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Posted: 7/20/2010 4:14:08 PM EDT
was thinking of joining the USPSA but saw IDPA?
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 4:20:19 PM EDT
Round Count - Courses of Fire - Cover are the major elemental differences.

USPSA incorporates a LOT more run and gun, the skilled guys are usually there. Think of IDPA as a watered down version with a lot less round count, smaller COF's, less shooting on the move.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 4:21:25 PM EDT
This is grossly oversimplified, but IDPA focuses more on defensive scenarios, USPSA more on speed.

For example, IDPA stages usually start with the gun concealed, and require use of cover. USPSA stages dint use concealment, and covet is not a concern.

Link Posted: 7/20/2010 7:16:55 PM EDT
IDPA also doesn't allow modified or match/race guns as the focus is on practical defensive scenarios.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 9:28:48 PM EDT
thanks guys looks like im going USPSA
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 11:31:25 AM EDT
I don't belong to either, but have and do shoot both. I prefer USPSA, but feel I am a better overall shooter for doing both.

USPSA is lots of targets, and on the timer, shoot them all as you see fit.

IDPA is a scenerio that you have to play out. Example, your support arm is wounded and in a sling. You must draw with your strong side and engage all targets. There are 6 tagets, requiring 2 rounds each, but you are loaded 10+1. This means you are going to have to do a one handed re-load.

While I enjoy the gamesmanship and round count of USPSA, IDPA can teach a different skill set that you might never do in USPSA.

I always say: do both.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 12:40:42 PM EDT
Both disciplines will teach you gun handling, speed and accuracy. Neither one should be viewed as any sort of "tactical" training.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 1:37:41 PM EDT
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