Around here, we always have a new shooter's briefing before the action. We also try to squad new folks with gentle and informative SO's and place the new folk in a good spot in the shooting order.
A good club does such and won't be offended if you ask.
Could not have said it any better.
Show up introduce your self to a few folks and off you go and welcome to the world of IDPA and competition shooting. Worse than crack cocaine as far as addicting goes. Shoot your first match and you'll be aching for more
NRA Life Member, NRA Range Safety Officer, IDPA Safety Officer
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