In Stage One:
-- Safely draw the pistol
-- Extend to fire
-- Transition between targets
-- Turning then drawing the pistol
-- Reloading the pistol
-- Executing precise shots
-- Shooting the pistol unsupported with either hand
Stage Two adds the following to the Stage One tasks:
-- Moving while shooting
Stage Three adds:
-- Shooting from cover
-- Moving from one shooting position to another
In this practice session, a friend of mine and I did some experimentation on reaction time and then shot the 90-round IDPA Classifier. I used my SIG P320 Carry (an IDPA CCP division pistol with RMR) in a Blade-Tech - Total Eclipse Holster. The Total Eclipse and similar holsters keep the pistol snug to the body which reduces printing under a concealment garment.
The temperature on the range this fine Texas day was 102 degrees with high humidity. Even so, my times and points on Stage #1 and #2 were decent. On Stage #3, I slowed down a bit and dropped 12 points—reflective of my lack of practice at these distances. Overall, I was satisfied with the 89.76 total score which is Master for every IDPA Division except ESP (there were 11 shots on Stage 2, T2 so a pasty must have fallen off).
The original IDPA Classifier is a very good test of your shooting skills and is far more difficult than the shooting problem that average self-defense distances present. If you can shoot high Sharpshooter or better on demand, you can likely solve most problems you might encounter on the street.
For the original 90-round IDPA classifier course of fire, click here.
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