Talk to me about IDPA.

Talk to me about IDPA.

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    Talk to me about IDPA.

    Mods please move this if this is in the wrong place.

    I have been thinking about joining IDPA for a while now and I'm still curious about it. I know that Norfolk County Rifle Range (which isn't too far from me) has IDPA matches. But, what kind of gear do I need to compete? What all do I need to do other than join IDPA and then show up for a match? Any information you guys could give me would be great. Thanks.

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    1. Good comfortable holster that you'd use for everyday carry
    2. spare mag holder
    3. eyes and ears
    4. Ammo...ammo...ammo
    5. practice time
    You'll love it. Check the IDPA website to make sure your holder is OK, and to figure out which class you'll be in..depending on pistol chosen.
    Go visit one of the IDPA matches in your area, but take your gear with you. It's no fun to watch...get in the game. Some places will let you shoot a match or two without joining IDPA, but I think it's up to the individual clubs.
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    IDPA is intended to be a sport where you can be very competative for low dollars.

    Requirements would be a pistol . 9mm / 38spl or greater, with 2 speedloaders or 3 mags - mags must be for *that* gun though, no G17 mags in a G26.
    Holster on your waist, strong side (no shoulder/ankle crap)
    Mag/speedloader carriers are optional, you can use pockets.
    Eyes & Ears and ammo.

    Do it, you'll have fun. It's a great exercise for your carry gear.

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    See if you can find an email or a phone number. Some places have a "training" match and some place let you shoot for free if it's your first time. You'll only need about 100rds and it's better than shooting standing still at a paper target.

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    Any normal defensive pistol 9mm and up, most strong-side holsters, pouch(es) for 2 mags on the belt, and ideally at least four mags (six is better). Throw a vest or shirt over your rig and you are good to go. If you have a rig for normal concealment, you need nothing else except maybe the mag carriers.

    IDPA is a lot of fun. You will probably start out treating it as just another way of practicing, but I suspect you will get into doing it just for the fun of competition if you stick with it. Either is a great way to go, because you will get something out of it.

    I have been in it for about a year and just got my g/f to start shooting matches, too.
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    I believe any new shooter can shoot an IDPA match without being an IDPA member. If you like it, join IDPA ;-)

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    Equipment: semi auto with 3 mags to carry on you (2 in pouch and one to load up your gun) Revolver with 4 speedloaders (3 go in the belt one to load). You can have more mags and loaders to cut down on having to reload in between stages.
    Holster MUST cover the trigger guard and be stiff enough to be able to re holster your weapon one handed and be able to retain your weapon if it is turned upside down. Start easy and get a Fobus till you see what other options are there as you get experience.
    Cover Garment: You will need a cover garment that will not let anybody see what you are carrying even if you extend your arms horizontally to your sides. Vest with mesh are not allowed or any vest or garment modified to be "competitive."
    Ammo: That's depending on how many stages there will be at the match but I would not go under 120.
    Obviously eyes and ears (protection) plus the usual dress code for the range like no open toe shoes or sandals, a cap or hat or any garment that would allow a hot brass case get close and personal against your skin.

    And yes, you can shoot your first match without being an IDPA member. We usually let shooters have 3 matches so they ca be sure they like it.

    You will be given a Walk - through in which the stage will be explained and once more before you shoot if you want it. Let the Safety Officer know you are a New Shooter even if you are a master IPSC shooter. Rules are different and so are the techniques.

    Above all, shoot with the Four Rules in mind and have fun!
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    Ok, so basically I can walk in with my carry gear that I carry with everyday, throw on an extra magazine so that I have 3 and I'm good to go. I beleive the range here that does IDPA has a 'new to IDPA' night where they teach you all about IDPA. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for all the replies guys. I appreciate it.

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    Definitely take advantage of the "new to IDPA" type class. There are some safety rules (moving with finger outside the trigger, for example) and range commands that we show people on our practice nights. You will likely also be exposed to IDPA target engagement rules that are not common terms for most people, things like tactical order and tactical sequence. I think that reading and rereading the rule manual will give you a big head start. It is PDF downloadable at International Defensive Pistol Association .
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    You've had great a bunch of great advice, especially from Miggy my club's very own sadistic course designer extraordinaire! He's a great course designer and one of the lead Safety Officers so he won't steer you wrong. But don't ever run a course with him, he's been known to stick on procedure errors just for fun. Or maybe he only does that to ME. That's it.
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    I can't add any more to the positive things that have already been said except don't be disappointed with your scores for the first few matches.

    On my first match, I only had 13 down points but still finished in the lower 1/3 of the match. The time killed me. The next match I shot it as fast as I could and had 54 down points and finished right in the middle of the match. The time still killed me. It's not something you can just come out and finish high right-off-the-bat, even if you are a good slow fire, bullseye shooter.

    Time is crucial but as one IDPA guru says, "You can't miss fast enough to win." The target distances aren't that far so it's pretty easy to get disabling shots on them. You just have do do it quickly. Everyone else says just practice a lot and the speed will come. You have to do as former UCLA BB coach John Wooden said "Be quick but don't hurry."

    I only shoot one match per month and practice at least twice a month and when I do practice, I use the 'classifier' course. My scores are slowly improving. It's a great deal of fun and really good practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenInColo View Post
    It's a great deal of fun and really good practice.
    That's more of what I am interested in anyways. I just want to have a good time and be able to shoot and move for once. Instead of being stuck on a square range just punching holes in paper all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExSoldier View Post
    You've had great a bunch of great advice, especially from Miggy my club's very own sadistic course designer extraordinaire! He's a great course designer and one of the lead Safety Officers so he won't steer you wrong. But don't ever run a course with him, he's been known to stick on procedure errors just for fun. Or maybe he only does that to ME. That's it.
    Ex, don't complain. There is still a club member ticked off 'cause I gave him a procedural that cost him a State Match. You know I go harder on our club members than anybody else, we have a reputation to protect. Besides, Gamers adhere to the rules when they find out I am nasty with my guys. "If he treats his friends like that, I am doomed!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wht06rado View Post
    That's more of what I am interested in anyways. I just want to have a good time and be able to shoot and move for once. Instead of being stuck on a square range just punching holes in paper all day.

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    And that you will get. Besides it is fun to hang around liked-minded people, talkabout guns and other stuff and just have a nice morning/afternoon relaxing and outside of the house or office.
    At my last match I arrived at 8 am and left at 1 pm so I spent 5 hours at the range. My total shooting time 170 seconds (OK penalties included) so there is a HUGE difference between trigger time and hanging around time. Bit If I wasn't setting up a stage I was in the laptop scoring or shooting the breeze with other shooters catching up with gossip, TV shows, badmouthing politicians and telling jokes. Also you will take the time to see more advanced shooters do their thing and analyze what they did. Ask questions if you have doubts, I have not met an IDPA shooter (OK one but he is not a member of the club anymore) that will not share tips, tactics and advice with a New Shooter.
    If you ever come down to South Florida, PM me and I'll drag you to one of our matches.
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    IDPA, IPSC, and the USPSA. One word........FUN! You might pick up on some very good safety habits and tactics. It can also boost your confidence, skills, and tax that gray matter a bit more often. It's hard not to get hooked.

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    Amazingly, there is a great article in the last Gun & Ammo regarding the benefits of practical matches for your average shooter. See if you can lay your hands on it.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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