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I do on average a couple of IPSC matches a year. I thought about increasing until the Steel Challenge came along with the USPSA this past year, and the wife and I got really involved where we make every monthly match. My question is about the round count on the IDPA scene compared to my IPSC matches which normally run anywhere from 150-189 rounds minimum. In these times and conditions, I would think the minimum round count might be reduced, but I'm guessing it was set in time for any USPSA sanctioned event. Our club schedules most of the matches on weekends which pretty much coincides with our work schedules one way or another. But....there is an indoor range relatively close that does IDPA matches on a weekly basis on weekday evenings. What do you all shoot on average per match? It's a feasibility issue with me mainly, and I'd like continuing practice for me and my wife in the action shooting sports since I've got her hooked. We'll continue to do the Steel Challenge monthly for the year, but I want to get her into the action, and at twice the rounds fired, at least there could be some trade off as to at least not traveling as far or less rounds fired to get the same effect. Follow me?
I'm not looking for pros and cons, one over the other, or what's best for what reason. Just what meets our current criteria. Thanks
 

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The round count on any particular stage is no more than 18.
So how many stages in a match?

Thanks. Looks like this would cut down on our round count by almost 50%.
 

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So how many stages in a match?
That is up to the club probably depending on time and space. We run 4-5 stages a match. Don't let the 18 round per stage fool you, if the stage is Vickers count, you are allowed (and probably will need) to shoot extra to make up for bad shot placement. Our rule of thumb is 120 rounds per 5 stage match.
 

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Ram,

I normally run 7 stages and go for 60-75 rounds for IDPA. We try to keep USPSA under 100 rounds due to time considerations, but we've been known to exceed that.

IDPA would be good for her. It's more relaxed than USPSA, for one thing. I advise beginners to start with IDPA to get used to the process and get into USPSA when they want to improve their gun handling skills...<g> Let's face it, of the two, USPSA is vastly superior with respect to identifying weaknesses in your style or technique.

Now the caveat; Most USPSA shooters, especially the L10, Limited, or Open guys--HATE IDPA. It's too limiting. It's too scripted (and it is). They don't like retaining partial mags, using cover, or engaging targets in a specific order. It's one heck of a hurdle to jump at first.

Next--not all IDPA clubs are created equal. Some run "USPSA Lite", which is a real disservice. We run solid defensive oriented stages with oddball start positions, short round counts (not every stage requires a mag change, ******), and try to test one skill that they can take home and practice (like retention draws). Some clubs just run USPSA stages--"How can we make it harder?" instead of "Could this really happen?". Nice, fun, but not IDPA.

What do I mean? We've run stages where the shooter has 2 targets, 2 shots each, while being jostled by the score keeper to simulate bing in a crowd running from the threat. We did one where the shooter starts 6 feet from the target. At the beep he has 2 seconds to draw, clear a line 10 feet away and put two rounds in the target. We run it each way (L and R). 4 rounds. It's called "Get off the X"

So, look for a solid, defensively oriented IDPA club who plays by the rule book (they don't all do that). PM your location and I'll help ya dig one up close by!

Dan
 

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Sorry--just noticed (duh) your location on your signature line.

Here ya go!

Benton Gun Club
Benton, AR
USA
Club Match 4th Sat. of every month
Ryan Reed
Mobile: 501-952-9897
Patrick Holsted
Mobile: 501-766-4942

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Arkansas Combat Pistol League
Berryville, AR
USA
2nd Sat.
Carroll Lawrence
Home: 870-423-2338
Gary Dunlap

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Mountain Valley Sportsman's Association
Hot Springs, AR
USA
1st Sun. after the 1st [email protected] 1 pm and 3rd Sat. at 9 am.
Larry Powell
Home: 501-939-2788
Work: 501-922-1045
Fax: 501-922-6217
Steve Freeman
Home: 501-620-4374
Work: 501-545-9939
Fax: 501-318-6919

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Central A R Shooters Association
Little Rock, AR
USA
3rd Saturday of every month
Matt Mc Arthur
Home: 501-333-2699 (range)
Mobile: 501-920-5732

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Twin Lakes Gun Club
Mountain Home, AR
USA
4th Sat. of each month
Rick Watkins
Home: 870-405-7256
Work: 870-405-7256

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Pine Bluff Gun Club
Pine Bluff, AR
USA
2nd Sat. of month
Kyle Wood
Home: 870-879-3834
Mobile: 870-540-7388
Michael Walls

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Sturm's I D P A
Springdale, AR
USA
every other Tues.
Steve Sturm
Work: 479-927-2244

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Ozark Tactical Shooters
Tonitown (Ozark Sportsman Supply), AR
USA
3rd Mon. of every month
Jon Hodoway
Mobile: 479-430-0103
 

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the most stages i've seen @ my range is 7 stages and thats only on the july 4th type match where they make a "red white and blue" stage that is just for fun and not a sanctioned stage. With my terrible shooting and paranoia about having a poor shot i usually shoot between 100-120 per normal match of 6 stages. regardless i don't recall going over 150 yet. hopefully i'll make it to the match this sunday
 

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My local club we run 8 stages and shoot about 100-150 rounds. At another club they run 5-6 stages and shoot 100 rounds because of the time limit on the range.
 

