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Sorry for all the newbie questions folks....we'll no.... I'm not REALLY sorry.

With regard to those new to the game of USPSA. Has anyone considered having a "qualification class" for new shooters?

Maybe 3- 4 hrs on a Sat afternoon...Go over the basics of safety...equipment...belts holsters etc....the 180...rules....and maybe shoot a few courses of fire....

Then the instructors/RO's could feel more comfortable that a person was "good to go".....OK maybe it takes an 8 hr day to do all that...Have a school once a qtr...and I mean a "chargeable" class...I'd sign up in a heartbeat

I gotta admit for me personally its very intimidating to show up and go shoot with a bunch of A and B class shooters when I'm a D. I don't know jack so I must scare the hell out of em! :funny:

It puts a lot of strain on the RO would be my guess. Then there's dealing with the Ego and worrying about DQ'inq etc.

Consider it a "Practice Match"

I'm sure ya'll have thought about it before...any comments...maybe i'm all wet :p

Imagine how you would feel if you attempted to learn to play piano when everyone in the class had already composed their own piano sonata.


Just a ignorant newbie (who aint afraid to admit it) who wants to get better
 

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IN my opinion thats what shooting coaches are for... to an extent. I really feel that only the people willing to take the steps to ask around and let go of their ego should be able to compete. There are plenty of people out there that will hold any new shooter by the hand. THat new shooter just needs to take the initial step.

When I started shooting NRA action pistol I didnt have a clue and didnt even put that many rounds on the paper. THat is a great and humbling experience. Kind of a right of passage :tophat:
 

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'neck Thats kinda what me and G.O.D. have been trying to do. We go to the range and set up a few differant stages then work through it. Although we dont have an official "coach" I think it is helpful. Your idea is alot more useful though, since some of these new shooters have never been to a match to see what is going on.
At our match you didn't have to be a shooter to be on the course. You could "stand in" on the shooters meeting, walk the stages, and most definitely ask questions! My 16 yr old son stood in on all of my first comp. He helped with pasting targets and painting steel and pick up on some of the rule and how things are supposed to go at a comp.
 

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At the Magnolia Range shoots I have been to (be it ICORE, Steel, or IPSC) there is always a new shooters meeting before the match. They (usually Cliff or Scott) go over basic gun safety, the 180 rule, where you can handle guns and can not handle guns, where you can handle ammo and where you can not handle ammo, what will get you DQed, what will get you to where no one wants to squad with you, and all the line commands. Basic good citizenship things.

I have shot 8 or 10 matches and I still go to it. But I am kind of dense and it takes a lot of repetition to get things through my thick head.

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Yeah I'll be going to it a while....as a matter of fact...I still get a little confused about the safe area.

I know you do not want ammo and guns together in the area...I got that totally

I get confused as to when its OK to put loaded mags in the belt before the match...when everyone is milling around...last time the qualifier started and I was standing at the car looking to put my gun in the holster

and when you are allowed to reload empty mags during the course of a match...I find myself trying to watch everyone run the course then I'm rushing to keep my mags loaded.
 

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I get confused as to when its OK to put loaded mags in the belt before the match...when everyone is milling around...last time the qualifier started and I was standing at the car looking to put my gun in the holster and when you are allowed to reload empty mags during the course of a match...I find myself trying to watch everyone run the course then I'm rushing to keep my mags loaded.
You know ammo doesn't seem to be a problem. I do not recall any prohibition on loading mags, moon clips, or speedloaders at any time. Just do so in a safe manner.

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Ammo can be handled most anywhere EXCEPT the safe area.

Pistol can only be handled IN the safe area.

The only time the two mix is when you are up on the firing line and the RO given you the command.

Cliff or Scott or someone knowledgeable please correct me if I left something out, got something mixed up.

All that said, I think the first DQ is considered a right of passage, but not one that I am going through without trying hard not to.

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best thing that worked for me was have an experienced shooter/ro come out on a non-comp day and practice/teach some stuff. we set up little stages and just worked them slowly. .02

Sig,Geaux68, and I go to the range almost every week and practice. its fun and helps.
 
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