Training Part 6, Getting off the "X"

Now let’s try moving and shooting.

What I detail in the previous articles you can do at your regular indoor range. Now it comes to the point where you need to combine the skill of moving and shooting.

What you will be looking for is an organization that teaches and promotes these skills.

The two organizations I have been involved with over the years are IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) and IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association). There is also the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association), which I know nothing about. I do know USPSA not only does practical pistol competitions, but 3-gun (you shoot rifle, pistol and shotgun in the same stage) as well.

The biggest criteria will be the closest (or furthest) range you are willing to drive to.

In the end, you get to simulate situations where you have to engage multiple bad guys, at a variety of ranges and under certain rules. I found out during my first IDPA match I lost points because I dropped magazines that still had ammo in them when I reloaded.

In all of these, your score is determined by the speed with which you complete the course of fire, along with accuracy and adherence to the rules of fire (peeking around a corner you have to engage the target you see first, etc.) and of course, safety.

As an incentive, here’s a video of Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry doing 3-gun for John Wick 3.

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