Saturday, September 24, 2011

Very Good Match!

Looking at the IDPA Worlds with a whole day of perspective...I think it's a very good match, an interesting and challenging blend of electric and straightforward stages. I think if I was a regular IDPA shooter, I would be very excited for a chance to shoot at this level. Congrats to all involved!

It's also interesting to see the way IDPA has evolved in 15 years, and in some ways not as I would have expected. There is still a strong emphasis on the tactical aspects of the match — use of cover, drawing from concealment, specific reloading sequences — but with a lot less of, for lack of better words, the "religious fervor" that was present in the early years. I think everybody understands that IDPA is a sport...heck, this match proves that point pretty conclusively! I think that's a good thing.

I was slow and especially had issues with the bobbers, movers, running targets, which I expected. No matter what one might say, it is darn near impossible to practice moving targets without moving target, an issue that I think has implications for everyone who carries concealed. All in all, though, I'm pretty happy with my shooting throughout the match.

My Ruger SR9s ran perfectly...no issues whatsoever. No malfunctions with the Wilson Combat match 125-grainers, which are more accurate than I am. As usual, I was perfectly happy with the Blade-Tech holster and mag pouch and my plain old Wilderness Tactical Instructors Belt...can't imagine why I'd use anything else.

I got a nice compliment from my old and good friend Joyce Wilson, who is sort of the "Yoda" of IDPA while Bill Wilson is off decimating the hog population of Texas. She said she watched me shoot a few stages and I looked like the IDPA rulebook. Good! That's what I hoped I looked like.

Next week we're filming THE BEST DEFENSE scenarios in Colorado, and working on a new opening for the hour-long SHOOTING GALLERY!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lets see...a rule book generally looks black and white and square and thick, is that was she thinks you look like? LOL Sounds like you knee held up OK.

- Grizz

Michael Bane said...

Knee held up better than I thought it would...lots of ice and painkillers at night gave the chemo sludge injection a chance to work. All the kneeling and the 1 prone stage didn't require us to get up on the clock...LOL!

mb

Anonymous said...

Hour long !! Cool.

Eric said...

Do you manipulate the SR9 safety like a 1911, or do you leave it off safe during a match?

Michael Bane said...

I ran the safety...no big...

mb

justbill said...

A new intro for Shooting Gallery, eh? I'm going to miss that wide-eyed kid after all these years. He reminds me of myself the first time I squeezed the trigger.

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Eric said...

Nice mention on the podcast! I was curious about the SR9 safety as I didn't know if you would run the SR9 like a 1911 or like a Glock/M&P.

Hope your knee gets better!

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