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Old March 15, 2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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IDPA people

Greetings all,

I got to wondering the other night, What are the IDPA and IPSC people like?
From competitors to officials and all the rest...

How welcoming and accepting are they of new comers?
do they cheer, jeer or pretty much just leave you alone?
Is it a good friendly atmosphere, is it intensely competitive?

Thanks for your help
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Old March 15, 2010, 12:35 PM   #2
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I'm new to competitive shooting and my experience has been very positive - very friendly and helpful people, especially to newcomers, and the matches are fun but safe and challenging at the same time. No jeers. Huzzahs abound.

At one of our local matches, extra gear is even brought for newcomers to use if they like. In fact, at the upcoming state ICORE match, the National Champion is coming, and he offered to bring an extra gun or 2 if anyone would like. Doesn't get much friendlier than that!

If you're thinking of checking out a local IDPA match for the first time, I can highly recommend it.
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Old March 15, 2010, 12:56 PM   #3
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In New England, I have found a friendly environment based on local standards. Nowhere near as warm as described above, but let's say 20% of the people are friendly which is pretty good around here.
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Old March 15, 2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I've found people at shooting matches to be friendly and accommodating.

That being said, be prepared for what I call the 5% (+/-) Jerk Quotient.

It's not the shooting sports, it's the Law of Humanity-in-Sufficient-Numbers.
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Old March 15, 2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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oh I understand there will always be 'that guy', thats to be expected.

I was just wondering if the folks were polite, professional and helpful, or if it was a highly competitive environment with a lot of 'those guys'
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Old March 15, 2010, 02:49 PM   #6
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"Shooters" come from a large cross-section of society, and I'd expect to find the same proportions of helpful people, kind people, rude people, ignorant people, etc., at shooting competitions as at yard sales or softball games. We're lucky at our club to have 20+ certified Safety Officers, and they are essentially required to be helpful! It's in the job description.
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Old March 15, 2010, 05:50 PM   #7
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In my 10 years of IDPA shooting I have found that most shooters will go out of their way to be helpful to a new shooter. They will give you a honest evaluation of you preformance and hints to improve you shooting. The ROs are great as they will take great pains to see that you understand the CoF, the safety rules and most important to make you feel comfortable. There will always be the boor that can make things difficult but they are few and far between. Go and watch a match to get a feel for what is going on, talk to some of the shooters and you will be hooked.
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Old March 15, 2010, 09:13 PM   #8
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I shot mainly one discipline for many years and I'm considering trying another. Any smart comp shooter knows that new shooters are the future of his sport and will make them welcome. I can guarantee someone took an interest in them and helped them early on.
My best advice is to contact the match director to see what you need to bring, show up early and make sure you understand the rules and course of fire. Ask lots of questions and have fun! If you don't have all the equipment needed show up and watch and make a realistic list of items needed. Don't be surprised if a shooter offers to let you try out his equipment after the match.
I'm sure you'll hear PPC shooters talk trash about IDPA shooters, Bullseye shooters tease PPC shooters and High Power shooters make jokes about Benchrest shooters but it's all in good fun.
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Old March 16, 2010, 04:23 PM   #9
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anyone form the Orlando FL area take part in idpa?
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Old March 16, 2010, 08:25 PM   #10
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I've shot IDPA for more than a decade and USPSA for more than a decade before that. You really run into all types.

I currently live in the mid-south but lived in the mid-west before that. In general, I would have to say the shooters down here are a lot nicer than the yankees.
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Old March 17, 2010, 01:10 AM   #11
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I've shot 5 or so IDPA matches over the past year at a local club. Folks come from metro and rural areas, and each match has from 40-60 shooters, and may have from 4 to 15 new shooters.

New shooters are given the mandatory safety course and are generally distributed among the squads, of which there are only four at this range. I was certainly welcomed warmly by the regular guys who conduct the match. As for the regular shooters, I know a few who struck up a nice conversation with me.

This group doesn't do any vocalizing of any kind in response to any shooter, whether they be newbies or the old guys. No cheers, no friendly jeers and no other outward signs of having even been watching the active shooter.

I've visited 2 USPSA matches where the shooters seemed to know one another more and visit with one another more, and I believe it's a far more stable group (been around longer, little turnover). I've shot just one USPSA match at a club different from the 2 just mentioned, but generally it's mostly the same shooters. I though folks were welcoming, cordial, helpful...but basically the same match behavior as the IDPA guys. Fairly quiet and I've never had any sense anyone was watching me or cared. Which I like. I've gotten quiet 'good run', 'nice shooting' and 'did you forget about that 2nd popper?' sorts of comments, but these are sincere one-on-one comments.

From my experience, I can definitely say you are unlikely to find a 'good ole boys' mentality with 'insiders' and 'outsiders', at least no more so than any other sort of club. It's not a League, and so far I've not met anyone I'd consider a jerk (hmmm, maybe because it's me).

The sooner you shoot your first match or two, the sooner these concerns will be behind you and you will be able to stress out over shooting.

