This is my first blog post on WordPress. I had a small blog over on the “other” blog site, but I stopped using it when they started censoring firearms and firearms related accessories in their shopping searches, so I decided to move over here. Not sure if I’ll move the entirety of my blog over here or just start over. I guess just a bit of an introduction. My name is John and I’m an IDPA shooter. Not a very good one at the moment unfortunately. For those that don’t know, IDPA stands for International Defensive Pistol Association. It has over 20,000 members world wide and it is a sport which is growing very quickly. When I joined just a little over a year ago, we were at roughly 14,000 members. IDPA is a shooting sport that has you shooting at targets which require speed and accuracy. There is sometimes a requirement for you to move. There is sometimes targets that move. The targets can pop up and down to hide. They will turn to face you and turn away again in quick succession. They can swing from side to side. You will have to shoot targets in a certain order and there will be the “non-threat” targets which you do NOT want to shoot. Each target has multiple scoring zones. Center mass zone and head zones are down 0 or -0, radiating out from there is a down 1 or -1 zone, and then the down 3 or -3 zone. Misses count as down 5 or -5. Each point down counts as a .5 second penalty, so accuracy means a lot. This is what a stage looks like in IDPA.
There aren’t a lot of equipment requirements. A decent gun, typically 9mm or above. Can be semi-automatic or revolver. A holster for your gun is required. A cover garment and storage for extra reloads is needed for your firearms (figure enough for 30 rounds). I shoot a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm, the standard full size version with a Bladetech holster and two extra magazines for a total of three magazines (I actually have 5 and rotate them out). I do have a cover garment which is a vest that I purchased from sportsmansguide.com which was recommended to me by another shooter. It is a good starter vest with a good weight for movement and good size pockets for storing magazines when I have to “save” them.
Now, who should shoot IDPA. That is a tough question. I’d really suggest you be fairly competent with your gun first. Know how to handle it and be comfortable with it. What worked for me was I actually went and watched an entire match. I contacted the club president and told him I wanted to watch, learn, and help the first time. That really helped me when I actually shot my first match. I wasn’t nearly as nervous and most of my questions had already been answered even before I shot. Clubs will have a new shooters orientation before the match, so always step up and let the club know that you are a new shooter. Sometimes they will match you up with an experienced shooter who will help you out throughout the day that first match.
So, if you shoot pistols and are tired of shooting at the same old tired static target everyday, I’d highly suggest IDPA. The people have been really great and helpful. I’ve made some wonderful friends and had an awesome time at the matches. Go out and give it a shot!
That’s it for me. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!
*****NOTE. I HAVE IMPORTED MY OLD BLOGGER POSTS WHICH IMPORTED MY OLD PICTURES, BUT NOT MY VIDEOS. I WILL TRY TO FIND A WAY TO LINK TO THE VIDEOS SOME OTHER WAY.*****