Jul 11, 2016
There are a few things that I've found that tend to confuse the
crud out of new shooters when they're getting started in the
- You can shoot matches at clubs that you aren't a member at.
This really seems to confuse people, because around here there
really aren't any outdoor ranges that are open to the public for
practice. Just about every place requires a membership, and most
clubs have waiting lists that are literally years long. A lot of
folks get confused thinking that they need to be a member at these
ranges to shoot the match there. That's not the
case if it's a sanctioned USPSA or IDPA
match. Some clubs might have outlaw matches that are members only,
so it it doesn't say IDPA or USPSA, check with the club.
- "I have all these "race" parts, why isn't my gun legal?" Yep,
I've seen it several times where someone who hasn't ever shot a
match builds a "race gun" that either isn't legal for ANY division
in a game, or isn't competitive in the division. That Open Division
gun you built out of your Ruger P95? Yeah, that's going to get you
stomped 100% of the time. If you're just there to have fun, great,
but if you're there to be competitive, you're gonna have a bad
- Believe it or not, vests are not required in IDPA. You're
required to have your gun and gear concealed, but there's nothing
in the rulebook about vests. I've heard people express concern
about not wanting to shell out $75 for a vest before their first
match, and they almost didn't believe me when I told them they
don't need one.
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If you carry a gun, have a gun for self protection, or are just
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I don't remember when I heard Andrew say it, but he once said
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He was right. Seriously, read the book.
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