“I’d love to try competitive shooting, but I need to get some more practice at the range first.”
I came across a post on an IDPA Facebook group that illustrates exactly why you should just go shoot your first competition (You can find the original post here, Facebook won’t let me embed it for some reason):
I’ve always thought of myself as a good shot. I rarely score outside the ten ring at the shooting range, I am superb at sporting clays, I shoot well in high power….
Well tonight was my first IDPA match, and I sucked.. Not just a little… I sucked EPICALLY. I did learn a few things though, and met some highly skilled shooters. Plus I had a blast (no pun intended)
I am very humbled by my experience tonight and very intrigued all at the same time. I really want to practice the different skills and new techniques that I was made aware of tonight, but most ranges offer nothing of the sort except the matches themselves. Where can you go in the north west Georgia area to practice?
I think this is awesome for several reasons:
- He went and shot his first match and had a blast.
- He realized that shooting and moving under the stress of the timer is vastly different from shooting on the square range.
- He makes a good point: finding a place to practice action shooting skills are few and far between (at least in his area, and here in mine).
What can we do about this? I think we should all resolve to bring someone out to try their first competition at some point this year. Take one weekend, invite someone out and offer to show them the ropes.
Eliminate all of their excuses. Don’t have a gun? Loan them one. Don’t have ammo? Give them some for the match. Don’t have a holster/mag pouches/belt/whatever? Get what they need. Chances are there’s someone you shoot with regularly that has what they need.
Here’s what I’ve noticed over the last 5 or so years I’ve been involved in competitive shooting: The more people that get involved in the sport, we miraculously have more places to shoot… Funny how that works.