Earlier this week I had a post up about IDPA adding a Grandmaster classification. In the post, I was indifferent about it; I didn’t see how it would change IDPA or make any difference to the average competitor.
I was wrong. After reading and considering the arguments presented in the comments, I’m in favor of an IDPA Grandmaster division. It makes sense to take the top 5 or 10 competitors and take them out of the running and put them in their own division, so that the high level non-professional Master Class shooters can take a run at 1st Master, etc.
Of course, with that consensus the real question is how do you go about putting the IDPA GM class in place? I tend to agree with the idea that it can only be based on Nationals (Indoor and Outdoor) performance, because that would prevent the “paper GM” issue that you see in USPSA. In the initial bump, take all past National Champions and bump them to GM; then from there on out the only way to get the IDPA GM tag would be to finish within 95% of the total score of the National Champion in your division. I like the suggestion that the GMs only compete for Division Champion as well – leaving the other trophies such as High LE, 1st Master, etc for the non-professional shooters.
More thoughts from our readers, of course!