Parma Rod & Gun Club IDPA

Match director’s notes – 4/28/01

3Gun Results
IDPA Classifier
IDPA Match Results By Stage


Wow!  That was grueling. First thing I vowed after last weekend: stage the classifier on a separate date.  The classifier is an outstanding test of basic pistol skills, great practice by itself, but too long to run with our usual scenarios.  Look for the IDPA classifier to reappear on practice days.   On to the three gun match itself…


13 shooters contested all three guns and my hat is off to them.  Special recognition to the top three overall:

1.     Paul Kaczmarek; new to Parma matches.  And, hey, I thought LEOs couldn’t shoot!

2.     Rob Oates; who squeezed excellent carbine work into his day as an S.O.

3.     Lyle Mettler; who proved once again that ‘old dogs’ can be dangerous.

It was a long day and filled with demanding shooting. In laying out the stages, Larry and I tried for a worthy test of weaponcraft, each scenario focusing on a likely tactical application for the gun in hand. 

·       Sudden surprise; reactive defensive shooting: pistol

·       Close range assault: shotgun

·       Urban engagement with many innocents: carbine

If only one could choose his weapon before the gunfight!


What did we learn that fine day? 

Carbine:  Most people came to grief on bore to sight offset.  Remember, with a 25 m battle zero, one’s carbine will shoot about 1” - 3” low inside of 25 m!  Where does one put the front sight during a close, unpleasant encounter?

Shotgun:  Ammunition management is the key effective deployment.  Shoot one. Load one!  A few shooters also noted why buckshot is more effective on the targets, as bird loads didn’t perform as well in the B zone as they might have wished.

Pistol:  Shooting situations are dynamic; either you are moving or your adversary is!  I was also impressed to watch many shooters 'fight their way through malfunctions.’  That is, they cleared jams, reloaded, or cocked their pistols and continued the exercise under time stress.  Excellent!  Never give up.  (But, why did I see so many 1911s malfunction, anyway?)


What of the classifier?

Beginning with the May match, scores will be reported per pistol type and shooter class for IDPA members.  Shooters not affiliated with IDPA will be classed together and will not be segregated by pistol type. When scoring this classifier, if I wasn’t certain of your sidearm type, you were placed in the BUG (Back Up Gun) category.  Let me know your pistol type if you wish to be properly stacked in the classifier results.


For May on, if you wish to have your score reported in IDPA format, you’ll have to show your classification card to the match director.  He’ll sign it and note your membership number in the database.  Only need to do this once or after you advance a class, like to Master!  Judging by the scoring criteria, classes look like this.

Sharpshooter:  CDP

Tom Janstrom

133.04 (36)

Gary Casner

139.63 (44)

Justin Malsam

141.44 (30)


Sharpshooter: ESP

Jim Beaumont

138.52 (54)


Marksman: CDP

Neil Goodfellow

155.97 (41)

Jon Anderson

164.13 (64)

Dick Runnels

165.33 (56)

Rob Oates

175.15 (38)

Steve Leonard

178.52 (85)

Ken Reed

216.34 (35)

Randy Peterson

219.61 (134)


Marksman: SSP

Devin Jones

158.65 (48)

Lyle Mettler

159.18 (54)


I’ve listed the classifier results for those folks who I believe to be IDPA members.  If I’ve omitted your name – or put it on this list when it shouldn’t be there – let me know!


Many thanks!

Many thanks – as usual – to your fearless (but not tireless!) Safety Officers.  This month we enjoyed the diligence of Jon Anderson, Rob Oates, Randy Peterson, Ken Reed, and Larry Webster.  They’re the guys that lug the targets, set the stages, secure the ranges, watch for safety hazards and lug the targets back!  There wouldn’t be a well-run shoot without them.  Be sure to offer your thanks during the next match.  We’ll be working to expand our cadre of Safety Officers, so expect your turn shortly…   And, did you all enjoy the rocking hostage taker?  Offer your thanks to the design and welding savvy of Ken Reed.  The release design is his own creation and allows a course designer to select that life-like bob I had so much trouble hitting! 


Safety Violation!

Yes, we had one, and very serious, too.  Nobody was injured, but the potential was there.  A shooter executing a turn with his pistol swept his pistol uprange, covering the midsection of the SO as he did so!  The SO was so shocked that he took no action, as he later confessed to me.  I reinforced with him, as I do with all reading this, that sweeping a fellow shooter or safety officer is reason sufficient for immediate DQ.   We will enforce this vital safety rule!


Next time – May 26th:

Does your pistol ever malfunction?  It will during our next match.  Malfunction clearances under stress are on the agenda, along with more target and shooter movement.  Come dressed for a gunfight!


Practice Day on May 12?

Yes! Limited to the first 16 shooters for the structured exercises. (That’s all that can be safely monitored.)  $5 range fee to pay for the targets and lath we shoot up.