New Shooter Safety Check

It is a fact that any firearm sport has an element of danger.  Moving, drawing from concealment, taking cover and reloading, all under the stress of competition, increases the odds that accidents will happen.  This inherent danger is compounded when the shooter on-the-line is unfamiliar with range commands and/or has never used his or her handgun in the situations that IDPA stages present.  To ensure the safety of all shooters, SIGHTS has implemented a new shooter safety check prior to all matches.  To be fair to all, if you have never shot a SIGHTS match, cannot provide a IDPA Classification Card or cannot have a senior SIGHTS member verify your skill level (either through personal knowledge or by participating in our regular Thursday practices), you will be required to go through a safety check run by our Range Officer, or another senior SIGHTS member.  

The safety check is straightforward:
1) Do you know the basic rules of gun safety?
2) Do you have proper and safe equipment to compete in IDPA?
3) Are you familiar with basic range commands and IDPA range commands?
4) Can you demonstrate safe drawing, shooting, reloading and holstering techniques?
5) Is the Range Officer comfortable enough with your handgun skills to feel you can participate safely?

If you have never competed in IDPA, there are a number of things you can do to acquaint yourself with the basic skills.  First, read new shooters information packets like 'Welcome to IDPA Shooting' or read the IDPA manual.  It contains all the information you need to understand basic range commands, reloading techniques and rules of IDPA matches.  Secondly, come out to a Thursday practice or two, or three, or... Well we're there every Thursday so why not just make a habit of it!  We are always willing to take time to walk new shooters and seasoned shooters through the basics of IDPA and offer insight into techniques and practices to make you a better and safer shooter.  Lastly, and the most important: PRACTICE.  And remember, practice does not make perfect: Perfect practice makes perfect.