Do you shoot IDPA or USPSA?

How many of you regularly shoot IDPA or USPSA?

And if you don’t why not?

I typically shoot IDPA more and HIGHLY recommend it. Great fun, great training, and you get to pew pew pew with great people!! It is great for beginners to pros.

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2 idpa courses at my club. I don’t do mornings very well after working 'til 3 a.m. much of my life. Now retired, I have rebelled against having to be anywhere at a given time.
I should go get qualified, as I could use the courses then…it does seem to be pretty darn awesome.

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I don’t.
Reason? No time :pensive:

I’ve got a chance to shoot some scenarios taken from USPSA matches with really good competitors (once I had a great pleasure to shoot a match with Chip Eberhart :hugs:).
I’m taking every opportunity…but the time is so limited… :pensive:

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Because I’m not a member of the United States Postal Service Association.

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You sound angry. Are you angry? (Postal – HA!)

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I compete regularly in a local match that generally uses IDPA rules and stages, but is not official. I really enjoy the matches.
Main reason is that I choose to carry AIWB, and the range owner / match director allows AIWB for approved entrants. I use the matches to practice my EDC skills, so with no-AIWB at IDPA that is not a useful competition for me. When IDPA changes tules in June I may look for matches.

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IDPA is changing the rules but I’ve found that some ranges are still refusing to allow it; one range said they are not going to allow it even after the rule goes into effect.

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I used to shoot both locally on a regular basis.Due to Covid, just being busy and lack of primers I haven’t shot shot much at all.

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Covid-19’, ammo expense, distance to range, didn’t think I was good enough to compete. Not necessarily in that order! Too many excuses!
10 years ago, not knowing I was watching a National Championship steel shoot at my USPSA range, and after seeing a thirteen year old knock out three stages in 12 seconds, I looked in the mirror and thought, that ain’t happening! There’s no way I can do that! Never went back until…
February ‘20 I had my application in hand and ammo prices were decent, purchased my bulk ammo, and then Covid-19 hit. Stopped me in my tracks.
Prior to Covid-19, spent three days/nights a week on a range both indoors and outdoors. I practice what I carry, that’s .45 ACP, as well as .223, tends to get expensive! Roughly 700,000 rounds down range in 13 years. That equals one of these…not that I would want one, I don’t look good in yellow!

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On rare occasion I shoot IDPA or a variation thereof (GADPA)

Not more often because of the time. While it’s great to spend time with like minded individuals and glean info from the experience of other experienced and practiced shooters, and it is fun, I generally opt to spend less time doing (feels like) more other things such as self directed range practice, at home dry fire or laser training, or watching videos/reading books.

I did just shoot a local club match last night that was mostly rifles and some pistol, gotta get out and do that once in awhile.

I also sometimes end up in a bit of a conflict of interest in terms of the gamesmanship that inevitably results from following game rules regarding things like ammo loadouts, reloads, what constitutes cover, how many shots are fired, etc…I view competition as the best way to hone your absolute firearm marksmanship and gun handling skills (for these ‘practical’ types like mentioned in the title) but not necessarily a 1:1 for concealed carry habits.

I also generally find most of the stuff pushed in competition to just not apply that much to concealed carry. Shooting a half dozen different threats from three different places with multiple magazine changes…that’s not how 99.999999?% of private citizen concealed carry self defense is ever going to go.

Though being able to move and shoot and stay behind cover mostly are good things to get proficient at so there is that.

/rambling

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I am a member of Action Shooting International.

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Nearest possibility is 100 miles one way.
Too far for a casual fling; not in my wheelhouse for a serious avocation.

I shoot IDPA and GSSF when I can. It’s not very often these days, but I do see a benefit to competition. When I shoot IDPA, I do it in my actual carry setup and it’s a great opportunity to move and shoot with my actual gear, see what’s working for me and what isn’t.

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USPSA, almost any handgun will have a class. I’ve always found the other competitors are more than willing to help a new person learn. We are very safety oriented and the courses of fire are great fun. Been my hobby for years.