idpa

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by CasperUSMC, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    Thinking bout gettin into idpa. Anyone out wanna tell me their experences doing it. Looks like a lot of fun an good training.
     
  2. GLI45

    GLI45 New Member

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    It's a blast. I shoot in both the CDP and ESP divisions. Prior to IDPA I had been shooting in a local indoor league and while it was fun it was limited in the different scenarios that could be set up and there wasn't nearly as much movement. I went to my first IDPA match simply to watch. One of the first guys I met came up to me and introduced himself and asked if was going to be shooting that day. I explained that I was just there to watch and didn't even bring a gun. He then offered one of his own and encouraged me to join them. I tell that story because it's indicative of the great people who you will meet in IDPA. I begged off that night, but showed up the following week to shoot. In my first match I got a lot of good tips from my fellow squad members and all were patient and helpful. They welcome new shooters and put a priority on safety and having fun.

    I encourage you to join us. You'll have a good time, meet nice people, and improve your gun handling skills.
     

  3. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    Thank u very much. Maybe ill do what u did an just go watch. The place close to me that host them invited me to check it out. Unfortunatly im hurt so i couldnt check it out. Mite have to wait till after the winter cause they dont do them cause of the holidays.
     
  4. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    Thank u. I think i gonna have to check it out.
     
  5. Glockanista

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    Biggest advice is to go watch a match before shooting in one. There is a lot of thinking a new competitor must process. Study the rules and practice draw from concealment (with gun unloaded) before you compete the first time.

    Being prepared mentally to compete with a loaded gun can not be overstated enough. Hope this helps.
     
  6. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    I got invited to go check it out, but unfortunatly im outta commission for a lil while. Im not a new shooter. I have just never shot in comp before. I do all my training on my own. I just figure idpa looked like betta senarios than i could put together by myself. Thank u for ur imput. Lookin foward to gettin into it. Hopefully i get healed up an get into a match after the holidays.
     
  7. Grumpy_

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    I guess it depends on the group you get with, but my experience with IPSIC,USPSA, and IDPA is

    1) It gets to be an equipment race.
    2) Hurry up, hurry up.
    3) The shooting facility.
    4) Some folks are just scary to be around.
     
  8. TexasInfidel

    TexasInfidel New Member

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    I freakin loved it when I did one a month or so ago, tons of fun and good practice you often won't get somewhere else... And really good people there too!!
     
  9. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    You should give it a try. Don't worry about equipment. You have a gun right? If you have a gun, 3 mags or speed loaders if it is a revolver, mag or speedloader holders and a holster. Most clubs are not picky about the equipment for a new shooter. They just want you to be safe and have a good time.

    When you first get started don't worry about being fast. Worry about being safe and accurate. Speed will come later. If you decide you like it (and you will) you can buy the proper equipment.

    Go to IDPA.com and download a copy of the rule book. Just skim through it. Don't worry about memorizing it. That is what the safety officers do. They will tell you if you break a rule. Just be safe.

    Try it. You will have the time of your life.
     
  10. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    What city are you near. I would not be surprised if there is a member here that lives near you. I have met up with another member at my club. If you live in Colorado you would be welcome to join me.
     
  11. therukh

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    IPSC/USPSA is, indeed, an equipment race, but, shoot in the class you want and don't worry what the Grand Masters shoot.
    In IPSC/USPSA, time is everything! We have an old saying...'if you're shooting all A's, you're going too slow!'
    In IDPA, one still needs to hurry, but accuracy is better. In either genre, 'you can't miss fast enough to win!'
    Some facilities are better than others. Pick the ones you like and forget the rest.
    As far as scary is concerned...do you mean unsafe?
    You'll find that IPSC/USPSA matches are a little more laid back as far as the rules are concerned (not safety rules) while IDPA is a bit constipated with rules. With a little flexibility on your part, either one will provide a safe, fun way to shoot!
     
  12. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    I am in Ohio. I have the proper equipment. I have plenty of those. Im no stranger to shooting. Im just intrested in the training aspect. Dont wanna do it to try to outbuild someones supper gun. That and I just love to shoot. I dont have the room or money to set up the senarios they run. All the videos Ive seen look like it would be a lotta fun. To me it doesnt much matter long as I got rounds going down range Im having a good day. Safety is a must. I always take the propper steps to make sure no ones gets hurt. Thats one of the things the Marines drilled into my head. Thanks for all the input. The closest range invited to check it already so after I heal and the winter months. They dont shoot in the cold no more. I think I will give it a try.
     
  13. Chestys1911

    Chestys1911 New Member

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    I've been interested for awhile now. It does look fun and looks like great training
     
  14. kem1139

    kem1139 New Member

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    I've been thinking about trying it too I think my biggest hold up is just looking for someone who can kinda lead me and help me along the way.
     
  15. indy36

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    I do IDPA here in Indiana about 5 or 6 times a year. I really enjoy it. I've met nice people along the way as well. It's good training. I use a Glock 34.
     
  16. therukh

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    Try it!

    Please do give it a try! If you find yourself near the southeastern part of Ohio, let me know & we can go to Ft. Harmar, the birthplace of IDPA, also the birthplace of Combat Pistol shooting (precursor of IPSC) east of the Mississippi. I am teaching practical pistol shooting to a retired iron worker now and also working with students in a shooting club from Marietta College & Ohio University. You are welcome to PM me and come along to one of our IDPA outings next spring. Hope you get to shooting where ever you can!
     
  17. CasperUSMC

    CasperUSMC New Member

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    I stay on the opposite side of the state. I am intrested though. Anyone else who wants to try it out if u r from ohio hit me up. Maybe we could get statrted together
     
  18. John_Deer

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    I had a hard time getting started in IDPA on my own. Everywhere I went on my own I had bad experiences. Then I finally showed up at a place where people I have known and shot with in the past were competing. I have had a blast at that given range. What is weird is people who have given me grief at other ranges act like they are my best friend at this range. They say forgive and forget but it is going to take some time before I can forget.

    When you are first starting out if someone gives you grief for no good reason don't return to that range no matter how nice the facility might be.

    I have shot in a lot of skeet competitions and I never caught any grief from anyone, even when I was a green competitor. You just have a better class of people at shotgun ranges.
     
  19. Chestys1911

    Chestys1911 New Member

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    Me running around look'in like an idiot is what I feared most but them I remembered my poor shooting should be the 1st on my embarrassment level
     
  20. Alwayscarrying

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    Hey Casper, I live right on the Ohio-WV border. If you're ever over in the Huntington area shoot me a pm and we'll do some shooting.