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 […]

My First IDPA Match of 2017

Kind of amazing that it took me until July to shoot my first match this year, but that’s the way it works sometimes.  My schedule of classes, awful late spring weather, family obligations, and some construction at the club where I typically shoot matches really limited me to this point.  So it goes. Readers who […]