Well, this last Saturday I took my new XD40 to a local IDPA event. Let me start by saying this is not my first handgun, but untill I got it I rarely ever shot handguns. And before this weekend I had never had to draw from a holster or engage multiple targets.
That said, I had more fun there than any other hobby I have. First, I love my XD!!! It made me look better than I actually am. It was sooooo easy to double tap and rapid fire I actually did FAR better than I expected. I went with my best friend Ernie. He uses a Para Ordinance P12, and had a huge problem with it on every stage. His mag release was so worn down that after 2-3 shots, it would simply unlatch and try to fall. My XD... NO PROBLEMS, ever. I love my gun. Anyways, The first stage they call my name and I walk up and get ready, stand where I am told and wait for the beep. I was not jumpy or anything, then the beep...... all of the sudden, I felt VERY panicy (sp?) as I drew from my holster and took aim at the first target. Thank God the targets did not shoot back as I am sure I would be dead. I was sooo jittery and nervous. I managed to eliminate all 8 targets in under 25 seconds with one reload and no missed shots, but man I felt really awkward. As the day went on, and I get to the sixth and final stage I was feeling very confident and the jitters were all gone. I even manged to finish 21 out of 32 total people. Not too bad I think.
To those especially with a CHL, and those without one, I highly reccomend seeking out your nearest IDPA and at least going once. It is the only place I have ever gone to shoot and not only was rapid fire allowed, but also encouraged. After that, I at the very least feel I have learned (and practiced) sound tactics that one day (as unlikely as it may be) could save my life (or yours).
After we were finished shooting I quickly joined not only my local idpa chapter, but also the IDPA it's self. I only wish next weekend was not the north texas regional event as I will have to wait another week to do what I am now addicted to.
Sorry for the long post, but I just had to share. BTW, for those of you in north texas check out http://www.ccidpa.org