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I shot a USPSA match Saturday. It was the first one in a long, long time. I do like that shooting but I will say some of the "open" class shooters are kind of prima donnas! I shot the match using my Beretta PX4, 9mm. This gun has a lot of reliable rounds through it. I did note some of the many mistakes I made during the stages. There is so much more to learn and understand when doing this type of thing than simply standing at a bench and punching holes in paper. Of course I do that too but the matches are more of a challenge. Anyway I'm rambling.


I did miss recording 1 stage.
 

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Congrats Darbo!!! USPSA is a great way to get some trigger time with varied targets while under time pressure. I started shooting in USPSA to gain handgun proficiency. While not really proficient, YET, I have improved and what little improvement I owe to USPSA. Videos like yours will get more folks joining and competing in USPSA. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice job! USPSA is allot of fun. The club near me downsized their matches and now fill up in minutes.i really want to do it more.
Some of these stages are kind of short. Once the cooler months get here the stages will tend to get longer and more elaborate. Most of the various action type matches at my club fill up in short order too. They also use "Practiscore" for signup and posting results. We have wi-fi throughout the range and use a Kindle type of pad for scoring.
https://practiscore.com/
 

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Friend of mine shoots IDPA on the national level. I went with him to a few
local matches a few years ago and had a great time just came in at the bottom.

It's not something you should expect to excel at your first few times, too many
things going on at once and too much to remember, to start.

Even going once though will make you a better shooter ESPECIALLY if you carry.
It'll make you think about what kind of situations you could possibly have to shoot
from. Everyone should do at least an IDPA shoot once. IDPA is generally more
"practical" and lower round count.

All the Best,
D. White
 
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Nice work! I need to try this type of thing one of these days. It looks like fun.

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I was thinking the same thing also. Great job!
 
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Friend of mine shoots IDPA on the national level. I went with him to a few
local matches a few years ago and had a great time just came in at the bottom.

It's not something you should expect to excel at your first few times, too many
things going on at once and too much to remember, to start.

Even going once though will make you a better shooter ESPECIALLY if you carry.
It'll make you think about what kind of situations you could possibly have to shoot
from. Everyone should do at least an IDPA shoot once. IDPA is generally more
"practical" and lower round count.

All the Best,
D. White
I shoot IDPA too. Actually I have shot a lot more of that and yes it is focused on being more practical shooting applications. Both formats are a ton of fun! I will be shooting an IDPA match at the end of the month. Maybe I can record that and then post the 2 videos in the same thread for comparison. That might be fun.

I haven't been shooting much for several months and am now trying to get going again. It seems like I shoot quite a bit and then slack way off and then go again! I need to average it out better. It's not like I'm good at this stuff but I sure do enjoy it and maybe even improve a little bit.
 

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Thanks for posting the video. I see more people with the hatcams recording their runs and I while I used to write it off as tech-geeks, I've come to accept that it's a great way to critique your shooting. I completely understand the feeling when a plan collapses ("Did I shoot 10 targets, or 9? Weren't there three targets on this part of the stage? That popper didn't drop that fast on the walk-through!"):)

I always encourage friends who carry to shoot IDPA -- both for the sport and competition, but largely to get familiar with drawing and presenting a concealed gun, to get the feel of moving/shooting/thinking all at the same time, and to 'wring out' their gear and gun. Some have found what they thought would work for carrying wasn't actually very functional under the pressure of competition, and some (myself included) have found gun problems (I had to replace the base plates on two Bersa mags that seemed fine shooting at the range, but spontaneously disassembled when loaded into the gun with any sort of force).

I tend not to be focused on the competition so much as the practical training side of it. I've done things such as show up at a match wearing a suit, because I often carry wearing a suit ($5.00 suit off a thrift store rack -- I found that drawing and moving in a suit is not quite the same as trying to shoot and scoot in trail shoes, shorts, and t-shirt with a fishing vest).

The matches are fun for the shooting, but also for getting together with other shooters. From a pure shooting aspect, a match is of questionable value -- a lot of local matches run about 5 hours, out of which you actually get to shoot a total of about 5 minutes (unless you get stuck with reshoots). But the chance to watch and talk with other shooters makes the matches worth the time.
 
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Thanks for posting the video. I see more people with the hatcams recording their runs and I while I used to write it off as tech-geeks, I've come to accept that it's a great way to critique your shooting. I completely understand the feeling when a plan collapses ("Did I shoot 10 targets, or 9? Weren't there three targets on this part of the stage? That popper didn't drop that fast on the walk-through!"):)

I always encourage friends who carry to shoot IDPA -- both for the sport and competition, but largely to get familiar with drawing and presenting a concealed gun, to get the feel of moving/shooting/thinking all at the same time, and to 'wring out' their gear and gun. Some have found what they thought would work for carrying wasn't actually very functional under the pressure of competition, and some (myself included) have found gun problems (I had to replace the base plates on two Bersa mags that seemed fine shooting at the range, but spontaneously disassembled when loaded into the gun with any sort of force).

I tend not to be focused on the competition so much as the practical training side of it. I've done things such as show up at a match wearing a suit, because I often carry wearing a suit ($5.00 suit off a thrift store rack -- I found that drawing and moving in a suit is not quite the same as trying to shoot and scoot in trail shoes, shorts, and t-shirt with a fishing vest).

The matches are fun for the shooting, but also for getting together with other shooters. From a pure shooting aspect, a match is of questionable value -- a lot of local matches run about 5 hours, out of which you actually get to shoot a total of about 5 minutes (unless you get stuck with reshoots). But the chance to watch and talk with other shooters makes the matches worth the time.
Good post. The camera was a gift about a year ago and it is fun to use from time to time. It does help to see where mistakes are made. The first stage it is very clear where I messed up. There is a target on the left that I shot twice. I should not have shot at it the first time. It threw my round count off and caused me to be standing still and doing 1 extra magazine change. Without the video it would not have been so easy to figure out where I messed up.

I agree with you about the learning/training being the more important aspect over the competition. Of course I do check the final scores to see where I finished but it's not a huge deal to me. If I do happen to finish higher than some other person it is maybe because I have made some improvements in my abilities and that aspect is important. A good case for not worrying about the competition can be had from how I finished in this match. In the over all scoring I was way down towards the bottom of the scoring. But that over all score pits my score against many people that are running their very expensive race guns and equipment and have been shooting this sport for a long time. It would be silly to try to compare and compete against those types. Even if I break it down to seniors in production class I still finished mid pack.

I focus on 3 things when I participate in these events. Safety, fun, learn!
 

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That does look like it would be a lot of fun.
You should try it.

IDPA really doesn't require much in the line of special equipment to get started. Your gun, a proper holster, a few magazines/speedloaders/speed strips with some means to carry them. Get a new shooter's brtief, put on a loose shirt over the gun for concealment, don eye and ear protection, and you're ready to face downrange, load and make ready.

Chances are there's a regular match near you:

IDPA - IDPA CLUBS

Elsewhere on the website you can find the rulebook, but anyone who's shot much IDPA can tell you that new shooters frequently show up with a gun and no more info than, "I heard there's a match here today," and are welcomed in, briefed, and in the match with the rest of the gang (usually, you get on a 'new shooters squad' your first go-round).
 
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