A little while ago, I recorded this video about feeling the fear and doing it anyway and how important it is, to push past your comfort zone.
H2O Fowl Farm in Dunn, NC hosts an IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) competition the 2nd Saturday of every month.
Now, a lot of the Gals in the group get turned off or scared by the word competition, and I get it! If you’ve never done something before, how can you enter a competition? How embarrassing it would be to fumble around and get things wrong while the other “competitors” look on in impatience and frustration.
If those thoughts are keeping you from coming out and experience this type of shooting, I want you to know a few things:
- There are always a number of newbies at these events who are trying to figure things out – both men and women
- H2O Fowl Farms RSO (Range Safety Officers) go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable, are safe, and understand what you need to do. They are NEVER impatient, unkind, or harsh.
- Ignore the word competition, do the activity and ignore the score. You are there for yourself and if you never want to know your score, don’t
- Doing this type of activity will help your shooting. It will be obvious (sometimes almost painfully) where you need to practice and improve.
- Shooting under stress is way different than just casually going to the range to pop off a few rounds. If you have your gun in case things go bad, either at home or when you are out, you NEED to get yourself out to an event like this.
The last reason you should get yourself out to any type of shooting competition is that you will meet some pretty awesome people who are always eager to get more people involved in the sport. I’ve been to an event where someone had a gun lock without a key, and the guys were rushing around to give her a replacement pistol, with a holster, with magazines. You will find that 99% of the guys there are there to have fun and are friendly.
And for the other 1% – well, that is their problem You are there to have fun and to learn, so ignore them!