Just did another IDPA this morning - what a blast.
Wish I could find the patience to describe the various stages but - with one we had to open a door and engage a trolley target that travelled fast - no shooting after it stopped either. Then we have bobbers and those activated by poppers sometimes.
One stage was from a vehicle - very challenging too. It is always a game for me but one which sharpens my skills nonetheless .... I only really compete against myself and all the time I share space with some great guys.
I think most shoots turn out to be not much over 100 rounds .... tho on Vickers stages I do get ''generous'' sometimes and use a few extra rounds :wink:
Slightly off-topic.. don't suppose any of y'all have any contacts with any of the Denver area IDPA groups? I've been trying for almost a month to get one of the local Safety Officers to schedule an orientation so I can go to a match and do more then twiddle my thumbs, and I've been unsuccessful so far. :frown:
My club currently shoots according to IPSC rules, because they are simpler. (We aren't sanctioned) IDPA has extra rules to try to bring optimal game tactics closer to real-world. If I remember the details right: In addition to gun and optic limits, holsters must be reasonably concealable and use a cover garment. Police may opt to use their duty gear instead, but must use all of it, as issued. Cover must be used as if someone is shooting back, and targets must be engaged according to tactical importance. You can drop an empty mag, but if you reload when a mag is partially empty, you must use cover, and you must retain the partial mag. If you deliberately violate the spirit of the rules, there's a penalty even if there is no technical violation.
Another shooting game that will definitely improve your shooting skills is steel challenge. It's a stand and shoot game that requires speed and accuracy.
It's also incredible fun.
IDPA Rule Book
I never look at the time until they publish the score in our sight. I am always concerned about cover and points down. If you can be fast and accurate, more power to you! My best IDPA day ever was at a sanctioned match where I had the lowest amount of points down of the match.... but you could have timed me with an hourglass:image035:
2 alpha zone hits real close together, 2 alpha zone hits real close together,2 alpha zone hits real close together, 2 alpha zone hits real close together, 2 alpha zone hits real close together,.....Hey we need to talk. You cleaned the course but your time is the slowest of the day....
To which I reply......Any procedurals? Tell the truth, Miggy!
IPSC: A Track Match with a gun in hand
IDPA: A Gun Match with Running Shoes
That's my shorthand version of the subject. :wink: