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Open Call: Looking for Those Interested in Shooting
#1
As many of you know I have recently gotten into competitive shooting, so far all IDPA. I do have plans to shoot USPSA next week.

However, I am putting out an open call to anyone who might be, even the slightest bit, interested in shooting a competition.

If you've seen Walt's videos on USPSA you know it's fast and might require 4-6 magazines and holster to go with. If you've seen my IDPA (an Walt's as well) you know that you only need 3 magazines.

So here's the deal: I have a match at Guthsville coming up on June 2nd. If anyone thinks they'd like to give it a shot, I would be more than willing to car pool up there (if you're from SEPA that is). If you are already in that area then I have no problem meeting you there.

Now if you're telling yourself that you aren't that good or something along those lines, stop thinking like that. One of the best ways to get better is to do it. I'm living proof of that. I go back and watch my first videos and realize how bad I sucked. I've gotten a lot better. You could to. And you might even surprise yourself.

I choose to introduce people to competitive shooting via IDPA because it's more tailored to what you already carry and tries to focus on everyday situations.

Please let me know if you'd like to meet up and if you are in the Bux-Mont area, we can car pool.

What you'll need: (basically like you're headed to the range)
~Gun (duh)
~holster (OWB, IWB... doesn't matter)
~3 magazines
~magazine holster (2 singles or a double pouch)
~cover garment (if you don't have a vest then a jacket or button-down shirt will work)
~ammo (I would think 150 rounds will be sufficient)
~eye and ear protection

For the first time, don't get all worked up about the minutiae of the rules. First-timers get a special briefing and the important parts of safety are covered.

I really hope those that are on the fence really consider this. I can't tell you how fun and addicting it is. Everyone I've met have been really nice and it's like being part of a family. I encourage everyone to think about it.
NRA (Life), GOA, FOAC (Life), NAGR, AMGOA

RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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bigdawgbeav;102956 Wrote:Now if you're telling yourself that you aren't that good or something along those lines, stop thinking like that. One of the best ways to get better is to do it. I'm living proof of that. I go back and watch my first videos and realize how bad I sucked. I've gotten a lot better. You could to. And you might even surprise yourself.

I'm quoting this for emphasis after having been through it myself and having recently spoken with several people holding out due to the same fears. All of my anxiety was wiped away after shooting my first stage at my first match. JUST GO DO IT. Don't worry about times other people set, don't worry about being quick, be safe, put your shots on target and have fun!
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csmith;102966 Wrote:All of my anxiety was wiped away after shooting my first stage at my first match. JUST GO DO IT. Don't worry about times other people set, don't worry about being quick, be safe, put your shots on target and have fun!

^^QFT^^

No one expects a new shooter to wow the crowd right out of the gate. And in my experience, most shooters are more than willing to help out the "new guy". Sure you get those that are ultra-competitive, but not when helping out someone that's never done it before.

The experts and masters are always the first to step up and help out. Even after a year I get some pointers from those that have been doing it longer, and I listen.
NRA (Life), GOA, FOAC (Life), NAGR, AMGOA

RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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#4
If I lived in that quadrant of the state I'd gladly join in...

I've only been to 2 IDPA matches so far. As the others have stated, if you are on the fence, just go try it. I was on the fence because I didn't know anyone initially and I'm not one to just get up and goto an event alone. But after meeting a PAFOA member who told me to go, I went. It's a lot more fun than standing in one spot shooting.

And to anyone going the best 2 pieces of advice I can give you(besides be safe at all times) is listen to advice from others. There will most likely be one or two hard-asses that have a macho-I'm-better-than-you attitude but I can almost guarantee every other person there will go out of their way to help you(if needed of course). If you already have some level of actual training(classes) than this shouldn't be to big of issue. Point trying to be made here, check your ego at the door.

And to sorta tie into that my second piece of advice, GO SLOW. Don't try to out run yourself just because the guy in front of you just cleared the course with Jerry Miculek speed. Slow, smooth draw. Slow smooth trigger squeeze. Slow smooth transition from one target to the next and one position to the next. If you try to keep up with the fastest shooter there, your not gonna have a good time.

And one more kind of important thing to keep in mind, IDPA isn't ment to be a training course. By that I mean if you are seeking to become a better shooter take classes with reputable teachers, don't think just because you can peek out from cover and shoot a target you know what you are doing.
"What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore."
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#5
If you are on this end of the state, Lawrence County Sportsman's Assn is shooting IDPA next Sunday (6/2), and Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Club is the following Sunday. They both run 5 stages, so you should be OK with 100 rounds or so. I usually take 150, just in case.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. B. Franklin


Ready if it goes there. Madison Rising
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#6
I typically shoot 3 matches each month.

1st Saturday at Lower Providence Rod & Gun Club (USPSA)
3rd Saturday at Southern Chester Sportsman's and Farmers' Association (USPSA)
3rd Sunday at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club (IDPA)

I'd be happy to help and offer advice to anyone that wants it. If there is something I can't help you with, I'll find someone that can.
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