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Old 02-28-2013, 5:11 PM
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Hi all, I live in SFV area and always want to get into IDPA shooting. Someone told me the cloest range that provide IDPA match is on Lake Piru; when I do a little search on Google, I find that it seem to be two shooting range in Lake Piru, one is Wes Thompson's and there is another one close to it?? just want to see if anyone doing IDPA at Piru range and knwo how to start. or if you are newbie like me want to start IDPA in SFV area, we can go together

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Old 02-28-2013, 5:18 PM
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Its called International Shootist Institute...
its another 1/2 mile up the road from Mike Thompsons public range..
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Old 02-28-2013, 5:20 PM
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Try looking here. http://www.isishootists.com/
This is who runs the Piru IDPA events.

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Thanks I have went to that website before just not sure if WesThompsons and ISI is the same place ? So Wes is just a shooting range ? and ISI is the place for idpa and other shooting even only?
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Btw will they give you basic idpa "training" on the first match?
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Wes Thompson was a dear friend of mine,he passed long ago...the shooting instructions he instilled in me as a child have been very helpful.
his son Mike Thompson still owns and runs the public range. Mike is an incredible guy just like his dad was.always taking time teaching the young kids firearm safety.
Mike Dalton is in charge of the IDPA and Steel Challenge stuff,along with Steve Blankenbiller.

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you can also go to the 1800 americana club, which is the same distance from SFV. it's a private range about 1 mile past A Place To Shoot. Next competition is March 10th. I like it there and at ISI, and go to both.
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ISI is definitely a great place to get started. They really go out of their way to ensure that new competitors get the time and attention they need in order to have a fun and safe first time out. I shot my first match there almost three years ago and I still go back for the people.

They won't train you but they'll give you as many tips as you can handle. I'd recommend watching some videos online to get familiar and practice dryfire draws, loads and holstering at home with an eye on control and safety. Then just get out there and have some fun.
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1800 club is actually a bit better for a first time competitor, since you are in a squad for the whole match, with the same shooters and same range officers.

They'll all get to know you and the R.O.s will help you all day.
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Hi all, I live in SFV area and always want to get into IDPA shooting. Someone told me the cloest range that provide IDPA match is on Lake Piru; when I do a little search on Google, I find that it seem to be two shooting range in Lake Piru, one is Wes Thompson's and there is another one close to it?? just want to see if anyone doing IDPA at Piru range and knwo how to start. or if you are newbie like me want to start IDPA in SFV area, we can go together

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Welcome to the addiction. I'm also in Northridge and regularly two matches at ISI per month. The next one will be on Saturday, March 9th. It's called the compact and revolver match, but you can shoot any gun you want and it's an IDPA course of fire, and IDPA rules.

The cost is $25, you'll need a pistol, at least 3 magazines, a holster, mag carriers, a concealment garment, and 100 rounds of ammo.

Hit me up on PM, and I'll squad with you and show you the ropes. In between now and then check out videos from Bob Vogel and practice draws and reloads in front of a mirror.
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guys, thanks for all the input .. I will definitely checkout ISI first. I just checkout 1800 club's website, do i need to be member to join the match??? and seem like they are already full.

btw what is the different between holster and concealment garment??

will this works?

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guys, thanks for all the input .. I will definitely checkout ISI first. I just checkout 1800 club's website, do i need to be member to join the match??? and seem like they are already full.

btw what is the different between holster and concealment garment??

will this works?

You don't have to be a member to shoot with 1800. You just show up no later than 8:30AM(?) and say Hi. If its your first match you entry is free. They have a Yahoo group where you can ask questions.

A concealment garment is what you use to conceal the firearm when it's holstered. A lot of people use a vest, but a lose button up shirt unbuttoned is sufficient.

The holster needs to sit at waste level at the 3 or 9 o'clock position, and your belt must go through the loops of your pants. The mag carriers can be on you opposite side at the 3 or 9 o'clock position.

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OP, the cost is $28 (not $25) at ISI. You can shoot a second time trough for $15 dollars.
Your mag carriers would work, but not optimal.
A Kydex dual mag pouch is optimal for IDPA.
This one is from Bladetech, but there are many manufacturers.

