Friday, April 27, 2012

Shooting IDPA

Last night, I went to my favorite indoor gun range to watch the IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) range club shoot, as I am interested in taking it up myself.

I only wanted to observe my first night out as I wanted to be sure that I understood what was going on, that I wouldn't feel intimidated and that I wouldn't make a fool of myself.

I cannot tell you how nice everyone was and how unassuming and engaging.  Everyone kept asking me to shoot but of course I didn't, I was just there to watch.  Even the Expert Shooters were incredibly nice, helpful and encouraging.

Next week though.....   I am shooting.

What I liked about it was the way that it's geared toward the average, every day CHL holder.  You aren't allowed to use 'competition only' equipment.  You are required to use your every day equipment and carry in the manner in which you normally do.

The drills are various possible scenarios and the course is timed, though unless you plan on actually competing in a match against other clubs, there's no need to worry about the time.

The trick, I'm told is to just take it slow at first because the slower you go, the faster you will eventually become.

There was one other lady shooting IDPA last night, but she was in a different squad than the one than I was observing.  I was the only female in the room, and the guys didn't patronize me or treat me like the 'little lady'.  Every one of them wanted to know what I carry, how I carry and why the hell didn't I want to shoot!

Next Thursday night will be fun, I can't wait!


  1. First you get good, then you get fast.
    This applies to lots of things, including IDPA. It's very fun, and teaches you a lot of things, including how to shoot under immense pressure. Go for it!

    1. Thanks TRE! I will most certainly go for it. I can't wait until next week!

  2. Excellent!. Yes, with slow deliberation comes great accuracy over time. Keep it up!


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