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IDPA - Anyone doing this? Got invited...

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by inthefrey, Mar 17, 2010.


  1. inthefrey

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    I got invited to an IDPA shoot at the local gun club this Saturday.
    Anyone else do this? Sounds like a good time to me. What will I need besides my weapon, ammo, hearing prot. S/Glasses and holster?
     

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    Go. It'll be a blast. Gun, holster, probably 100 rounds, dual mag pouch (or two singles) and 3 mags, eye and ear protection. If you've never done anything like this before I'd recommend you work on: (1) being safe, then (2) accuracy (3) speed.
     

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    Thanks. I've been reading up on the http://www.idpa.com/ website.
    Never shot in any form of competition - only still targets at 25'.

    Any particular "got-cha's" that are common novice mistakes I can practice NOT DOING?
    **besides shooting myself in the foot or leg of course...***;)
     
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  4. rboatright

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    I had a lot of fun at my first one.

    You have the equiment list right.

    Mistakes not to make:

    You can't shoot fast enough to make up for missing. Take your time, hit.

    You'll be asked to shoot one handed and with your weak hand. Practice that some.

    Be super super super careful to not turn around, and keep your muzzle downstream. This novice mistake means your evening is over.

    Go, it's a hell of a lot of fun
     
  5. inthefrey

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    After reading the RULES, it says that SOB holsters are not permitted.

    My holster IS a crossbreed supertuck. However, I carry it (and always have) used it as a SOB holster. I have since I got it.

    Do I have a problem?
     
  6. Alaskapopo

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    IDPA is a blast here are some videos from my last IDPA match. I also shoot USPSA.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tqvYuck71I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5z-ihlHte4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFlS6rfDDQI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EMJfpNiLp8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93G1OC3my9o

    The reason certain holsters are banned is for safety. Not sure about SOB but cross draws and shoulder holsters are a no go because they point behind the firing line. SOB holsters make it easy for you to sweep yourself with the muzzle.
     
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    I wear it SOB normal for right-draw. Most SOB holsters show the mag(grip) pointing to the right at 3-4-o`clock. My grip points to 10-o`clock. I've had folks watch this several times. The muzzle actually points down and away on the draw. I've practiced this 1000 times.

    :upeyes:It figures I'd have a goofy draw....:crying:

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    YOU MISSED!

    Great Videos! Thanks!
    Now, I'm really petrified...
     
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    Don't get caught up in trying to match the experienced shooter's tempo. Shoot at your normal speed and ability and don't rush it. Don't go in trying to "make an impression", just be yourself and have fun! (be safe)
     
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    inthefrey,

    GO! You will learn much from IDPA matches, not only on how to shoot but how to keep your wits about you.

    Deaf
     
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    If the Safety Officers are paying attention, they won't let you wear your rig that far behind your hip. But, just see what they have to say. If they say move it, move it.

    Have a GREAT time!
     
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    Yep and that miss cost me 2 places in the match
     
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    I went once last year and will probably go at least a couple times this year. I enjoyed it a lot. Think of it as 'Golf with guns' :supergrin:

    I wore my holster at about 4:00 o'clock on my hip and they weren't happy with that but let it go. Every else had theirs right at 3:00 o'clock.
     
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    Well, it's ON! I Need to go to John Brown's Armory today and pick up a 3rd mag and a few holders. What was really strange was that I really didn't get any steam from the wife about spending $135 for a few new toys and a day at the gun club.
    Woo Hoo!
     
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    My Frau figures if I'm at the range, I'm not in a bar or chasing skirts...:supergrin:
     
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    Practice you mag changes before you go. (with an empty weapon and magazines of course)

    A little competition breeds excitement. Squeeze the trigger, don't jerk it.

    Wear a hat with a bill and sunglasses if it's bright out. They help with the glare.

    Bring extra ammo.
     
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  16. DragonLibra

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    Just wondering if you got invited to Beaver Valley Rifle Pistol Club? If so they have a great shoot? BTW another good one down in Weirton, WV is Hancock County which has a really neat shoot house. They are starting their season Sunday.

    I'll be down at BVRPC Saturday and Hancock Sunday. I really love IDPA shoots & the friends I 've met at them through the years. Can't wait to get the 2010 season under way after the long cold winter.

    If it's BVRPC you're heading to, I'll be looking for the guy with the crossbreed holster. :cool:

    BTW, one more thing you'll need is a cover garment. IDPA shoots most stages from concealment. Vest, jacket, or shirt are all fine.
     
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    Good chance the MD, RO, or SO will not approve...and require you to move the holster.

    MD = Match Director

    RO = Range Officer

    SO = Safety Officer

    Thing you will need (other than what you already listed):
    Water (for drinking)
    All the magazines you have for your gun
     
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  18. DragonLibra

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    I agree. It's a safety issue on holster location so you don't sweep yourself, the SO or your fellow shooters behind you. Being that holsters are required to be in a position that is approximately behind the side seam of a pair of jeans seems you're not going to have to move it that much.

    If I was you I'd just move it because sooner or later if you attend IDPA matches an MD or SO will ask you to move it.
     
  19. ronin.45

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    You will have a great time. Like others have said just take your time and focus on safety. You can just rotate your holster slightly forward and you will be fine. It may be a little different from what you are used to but it won't be a big deal. Remember to take a cover garment. Many IDPA clubs require you to draw from concealment so bring a vest or button down shirt along.

    Enjoy and let us know how you like it.
     
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    IDPA is a lot of fun. However, I think it has some silly rules and they have some bad habits due to "gamesmanship". It is not a replacement for or even a place to practice defensive training.