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IDPA Draw Creating Bad Habits?

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by Captains1911, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    I have been into IDPA for a few months now, and thoroughly enjoy it. Like most, I compete with a shooting vest open in the front, and drawing by simply sweeping the vest back out of the way with the strong hand. However it makes me wonder what kind of potentially harmful habits this is creating, considering I carry concealed on a daily basis with clothing that requires the support hand to grab and pull the clothing up out of the way. These are two very different drawing techniques, and obviously it would be less than desirable to attempt the IDPA competion method in a life or death situation while wearing regular clothing.

    So what do others think? Do you sacrifice a quicker draw in competion and compete with clothing similar to what you wear everyday to avoid creating bad habits?
  2. ADulay

    ADulay Member

    It's a game and it's a bit of practice. Do whatever you think is best for you.

    Me? I run with what I wear and what I carry. Easy choice.

    Other people play the game on a level of seriousness way above me. Not a big deal.

    If your "normal" draw stroke involves using your weak hand to clear the garment, then do it that way.

    Pretty simple. You may not become a Distinguished Master, but at least your draw will be consistent.

  3. MErl

    MErl Well-Known Member

    Yes. I do it mainly for practice & fun so I wear exactly how I carry.
  4. JamieC

    JamieC Well-Known Member

    Yup, I shoot the way I carry, that's my reason, (ok, one of 'em, LOL), for doing IDPA. I've gotten some grief for my IWB holster, the first time I shot, one of the SOs insisted I move the holster from where I normally wear it, 4 o'clock, to around to the 3 o'clock spot. Didn't argue, didn't really know the rules. The next couple of times, no problem. I got some grief again the last time I went, it was pretty crowed so I kept quiet, double checked the new rule book, the next time if it comes up, we will have a rule discussion.
  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Yes, you certainly would be within your rights to have that rules discussion with the SO and the MD. 3:00 is the very bleeding forward edge of allowability, 4:00 would be just fine.

  6. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry too much about the draw, there are lots of other negative things the game would bring into real life.

    I don't say that as an IDPA hater either, I am a 5 gun master myself, just being honest.
  7. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    Ask any of those DM types if they think having a fast draw with an IDPA rig hurts their readiness to operate with their pocket gun.
  8. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Last time I looked (has been a while) pocket guns are not allowed for IDPA use so how would that hurt anything??

  9. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Maybe they should. After all, pocket carry is very common (and popular) in the real world.

    Don't 'spose this observation makes any difference though.
  10. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    It's just very unsafe in the "controlled" environment that the game is played in.

    The reason "BUG" matches are never "draw from "___".
  11. Madcap_Magician

    Madcap_Magician Well-Known Member

    Because someone who carries in an IDPA-approved manner for competition but stuffs a J-frame in his pocket every other day will not have the draw stroke from practice transferred to his normal habits?
  12. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Well, let us look at it from the other side.

    If you prefer to carry a pistol in a manner not approved by IDPA (pocket, MOB, crossdraw, etc.) or just not competitive (under shirttail), how often do you practice?
    If an IDPA straight draw from under easily cleared concealment (You know, like the FBI.) is a bad habit, how do you reinforce your good habits?
  13. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    That is certainly true. However, while hoping not to step on anyone's toes with this comment, generally a draw from a pocket isn't going to be something accomplished quickly -- not quickly in the "1 second or less" sense that a practiced shooter could draw from a belt holster in.

    IMHO, it's just such a different thing I don't see any damage done by practicing a good draw from a holster when taking part in practical competition/practice. If you set up your "speed pocket" rig and are working on shaving hundredths off your pocket draw, then I guess practicing a belt-holster draw might conflict with the skill you're trying to hone in your pocket.

    No in competition, you aren't practicing your pocket-carry retrieval but if you want the benefits gained by shooting IDPA scenarios and matches, you're going to be drawing from a belt holster anyway, period. If someone feels that you should NOT shoot practical competition because you might lose your pocket-draw edge if you have to work with a holster ... :scrutiny: ... I'd say their priorities are grossly misplaced! :D (Or, as seems to be the case sometimes, they're fishing for a plausible sounding excuse for why they don't shoot competition.)

    Of course you should be practicing drawing from whatever carry method you choose (on your own time, in a safe manner) anyway. Even if that's pocket, ankle, shoulder holster, or cross-draw.

    As Jim suggests, IDPA (or even USPSA!) is a great excuse/driver for many of us to get out to the range 4-5 times a month to sharpen our skills. If you don't do competition, well that's fine, but are you driving yourself to practice with what you DO carry? Do you have the motivation to get out there on your own and push yourself hard against the clock to be a better shooter?

    If not, then any excuse about the wrong kind of holster is just so much lying to yourself.
  14. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Not just that, but for people like me who have bony hips, 3:00 doesn't work ... unless I want to be in pain by that evening. :)

    I've got to get the slide BEHIND the protrusion of the hip bone or carrying becomes extremely unpleasant.
  15. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    My holster rides at 3:27:30.
  16. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    I carry all over the place but wouldn't want to be a bystander at a match that had holster positions that could have an AD go anywhere other than a yard from foot position of the shooter or forward.

    I have seen one MA class shooter AD right out of the holster and lucky for him it only made his butt cheek look pretty bad. A good reason to never stand behind the shooter you are RO'ing BTW.

    Out of a pocket, with "new and average" shooters, not for me.

    I wouldn't expect anyone to RO me from a SOB draw anymore than I would want to RO someone drawing from that position.

    Out of a pocket, who knows what direction it could be pointed in...
  17. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    I won't carry small of back, compresses my spine too much when I sinch up the belt, and I don't like the idea of sweeping arterial clusters under stress...

    I either carry at about 3:30 or (if I'm driving a long ways and wearing a seat belt) I swap and carry cross draw.

    Crossdraw is right out for competitions though, no way. I also don't allow it in my concealed carry classes. The ONLY thing I allow is 3 o'clock OWB (or 9:00 for lefties) n my classes, for safety reasons.
  18. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    Comfort carry depends of a lot of things, there is no "best" like pretty much anything else related.

    Many might assume the "risk" of carrying other ways as opposed to being unarmed completely.

    In competition I would disagree, not an ideal when you know you will be drawing several times the day. Why it is not allowed.

    I have carried in my pocket more than a few times but have never expected anyone to allow me to in competition. Not to mention I have no illusions that shooting a "game" would be anything like "real life".

    On the other hand I would suggest that everyone shoot when they get the chance and gun games are a fun way to do such. Even if they can't do exactly what they want to do.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2014
  19. johes

    johes Member

    Agreed. IDPA is my main gun game. It is just that, a game with rules. I know that the original intent of IDPA was that it taught you defensive skills, but some rules and techniques do the opposite. Shoot IDPA to develop gun handling skills only, and to have fun.
  20. 4thPointOfContact

    4thPointOfContact Well-Known Member

    How many people wear their IPDA "Shoot Me First" vest anywhere but at matches?

    I might not notice someone carrying OC if their pistol isn't right in front of me, but I notice someone wearing a vest immediately, they're just not common enough for anything else but trying to conceal a pistol.

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