IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun Rules

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this.  Here’s a link to the new IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun Rules, which are IDPA’s hand at 3-gun competition.  I am SO EXCITED.  I love IDPA – probably because it’s the first game I ever shot, but it has stuck with me since.  I also love shooting more than just handguns, so IDPA finally adding official multi-gun rules is pretty cool.  First, let’s look at the divisions for IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun.

Stock Service Gun
Firearms permitted for this division must be:
A. Rifle: 5.56 x 45 mm (.223) or larger caliber, with iron sights only.
B. Shotgun: Pump only in 12 or 20 gauge, with iron sights only. No more than
five (5) rounds may be loaded in the magazine at any time , Six (6) rounds
max in gun.
C. Pistol: Any IDPA SSP legal pistol or revolver using IDPA legal capacity

Cool. This is where your stock ARs/AKs and Mossberg 500s are going to live. What’s great about this is that so many people already have all this gear and can get shooting!

Enhanced Service Gun
Firearms permitted for this division must be:
A. Rifle: 5.56 x 45 mm (.223) or larger caliber, with iron or single optic sights
only. The use of an inline optical magnifier is legal.
B. Shotgun: Pump or semi-auto only in 12 or 20 gauge, with iron sights only.
Five (5) round magazine limit, Six (6) rounds max in gun.
C. Pistol: Any IDPA legal pistol or revolver using IDPA legal capacity

Here are you optics. Got an Aimpoint or an ACOG on your AR? This is where you’re going to be shooting. I predict this will be the most populated division in IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun, as there are a lot of people with ARs that are wearing optics out there.

Stock Pistol Caliber Carbine
Firearms permitted for this division must be:
D. Rifle: 9 x 19 mm or larger pistol caliber (including .30 carbine) with iron
sights only.
E. Shotgun: Pump only in 12 or 20 gauge, with iron sights only. Five (5) round
magazine limit, Six (6) rounds max in gun.
F. Pistol: Any IDPA SSP legal pistol or revolver using IDPA legal capacity

Honestly though, I’m most excited about the two pistol-caliber carbine divisions. This has been something that’s been lacking in the shooting world – an official competition for the thousands and thousands of pistol carbines out there. People with Kel-Tecs, Hi-Point carbines, Thompsons, Ruger PC-9s, Beretta Storms, and of course AR carbines now have a place to run that carbine in competition. I think this is a GREAT move on the part of IDPA to incorporate this; pistol carbines are popular and are everywhere, and this is a great way to attract shooters to the sport.

Enhanced Pistol Caliber Carbine
Firearms permitted for this division must be:
G. Rifle: 9 x 19 mm or larger pistol caliber (including .30 carbine) with iron or
single optic sights. The use of an inline optical magnifier is legal.
H. Shotgun: Pump or semi-auto only in 12 or 20 gauge, with iron sights only.
Five (5) round magazine limit, Six (6) rounds max in gun.
I. Pistol: Any IDPA legal pistol or revolver using IDPA legal capacity

I think I’ve just found the division that will have the second largest number of shooters. Got a Beretta Storm with an Aimpoint clone on it? Welcome to Enhanced Pistol Caliber Carbine. I figure this will see a lot of shooters, and could in fact have more bodies in it than Enhanced Service Gun. Me personally, I’m planning on competing in Stock Pistol Caliber Carbine. This will allow me to get back in to multi-gun competition for a lot less money than shooting regular 3-gun matches, because .40 ammo is a lot cheaper than .308 or even .223.

This is a great step for IDPA. The rest of the rules cover things like concealment (not recommend for long gun stages), reloads and general stuff. I am really excited to see this, and hope to see clubs starting to run these IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun matches soon. Right now, these rules are provincial – club level only. If this is successful and local clubs report high turnout, it wouldn’t surprise me if sometime in the near future we saw an IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun National Championship. Bring it on!

New IDPA rules – a close look

Last night, IDPA released two sets of rules, the first being an enhancement/update to the existing rulebook and the second being the new IDPA Multi-gun rules.  I’m excited about both of these and am going to dedicate two separate posts to the new rules.  This one will look at the enhancement to the existing pistol rules, and the following post will cover the IDPA Defensive Multi-Gun rules.

A little background on the new rules – remember a while back when I talked about how IDPA was releasing unofficial rules on the IDPA forum and then not telling people?  Those days are over now, because the unofficial IDPA forum is now the official IDPA forum.  This actually solves the problem I had with that – there was no expectation that people could find the rules, but now that they’re ON THE IDPA WEBSITE people should be expected to know the new rules.

Speaking of the new rules, here are the updates to the IDPA rules.  Where the rules amend an existing rule, the current rule will appear in red writing.  Let’s look and see what will change when the rules go effective on August 1st 2010.

