To clear things up about this post where I’m rightfully deriding IDPA; I am not opposed to them ruling that .38 Short Colt out of a .357 Magnum revolver is not allowed. I actually approve of this ruling, because based on what IDPA sells itself as, it’s the right ruling.
My problem is solely with how the “ruling” came about. It’s not in the IDPA rule book, and it’s not published on the official IDPA website at www.idpa.com – instead it’s on a little known and unofficial web forum dedicated to IDPA. IDPA can and should make whatever rules they want to preserve the integrity of their sport, I’m 100% in favor of that. However, those rules should be easily found and readily available for anyone looking to try IDPA.
I have my issues with USPSA’s rulebook and the way they do things, but one thing that USPSA does well is make sure that official rulings are published on the official USPSA website. IDPA needs to get with the program on that. Seriously, it’s not hard: put up a section at www.idpa.com that is labeled “rule updates” or something like that, and then just publish all this stuff in there.