are not a fully qualified member until you attend the orientation.
Also, don't forget that all new members are entitled to shoot in one club match per shooting discipline free of charge. Look over that match schedule, and come out and experience the fun of competition shooting.

An Introduction to IDPA
Paul Stiedle submitted this article on IDPA, which we are happy to print here for the benefit of our members.
The purpose of this article is to explain what IDPA is and how the matches are shot and scored. International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is a sport with a main goal to test the skill and ability of an individual to solve simulated real world self-defense scenarios with real world equipment. The safe and proficient use of handguns is one of the main principles of this sport.
IDPA is an internationally recognized sport with a membership of 10,850 and growing everyday. There are 264 IDPA affiliated clubs in 48 of the 50 states of the United States and eight foreign countries around the world. There are eight affiliated clubs in Arkansas alone. IDPA has a web site at www.idpa.com.
IDPA promotes firearms safety and self-defense survival by allowing a contestant to compete in a sport requiring stock everyday concealed carry handguns and concealed carry clothing. A shooter will experience more safe gun handling lessons at one IDPA match than at any concealed carry course. Concealed carry permit holders come to these matches to practice and improve their skills, learn new ideas and fellowship with like-minded individuals.
IDPA targets are cardboard silhouette measuring 18"x 30" with three scoring zones. Course design guidelines limit the required round count (number of shots) to 18 or less per string and targets no farther than 15 yards. Much thought goes into bullet impact areas. Requirements like the use of cover, and reloading from behind cover promote basic self-defense tac

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tics. The distance a shooter must travel between firing points should not exceed 10 yards. Various steel targets such as pepper popper or disc are occasionally used.
Most IDPA matches and all IDPA matches held at Benton Gun Club are run on a COLD RANGE policy. This means you come to the match with your shooting gear on or you gear up in a safe area. All the handguns are unloaded, magazines out and must remain holstered until you are instructed by a safety officer to load and make ready. When it is the shooters turn to shoot he or she is given a course description and asked if he or she understands the course of fire. At the starting position the first command to LOAD AND MAKE READY is given. SHOOTER READY command is then given and the shooter is expected to respond. The next command STAND-BY is given followed by the start buzzer. While the shooter is engaging the targets the chief safety officer is with them watching the gun and shooter for any unsafe gun handling actions such as muzzle point direction, moving to positions with a finger in the trigger, and the proper use of cover. Some actions will send you home and some will provide you with a penalty consisting of added time called a procedural.  After the shooter has finished shooting they are asked if they are finished and to UNLOAD AND SHOW CLEAR while the firearm is pointed downrange. The chief safety officer verifies the firearm is unloaded and at the Benton Gun Club announces in a loud voice I SEE IT! The shooter is then instructed to lower the hammer or striker and HOLSTER the firearm. The range is then declared safe and targets are scored and taped.
Time plus points down (1 point = half a second) plus procedurals adds up to your total score. Lowest score in each division and class wins.
I hope I have explained IDPA enough to have sparked an interest to learn more.  For more information check out the IDPA web site, come to a match, or give me a call 501-888-2930.
-Paul C. Stiedle

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