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When IDPA was formed, it was agreed upon that the match directors and stage designers would keep the round counts under 100 rounds when and where possible; this was done for 2 reasons:

1) To attract the average shooter, who could compete by purchasing 2 boxes of ammo at wal-mart, etc.
2) To neutralize the equipment race (and the money race) as much as possible.

I was a founding member of IDPA and still shoot with them as much as I can. I was there during the good years in USPSA (1987-91) when the gear to win with was a single stack 1911 and 4 spare mags, as well as the bad years (1996-2003) in USPSA when membership was dropping and lots of folks (me included) had become very disillusioned with the equipment race and all of the problems with sand bagging (and grand bagging) during big matches, etc. The matches in USPSA got way away from Jeff Cooper's intended purpose for the competitions and became 200 round shoot-a-thons. Your minimum investment to be competitive was around $3000 for limited, $4000 for open.

In contrast, Bill Wilson and the gang that founded IDPA came up with the idea that a person could spend less than $600 for guns and gear, buy a couple boxes of ammo and have no problem competing; I remember shooting the Area 4, 5 & 7 championships back in 1995 and participating in some of those discussions with Bill, Ken Hackathorn and others who had become fed up with all of the crybabies and prima donnas and gamesters that took over USPSA in the 1990s....

Now it is my understanding that IDPA is about as big as USPSA, which I think is a great thing. Especially since USPSA has had to put in a production division for normal people with normal equipment.
 

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Thanks HK Dan for some very informative posts. We go to Sturm's range once in a while, and we've shot at the Ozark Tactical Shooters (Ozark Sportsman) place before. I used to work down the road from Sturm's Range and their IDPA matches started at 6pm weekday evenings, and I got off work at 7pm. Steve and I (the owner) have known each other for quite some time. He was my instructor for my state certified CCW class, and I knew him before then and used the indoor range. I was one of the early yearly dues paying members there. Very nice setup, and even tried out his 100yd rifle range. It was my work schedule that messed things up.
CASA (the club in Little Rock) is sort of linked to my current affiliation with the Old Fort Gun Club in Ft Smith. But the distance and my wife's work schedule dictate we stay closer to home on the weekends, or it won't happen at all. We do the 130 mile round trip once a month now with no problem other than lack of sleep for her. Right now, the wife and I are pretty much dedicated to the steel challenge matches through Nov, and at least we can dedicate the time and effort to do that. My wife needs to get comfortable and improve in this first, and she's telling me, and I know. I do think we would be best off doing the IDPA matches in the future although outside the club. The trade off with time and miles driven alone would be worth it. We've pretty much dedicated our time off or our work schedule changes, and our allotment of ammo per month for these Steel Challenge matches.
Y'all have been most helpful. I appreciate it.
 

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Heck, Ram, it's all part of the service...<g>

Remember the "not all created equal" part, my friend. Don't judge the sport on a single bad club (assuming that you find one of those). The hallmark of IDPA will be solid, defensive oriented stages with low round counts.

I LOVE stages with oddball start positions. By that I mean, something that might happen to you but you never think to practice. In one, they started on top of Harry, our 110 pound dummy. They had to keep the weak arm across his neck and maintain sternum to sternum contact while engaging 3 targets at different angles. It's harder than ya think--the gun was upside down for 2 of 'em...<g>

We had 1 where they start by NAILING a 100 pound heavy bag. That swung out and tipped a popper over--then they could draw and engage 2 targets. A lot of 'em forgot that the bag was coming back...<g> Yes, we were perfectly safe doing it, and it opened a few eyes. "HELLO? GET OFF THE X"...LOL

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IDPA has (IMHO) brought reality into the practical shooting sports.

Not to confuse an IDPA match with a training program, but it can not be bad to draw from your carry holster, a carry pistol, and shoot from different positions, differing amounts of rounds, under stress, concealed!

And it's fun, 6 stages, 100 rounds, make for a good mornings shooting, but as the word gets out, more competitors, longer days.
 

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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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