Another good group in the IPSC TC last weekend. 

There were 7 shooters, 6 guys and 1 gal, all right handers and right eye dominant. Photo thanks to Audrey O.

The usual blend of pistols, 6 9mm Luger and 1 .45ACP. Guns were 1 1911, 1 Dlask Custom .45, 2 Shadow2s, 1 Shadow, 1 Grand Power and 1 Glock. Only two currently reload. The others may soon follow suit to join the legions of those of us who do reload. After shooting my 147 loads they moved closer to the reloading side.

When they dry fire my Open gun with its outstanding trigger, the concept of GST becomes much more tangible. If you don’t know what GST means, not the tax, you will find out in my class.

The weather was more than passable and almost made you want to be outside but inside is always acceptable. Adam B and Winston M helped both days. Both have knowledge and team involvement from not only qualifiers but also Provincial and National matches. That goes a long ways in providing a broad spectrum to the students. I like to have a wider perspective of what IPSC is other than just my take on it. 

These TC classes certify the students for holster use anywhere holsters are used. That is a great testament to the quality and trust the IPSC TC provides. The class also provides a peek into the world of IPSC and, hopefully, intrigues the students to continue on.

It was obvious this group got it that the TC first priority is SAFETY while learning to shoot a wide variety of skills; freestyle, strong hand, weak hand, reloads, kneeling, prone, movement and more that students may encounter in matches.  

All my 2018 Courses are scheduled. Look at the schedule on the AFGC page, or Contact me to register in the class that works for you. Next scheduled class, that isn’t full yet, is May05/06.18. If you want to take the course, maybe think about registering early look at my calendar for later dates.

If you can’t get into qualifiers, check out ISL on the Island. They tend to be good practice for qualifiers. These are held in Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River. And, of course, steel matches at TMSA and Mission. Chilliwack does IDPA for yet another exposure to pistol shooting challenges.

Students can, and should, shoot steel matches before their first qualifier. TMSA has a steel match Sat May 05.18. Mission also shoots steel, check their site. Even coming out to a qualifier just to watch is a good idea to get a feel for how the game is played.

I put out a “sorta” weekly email announcing matches of which I am aware, Abby courses and more. If you want to be on that email list, send me an email asking to be added. Anytime you want to opt out, just send another email asking and it will happen. 

The IPSC BC 2018 schedule is up, watch closely as matches will fill quickly. The 2018 season is going to be a barn burner so keep your eyes on the calendar so you get registered to the matches you want to shoot. Opportunities to complete TC requirements can be a challenge to the students. Still lots of time to stop saying, “I really want to shoot IPSC and take the course” and ACTUALLY sign up to prove it 🙂

You can join this fast growing dynamic shooting sport by being a class graduate. Class dates and more information can be found at

I look forward to having you involved.
Murray “DOC” Gardner