirt with my Remora holster. I carried it in the heat and humidity from 8:30 to 1:30. Sweat all over it, sweaty hands, sweaty shirts, eyes, pants, you name it, it had sweat on it. Luckily it's a Glock, sweat doesn't hurt it, just uses the sweat as lube. The first stage had a steel popper that had to be engaged to activate another target, my .45 knocked it down easy, some pistols had to ding it more then once. I don't know if they hit it to low, or it didn't have enough "umph", but my first shot knocked it back. The second time a steel popper popped up I missed it four times(maybe five), I was going too fast, didn't take my time. :haha:
5: A .357 Sig is loud! You know when one of those is firing.
VI: It is hard to watch your front sight and the target. Tunnel vision happens. One stage had a bad guy with a bullet resistant vest, body shots didn't count, had to be a head shot. I didn't notice the body armor, the safety officer told me.
G: The safety officer did a great job, kept me straight, didn't let me shoot my foot.
#8: I need more practice. I need a lot of practice. More dry fire at home, more static range time to practice trigger reset, magazine reloads, I want to shoot some more IDPA. I don't think I'll make it every month, but maybe every other month. Yes .45acp cost more then other ammo, but I'll worry about that later. You need 100-150 rounds to shoot, with the range fee, and rounding up a few bucks, lets say $90.00. So $45 bucks a month to invest in training/fun that will help in keeping me alive. That would give me six times a year to shoot IDPA. We'll see. Moving and shooting is hard. Moving, shooting, staying behind cover and having to reload is even harder, but I'd rather practice at the range then try to figure it out when bad guys are shooting at me.
Thanks for reading my drivel.