This is a discussion on Question for the IDPA guys within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Individidual clubs vary as to round count and number of stages obviously based on number of available bays and time. Then there is the Sanctioned ...
Individidual clubs vary as to round count and number of stages obviously based on number of available bays and time. Then there is the Sanctioned Matches which require 8 stages, and a minimum of 100 shots.
The amount of rounds you can carry per stage is dependent on your weapon.
Revolver, 6 rounds in the weapon, plus 3 reloads - 24
Pistol up to 10 rounds per magazine, 3 magazines total (1 in the pistol, 2 spares, 1 round in the chamber) - 31
If you carry a compact pistol or basic 1911, 3x8 round magazines, 1 in the chamber - 25. Regardless of the pistol, you are only allowed 3 magazines per stage.
The courses are designed to have a maximum targets/ minimum number of shots. READ - The maximum number of targets allowed per stage at 9 requiring 2 "Down 0" hits to eliminate = 18 shots.
The local club that I RSO for only has 4 bays, so there is generally only 4 stages, with the occasional 5th stage with 2-4 strings (each string for the stage is in a different bay) and each of those strings will only have maybe 6 shots minimum (3 targets). So we tend to max out the number of targets. Realistic encounters, not so much, but you did come out to shoot, not fire a handful of rounds then sit and wait for an hour before you shoot again.
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