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I asked a few questions a while back but never got around to shooting an actual IDPA match. Some buddies and I shoot "practical" at our club which loosely follows IDPA rules with differences in restrictions on mods and magazine capacity. Everybody is lumped together into a single scoring group so basically the same guy takes 1st every month, another group fights over the remaining top 5 positions, a group for 5-15 and so forth. Needless to say it's starting to feel a little stale and I find myself losing interest.

One of my buddies has asked me if I would be willing to go out to Wilkes Barre with him to shoot unsanctioned IDPA with him. I have a good understanding of the IDPA rules, divisions, classification etc. From what I gather you don't have to shoot a classifier to take part in an unsanctioned match. How is it handled then? Do you just show up and say "I'm expert" or whatever? I grabbed a copy of the classifier scoring and instructions, I figured at the very least we could set it up and run each other through it just to roughly figure out where we belong.
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csmith;142020 Wrote:I asked a few questions a while back but never got around to shooting an actual IDPA match. Some buddies and I shoot "practical" at our club which loosely follows IDPA rules with differences in restrictions on mods and magazine capacity. Everybody is lumped together into a single scoring group so basically the same guy takes 1st every month, another group fights over the remaining top 5 positions, a group for 5-15 and so forth. Needless to say it's starting to feel a little stale and I find myself losing interest.

One of my buddies has asked me if I would be willing to go out to Wilkes Barre with him to shoot unsanctioned IDPA with him. I have a good understanding of the IDPA rules, divisions, classification etc. From what I gather you don't have to shoot a classifier to take part in an unsanctioned match. How is it handled then? Do you just show up and say "I'm expert" or whatever? I grabbed a copy of the classifier scoring and instructions, I figured at the very least we could set it up and run each other through it just to roughly figure out where we belong.

As you've never shot a classifier, you are "unclassified" in whatever division you are shooting. When you go just tell them you are new to IDPA and they will take care of the rest. After going to a few club matches shoot a classifier. That's what I did. Unfortunately most of the classifiers clubs run are done early spring. Some exceptions can be made if you are looking to try your hand at a sanctioned match you might get a club or match director to run a classifier for you.

But, just show up, let them know you are new and check the box for your division and then just check off "unclassified"
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bigdawgbeav;142043 Wrote:As you've never shot a classifier, you are "unclassified" in whatever division you are shooting. When you go just tell them you are new to IDPA and they will take care of the rest. After going to a few club matches shoot a classifier. That's what I did. Unfortunately most of the classifiers clubs run are done early spring. Some exceptions can be made if you are looking to try your hand at a sanctioned match you might get a club or match director to run a classifier for you.

But, just show up, let them know you are new and check the box for your division and then just check off "unclassified"

Thanks a bunch. Hopefully we can make it to a classifier somewhere soon. Both of us are pretty limited with how far we can travel and how long we can be out due to parenting duties Big Grin
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#4
To be classified, you could keep an eye out for Sanctioned Matches within reasonable driving distance of you. I've seen a lot of clubs run a classifier the month before the Sanctioned Match (because most shooters have to have shot a classifier within a year of the match).

I wouldn't worry about it too much, though. Register, for whatever matches you have time for, as Unclassified and enjoy the time on the range.
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waltw;142122 Wrote:To be classified, you could keep an eye out for Sanctioned Matches within reasonable driving distance of you. I've seen a lot of clubs run a classifier the month before the Sanctioned Match (because most shooters have to have shot a classifier within a year of the match).

I wouldn't worry about it too much, though. Register, for whatever matches you have time for, as Unclassified and enjoy the time on the range.

I did get in touch with the folks running the show at Wilkes Barre and apparently they will run a classifier after their monthly matches for anybody who wishes to do one. I'm looking forward to doing something different, lately I've really been feeling stuck in a rut.
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csmith;142146 Wrote:I did get in touch with the folks running the show at Wilkes Barre and apparently they will run a classifier after their monthly matches for anybody who wishes to do one. I'm looking forward to doing something different, lately I've really been feeling stuck in a rut.

That is nice that the club is willing to help out. I've never been out to Wilkes Barre but I hear good things about matches up there.

If you are looking for something different, you may also want to see if other sports are available in your area (USPSA and Steel League).
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I also have another buddy that asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be interested in heading down to Ontelaunee and shooting USPSA. Apparently he used to shoot it and is looking to get back in the game. If it ever happens I'll be sure to give you guys a heads up that we are coming.
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csmith;142230 Wrote:I also have another buddy that asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be interested in heading down to Ontelaunee and shooting USPSA. Apparently he used to shoot it and is looking to get back in the game. If it ever happens I'll be sure to give you guys a heads up that we are coming.

My preference is USPSA over IDPA. I've never shot steel.

Ontelaunee runs a great program (ran their first match this year). The last two months have been 10 Stages and roughly 230 rounds.

This is my match video from last weekend (they shoot 4th Sunday)

http://youtu.be/O76gyLHB_v8
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I watched that one the other day (got you and bigdawgbeav subbed). What time of day do they usually finish up at Ontelaunee?
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csmith;142474 Wrote:I watched that one the other day (got you and bigdawgbeav subbed). What time of day do they usually finish up at Ontelaunee?

Registration opens at 7:30am and I think I was driving home by 3:00pm
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