Ok, IDPA weekend is over, by several days now, and I need to submit my review of my first IDPA shoot.
First, it was a ton of fun. My little bro and I went to Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, SC, right outside of Charleston. Got there about 9:45 and left around 12:45. Everyone was very nice, from the people in our group to the guys are the registration table. We shot around 70 rounds, with the low stage being around 10 rounds, and the highest around 18. All in all it was a great time.
Second, safety is the priority. My group was a group of newbies, more or less, so they really emphasized safety on us. But I'd like to point out that it's not that they scream and yell if you do something wrong; they stay calm and instruct, or teach, you what to do. I think that's very important especially when you have 1. new shooters, 2. new shooters to IDPA, like me, or both. It calmed me right down knowing that there was a safety officer right there and he was there to HELP, not punish.
Third, everything the Gundudes say about people helping each other at these things is correct. After the first stage we had a guy from a different group (there were 5 groups total) come up to my brother and I and give us some tips. We didn't know anyone there and yet we were still among friends.
Fourth, everything you guys said was right. I struggled a little on the first stage with proper procedures, i.e. dropping a still loaded magazine to the ground, but if you listen to the instructor you'll be fine. I wish I had gone slower. There were a few tactical sequences that I screwed up. I should have gone 1-1-2-1-1 twice but both times the buzzer went off and I went 2-2-2. You guys were right, go slow and build the muscle memory for the next shoot.
All in all we had a great time. I'm hoping to get my boss to join my in June for a local shoot in Upstate SC. Thanks for your input, fellas. If you're on the fence about IDPA just go out and try, you won't regret it!