Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gun Fun - New IDPA 5X5 Qualifier

It's a problem with indoor ranges like the Arvada Rifle and Pistol Club that when setting up an IDPA stage, the usual 180 degree rule necessarily becomes the 15 degree rule due to a distinct lack of width. As luck would have it, the IDPA has come up with a classifier that fits into one half of the available space:

For the benefit of anyone who isn't familiar with the scoring procedure used here, each string is timed separately and points are added to your elapsed times at the rate of zero for hits in the two circular areas, one second per hit in the areas just outside the circles, 3 seconds for hits in the zone outside the one second area on the body, and 5 seconds for a complete miss.  Note also that makeup shots are not allowed here. You will fire 25 shots only, and there should be 25 holes in the target, hopefully in the zero zone.

I did a quick calculation to see how much margin was allowed in each division, and added one more rank on the bottom, ST. This stands for Storm Trooper. This is for sure the division in which you fall if you either need some VERY basic instruction or if you have gotten that instruction you should perhaps consider a different hobby. 

Of course you might not be completely hopeless. If you scored in the 50's with zero points down, all you need is some practice to improve your speed. If you finish in the 50's with 30 points down, simply switch to Billlls pistol accuratizing fluid (decaff coffee) before the match and see if that doesn't help.

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