EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL IDPA MATCHES AT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB WILL USE THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES FOR THE SAFE HANDLING OF FIREARMS:
NO HANDLING OF FIREARMS EXCEPT AT A DESIGNATED SAFE TABLE WITH NO AMMUNITION PRESENT, OR ON THE LINE OF FIRE UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION OF A DESIGNATED SAFETY OFFICER.
THIS MEANS THAT THE PAST PRACTICE OF USING YOUR VEHICLE AS A “SAFE TABLE” IS NO LONGER ALLOWED AT OUR IDPA MATCHES.
IF YOU PLAN ON USING YOUR CARRY FIREARM FOR THE MATCH, PLEASE ENSURE THE FIREARM IS UNLOADED BEFORE YOU REACH THE RANGE. IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WE HOPE TO HAVE A “CLEARING AREA” FOR THIS PURPOSE.
SIGNS WILL BE POSTED AT THE RANGE REMINDING EVERYONE OF THIS NEW POLICY. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE USING THE “OLD WAYS,” PLEASE DO NOT FREAK OUT. KINDLY REMIND THEM OF THE NEW POLICY (REMEMBER, WITH ANY NEW POLICY, A LEARNING CURVE EXISTS).
The IDPA Rule Book can be found on-line at http://idpa.com/Documents/IDPARuleBook2005.pdf. There is also an on-line Addendum to the Rule Book, found at http://idpa.com/Documents/RuleAddendum_07062010.pdf. You must read them together, as there are some significant changes in the Addendum. There will be a new Rule Book coming out in the next several months, but no date has been announced yet.
We follow the current Rule Book and the Addendum as closely as possible at our matches. We strive to make our matches as compliant as possible, so that when our local shooters travel to other matches, they don't get hit with any rule violations, or worse, a disqualification, because they didn't know the rules. We have recieved a lot of praise for this, and the records of our local shooters in sanctioned matches show how this helps.
There is one area of the Rule Book that has been questioned locally, and that is with holsters. Some local clubs do not allow "Serpa" holsters, or any other holster that has a "push-button" type release on it. At our matches, these holsters are allowed. We will tell you that these types of holsters are not the preferred type for competition, but that doesn't mean they are dangerous, just that the release mechanism does not lend itself to competition. However, we have many shooters that use them successfully. We only ask that you are familiar with the limitations the holster has, and recieve proper training in it's use.