The best day for a newbie to come out is for the Compact/Revolver match simply because there are less shooters there that day and there is no break for a shooters meeting. You don't need a compact or revolver to shoot, as they have a category called "Non-Compact". The non-compact class does not require a concealment garment, which is great for a first time shooter.
You are going to have enough to think about your first few times out without the added issue of a concealment garment.

The first Compact/Revolver match coming up is March 8, shooting starts at 0830.
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We're teaching an IDPA Clinic in Piru this Sunday the 10th. Taking the basics of tactical shooting and working on individual needs throughout the day.
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You don't have to be a member to shoot with 1800. You just show up no later than 8:30AM(?) and say Hi. If its your first match you entry is free. They have a Yahoo group where you can ask questions.

A concealment garment is what you use to conceal the firearm when it's holstered. A lot of people use a vest, but a lose button up shirt unbuttoned is sufficient.

The holster needs to sit at waste level at the 3 or 9 o'clock position, and your belt must go through the loops of your pants. The mag carriers can be on you opposite side at the 3 or 9 o'clock position.

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I'm in. Fish, let me know when you go.
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We're teaching an IDPA Clinic in Piru this Sunday the 10th. Taking the basics of tactical shooting and working on individual needs throughout the day.
I had some last min family event and was not about to attend the courses on the 10th, Nathan when will you guys teach IDPA again at Piru?

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1800 club is actually a bit better for a first time competitor, since you are in a squad for the whole match, with the same shooters and same range officers.

They'll all get to know you and the R.O.s will help you all day.
Blockfort - Thanks for the info on 1800 club matches! I did my first IDPA match there yesterday and it was great!!! I was trying to decide between the ISI match at PIRU the day before and this one, and I think since I didn't go up there with anyone to show me the ropes, being with the same RO's for the whole 5 stages made a big difference in coming up to speed quickly. They size you up pretty quickly (Safety and skill wise) and are happy to give you whatever help they can.

I'm signed up for Nathan Rollin's IDPA clinic at PIRU on 4/28, so I'm glad I was able to get in at least one match to get an idea of what the matches are like. At least I've got a lot of the 'first time' experience out of the way and should be able to get more out of the clinic.

Met some really great people there.... will be back for sure.
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Nice!!, I actually went to ISI Piru last Saturday, it was very fun. The range is nice; entry fee was $28 and the stuffs are friendly. Finished 5 stage in 2hr. try to go extra slow on the first time but still made some mistake. i am sure i will get better next time...someone told me the first time entry fee for 1800 is only $10 is that true ? I now want to try the match at 1800 since they say there is one stage for shortgun. does anyone knwo when is the next idpa match at 1800 btw ?
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Nice!!, I actually went to ISI Piru last Saturday, it was very fun. The range is nice; entry fee was $28 and the stuffs are friendly. Finished 5 stage in 2hr. try to go extra slow on the first time but still made some mistake. i am sure i will get better next time...someone told me the first time entry fee for 1800 is only $10 is that true ? I now want to try the match at 1800 since they say there is one stage for shortgun. does anyone knwo when is the next idpa match at 1800 btw ?
1800 is actually free your first time if I recall correctly. They have a Yahoo Group I believe where you can ask questions. I asked about the shotgun stage too when I first went there, and I was told they don't do it anymore.
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i have another newbie question .....during the match, after you empty a magazine, will you put it in your pocket or it is faster to put it back to the mag pouch, if they dont let you drop the mag on the ground.
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i have another newbie question .....during the match, after you empty a magazine, will you put it in your pocket or it is faster to put it back to the mag pouch, if they dont let you drop the mag on the ground.
Pocket or waistband. Putting it back in a mag pouch is never fast.
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I've never shot an IDPA match before so last Sunday was free. They did add an optional 6th stage for shotgun last Sunday. They finished the first 5 stages first so that people who didn't want to do the shotgun part could leave.

Their calendar that shows when they have IDPA matches is here: http://www.1800info.org/index.php?p=1_9

looks like the next one is May 12.
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Pocket or waistband. Putting it back in a mag pouch is never fast.
You should review the rule book (it's available online). In short it depends in the state of the magazine if you're at slide lock and its empty you drop it. If there's still ammo in the gun, the magazine must be retained.
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