Popped my competition cherry..

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    Jpatrick247

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    I shot my first ever shooting competition today. It was an IDPA qualifier. I went intending to shoot my 4.5" XDm; however, due to the change in qualifier rules I shot my 3.8" XDm instead.

    The first stage I got a little excited and overshot one target leaving me a PE that probably should have been an FTDR. I also had my only miss of the day on the first string of the first stage and should have DQ'd for drawing my pistol too soon on the second string of the first stage but the SO was being very nice.

    I shot the second string of the second stage too fast but didn't really care as I was more focused on the mechanics of shooting on the move.

    Overall it was a great learning experience and was glad to get the jitters out during a qualifier instead of a full match.
     
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    cerealbyter

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    How'd you do?
     
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    Nice. What division and how did you do?

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    Jpatrick247

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    The qualifier was weird. You qualify for every possible division your gun is legal for in one run. I finished 56 of 59 and last out of everyone who finished the course. To be fair though, it was only my 4th time shooting a pistol and the 1st time shooting that gun.
     
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    Acheron2010

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    Sorry, I do not yet speak IDPA. What do all your acronyms mean?
     
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    Jpatrick247

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    PE = Procedural Error
    FTDR = Failure to Do Right

    Oh, and my compact qualifies me in SSP, ESP, CCP, and CDP I think.
     
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    best cost for value way to learn. I vote take a class too, good on you taking the initiative.
     
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    Jpatrick247

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    The way I see it is, aside from league and club dues, it costs less to shoot IDPA comps than to go to a local, static range. While the static range will allow me to hone my accuracy, it does nothing to develop other valuable shooting skills that will most definitely come into play in a SD situation. Now before anyone gets excited and starts lecturing about comps not being a replacement for SD training, I understand that and want to work that into my training; however, this will help with gun handling skills so that when I take some more focused SD training I will be a more proficient shooter. It will also expose weaknesses that I can focus on through more specific drills.
     
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    Jeedia

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    Plus it's much more fun to run and gun!! Static ranges are soo boring after you have competed.

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    fredj338

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    I think what he wanted to know is did you make Marksman (MM) or Novice or?????
    The classifier is the hardest way into IDPA but you now know what you need to practice as it pretty much covers everything you may do in a match but kneeling & prone, which the old classifier had at least kneeling. You are correct, it is NOT training. But find me a dynamic practice enviro that is better & I will be there instead.
     

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