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Old October 22, 2014, 02:28 PM   #12
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I think IDPA (and other competitions) help run one's gear under stress (which is extremely useful); but, I don't know how much they benefit tactics? Am I wrong?
Mostly correct. When your weapon handling and safety protocols are part of your make-up, natural, that element of stress is removed in a lethal force encounter which frees up what little you have left to actually observe, ID and react in accordance with good tactics. If "Competition" is all you do, then you might be showing clear to the bad guy. I am of the camp who actually believes the freestyle nature of USPSA is preferable to the prescriptive (and often tactically ignorant) rules of IDPA for most people.

Conflict avoidance and using your brain will always be the better tactic than a shootout of any flavor.
Good Shooting, MarkCO
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