Shooting the IDPA Classifier: 2017 Edition

I got a late start shooting matches this year, not shooting my first until July.  I was somewhat eager to shoot another Classifier, but missed one in August due to some family obligations.  I was looking forward to shooting the Classifier to see if I could improve upon last year’s performance enough to earn an […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2017

There was a bit of a gap between the second and now my third IDPA match this year, but it finally happened.  This was a two-day match that was billed as a “PCC-friendly” match and featured a total of 51 participants.  Of those 51, a total of eight chose to compete in the new-to-IDPA Pistol […]

IDPA vs. “Real Life”

In my last article, I outlined some reasons why I do not believe that competitive shooting in general, and IDPA in particular, should be one of the first steps one takes in learning to use a firearm defensively.  In that article, I provided my own definitions of “training” and “practice” and why competitive shooting falls […]

IDPA As Training?

From time to time here on the Civilian Gunfighter blog, I think it is prudent for us to downshift and remind our readers—and ourselves—why this blog exists.  John and I created this blog for several reasons, among which were that we wanted to help out newer shooters/concealed carriers with answers to common questions, to emphasize […]

My Second IDPA Match of the Year

Well, folks, my progress continues in IDPA world.  Two weeks ago I posted the results of my first match of 2017, which was my best to date.  This time, shooting in a challenging match in which a lot of fellow shooters struggled–and in punishing heat and humidity–I reached a new personal best. Equipment My equipment […]