This month’s International Defensive Pistol Association match at the Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club started out drizzly. While most of us anticipated a nice day for shooting, the weather decided we needed an extra dose of gloom and misery. I am extra crabby because I showed up late, and missed my chance to shoot. I must live vicariously through a fellow IDPA competitor Josh, who thoughtfully provides this interesting video from a camera mounted onto his headgear. Enjoy Joshcam – and I can tell you shooting IDPA is a hell of a lot more fun than watching it – and watching is pretty fun.

17 Responses to What’s it Like to Shoot IDPA? Watch Joshcam

  1. Good shooting and pretty good use of cover as well- it really irks the shit out of me when competition guys just kind of run into the open and start shooting every target from a stationary position. I know paper doesn’t shoot back but it seems like building bad habits.

    • There is more than one reason to participate in IDPA.

      If one is competing to maximize their score, why not eliminate parts that do not contribute toward that goal when they aren’t required to attain it.

      Why wouldn’t a MLB pitcher throw fastballs to his kid every time they play catch. Seems like building bad habits.

    • In IDPA, you have to use cover properly or you will get a “procedural” ding. You have to “slice the pie” and engage targets in the correct order.

      • Tim, I keep telling myself to do IDPA, just wish I’d get off the dime and try it. Sorry you were late and missed your chance, that looked like a lot of fun!

        Thanks for the video!

    • There really aren’t that many rules in IDPA…the rule book is deceptive in size as it talks about classifications, holsters, etc. Honestly, IDPA is pretty straightforward: use cover, slice the pie, don’t leave ammo behind. It’s great fun and will show you your weaknesses immediately.

  2. It was raining and 39 degrees out and there were still 85 shooters there. With 10 new shooters at this match and 20 last month, it’s no wonder I can’t find any small pistol primers.

  3. I have videoed all of my IDPA nad USPSA matches from last year and uploaded them all to youtube. It has been the single best thing to try and introduce new members to the sport.

  4. I shoot IDPA locally. Two reasons, it’s fun as hell and it keeps you sharp. The pressure to think about your actions, the timer and others watching definitely adds some stress. Which is good should you ever be in a real situation.

  5. I looked an IDPA place near me, but looks like they don’t allow photo or video. Too bad… I’d probably want video of myself doing the exercises just because being able to watch your own movements can help you improve on things you don’t notice in the moment of shooting. Maybe once I convince a buddy to come with me…

  6. I shoot at a local club here in west TN. Super fun day. They shoot 12 months out of the year, rain/snow/sleet/hail/blistering heat. Good group.

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