By now, I am used to the cyclical IDPA bashing rants that occur in forums and social media. I don’t even bother anymore to try and make people understand why things are done one way or why competitors like to use vests. I am willing to bet that 90% of the naysayers have never attended IDPA matches because they are embarrassed to perform poorly and they rather go to the static range and put a lot of holes in a target. What made this particular discussion hilarious was that some of the civilian badmouthers had taken tactical rifle classes and, in the past, had shared photos of them sporting all kinds of tactical gear attached to their bodies. Apparently they think that if somebody breaks in the middle of the night, they will dress like a SWAT operator in less than five seconds, but a photographer vest at a shooting competition is unrealistic. SMH.
My take is: If the great late Jim Cirillo thought it was a great shooting sport, who the hell am I to disagree?
Or for that matter, Massad Ayoob:
” If you worry about shooting a match and “Oh My God! I’ll never get over it if I come in dead last,” consider you are pretty close to the one in a million people who is willing to test their skills at this. If you ever do come dead last, you still came out ahead of a few hundred thousands of people who thought they were cool but didn’t have the guts to get out there and test themselves like you just did.”
Massad Ayoob on IDPA