How many other USPSA, IDPA, 3-gun, other shooters are here?

I recently began USPSA shooting with a local club and find that there are a number of training benefits I’ve received. I shot in the limited class with a Glock 35 which is very similar to the set up on my carry weapon. I do, however, use a competition holster. Since I shot every Tuesday night, I see a different set up and targets are various ranges with obstacles and hostage type blocking. Although, I don’t feel this is as good as scenario-based training, I think it’s one step up from straight target practice. I’m curious how many others are here and what you feel this brings to the table?


I think that kind of competition brings gun handling and pure marksmanship to the table. I agree with your assessment, I think sprinkling some of that competition in is superior to solely doing straight stationary square range target shooting, but also is not as useful as scenario based (airsoft, sim, pretend guns, etc) being sprinkled (for best results, do all 3! and dry fire) and I think it’s most useful when stages are a surprise and no competitor gets to know anything about the stage until they run it themselves.

I also think the degree of relevance to self defense varies with the rules of the competition. Some rules get so far removed I think it almost runs the risk of hindering you for self defense, or at least has you spending time and energy training something almost guaranteed to be irrelevant.

But most importantly I think it’s great because it forces an honest accounting of your hits and misses while on the clock, without do-overs or hand picking your best. AND you don’t get to pick what you are best at, you have to do what is required, whether it’s something are relatively good at, or not.


I took the IDPA training class at my club a few weeks back…We ran 4 courses, and it was great…Our club is busy with the league, moving targets this Saturday…but I got drag races Friday night, and am finding it hard to spend 9 hours at a competition. I did well at the training session and that answered some questions I had. Might make a comp when the weather cools down.
My substitute is our falling plates range, plates at 15-25 yards from the shed, room to move and walls to utilize.


I’ve been joining the IDPA matches at my range whenever I can for the past 6 months or so. Lots of fun and definitely beats your standard range practice session.

Don’t get anywhere close to the top scores, but enjoy it anyways. I usually use my G43 so end up losing time on the reloads. Also don’t have a mounted light.

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I shoot IDPA regularly. I have shot USPSA but find the defense structure of IDPA a little more to my liking, but both are still a load of fun and great experience.

I strongly encourage people to participate in shooting sports. Not only is is great practice you learn things under time constraints (stress), but it helps build skills you just won’t get poking holes in a target. You’re on the move, faced with different scenarios that make you think. Have non-treats and barricades to consider, what to do when going through a door, how to address threats (close to far and slicing the pie), etc…

I’ve corrected grip problems, improved mag reloads, practiced jam clearing under ‘fire’ (so to speak), modified my gun to improve accuracy, etc.

If you want to improve your shooting and personal defense skills these are a boat-load of fun way to do it. Costs in my area range from ~$25 per match and you’ll shoot about 100 rounds.

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