I’ve never had an RO complete an equipment check on my pistol, holster, or other gear during a club match. Not once. Ever. At club matches it is a pretty laid back atmosphere most of the year, with new shooters and veterans working on their game. When summer rolls around, and the IDPA Carolina Cup, East Coast Championship, USPSA NC State Championship start getting closer, more shooters begin to step up their game, and get more serious about their gear. The rest of the year however, I see a lot of cheaters at local club matches.
The most common cheater I see is the powder-puff pansy. The powder-puff pansy is the cheater that brags about shooting loads that do not make power factor. Sure, nobody is going to chronograph your loads at a club match, but are you really doing yourself any favors? With the amount of major matches we have in Eastern NC, it seems to me like it would be best to shoot loads that make power factor, and get used to shooting those loads, rather than having to change up your game when the majors roll into town.
The next most common cheater is the Glockophile. As most everybody knows, Glocks are great pistols (and my favorite) and being as popular as they are, just about everybody and their brother makes aftermarket parts for them. The Glockophile is the guy that adds all kinds of aftermarket parts to his Glock, but still shoots in SSP or Production. I see it all the time, from aftermarket magazine releases, slide stops, grip adapters, stippling (legal for production, I know), magazine wells, tungsten guide rods, etc. The glockophile might shoot another brand of pistol, but most often they will be seen with a Glock.
Last we have the “gamer”. The gamer is the most hated by the IDPA fudds. The gamer is generally a pretty good shooter, and generally knows the rule book inside and out. The gamer will show up to an IDPA match wearing “cleat like” shoes, and the most race-like holster and gear that he can while staying within the rules for the most part. The gamer cheats by knowing when and where he can bend the rules, and he does so quickly and discreetly without the RO noticing. The gamer will use speed to his advantage, moving quickly to a position and engaging targets before the RO notices that he was not fully behind cover. Some gamers will “ghost load”, loading their pistol with a full capacity magazine, and after firing a certain number of rounds, they will quickly throw an empty magazine from their belt onto the ground, and continue shooting with their full capacity mag. It takes skill to be a “good” gamer, but they are out there.
Is it really a big deal cheating at a club match? There aren’t any prizes or money on the line, so the cheater isn’t cheating anyone out of anything. I think most cheaters are cheating themselves, and to be honest, I don’t really care if they cheat during a club match. I’m confident in my abilities, and when I see myself score below a cheater, it just makes me want to perform that much better at the next match.
What do you think?