IDPA Hot Coffee Stage

Awesome – I received an email from reader Troy about the now infamous Hot Coffee Battle of Beech Grove.  It seems that he designed a stage for their local IDPA match based around the incident.  For those not familiar, IDPA stages have a scenario that tells a short story about the defensive situation, followed by the actual stage instructions.  Here’s the layout for the Hot Coffee Revenge stage.

Scenario: You are leaving work and heading to your car while drinking a cup of coffee.  A mugger and his friends decide to pay you a visit.

Procedure: Start standing at Position A holding “coffee” in strong hand, gun loaded to division capacity and holstered.  On start signal throw hot coffee at T1, then engage T1 and T2 with two rounds each while retreating to position B.  Engage T3 and T4, Popper 1 and Popper 2 through window.  Engage T5 from cover while moving to position C.  Pick up phone and hold in weak hand while engaging Popper 3, then engage T6 once activated by Popper 3.  Phone may be dropped after engaging Popper 3.

Stage Description That image is the stage description for the course of fire, and then here’s a picture of the actual completed COF.

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Looks like a pretty wicked stage, and I have to say that I’m my actual hot coffee incident didn’t involve this many attackers!


  1. Hmm….T1 and T2 don’t have to be engaged tactically? Or, is coffee heated to above 160F tactical in and of itself?

    I think it should be required that T1 and T2 should be engaged tactically with a mouse gun loaded with only 4 rounds, empty gun left on a table at B.

  2. Quote:
    But I agree – the stage should be shot with a Backup Gun, at least to start.

    I don’t understand.
    Why should the FIRST targets be engaged with a BUG? Surely if you have a BUG, it means that you also have a primary firearm that you would use as first choice due to ease of access, greater power and/or capacity, and ease of use.

    If you had said the LAST two targets, then I would agree completely – I see the BUG as being used AFTER the primary firearm is empty or has a malfunction.

  3. Is it too soon to quip “Thank goodness the RL Hot Coffee Stage didn’t have a couple No-Shoots”?

  4. Sendarius,

    Why should the FIRST targets be engaged with a BUG? Surely if you have a BUG, it means that you also have a primary firearm…

    See, there was this guy named Caleb, and as he was walking to his car one day after work… 😉

  5. Tam, I know the story.

    The thing is, that little pistol was NOT Caleb’s BUG – it was his ONLY gun, therefore it was his PRIMARY gun.

    That was why I prefaced my post with “I don’t understand”. It seems that a lot of people (you included) are calling it a BUG because it was a small pistol – that just isn’t the way I think of it.

  6. I was just trying to be funny. 🙁

    Anyhow, you’re right in that the commonly-used terminology is kinda screwy. The terms “BUG” and “Pocket Pistol” have somehow become synonyms, even though people frequently carry them as primary pistols in a belt holster…

  7. Sorry Tam, I got that too 🙂

    It’s just that I am an engineer by training and by nature – to us humour is often secondary to the data content.

  8. My two cents: had I designed the stage, I would have done thus: first two targets engaged with a loaner small caliber BUG, then at position B your pistol would be staged, simulating using your BUG to fight your way to the “real” gun in your car.

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