Shooters take aim at weekend match |

Shooters take aim at weekend match

David Pressgrove

Four handgun owners got together at their meeting place Wednesday night to make final preparations for the big showdown on Saturday.

No worries though, as the weapon owners were members of the International Defensive Pistol Association and they were practicing out at Bears Ears Sportsman Club for Saturday’s Northwest Colorado IDPA Championships at the club.

Mike Seela, chairman of the Bears Ears IDPA, said they expect anywhere from 30 to 50 shooters at the competition.

The handgun handlers are classified in four different divisions by the IDPA prior to the tournament. The four divisions are marksman, sharpshooter, expert and master. There are also four different types of pistols that can be used, which are stock service pistols, custom defense pistols, enhanced service pistol and stock service revolver.

“The match will be one of the biggest in the state this year,” Seela said. “About half of the shooters will be from the Bears Ears club and if anybody wants to come watch they just need to bring eye and ear protection.”

The defensive pistol shooters are not just out shooting for amusement, according to the international organization’s Web site: “Defensive pistol shooting as a sport is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in Defensive Pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use.”

No “competition-only” equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.”

At the match, the marksmen will have seven different scenarios of targets they will try to complete with speed and precision. The scenarios are set up to simulate real life situations with targets on a zip line to represent “runners,” targets on a swivel to represent “dodgers” and stationary targets that imitate “freezers.”

There is no big prize money, but, according to Charles Spann, public relations coordinator for the local IDPA chapter, there will be trophies given to the top shooters.

Seela said if anyone is interested in becoming a member of the local IDPA club, the organization generally meets at Bears Ears Sportsman Club on Wednesdays to shoot the bull, and some targets as well.

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