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Where do some of you guys train at or do you compete or do both. I see the Range in Lakeland is open to Trainers and classes. I Havent found any public ranges around that allow movement etc. Dont know whether some of the private ranges do or not. I know they have quite a few IDPA clubs around as well as some USPSA. The only thing I can find that allows any type of movement are the games.
 

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As a firearms instructor, I'm familiar with this range through training the Starke, Fla PD. The officers were moving and shooting under my direction on their second and third days on one of the ranges. No problem with the owners but that could be because it was the law enforcement training and they have carte blanche there.

Barb and Al own/run the place.
http://www.bsfshootingsports.com/

I don't know if they would allow anyone else to put on an event where moving/running and shooting was going to taking place, but they know I train the boys and are allowing me to reserve a weekend on one of the ranges for the civilian class I'm holding on Oct 18,19 at that facility which will include a lot of flat out movement while shooting on the second day.

Good question, I hope there are other places in Fla that would allow more realistic training. Looking forward to coming into Fla again in Oct.

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My gun club hosts various action shooting events, like ISPC and IDPA. Also, with an additional orientation session, I have access to those action shooting bays, so I can come in and set up targets, move and shoot, and shoot from the draw outside of action matches.

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My gun club hosts various action shooting events, like ISPC and IDPA. Also, with an additional orientation session, I have access to those action shooting bays, so I can come in and set up targets, move and shoot, and shoot from the draw outside of action matches.

-JT
Is that the one located out on Hwy 46 near Mims, Fl ?
 

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Is that the one located out on Hwy 46 near Mims, Fl ?
Nope. My club is the Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club. One hundred forty seven acres of gun-totin' goodness. Everything from an archery range to a 600 yd high power rifle range. I tend to use the aforementioned action ranges. A couple of the action shooting bays there (seven action bays in all) have plate racks.

Shooting steel is WAAAAY more fun than it should be. Maybe not as good "training" as setting up a course of fire with multiple targets, obstacles, and hard cover, but SOOO satisfying.

I believe the club you're talking about is the Titusville Rifle and Pistol Club. I know people who shoot IPSC and sometimes IDPA there, but never been myself. My club is about 50 miles south.

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Anybody know of any good places in the Dade/Broward area for a newbie to get acquainted with move and fire? I'd like to go watch for a little while.
 

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I'd say find a local IDPA or IPSC match. My personal preference is IDPA.

Per the IDPA Web site:

Defensive Shooters Fellowship Of West Broward, Inc
Broward, FL
4th Sat. 8:30 am
Charles J. Kasprzak
Home: 954-596-8655
Mobile: 954-415-2428
Phil Crowell
Mobile: 954-871-8450

Tropical Sport Shooting Association
Miami, FL
1st Tues. and 2nd & 4th Sat. of the month
Roger Zimmerman
Mobile: 305-496-3623
Fax: 305-247-7886
Tom Malatino
Fax: 305-761-9335

Good luck

-JT
 

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You guys are making me want to take this to the next level. This would be the next logical step for me to learn good defensive skills and have fun at the same time. What about the West Palm Beach area?
 

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I think the closest IDPA clubs for the West Palm Beach area would be the same clubs I listed for Dade/Broward. I don't participate in IPSC/USPSA, so I don't know if there are any of those clubs in the West Palm/Dade/Broward areas.

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If you like the games here's a list of the IDPA going on around the state..and If you think you'll just show up and watch, I got news for ya..aint gonna happen. Either you'll wish you brought your stuff with you or somebody is going to loan you what you need. One way or another, they'll get you out there and break your cherry.

First Coast IDPA - Jacksonville - 1st Saturday http://www.firstcoastidpa.com/

Florida Keys IDPA - Key Largo - 1st Saturday - http://www.keysshooters.com/

Central Florida Rifle and Pistol Club - Orlando - 1st Sunday - http://www.cfrpc.com/

Tropical Sport Shooting Assn. - Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 2nd and 4th Saturdays - http://www.tssa.net

Hansen IDPA - Ft Myers - 2nd Saturday - http://www.swfps.com/idpa.htm

Florida West Coast Defensive Pistol Club - Ruskin - 2nd Sunday - http://www.fwcdpc.com/

Port Malabar Rifle And Pistol Club - Palm Bay - 2nd Sunday - http://www.pmrpc.com/home.htm

Hernando Sportsman Club - Brooksville - 3rd Saturday - http://www.hernandosportsmansclub.com/

Titusville Rifle And Pistol Club - Titusville - 3rd Sunday - http://www.titusvillegun.com/

N. W. Florida Defensive Shooters Inc. - Cantonment - 3rd Sunday http://nwfloridadps.topcities.com/

Defensive Shooters Fellowship Of West Broward, Inc -Tamarac - 4th Saturday

The Gun Shop IDPA - Leesburg - 4th Sunday - http://www.floridafirearmsinstruction.com/
 

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I think competing in some form of practical shooting event is an excellent form of training.

Though I haven't...I would prefer and think it best to do both.
 

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Our club is trying to get more LEO shooters. Per IDPA rules, they get to use their duty gear, so they don't have to worry about a concealment garment. Plus, I'm pretty sure my club will let them shoot for free. I haven't really seen many takers, which is unfortunate.

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If you like the games here's a list of the IDPA going on around the state..and If you think you'll just show up and watch, I got news for ya..aint gonna happen. Either you'll wish you brought your stuff with you or somebody is going to loan you what you need. One way or another, they'll get you out there and break your cherry.



Central Florida Rifle and Pistol Club - Orlando - 1st Sunday - http://www.cfrpc.com/

Wow this one is 15 mins from where i live, going to look into it

Thanks
 

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There is no second place winner in a lethal force encounter--only first and first loser. When the stake is one's life, losing is not an option! To be prepared, one must possess the necessary skills and mindset. Achieving these skills requires proper training and continuous practice.
 

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My first IDPA match, I just went to watch. People offered to let me use their equipment, but I felt funny about doing that.

But I REALLY wanted to.

After you watch a couple of shooters run through their first course of fire (or stage), you'll wish you could jump in.

If you do go to just watch, be sure to help out with pasting targets. It can help you better understand the scoring system...and it's also good manners. Feel free to ask any question you want. I've never met someone unwilling to share information about the sport.

If you don't have the equipment already (mainly, proper concealment holster, mag pouch, and at least one spare mag, depending on your gun), be ready to part with some cash, cuz you're gonna want to shoot the next one. :)

-JT
 

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Our club holds action shooting the third Saturday of each month.

http://www.secondamendmentclub.org/events.html

Since I joined the club last month, I have shot there, but I have not had a chance to shoot that course. From listening to what you guys are describing, it looks like maybe I am going to have to go and give it a try!! :dancingbanana
 

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Our club is trying to get more LEO shooters. Per IDPA rules, they get to use their duty gear, so they don't have to worry about a concealment garment. Plus, I'm pretty sure my club will let them shoot for free. I haven't really seen many takers, which is unfortunate.

-JT
Our Match Director (First Coast IDPA) is a firearms instructor for the Clay County Sheriff's Office. He brought a bunch of deputies out to compete one time and all us lowly Marksmen and Sharpshooters shot rings around them. They were so embarrassed that they haven't been back.
 

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Our Match Director (First Coast IDPA) is a firearms instructor for the Clay County Sheriff's Office. He brought a bunch of deputies out to compete one time and all us lowly Marksmen and Sharpshooters shot rings around them. They were so embarrassed that they haven't been back.
Unfortunately, that seems to be a reason why many won't participate in IDPA-type events. LEO-only matches may help get them over that issue, but that could be hard to pull off.

-JT
 
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