IDPA..........Wake up call

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IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Sat May 10, 2014 8:17 pm

Hello all

I recently joined up for local IDPA, had a few runs over the last month and qualifier this weekend, after decades of shooting I wear a novice badge [smilie=012.gif]

IDPA, what a wake up call to my actual shooting skills [smilie=042.gif]
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by NonConformist » Sat May 10, 2014 8:20 pm

Ive been wanting to do the same, cant ever work it out
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Sat May 10, 2014 8:48 pm

NonConformist wrote:Ive been wanting to do the same, cant ever work it out
I took the time to drive to a shoot after a certain IDPA match director extended an invite, spent 10 minutes watching, went home and signed up [smilie=pdt_xtremez_13.gif]

its similiar to crack,except your hooked on the first penalty error [smilie=011.gif]
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by DaveM » Sat May 10, 2014 8:51 pm

You have to start somewhere. Besides, if you just started shooting IDPA, you probably should not have shot the classifier. It's better to get a n understanding of the sport first.

One thing you'll learn with IDPA. You can always go up, but you can never go down in classifications.


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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Sat May 10, 2014 9:07 pm

DaveM wrote:You have to start somewhere. Besides, if you just started shooting IDPA, you probably should not have shot the classifier. It's better to get a n understanding of the sport first.

One thing you'll learn with IDPA. You can always go up, but you can never go down in classifications.


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Hi Dave, your likely correct, walk first then run,

but.....

but.....


Huh, I got nothing, I can only say over the years I've been invited but for various reasons turned down invites, and now find arm chair gun trading a shooter does not make [smilie=pdt_xtremez_12.gif]

IDPA, just do it.
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by ADulay » Sat May 10, 2014 9:40 pm

Oh god, I've created a monster!!

In Robert's defense I can say that he did exactly what most people do after their first match "on the clock".

He went home and said "Why have I been wasting all my ammo at a static range when I could be out here running and gunning!"

Or words to that effect.

All that and he shoots a 10mm carry gun!!

IDPA. Bring your carry gun, a box of ammo, a mag holder and have at it!!

Or do like Robert did and just watch a match. 5 minutes into that you'll wish you had brought more ammo for that Glock on your belt.

Also, the nice thing about shooting a Classifier early in your IDPA shooting is that you can see real improvement as you continue on.

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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Sat May 10, 2014 9:53 pm

ADulay wrote:

"running and gunning!"



I may change my signature.
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by DaveM » Sun May 11, 2014 4:38 am

You shot the classifier with a 10mm? Boy, talk about handicapping.......... [smilie=011.gif]


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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by jollymon32 » Sun May 11, 2014 7:02 am

I tried IDPA for a while.

Then I tried USPSA.

No comparison, no stupid rules, you can reload in the move, and you don't have to wear a silly jacket.

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Post by apvbguy » Sun May 11, 2014 7:12 am

jollymon32 wrote:I tried IDPA for a while.

Then I tried USPSA.

No comparison, no stupid rules, you can reload in the move, and you don't have to wear a silly jacket.
agreed, also people need to remember that these activities are games and they are in no way shape or form a substitute for training.
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by g.willikers » Sun May 11, 2014 9:05 am

And there's no need to join USPSA to participate in local matches.
It's a good idea, but not required.
USPSA is run as a non-profit organization.
IDPA is run by Wilson Combat.
Both are excellent ways to practice, but USPSA is more prevalent in most places.
It's been around a lot longer.
The stages in USPSAcan be run any way you like, too.
Defensive, spray and pray, tactical, however you like.
The only thing that will change is the score.
And, yeah, with either version, leave your ego at home.
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Sun May 11, 2014 9:25 am

Hi All


I don't know about other groups at the moment, interested though, especially maybe 3 gun if I can find a shoulder friendly shotgun.....