The first two clarifications are about pistol capacity – the rules now specify that you may only download your pistol mags when the course of fire calls for it.  This means if you’re running a 1911 with 8 round magazines, you cannot download them to 7.  It also clarifies that guns that cannot be loaded to division capacity are legal, but must be loaded to their maximum capacity.  The next rule change addresses the number of no-shoots allowed per COF, and I think that helps clear things up a bit.

The third change clears up some of the issues with usage of cover – here’s the existing rule in italics followed by the addition in bold:

CoF 9. When cover is available, it MUST be used when shooting unless the competitor starts in the open and must engage targets while on the way to cover. If cover is available anywhere in the COF it must be used for reloading. Competitors may NOT cross any opening (doorways, windows, open spaces, etc) without engaging targets.
The update is in bold.  This does clear up a lot of the questions about movement to cover for open starts.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t clear up one of the questions I had about cover, so we’ll have to see.  In fact, I’ll post that question later to see what you guys think.
There are a couple of changes to the prize awards, but we’re not going to worry about that.  The next rule that is interesting is that you may now officially receive multiple procedures for failing to use cover properly on a stage.  For example, if there are three shooting positions, you could receive a max of three procedurals for failing to use cover.  They also clear up the failure to neutralize penalty – it now officially states that FTN applies to any target without 1 “down zero” or 1 “down 1” hit.
Now, the changes that are going to interest a lot of people are the equipment changes.  For both CDP and ESP now they have added that extended slide stops are legal, as well as certain types of slide cuts.  This had previously not been legal in CDP and ESP.  They also increased the maximum legal in CDP to 42 ounces, I guess Wilson Combat is releasing a 1911 that weighs 42 oz (I’m kidding).  Enhanced Service Revolver is now allowed to use slightly oversized cylinder releases, and CDP and ESP have been updated as above to bring them slightly closer to USPSA Limited/Single Stack.  Slightly.
Two big changes – back to my earlier post about the then secret rules forum, the genesis of that post was finding out that using shortened ammo in a wheelgun was frowned upon.  For example, using .38 Short Colt in a .38 Special revolver or using .45 GAP in my S&W 625.  This is now specifically disallowed by IDPA.  Not addressed in the rulebook is the hoped-for lowering of the power factor for Stock Service Revolver.  I had noted that most factory .38 ammo doesn’t make the 125 required PF, and IDPA is addressing that and will be releasing an updated power factor for the Stock Service Revolver class.  Awesome.
Chrono procedures are clarified, as are some of the holster rules.  You now cannot temporarily disable the lock on a retention holster, so if you’re using a SERPA (for example) you must use it in its intended configuration.  They also clarified the procedural penalty for dropping ammo.  Now, if a loaded mag falls out of your mag pouch it’s a procedural regardless of whether you pick it up.  This is a good rule, if you ask me.  If you drop a loaded mag during a reload with retention, it is NOT a procedural as long as you pick the magazine up and stow it before the last shot is fired on the stage.  Along with that, it is clarified now that you’re not allowed to fire while holding a magazine or speedloader in your hand.  Not that I’ve seen many people do that, but it’s nice to know.
A couple of other quick changes: if there’s a stage with a window or port, you cannot stand directly in the window or port without incurring a cover violation.  I don’t like this, but it makes sense within the framework of IDPA’s rules.  Blind stages are specifically disallowed in major matches, another good thing.  The final “major” change is that you can no longer have stages with “tactical sequence” shots beyond 10 yards, and it is officially against the rules to mix Tactical Sequence and Tactical Priority on a single stage.
Overall, I think the new IDPA rules do address some of the deficiency in the previous rule book, and it’s a good thing.  What’s an even better thing is the progressive move by IDPA to go to official online rules clarifications that can be found at the IDPA website.  That will allow shooters like me to get clarification and understanding of what the rules mean for them and how they can work within the rule set to shoot the match their way.

No new Gun Nuts Radio tonight

There will not be a new episode of Gun Nuts Radio tonight, your host and author is buried under a mountain of work stemming from a 4 day weekend. Gun Nuts Radio will resume its regular broadcast schedule July 13th, so check us out then! In the meantime, here’s our most popular episode of 2010 to date: The SHOT Show Special!

A serious 3-gun rig

Last week we looked at Silly 3-gun rigs, now I want to show you a serious 3 gun set up for shooting Outlaw Heavy Metal or USPSA Heavy Metal Limited division.  The rules for this division are pretty straightforward – you need a .308 caliber rifle, a 12 gauge pump action shotgun, and a .45 ACP handgun.  Say you’re on a budget and you want to get this done with as little mucking around with aftermarket parts as possible, you can get this rig and get it at a good cost.  Let’s start with your rifle.

