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Shot a IDPA classifier today. Classified as sharpshooter with my stock G19. I outshot 10 ppl with bigger guns (2 were police) should I stay with the G19 or try a bigger gun for the competitions ?
 

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Enjoy your new status for now and stay with the 19.
IDPA is going thru some big changes right now and it is uncertain how things are going to wash out.
 

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I recently shot my first match (3-gun) with my G19 and out-shot some bigger guns (though admittedly REALLY slow), but then went out and got a Springfield XDM9 with the 5.25 barrel. It's a sweet gun and I really like it, but since match shooting isn't tack driving I'm not all that sure I'm gonna do that much better with it!
 

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I shoot IDPA matches here in San Antonio primarily for the moving and shooting scenarios aspect, but I saw an episode of Tac TV with Larry Vickers and Ken Hackthorn (spelling?) where they shot an IDPA match and were commenting negatively on current rules and scenarios that we're not based on realistic shooting situations and prized speed over accuracy. I am one of the slower shooters, but not by much, and I normally ace the targets because I practice the whole cover and "front sight...press" thing versus trying to be the first one done. If there really was a bad guy around the corner, how fast would you really "pie it"?

Be careful not to develop bad habits shooting IDPA
 

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I shoot IDPA witth a G23, G31 and M&P 40, I'm currently looking to buy a G34 to get a 9mm and improve with less recoil and longer sight radius.:cool:
 

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I recently picked up a G34 Gen4 and it is a sweet, sweet gun. Shooting my first IDPA match this weekend with it.
 

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.... If there really was a bad guy around the corner, how fast would you really "pie it"?........
AS you know IDPA is a game. I don't ever "really (in real life) want to have to," pie a corner!

If I have cover like that then I hope there are other choices too. Run like hell if I can, comes to mind because well, who knows what the sceniro is.... We don't have to take the fight to the bad guy in all situations in real life. Regrouping and finding better cover is sometimes a better option if you have the choice.

IF staying or taking the fight to the BG's is what I have to do, pie-ing is fast, decisions are quick and agressive!

Yes I agree, we have gotten away from what IDPA was.
 

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Shot a IDPA classifier today. Classified as sharpshooter with my stock G19. I outshot 10 ppl with bigger guns (2 were police) should I stay with the G19 or try a bigger gun for the competitions ?
I will give you my Opinion but with this caveat, I have never shot an IDPA Mach. Having said that here is my take on it and these IDPA Pros can say whether I am right or wrong. 1st off you have to determine what you are shooting IDPA for. If it is to get better with your carry gun then use your carry gun. If you have the Competition Bug and you want to see how well you compete then get a Competition Gun like a G34. I want to start shooting IDPA and will do so with my G30 which is my carry gun. I am a Very Competitive person so I am hoping I can keep my focus on just shooting my 30 and not give into the G34.:D
 

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Changes such as?? I'm brand new to it
Rewriting the rule book for one.
We have a Tiger Team accessment group set up, studing the rules and how we can improve also.

From the IDPA Website:
For the past few months, we have been working on an effort to examine how we can best serve our membership by addressing changing needs in IDPA using the Tiger Team methodology. The term Tiger Team has been described as 'a team of undomesticated and uninhibited specialists, selected for their experience, energy, and imagination, and assigned to track down relentlessly every possible source of opportunity’ for success in a project. We will create Tiger Teams to look at various aspects of the sport, including but not limited to: Classifications, Divisions, Rulebook, Marketing, Safety Officer Education, Equipment, Rule Change Process, and other identified areas. Team members will represent our rank and file based on a combination of their activity in and passion for the sport; expertise and skills they bring to the group; geographic diversity; class and division diversity; understanding of the rulebook; and willingness to work in partnership with the team and with HQ.
 

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Shot a IDPA classifier today. Classified as sharpshooter with my stock G19. I outshot 10 ppl with bigger guns (2 were police) should I stay with the G19 or try a bigger gun for the competitions ?
Since you've qualified with the G19 have you competed with it? Have you tried competing with a larger gun? (You don't specify larger in barrel length or bore size.)

Different calibers will have different power factor requirements as well as different divisions, depending in the gun.

sgtcowboyusmc is right: whenever asking "should?" we first have to ask "what purpose?" If you want a larger caliber gun just to compete in a different division, go for it. Else, keep in mind that a division is a horizontal move whereas a classification (eg, novice, sharpshooter, expert, marksman, etc) is vertical.
 

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I have been thinking about joining IDPA for some time now, but it seems that the smart money may be on waiting out the turmoil.
No turmoil really. We're still putting on the show. Just not training any new SO's right now.
I think now is the best time to join myself. Get in and see what it is all about nad the be willing to help improve it when the changes come out.
 

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What's an "SO?" I know that an "RO" is a range officer. Do you hold any special office office in the organization?
Safety Officer(SO)

Certified Safety Officers are the people whose purpose and goal is for all the shooters at the match to have a safe and enjoyable day at the range by directing the shooter through the course of fire.

Safety Officers must be at least 21 to be IDPA certified. To become a certified Safety Officer, you must participate in a safety officer class taught by one of the safety officer instructors listed on the IDPA web site or an area coordinator.

The Safety Officer is one of the most vital and visual representatives of IDPA. Contestants interact with the SafetyOfficers more than any other official at a match.
 

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I just shot my first idpa event ever and I had a blast, is there some things that made me scratch my head and ask why? Yeah, but I did it to have fun and I sure did. The other shooters made it slot of fun for me and the ro's were great and very informative. As a first timer I would suggest it to anyone just to become more familiar with your gun and more involved than going to the range to punch holes in a target. The event also donated all the money raised to the wounded warriors so that made it even better.
 

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I just shot my first idpa event ever and I had a blast, is there some things that made me scratch my head and ask why? Yeah, but I did it to have fun and I sure did.
Yep! It's a good time for sure and you WILL get better with your gun!

Every person I've introduced to IDPA shooting is having a blast with it.

Welcome aboard!!

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I was thinking about going to a match and try shooting. Worth the effort?
I think it's worth it. Find out if you like it. Shooting under stress will make you a better shooter. It can be a lot of fun. Worst that could happen is you'll find out it's not for you.
 
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