Competitors are required to shoot the IDPA Classifier so they can compete against similarly skilled members. As shooters’ skills improve, they progress according to the following classifications:
- Sharp Shooter
A significant rule modification in 2017 has changed the way points down are converted to time. From January, shots missing the vital parts of the IDPA target (down zero zones) are converted to seconds, which are added to the time taken to complete the course of fire.
While IDPA has generally been slightly accuracy biased compared to similar shooting sports, the one second- per-point down change will require shooters to pay a lot more attention to their sight pictures before firing a shot. The South African Defensive Pistol Association requires new members to complete a New Shooter Orientation (NSO), and to complete a Classifier before shooting club matches. This allows new shooters to be introduced to the sport safely, and to have a uniform level of competency once they arrive at their first match.
A significant rule modification in 2017 has changed the way points down are converted to time. The NSO is represented by an experienced IDPA shooter from their home club, giving new members an opportunity to interact with other new shooters, as well having a point of contact in the club to help alleviate the first-match uncertainty faced by many new shooters. KSSC holds several Classifier days a year, but this was the first time that members shot the revised Classifier from the 2017 rule book. Match Director Deon Hignett and his Safety Officer Team set up four Classifier ranges, and shooting started at 09:00.
RECORD NUMBER OF NEW MEMBERS
A record number of new members signed up for the NSO. Once they completed their orientation course, they joined the action. The Match Director allocated 30-minute slots, but the Safety Officers soon found their groove, getting people through their shoot in 15 to 20 minutes quite easily. Unsurprisingly, several shooters were promoted from Novice to Marksman, and some from Marksman to Sharp Shooter. These shooters were generally known for their accurate shooting, and the new-format Classifier subsequently rewarded them. Shooters who did not respect the new points down penalty struggled to maintain their current classification.