Perhaps you have heard me say it before: I’m not a huge fan of gun games. I don’t believe trapshooting mimics pheasant hunting. Sporting clays is better, but still not the same. Rifle golf (if you have never played, look it up) is not really like a sniper course, but it does help with shooting. Bowling pin shoot? I’ve been to some that have gotten pretty crazy. IDPA, USPSA, IPSC and 3-Gun: all good events, but not really training people to survive a gunfight.

The interesting thing is that each of these events provides something valuable to the shooters who participate in them. That value is found in the added experience you get with your gun in your hand and the pressure of competition on your neck. But some people have a tough time figuring out where to start or how to get started.

It can be a bit intimidating walking into a shooting competition for the first time, not really knowing what you are doing or how things work. For most people, it takes a couple contests before they get comfortable — and that time is valuable. Also, the shooting community wants to be more inclusive as opposed to exclusive when it comes to getting new people involved.

With that in mind, I was really interested to see the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announce an upcoming IDPA Pro Clinic for those who are really interested in learning about IDPA shooting. The camp is modeled after the NSSF’s Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp and will take 12 shooters through two days with professional IDPA shooters guiding them along the way. Day 1 is training with Randi Rogers and Gordon Carrell, while Day 2 puts all the participants into an actual IDPA match (with Rogers and Carrell standing by to help guide the shooters through the stages and offer advice during the match).

The event is scheduled for October 13th and 14th in Homestead, Florida, and the cost is $499. You can register at

If you have never had really solid, expert training before engaging in a sport you love, this two-day event, held over a Friday and Saturday, is for you. It’s like getting a daylong lesson from a golf pro, then entering a tournament the next day with that pro as your caddy.

I haven’t met Gordon Carrell, but I know Randi Rogers and she is an outstanding instructor and a top-notch competitor. If you choose to attend this event, you will certainly come away a better shooter than when you started.

A training event like this will certainly put you on the way to feeling more comfortable as you step into the field of IDPA competition. This event looks like a great opportunity to learn and get comfortable with something new. Plus, it will help you do what we all need to do: practice more.

So, if you have free time in mid-October and would like to get started shooting IDPA, head over to and take a look.

We all want to be better shooters. Here is your chance.