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Should IDPA Require Tactical Reloads on Every Stage?

Ben in El Paso sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking two different questions about reloads in IDPA.

Personally, I don’t think requiring a mandatory tactical reload (reload with retention) on all stages is a good idea. If we take the premise if IDPA as a defensive game, and then I don’t think requiring something that isn’t a real tactic for the average concealed carrier is a good idea.

Here’s my line of thought: I doubt if any concealed carrier has ever did a reload with retention in a gunfight, and then went back to that magazine later on. Cops, sure. Soldiers, absolutely. Concealed carriers? I don’t buy it as something that’s actually plausible in a defensive encounter.

I’m totally cool with a match director or stage designer requiring a tactical reload here or there on certain stages, but every stage is just too much, and I say this as a guy that likes to do tactical reloads at matches just to mess with the RO’s.

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One comment

  1. Good stage design can make a tac-load the best option. The WA State IDPA Championship in 2014 and 2015 had stages where the best choice was doing a tac-load.

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