Don't let the cost of ammo hold you back. When I go to the range for lane shooting, I usually shoot around 200 rounds. Each IDPA match runs about 50 rounds. It's the other gun games that go through hundreds of rounds each match.I've thought about IDPA myself, just never got around to going to a match. With ammo prices up, it kind of hinders the idea a little although I may still try it sometime. I'm not into getting serious about it for competitions sake but for getting some trigger time from the draw in a scenario setup rather than standard range shooting. Tried checking out the Collin County IDPA site but it tells me I've been rejected, my IP has done something wrong or something along those lines. Dunno why because I've not visited that site in a looooong time and I'm using a new (AT&T) internet provider.
For the first year I was in IDPA, it was all about shooting from a draw, acquiring my target picture, and shooting on the move. I did not even try to be competitive. I was shooting IDPA with my carry gear and regular clothes. It wasn't until the second year when I got an OWB Kydex holster and a vest. Each match costs me $10.28 to the range and $5 to the club and about 50 rounds of factory ammo. In return, I have become a better shooter.I'm going for the fun, trigger time and learn to shoot better. The competition just makes it more fun, I have several "dead ass last" trophies!!! I hear most matches only take 150 rounds or so, great fun for around $40 plus a little for the clubs.