Ill be there in two weeks. I need a magholder
I need a gunbelt too.
Mag pouches definitely help. You can run stages with mags in your pockets, but you'll lose a lot of time doing it. Though on anyone's first few nights, they shouldn't be too worried about score anyway.
I made myself a mag holder, but I have to rework the design. IDPA requires it to hold the magazine in when it is turned upside down and it doesn't. gotta work on some form of retention that's not too tight.
We always say "shoot what you've got". For our club, we're not too strict, especially on the new guys. If you plan on shooting sanctioned matches you definitely want to eventually get proper equipment, but until then if you already have something, use it.
I want to start shooting IDPA too. I'm hoping to use the gun thats at the custom shop right now so when it gets back ill start. But maybe ill come out and watch next time! where can i find the schedule?
At Shiloh it's every Thursday at 6:30pm. New shooters should arrive by 6:00pm to go through a safety briefing. We shoot until almost 9 (we try to be cleaned up and done by 9). http://www.shilohidpa.com/Content/MatchInfo.aspx
The only difference next week, is on months with 5 Thursdays, we do something different on the 5th Thursday. Our current "special" match right now is a back-up gun (BUG) match. Small semi-autos (3.8" or smaller barrel) and small revolvers (3" barrels). More info here:http://www.shilohidpa.com/Content/ClubNews.aspx
The courses are 5 shots each, and we tend to get through 5 stages on a BUG night (especially in the summer when we're more crowded, winter might be 6 or 7). So it's not a lot of shooting, but if you don't get to use your tiny gun much, this is a good time to do it. Plus, this is a great way to get into IDPA as there are no reloads on the clock, limited stages, etc.