Another full house for the IPSC TC last weekend.
There were 8 shooters, 5 guys and 3 gals, in the class using another eclectic mix of pistols, all in 9mm Luger. Guns were 1 Seraphim 1911, 3 SW M&P, 2 Glocks, 1 Grand Power and 1 Shadow2. No left handers, again.
One of the great things about this group was that there was one Junior and three women. That is where our successful growth and future lie, let’s keep that momentum going.
As usual, a couple currently reload. I suspect others will follow suit soon to join the legions of those of us who do reload. My new trigger pull gauge opened eyes. When they try my Open gun 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.
Robert C and George P 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.
I have already booked my 2018 TCourses, look at the schedule on the AFGC page, mdgardner.com or ipscbc.com. Contact me to be register in the one that works for you. Next scheduled class, that isn’t full yet, is Mar 10/11.18 but almost full. Next space available is Apr 14/15.18. If you want to take the course, maybe think about registering early look at my calendar for later dates.
AFGC has approved mid-week classes. See the club and/or my class schedule to find one that may work best for you. They are limited and conditions apply. Call me for more information.
If you can’t get into qualifiers, check out ISL on the Islands. 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 Feb 02.18. 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