The reason I wanted to shoot IDPA was because of my CCW. I realized that shooting at the range, while helpful, was limited in improving my defensive shooting skills. My first match already showed me alot regarding my strengths and weaknesses. I shot a lot better than I expected but I know I have several areas to improve in.
Also, if I had room in my apartment I would learn how to reload because ammo is freakin' expensive!!!!!
I do a lot of dryfire practice and it showed Saturday. I watched most of my squad fumble draws and reloads......especially reloads! Mine were fairly smooth and consistant. I hit the range once a week and practice draws and reloads at home 2-3 nights a week. In my area I could shoot twice a month but that would require a lot driving and my work call schedule just won't allow it. I am very happy to shoot matches once a month......for now anyway!
As far as reloading goes I just don't have room at all. It really isn't a problem buying ammo in bulk to save a few dollars.
Got in to it about 2yrs ago from a guy here at work and, Boy was I nervous that I didn't screw up and do something wrong..And always wanted to be last in line a just watch everyone go through the stages first, That did help alot to be sure I did all of the safety practices the same...Now it is second nature...aleast I came in 17th in SSP in the 2006 State Championship...
Anyone want to give it a shot lugears:here in San Diego give me a PM..