Originally Posted by CubDriver451
I have shot IDPA, USPSA, and various other forms of competition for a number of years. IDPA and many others are great for maintaining familiarity and working on fundamentals, but keep something in mind. THEY ARE GAMES!! They will not replace good training from a quality instructor. Competitive shooting is great, but it is not tactical or self defense training. Learn solid fundamentals, good tactics and situational awareness and then use competition to help maintain these skills. The game won't teach you to fight, but it will help you practice and hone skills if you approach it correctly.
Thanks for the feedback,I've also looked into taking a class or two from tactical response over in Camden,TN. They're about two or three hours away from me but have good reviews online. While not cheapby any meabs,they are also not as expensive as some other big name instructors. I do plan on taking their fighting pistol class when time and money allows.
It does make sense to get the training first and use the competition to practive and keep the skills learned sharp. But you would agree idpa or some form of competition would accomplish this better than shooting down a range lane or trying to train on your own? It appears to me these competitions are supposedly set up to simulate self-defense scenarios,I would think that along with the stress of wanting to perform good or of being timed would keep your weapons handling and shooting faster and more precise than punching holes in paper every other Sunday at the indoor range.