Here’s a video of me shooting the IDPA classifier with a raw time of 50 seconds. The purpose of doing this was to shoot it so fast that I was basically out of control; I dropped a spectacular amount of points and finished terribly. But, the value in this is that I learned a max speed. After this run, I shot it again and pulled the speed back just a little bit – my raw time increased to about 65-70 seconds, but my points down dropped dramatically. Sometimes, you have to go out of control to realize how fast you’re capable of shooting.
At National level IDPA matches, following the awards banquet those that have won plaques trophies get their photos taken. Everyone always does the same super “I won, let’s stand here and gaze upon my plaque” face. I don’t.
Top to bottom: Ruger GP100 Match Champion in modified Blade-Tech holster, TerraLux TT-1, Safariland Comp-III speedloaders, and 4Wheelguns.Com speedloader holders.
Ruger and Blade-Tech provided me their respective pieces of kit as part of sponsorship deals. The TerraLux is one of my favorite lights ever, and seems to disappear off my desk whenever I don’t keep a weather eye on it.
Speaking of IDPA flashlight techniques, here’s how I’ll be rolling at the upcoming Indoor Nationals. I use a Crimson Trace Railmaster light as a handheld light because it allows me to get a really positive master grip on the pistol.
Reloads with this grip are simple with a semi-auto pistol, just roll the light deeper into your hand. They’re a little more complicated with a speedloader, I need to shift the grip a little to make it work right.
Let’s talk about shooting sport rules! A recent thread on PF.com brought up the IDPA Flashlight rules. As all IDPA-related posts do, it eventually became a discussion of said rules, rather than how to train for victory within the rules.…