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First IDPA match cumming up. Question about Youth

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by Oregon Rob, May 22, 2016.

  1. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    Looks like I’m going to shoot my first IDPA match on the 6th. Have a couple of questions and I didn’t find a contact online for this shoot. Anyone here part of Tri-county idpa shooters?

    My 13 year old son who is a good and responsible shooter would love to participate. Is that an option?
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BE3tu4tuN-d/?taken-by=rob_edwards66
     
  2. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    My Bad the date i was given was the 4th not the 6th
     
  3. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    I think you misspelled coming in the title ;)
     
  4. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    Oh snap no wonder no one responded:eek:
     
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  5. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    @Oregon Rob

    Write to the Match director Shaun via the Contact Us link:

    http://www.tc-idpa.org/

    If you are not a member of TriCounty, you need the gate code anyway.



    Also the June match is BUG

    6/4/16 IDPA BUG Friendly or Sanctioned BUG match


    ( you can use a Full size pistol, just expect stages to favor the little ones)
     
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  6. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    As for the thread, give it a few hours. There are guys on here that are very involved with shooting sports, they'll give you all the info you need.

    I just thought the grammatical (and probably predictive text) error was too funny to pass up. :)

    Hope you find the info you're looking for!
     
  7. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    Great, thanks.
     
  8. mcfoto

    mcfoto Newberg Active Member

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    I'm sorry you didn't get a response right away. I don't shoot IDPA but shoot USPSA next door in Dundee. We have shooters as young or younger as your son. The protocol in USPSA is that new shooters, young and old, take an orientation class and go through a live-fire safety drill. You'd be best served by following the above suggestion and contact the match director to see what they require.

    Good luck! Be warned, competitive shooting is addictive.
     
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  9. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    @Oregon Rob --

    As for your other questions, please post them so others can benefit.

    However, you can PM me if you prefer.

    I plan on being at the match - red hat, red Hawaiian shirt (unless it is raining then maroon rain jacket), white 7 gal bucket w/red bucket lid.
     
  10. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    Thanks much. I did email Tri-County and will wait to hear back from them regarding my son. I was invited by a friend of the family who I think is a newer competitor. Obviously there’s lots of stuff online including YouTube for the newbie. I’m just planning on keeping it simple and not worrying about looking good or score at this point. We’ll be using the Glock 19 as that’s all I have other than an M&P .22 and LCP. I have decent holsters, mags and mag pouches so just going to focus on enjoying it for now.

    Oh and I took Defensive Handgun #1 at OFA a couple weeks ago and it looks like a lot of what I was taught there will come into play as far as rules about keeping muzzle down range, not sweeping and draw technique …. Are the same or at least very similar.
     
  11. mcfoto

    mcfoto Newberg Active Member

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    You have the right attitude. My goal for my first half-dozen matches was to not DQ. Harder than it sounds. If I might be so bold and suggest you concentrate on two major factors that seem to trip up new shooters: muzzle direction awareness and moving the finger out of the trigger guard when doing anything but engaging a target. I think the former is particularly important at Tri-county where any muzzle above the berm is a DQ. Again, I don't shoot there so that is second hand information. RicInOr could provide better details on what to expect.
     
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  12. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    There is a special match this Sunday the 29th if you don't have other plans for the holiday weekend....
    I have seen shooters as young as 7 at the speed steel matches at TCGC but haven't seen any youngsters at IDPA. I would think 13 would be old enough, but definitely check with Shaun first.
    There is a orientation lecture you have to attend before you shoot your first match.
     
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  13. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    Thanks very much. I talked with one of the SO's and he wants to meet my son and do a little evaluation first.
    Unfortunately this weekend is already over booked :eek:
     
  14. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    That is correct. Excellent point.
     
  15. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It was warm today. Had a good time though.
     
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  16. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm doing the speed steel match at TCGC tomorrow. Going to be another hot one!
     
  17. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Did you make it Oregon Rob? Temperature way too hot, but it was still a lot of fun.
    Am considering the Speed Steel match at TCGC tomorrow but don't know if I want
    to be out another day in such hot weather.
     
  18. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've got obligations at Church tomorrow, or I'd join you.

    Hydrate.
     
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  19. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    At least with speed steel you can just stand there and shoot. Lol

    I'm tempted to run my .22 pistol so I'm not weighed down with my 5" M&P core, holster, etc. and less movement when starting at the low ready. :D
     
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  20. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It actually wasn't bad....managed to hide in the shade most of the time.
     
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