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IDPA Classifier Tips
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Classifier Stage 1
Strings 1 through 4, do not miss the head shots, even if you have to slow down and shoot only one good shot every 2.49 seconds.  Remember, a miss is 5 points down, which adds 2.5 seconds to your score. A fast shot time of 1.2 seconds with a missed head shot is a score of 3.7 seconds
String 5, the targets are engaged one shot each weak-hand-only.  Remember that when shooting one-handed, the gun will tend to recoil "in", that is, toward your other side.  This means that it is slightly easier and faster when shooting left-handed to engage the left-most target in the array first, followed by the targets to the right of the first one.
String 6, you will start facing up-range, turn, draw, and engage the targets from your turn to your gun side.  Turning away gun side is often taught as the correct defensive tactic.. Remember this is a game for score and time...  Drop your slide with the slide stop versus using a sling shot method.
String 7, the targets are engaged two shots each strong-hand-only.  In this case, the gun will tend to recoil toward the weak side, so a right-handed shooter is well advised to engage the right-most target first, followed by those to the left of it.  For a left-handed shooter, the reverse is true.
Classifier Stage 2
Strings 1 and 2 involve shooting on the move.  Keep your knees flexed, walk heel-to-toe, and "glide along" -- the front sight will not bounce at all if you do this right.  You can practice this at home using a unloaded firearm with a brass casing on top of the gun, remember to practice the glide forward and backward.
String 3, you will once again start facing up-range  turn, draw, and engage the targets from your turn to your gun side.  Use the slide stop again to drop your slide versus sling shot method. There are also 12 shots in this stage down zero is your goal.
Strings (3 and 4)  in Stage 2 are done while standing still, and resemble strings 6 and 7 in Stage 1.  But remember that you are now at 10 yards instead of 7, and you will need to slow down a bit compared to 7 yards to get good hits.
Classifier Stage 3
Big Secret: Shooters this stage is actually a Bullseye Target Pistol Match disguised as an IDPA stage.  There is even a barricade and a tactical reload thrown in to fool you into forgetting this.  But there are 18 shots at 20 yards, and 12 more shots at 15 yards.  Slow down! - Let your sights dictate your speed.  Sight alignment and trigger control are paramount.
Cover!
Stage 3, strings 1 and 2 involve the use of a Bianchi Barricade, a portable wall section 6 feet high and two feet wide.
String 1 12 shots are required on this stage and at varying angles. The shots taken at the two outside targets are reasonable angles, the middle target becomes more angled and the opposite target is an extreme angle. Being closer to cover allows you to be at overall less extreme angles allowing your lower body to lean less and remain more controlled. Starting wrist length from the barricade as a starting position is a great place to begin.
String 2 same advice on being closer to cover. If you perform a tactical reload (drawing the spare magazine, swapping it with the depleted magazine at the gun, and then stowing the depleted magazine), you may gain a second or so time advantage on this string, as you may stow the depleted magazine while running forward to the barrel. When using low cover one knee must be on the ground, the gun side knee should be placed on the ground.
String 3 Position your body then when you place your knee to low cover the knee on the ground is the same as your gun side, 6 shots at 15 yard from low cover take your time get your hits.
Stage 3 Tip reloads
Be smooth on your reloads try not not rush it, let your natural ability be your speedometer with your reload with retention.
Classifier as a practice.
"Should I practice shooting the classifier in order to get a higher classification?" The answer to this one is "No."
"Should I practice the classifier to become a better IDPA shooter?" The answer to this one is "Yes."
If you have limited time to practice or are new to IDPA the skills learned from shooting the classifier will eventually translate to better abilities. MWT does not suggest making the classifier your only practice regimen. Shooting your own drills or practicing what you need improvement on will make you the stronger shooter.  MWT host IDPA practice every first and third monday of each month, we welcome you to join us.
Lastly
Remember the IDPA scoring system: IDPA is speed and accuracy. Accuracy is rewarded more than speed.
A miss is 5 points.  That adds 2.5 seconds to your score.  You cannot shoot fast enough to make up for missed shots.
A hit in the -3 zone adds 1.5 seconds to your time.  If you are hitting in the -3 zone, this means you can take 1 second longer to aim, hit the center, and still come out 1/2 second ahead!
A hit in the -1 zone adds 1/2 second to your score.  Slow down just a little less than 1/2 second, hit the center, and you are ahead!
Get out and shoot;)

