IDPA matches are held all over the country. Entry fees are usually around $20. Equipment is your carry gun, a holster and 3 magazine along with about 150 rounds and a cover garment. It is a fantastic and fun way to find the holes in your technique, shooting and equipment before it is for real.
Read about it, much is available for study online but you cannot beat it for a fun way to spend a Saturday that can net you some great and useful trigger time that translates to the real world….something that standing on a square range shooting paper can’t really do. I only wish I had began to do it sooner. It is loads of fun and everyone is incredibly nice and helpful. I guarantee you will not be the only new shooter, in fact there will be many, and you will find an accepting and super helpful crowd. But this is not the reason to try this.
If you are the carrier of a pistol, you are doing yourself a grave disservice to not participate in something like IDPA. It is an entertaining and informative way to test your skill and equipment in a lifelike scenario so you can see the holes in your system. While not a substitute for training with JC, Maxx, NC Scout or John, it is a great introduction into thinking and moving while engaging targets.
Many of us prep for every type disaster under the sun except the one we are most likely to face, a violent confrontation. Carrying a gun does not make you a gunfighter any more than carrying a hoe makes you a farmer.
Moving, shooting and thinking about the environment you are in and learning to do it faster and better can only be accomplished by actually doing. Reading and watching videos will not cut it.
I encourage you to seek out some matches, and then take part.