IDPA in Houston (Clear Lake)


September 14, 2010, 11:22 PM
Hi all,

I must say, I really enjoyed checking out IDPA last night. It was a lenient intro-type night, so my glock with a tac-light (only holster I have for the glock) didn't keep me from trying it out. Steven Vandermolen was an excellent teacher and made it very enjoyable. If anyone hasn't done this, I highly recommend giving it a shot. I'll be back next month (long drive plus cost of ammo keeps it to once a month right now) and every month thereafter. Need some better gear though. As for real world training, I can't think of anything better for self-defense.

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September 15, 2010, 10:05 AM
Yeah, it is a great time, isn't it... :) It is a sport, so there are rules that will not make sense to everyone just like in any other sport, but the lines need to be drawn somewhere.

Also, don't get drawn into thinking that it is some kind of "tactical training"; it is not. However I don't think it is useless from a true "practical" perspective either like some people will tell you.... unless learning to shoot accurately at speed is useless. ;)

As far as gear, if you plan to shoot regularly, you should get it within regulation, especially if you ever go to a sanctioned match. Nothing would suck more than laying out the match fee, travel time, hotel, and get DQ'd for some equipment violation.

So, the flashlight will have to go of course, and there are lots of other rules that are not necessarily intuitive (pistol modifications, holster, belt, mag pouches, cover garment all need to be legal); checking with a more experienced shooter at first would probably be a good place to start. Which model Glock are you shooting, and what modifications have been done? Based on that you may have a choice of divisions and you want to pick the one in which you will be most competetive with what you have. Enjoy...

September 15, 2010, 07:20 PM
I know it's nothing like the real thing, but I like the shooting near friendlies and quick acquisitions of BG and keeping everyone safe :). Glock 20 w/.40 conversion, stiffer firing pin spring, and lighter disconnect (think that's right).

September 15, 2010, 08:53 PM
Sounds good; I believe that .40 barrel is going to put you into the Enhanced Service Pistol ("ESP") division.

You could trade the 10mm barrel back in and shoot in the Stock Service Pistol ("SSP") division.

September 16, 2010, 11:20 AM
I have no problem being in any specific class. In fact, I'd like to try revolvers as well. One girl had a little 442 and could shoot it much more accurately than I can :D. I'll be using a model 19 :)

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