I see no evidence of nor any opportunity for 'competition' in any sense I know it. I can choose to use what I see other shooters do to my advantage and plan to do better, but when the buzzer goes I can't imagine anyone thinking about how to 'beat' another shooter's time. I can also say I'm starting to ignore anything my brain tells me about how well or poorly I'm doing...I try to just wait for the scores to make any ego-satisfying (or bruising) comparisons.

It's very satisfying and I think very useful. Do it.
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Old March 18, 2010, 12:36 PM   #12
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I would like to participate in IPDA matches. Does anyone know of any towns on Long Island , NY . I think Freeport sponsers them but I would like a club or rqange closer to my home.
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Old March 18, 2010, 01:56 PM   #13
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Dre Sa,

The Orlando club has a vigorous IDPA program, at one time they were holding the state championships there.
http://www.cfrpc.com/IDPA/idpa.html

They shoot IPSC, too.

The Wyoming Antelope Club in Clearwater and the Lakeland range shoot IDPA, too; that would be in my "combat radius" if I lived in Orlando; but I shoot every weekend, health and weather permitting. I have shot at all three of those places and they put on a good show and make new shooters welcome.
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Old March 18, 2010, 05:33 PM   #14
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Being new to IDPA myself there is nothing but positive friendly people at the meets and all are willing to answer questions and help whenever you ask. The safety officers have all be a great help with regards to safety, how they would shoot the stage and so on. Great people, great shooting discipline and I'm glad I decided to try it and sorry I waited so long to get involved
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Old March 18, 2010, 05:35 PM   #15
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I would like to participate in IPDA matches. Does anyone know of any towns on Long Island , NY . I think Freeport sponsers them but I would like a club or rqange closer to my home.
You could start here, www.idpa.com
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Old March 18, 2010, 09:38 PM   #16
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I shoot both matches and the IDPA people are a bit friendlier that the IPSC folks. This is in the deep South mind you. Not that anyone was making me feel unwelcome. Just that the IDPA folks welcomed me with open arms.
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Old March 19, 2010, 03:13 PM   #17
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I shoot both matches and the IDPA people are a bit friendlier that the IPSC folks. This is in the deep South mind you. Not that anyone was making me feel unwelcome. Just that the IDPA folks welcomed me with open arms.
I personally think the IDPA is more true to life than the IPSC and also not a track and field event with a gun. just my opinion now so lets not get all worked up over it.
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Old March 22, 2010, 10:25 PM   #18
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Some of the best people I've ever met were involved in the competitive shooting sports!
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Old March 23, 2010, 09:52 PM   #19
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In New England, I have found a friendly environment based on local standards. Nowhere near as warm as described above, but let's say 20% of the people are friendly which is pretty good around here.
At my first match, someone asked me how I liked it, a second person asked me if I was addicted yet, and a third person told me "nice shooting." By local standards that was like Woodstock, and frankly I was blown away by the camaraderie and good fellowship. Local Standards, sure, but also earmuffs... mine weren't fancy noise cancelling ones. I had a fantastic time.
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Old March 24, 2010, 12:27 AM   #20
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My experience is that action shooters are very friendly and supportive. As mentioned above there is a quotient of jerks, but attitude is not appreciated so they get few perks to stay around.

If you find the IDPA and IPSC people too rude, drop in on ICORE (revolver only) or SASS for some real congeniality and almost family atmosphere.
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Old March 24, 2010, 10:15 AM   #21
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The IDPA folks around here are supportive and friendly. Very welcoming to new folks. Our population is diverse from all groups and walks of life. No real nuts and if so, they are quickly shut down.

YMMV in other locales than S. and Central Texas.

IPSC has a touch higher proportion of gamers who might be insular. However, the groups in general are friendly folk.

The steel folks are also quite friendly.
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Old March 24, 2010, 07:10 PM   #22
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Thanks for your help folks!

I'll definitely look into it when funds and time permit!
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Old March 24, 2010, 08:47 PM   #23
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Shooters in general are friendly helpful people.
I have many times seen (and a couple of times benefited from) somebody setting up right behind a Long Range shooter with a monster spotting scope and getting him on target at 600-1000 yards from a "who knows" sight setting that was putting them in the dirt or in the woods. (An experienced shooter with a good spotting scope can watch the "trace" of the bullet headed toward the target... or not.)
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Old March 28, 2010, 03:25 PM   #24
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i agree with others that most shooting disciplines pretty much have the same types of people. Some, like me, shoot both in order to get more trigger time and others are dead set in their discipline. I like shooting both because it never lets you get comfortable and always keeps you thinking because of the different rules. As far as the games go, i think IPSC will make you a more accurate shooter, but IDPA makes you more tactically sound and hones skills and ultimately i would rather have those when faced with a real life situation.
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Old March 29, 2010, 04:36 PM   #25
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There were two new shooters on my squad yesterday. Both left and shook our hands for being so supportive and helpful. Big hugs all around!

They said they would be back.
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