I feel the side match we have at Cavalier on the 24th is as pretty close to the "Spirit" of IDPA as we can come or as I can anyway. I think the stages (5, 6, 8, 9 rounders)were as realistic as any I have shot ( more realistic than most State or larger matches). No targets were added to boost the round count, I actually removed some targets. This being said a tweak here and there could have made it better.
After reading the most recent Tactical Journal (IDPA magazine to it's members), watching various YouTube videos from other IDPA clubs across the country and having frank discussions with shooters and Safety Officers I've come to the conclusion that Cavalier has been to "gamey" and maybe I have too! I cannot blame the rank and file shooters for this or the way they shoot my courses of fire. So the courses must change.
Anyway the courses we shot on the 24th were all based is a realistic scenario or based on a skill I thought was practical. Stage 1 from behind the barricade made you change sides of cover and go from high to low thereby ( at least in my head) making the bad guys guess were you were going to pop out from next to engage them. Otherwise they just wait for you to stick your head out and BANG!
Stage 2 was an effort to make people move faster and shoot, originally it was going to be a 5 second par time but I wussed out on that. Two targets with 2 rounds each while moving to cover where you have to engage a plate. Most folks did it under five seconds.
Stage 3 I read about in the American Rifleman Magazine. Store owner was robbed and the bad guys took him to the back room to open the safe and he had a gun hidden! You can guess the rest!
Stage 4 was my attempt to get away from drawing the gun on a bad guy who was already to close. You answer you front door with gun already drawn but hidden under a newspaper were you are confronted by a non-threat and a bad guy directly behind them. Engage him, move to cover and there are two more bad guys to get from the cover of your doorway.
Let's see what the future holds!
IDPA…This Wed.,Afternoon 03-29-17 - NO gun play of any kind in the parking lot!!!!!!!! Do NOT handle any firearms in the parking lot!!!!! If you are carrying a concealed loaded firearm…Please...
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