As to IDPA nothing about it within the local matches has been anything other than fun, great group of I'd say completely average Joe's and Jane's, Andy the match instructor must drink at the end of the day as he is extraordinarily patient with everyone at the match, if anyone wants to check it out I would definitely recommend it, as to the rules they all seem very safety minded, jackets must not be a local requirement, unless shooting from concealed is what is meant from that reference?

And if I could get a 20 second handicap for 10mm, another for it being SF,and another for mixed ammo, some hot,I could be a sharp shooter =:s

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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by ADulay » Sun May 11, 2014 10:53 am

jollymon32 wrote:I tried IDPA for a while.

Then I tried USPSA.

No comparison, no stupid rules, you can reload in the move, and you don't have to wear a silly jacket.
To each his own. I actually wear a cover shirt all day, so it's good practice for me!

Both shooting sports have their good points and bad points.

When I have exactly 30 seconds to describe both shooting sports to brand new people, I say this.....

USPSA is running though the door way, shooting everything in sight as fast as you can.

IDPA is hiding behind the door way, shooting everything in sight as fast as you can.

It all depends on what you want to do with your carry gun.

People who are seriously inclined to be "competitors" will eventually gravitate to USPSA or one of the other sports.

Those of us who have left our "Excessive Type A" personalities behind us really do enjoy shooting IDPA, rules and all!

But most importantly, whatever shooting sport you choose, be sure you're having fun or it's just not worth the effort!

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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by DaveM » Sun May 11, 2014 11:08 am

Well said Andy.

There are shooters in IDPA and USPSA that take it way too seriously. Follow the rules and have fun.


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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Mon May 12, 2014 10:07 pm

Tonights shoot was a blast (pun intended)

I really felt motivated to shoot the last stage all head shots as one of the first timers had done so :ham'r

scores come out tomorrow [smilie=popcorn.gif]
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by ADulay » Tue May 13, 2014 3:25 pm

Robert wrote:Tonights shoot was a blast (pun intended)

I really felt motivated to shoot the last stage all head shots as one of the first timers had done so :ham'r

scores come out tomorrow [smilie=popcorn.gif]
Hmm, 5 matches ago it was the targets shooting YOU that made it fun.

Yep, in a month of shooting IDPA, Robert has really come up to speed with his carry gun for sure.

That comment about shooting all head shots on the last stage is true. The guy is out of control!!!

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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by screenerglenn » Tue May 13, 2014 5:11 pm

we have a member, Jim, who seems to prefer the head shots, and rarely misses. some guys are just fun to watch when they shoot. glennnnn

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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by Robert » Tue May 13, 2014 5:33 pm

screenerglenn wrote:we have a member, Jim, who seems to prefer the head shots, and rarely misses. some guys are just fun to watch when they shoot. glennnnn

makes sense to practice the hard shots, a bit easier if its vickers count of course, what AD doesn't say is what he means by "out of control" [smilie=033.gif]
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by g.willikers » Wed May 14, 2014 9:47 am

Sometimes, it's good practice, and just plain fun, to run a match handicapped, in some way.
Like the fore-mentioned head shots, or shooting everything one handed, or weak handed.
Or trying to hit as many targets as possible from a single position, simulating an injured leg.
Try talking others into forming a squad with everyone doing something a little weird.
The scores will suffer, but it will be an entertaining and interesting afternoon.
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Re: IDPA..........Wake up call

Post by ADulay » Wed May 14, 2014 4:26 pm

g.willikers wrote:Sometimes, it's good practice, and just plain fun, to run a match handicapped, in some way.
Like the fore-mentioned head shots, or shooting everything one handed, or weak handed.
Or trying to hit as many targets as possible from a single position, simulating an injured leg.
Try talking others into forming a squad with everyone doing something a little weird.
The scores will suffer, but it will be an entertaining and interesting afternoon.
Good idea. I like it.

We get enough of the same guys on "my" squad each week that I think we could pull something like this off.

Right now about the only thing we can all do as a "team" is kill Grandma (the non-threat).

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