CrossBreed Holsters   Tommy Gun   Crimsontrace   Magnum Research new
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: IDPA.... how did you get started?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Fort Mill, SC
    Posts
    561

    Default IDPA.... how did you get started?

    Been thinking about some form of competitive shooting for a little while now seeing as ive fallen in love with shooting, and have quite quickly grown tired of shooting at a stationary paper target. The local range has a couple knock down targets that are a little more fun, but still gets dull after awhile.

    Anyways.... Ive been doing a little research on IDPA, and it looks like a lot of fun, and a great way to train with your edc weapon. Just wondering how you guys (and gals) got started in this, and some suggestions for finding a place to start.
    NRA Life Member

    "Gunfighting is the American martial art"
    -Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

    COMMON SENSE isn't

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    331

    Default

    I used to shoot IDPA several years ago and loved it, but quit after family life with young children got in the way. After the kids grew up and went their own ways I decided to get back into it. I did a google search of IDPA matches in my local area. I also checked with some of the sales guys at one of my LGS's. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of places within 25 miles of me that offer IDPA matches a couple of times a week. It is indeed a fun and worthwhile form of the shooting sports.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    1,088

    Default

    IDPA shooting is a hoot! I also think that shooting any form of competitive shooting is a real plus if you get into a SD situation. Competitive shooting put you under a live fire stress and alows you to finally feel like "I shoot pretty good under stress". Couple comp shooting with some real SD training and you have done yourself alot of good when you carry.
    Wish I could right now (recent back surgery) but it is the "carrot on the stick" for my rehab...
    A link to start: http://www.idpa.com/
    Find a range and group near you. Good Luck and enjoy!
    I was once asked if I was "a paranoid for carrying my Kahr".
    "Nope" I said, "just prepared".
    " prepared for what" he asked?
    "more stuff than you are"
    God Bless our Troups!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    641

    Default

    OP, have you found a range near you that offers IDPA or USPSA? I actually started with USPSA (IPSC back then) and then our club started doing IDPA as well and now I shoot both, as well as Steel Challenge.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    4,056

    Default

    I visited an IDPA match and spoke a bit with members. I'm not after competitive timing stuff, just want to learn and practice the moves. They have different levels and a beginners class separate from the competitive matches.

    I'd love to try it once or twice to see if I can bend and move like they do. I practice looking away from the target with gun in low ready then turn raising gun as I find the target allowing 2 seconds to shoot. That's something everybody should practice for self defense.
    "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." - O. L.
    "America's not at war; her military is. America's at the mall."

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Virginia Beach
    Posts
    145

    Default

    A local club near me has full IDPA and another sponsered by a group called Dixie Wheel Gunners. The Wheel gunners restrict you to 6 round mags if you are using an auto. This works great for my CM9. I shot my first match last Wednesday and came in dead last. They didn't explain the scoring on the targets until after my first stage. Also, due to my regular ranges limit on rapid fire (1 shot every 4 seconds) it was a totally new experience but a lot of fun. I hope to improve everytime I shoot but I won't get much speed practice. They are having a BUG match on the 11th of Aug and I will probably shoot that too.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY - (nothing like NYC). In remote country with thousands of acres of hunting.
    Posts
    2,100

    Default

    An LE buddy of many years from the martial arts is also a competitive IDPA shooter. He was always trying to get me to come out to shoot with him and learn a new sword. I finally decided to give it a try the game with my PM40. He is a Glock man, but believes firmly that IDPA was intended to give shooters gun handling time with their CCW to build good muscle memory with it. I respect this guy and believe that is the best way to go. Alot of IDPA shooters have a "gaming gun" (full size) which they don't really carry. Of course their scores are higher because they are playing the game of competition....nothing wrong with this at all. It is a sport and it is about competition. (In fact, I have often considered buying a (gaming) full size handgun with the hopes that this will give me a jump in the learning and practice curve which hopefully will build my ability with my PM40. It is possible this could be the ultimate result to improve my shooting, as my shooting challenges may be more of me than my PM40's limitations. However, I have been hesitant to switch swords. (I am going to look at a S&W MP40 Pro this week. It will take real discipline to NOT purchase it...we will see what happens.) My buddy has the full line of Glocks and feels he benefits by shooting one Glock, carrying another Glock and being that it is all Glock, nothing really changes. Glock is Glock regardless of which of his guns he puts in his hands. Maybe he is right.

    The best advice I have heard about IDPA is to train with your carry weapon and compete with yourself. Simply have fun and try to improve. My PM40 has limitations for certain, but I continue to improve with it and know it better and better. Most of the limitations are probably with me, not the PM. (Hence, my thoughts of shooting IDPA with a full size gun like the MP40Pro.) Most of all, the IDPA game is for fun and the time spent with friends and being able to meet and learn from others is a fantastic opportunity. It supports the shooting sports. It is simply fun training regardless of the silly equipment issues and inherent faults of IDPA. Hope you have fun with it.
    Last edited by garyb; 11-07-2012 at 06:51 AM.
    My Sword - PM4044N/CTL/Talons
    - "One should diligently train at all times." Miyamoto Musashi
    - "Train in technique until it requires no thought - no mind and just happens." Takan Soho
    - "The truth beyond the technique....Here's where we stop thinking and start shooting." Brian Enos
    - "A single sword against the cold sky." Yamaoka Tesshu
    - "You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair."
    Taisen Deshimaru
    - "Know your sword!"

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    1,509

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by garyb View Post
    ~
    Most of the limitations are probably with me, not the PM.
    ~
    I agree to some extent.

    The gun doesn't make the shooter. However, the limited mag capacity of the PM40 will be a significant detriment to your overall time/score. Of course, if you have no interest in the "competition" aspect of IDPA, then this probably doesn't matter to you.

    I could not shoot in a competitive match without comparing my performance to that of others. Maybe that's just me. My competitive spirit is too strong to allow me to deliberately select gear which would create a disadvantage.

    I admire you for being able to put that aside and shoot IDPA, with your EDC, purely for the purpose of improving your skills.

    Good luck with your skill building. Please keep us posted of your progress.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    130

    Default good point

    Quote Originally Posted by RRP View Post
    I agree to some extent.

    The gun doesn't make the shooter. However, the limited mag capacity of the PM40 will be a significant detriment to your overall time/score. Of course, if you have no interest in the "competition" aspect of IDPA, then this probably doesn't matter to you.

    I could not shoot in a competitive match without comparing my performance to that of others. Maybe that's just me. My competitive spirit is too strong to allow me to deliberately select gear which would create a disadvantage.

    I admire you for being able to put that aside and shoot IDPA, with your EDC, purely for the purpose of improving your skills.

    Good luck with your skill building. Please keep us posted of your progress.
    just remember if there are 10 shooters one has to end up #10 and now u will surely appreciate having ol jocko there with his trusty PMJ9. Just sayin
    . My PM9 has over 40,000+ rounds through it, and runs much better than an illegal trying to get across our border


    NRA BENEFACTOR MEMBER


    MAY GOD BLESS MUGGSY

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    1,509

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jocko View Post
    just remember if there are 10 shooters one has to end up #10 and now u will surely appreciate having ol jocko there with his trusty PMJ9. Just sayin

    32,000 rounds and you're still hoping to hit a bullseye, someday?

    I suspect ol' jocko is sellin' himself a bit short.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Xssights   Tommy Gun Shop   Mitch Rosen   Kahr Shop