There is a wildlife club in Durham, NC that hosts a Tuesday night pistol shoot. It's usually IDPA style, but very informal. On a whim I decided to give it a try tonight. Came straight from work in khaki's and loafers LOL! I had a great time and ended up 11th or 12th out of 15, so not the WORST in the bunch - haha! Hopefully if I continue to shoot in events like this my scores and times will improve. Learned a lot of important lessons, made a few mistakes but came away a lot more relaxed and happy than when I got there.
IDPA, IPSC, are usually informal. You're supposed to have fun, be safe, and test yourself, as well as gain some practical knowledge and learn how to move and engage targets. Nothing more, nothing less. I've done a few matches, and I take them rather seriously. Gamers are gamers, and one should never go thinking to be competitive. After some experience, you can choose to go that route if you choose. A good reason these types of matches are considered 'practical pistol'. Some of your good habits can be made there. Better than standing at the range with that stationary target for 200 rounds.
My first "official" IPSC match is tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. Sounds like just that, a great bunch of guys, and a few women, having a lot of fun.
Even shooting 45ACP, at $.30 per squeeze, they suggest 150 rounds, usually shoot about 115-120 depending on the setups. It's $36 in ammo ($18 in 9mm), and $12 to shoot... Same price as a decent round of golf, and usually runs from 9am to 1pm shooting 6 stages. He said usually 4-6 guys per stage, in rotating groups, so I figure 30-40 guys.
I'm a hyper-competitive nut, but I will be going tomorrow just to learn. Start shooting a little slower, and build my way up.
Knowing me, I'll be shooting Open Division within 6 months... Anybody got a good race gun they wanna sell??? LOL
Yes I was told that slow is fast then work on doing it right the speed will come with muscle memory!
Sometimes speed is a relative thing. A friend and I shot the first IDPA match of the season last weekend, on an outdoor range about 85 miles away. Clawing your gun out of an IWB holster under a coat and fleece pullover, while wearing thin gloves to keep frostbite at bay; well, let's just say it'll affect your times/scores.
Here's a pic of my buddy shooting (barehanded, that macho guy!), with one of the steel cowboy-type targets outlined against a tree:
Here's a shot of my car dashboard while I was warming up between stages; you can see other shooters standing around talking as they wait to shoot:
Lunchtime on a beautiful balmy almost-spring day...