Classifier Stage 1

  • Strings 1 through 4, do not miss the head shots, even if you have to slow down and shoot only one good shot every 2.49 seconds.  Remember, a miss is 5 points down, which adds 2.5 seconds to your score. A fast shot time of 1.2 seconds with a missed head shot is a score of 3.7 seconds.
  • String 5, the targets are engaged one shot each weak-hand-only.  Remember that when shooting one-handed, the gun will tend to recoil "in", that is, toward your other side.  This means that it is slightly easier and faster when shooting left-handed to engage the left-most target in the array first, followed by the targets to the right of the first one.
  • String 6, you will start facing up-range, turn, draw, and engage the targets from your turn to your gun side.  Turning away gun side is often taught as the correct defensive tactic.. Remember this is a game for score and time...  Drop your slide with the slide stop versus using a sling shot method.
  • String 7, the targets are engaged two shots each strong-hand-only.  In this case, the gun will tend to recoil toward the weak side, so a right-handed shooter is well advised to engage the right-most target first, followed by those to the left of it.  For a left-handed shooter, the reverse is true.


Classifier Stage 2

  • Strings 1 and 2 involve shooting on the move.  Keep your knees flexed, walk heel-to-toe, and "glide along" -- the front sight will not bounce at all if you do this right.  You can practice this at home using a unloaded firearm with a brass casing on top of the gun, remember to practice the glide forward and backward.
  • String 3, you will once again start facing up-range  turn, draw, and engage the targets from your turn to your gun side.  Use the slide stop again to drop your slide versus sling shot method. There are also 12 shots in this stage down zero is your goal.
  • String 4 remember that you are now at 10 yards instead of 7, and you will need to slow down a bit compared to 7 yards to get good hits.


Classifier Stage 3
Big Secret: Shooters this stage is actually a Bullseye Target Pistol Match disguised as an IDPA stage.  There is even a barricade and a tactical reload thrown in to fool you into forgetting this.  But there are 18 shots at 20 yards, and 12 more shots at 15 yards.

Stage 3 is the "classifier" it is by far the hardest stage, points down here will add up very quickly.  Slow down! - Let your sights dictate your speed.  Sight alignment and trigger control are your key to success.


Cover! Stage 3, strings 1 and 2 involve the use of a Bianchi Barricade, a portable wall section 6 feet high and two feet wide. 
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  • String 1 12 shots are required on this stage and at varying angles.  Shots taken at the two outside targets are reasonable angles, the middle target becomes more angled and the opposite target is an extreme angle. Being closer to cover allows you to be at overall less extreme angles allowing your lower body to lean less and remain more controlled. Starting wrist length from the barricade as a starting position is a great place to begin.
  • String 2 same advice on being closer to cover. If you perform a tactical reload (drawing the spare magazine, swapping it with the depleted magazine at the gun, and then stowing the depleted magazine), you may gain a second or so time advantage on this string, as you may stow the depleted magazine while running forward to the barrel. When using low cover one knee must be on the ground, the gun side knee should be placed on the ground.
  • String 3 Position your body then when you place your knee to low cover the knee on the ground is the same as your gun side, 6 shots at 15 yard from low cover take your time get your hits.

 

Stage 3 Tip reloads
Be smooth on your reloads try not not rush it, let your natural ability be your speedometer with your reload with retention.

 

Classifier as a practice.

  • Should you practice shooting the classifier in order to get a higher classification? The answer to this one is No.
  • Should you practice the classifier to become a better IDPA shooter? The answer to this one is Yes.


If you have limited time to practice or are new to IDPA the skills learned from shooting the classifier will eventually translate to better abilities. MWT does not suggest making the classifier your only practice regimen. Shooting your own drills or practicing what you need improvement on will make you the stronger shooter.  MWT host IDPA practice every first and third monday of each month, we welcome you to join us. 

Remember the IDPA scoring system: IDPA is speed and accuracy. Accuracy is rewarded more than speed. A miss is 5 points.  That adds 2.5 seconds to your score.  You cannot shoot fast enough to make up for missed shots. A hit in the -3 zone adds 1.5 seconds to your time.  If you are hitting in the -3 zone, this means you can take 1 second longer to aim, hit the center, and still come out 1/2 second ahead!A hit in the -1 zone adds 1/2 second to your score.  Slow down just a little less than 1/2 second, hit the center, and you are ahead!


Get out and shoot;)