Remington R-25 in .308why yes, it is a hunting rifle.  It’s also interestingly enough basically ready to go out of the box for 3-gun competition.  The only thing you need to do is add a muzzle brake to the front of it, and you’re ready to rock for 3-gun Heavy Metal.  Yes, there are things you could add to the gun to make it “better” for 3-gun, but for right out of the box it’s pretty good to go.  Plus, you also now have a great gun for hunting bambi/feral pigs/whatever.

Shotgun – Benelli Nova Tactical pump.  Sure, from the factory its 4+1 round capacity is less than ideal, but for less than $400 at retail its hard to beat that price.  Especially since you can get a Nordic components magazine extension and bring that capacity up to a more competitive number pretty easily.  Plus, the Nova eats up felt recoil very well for a pump 12, so you won’t be hating life after a day of shooting.  An alternative would be a Mossberg 500 fitted with a Blackhawk Knoxx stock.

Now, for the handgun I’m giving you two options – USPSA stipulates that your handgun must conform to Single Stack rules, so you have to have a 1911.  For outlaw, you can have any .45 ACP handgun.  Here’s the 1911 I’d pick to get you running right away on a budget – The ParaUSA GI Expert ESP.  Para took their popular GI Expert pistol and added some extra features – a high rise beavertail grip safety, fiber optic front sight, and extended thumb safety make this gun pretty much ready to rock out of the box.

But say you don’t want a 1911 and you’re not going to compete in USPSA Heavy Metal Limited division, so you’re just looking for a .45 ACP.  No problem, because the market offers a TON of .45 ACP pistols that are ready to go for 3-gun out of the box.  I mean, I could just run a list of guns I’d recommend, and at the top of that list would be the S&W M&P .45 or the Glock 21SF.  Get either one of those and you won’t go wrong.

There is more to 3-gun than Heavy Metal division of course – and this is by no means a high speed-low drag super rig.  What it does represent though is a way to get in to the game with guns that you might already have around the house for other things – hunting, home defense, and concealed carry.

HAVA Charity Auction is go for launch

The very first item in the month long HAVA Charity Auction has been launched, and it is awesome.  Here’s the recipe: start with one part Sig Sauer 1911 with Nitron finish, add a Blackhawk Single Stack Magazine carrier, and top off with a delicious serving of Crimson Trace Pro Custom 1911 laser grips.  The 1911 is loaded – this is no entry level gun!  You’re looking at Sig’s Nitron finish, genuine Novak night sights with Trijicon inserts, a 5 lb trigger pull, Sig wood grips, and best of all for the 1911 purists?  No full length guide rod.

Crimson Trace has supplied their excellent 1911 laser grips for this, with the custom finish that you see in the picture.  Those are going to look sexy when you mount them on this 1911 from Sig Sauer – not only will this combo give you a serious fighting pistol, but you’ll also look good doing it.

The auction is live now at Gunbroker, so click to bid and support our country’s veterans!

This weekend

In pursuit of the Quest for Master Class, this weekend I’ll be out at Atlanta Conservation Club putting the Ruger SR9c through its paces.  Starting on Saturday with our 4th of July weekend IDPA match, then continuing on Sunday with a videotaped shoot through of the IDPA classifier.  Here’s the current score report on my IDPA Classifications:

  • Custom Defensive Pistol: Sharpshooter
  • Enhanced Service Pistol: Sharpshooter
  • Stock Service Pistol: Unclassified
  • Stock Service Revolver: Unclassified
  • Enhanced Service Revolver: Master

We’re starting the Quest for Master Class in the two divisions that the Ruger SR9c is eligible for, Stock Service Pistol and Enhanced Service Pistol.  To that end, I’m going for Stock Service Pistol first.  The bar for Master Class in Stock Service Pistol is 98.82 seconds for the entire course of fire.  My goal by the end of all of this is to be able to shoot it in less than or equal two 80 seconds in any division.  That’s actually not has hard as it seems.  It leaves you with about 20 seconds each for the first two stages which are all about speed, and then 40 seconds for the last stage which is very accuracy intensive.  Looking at previous classifiers, I’ve really managed to shave time off the first two stages – for my Master run with the 625 in ESR, I shot stage 1 and 2 in about 25 seconds each, stage 3 in 47 seconds.  That puts me right around 97-98ish seconds, which I should be able to beat using a semi-auto pistol.

To find out how I do on my first classifier run with the Ruger SR9c, check out Downrange.TV’s Quest for Master Class!

The next update to the Quest for Master Class is coming next week, with the full launch of the program!  Make sure to keep your browser pointed at Downrage.TV for all the updates from the shooting sports community!