Flying a bit under the radar of the firehose of SHOT Show news coming out this week is this announcement from IDPA, sent to members via email:
We are happy to announce that the membership clearly told us that they wanted a Compact Carry Pistol (CCP) division. The full details of that division will be coming out shortly but competitors and MD’s can start making plans now. The division is based on ESP but the guns must fit an IDPA box with a 1/4 inch plywood spacer inserted in the bottom of the box to reduce the box size. Barrel length may be no more than 4.1 inches and the magazine limit will be 8 plus 1 to help level the playing field. This division will use the 125 power factor as well.
In other words, a division almost tailor-made for the new crop of single stack and subcompact nines like the Shield and XDs (Glock still conspicuously missing). The email also says the updated rulebook “will be released to the membership on the website during the last week of January” and “will go into effect March 1st in order for everyone to have an adjustment period.” While a month is the shortest “adjustment period” IDPA has ever had, hopefully the changes will be minor and subtractive (i.e. removing dumb rules like the known-condemned flat-footed reload rule) rather than adding more complexity.
You may remember IDPA posed the single stack nine fanboys against the carry optics fanboys in a head-to-head deathmatch over who would get their division added in this rulebook. Although the carry optics guys lost this time, IDPA cryptically hinted that there might might be round 2, saying, “we are still going to explore the possibility of adding that in the future.”
Hit the link for the full text of the announcement with information on the IDPA World Championship to be held later this year in Tulsa.
So, who’s up for some CCP action come March 1st?