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Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by max pain, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. max pain

    max pain

    Aug 23, 2002
    Vancouver, WA
    What is the typical round count I will need for a segment in a IDPA match? I would like to take my 1911 which holds 7rds and have 4 mags on me and one in the gun so thats only 35rds total will that get me through?
  2. Wash-ar15


    Sep 15, 2007
    I think 18 rds per stage is the max

  3. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Doh ?
    Correct, Sort of.

    Eighteen (18) is the maximum REQUIRED round count - unless limited you are free to shoot up to division capacity - for SSP that's thirty-one (31).

    In any semi-auto division you are only allowed one (1) magazine in the firearm and two (2) on the belt. An extra "barney" magazine is allowed on the belt (as I recall?) or pocket. A "Barney" is used to chamber a round upon "load and make ready" and is empty before the CoF is started.
  4. max pain

    max pain

    Aug 23, 2002
    Vancouver, WA
    Well if I have two mags and one in the gun 21rds total I guess I better not miss LOL
  5. You'll have 22 rds available. Three mags w/7 and one in the pipe. That's what the "barney" mag is used for. If you get the 8 rd mags (I've had best luck w/Wilson 47D and Chip McCormick Power Mags, I've heard good things about the Wilson ETM) it gives you an additional 3 rds total. With a 1911, you're shooting CDP class, at a match, you'll need to declare whether you're using a 7 or 8 round mags and must use those throughout the match.

    Yes, you've got fewer rounds than the SSP or ESP guys, so make your shots count. Also, think the stage through and figure out when your reloads should occur and when you may have the flexibility to make up a shot. CDP makes you think a bit more, but you get a bigger hole when it comes close to the line....
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2010
  6. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    I'd recommend picking up some 8 round magazines if you could. 18 is the maximum required rounds per stage as already pointed out. However, 16 round stages are common and with 7+1, you'll be required to make an extra reload over those using 8 round magazines.
  7. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    Also makes it easier to knock down the poppers. I shot my first match last Sat., and the guys using 9mm sometimes had to hit them 3-4 times to knock them over. 1 shot each with 230 gr .45. :supergrin:

    And yeah, get some 8 rounders.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2010