So just a few things that caught my attention this afternoon. First, when the buzzer goes off the only thing that should move are your arms and your gun. Everything else should be set before the SO says, "Stand by." At the signal you should be able to draw your pistol, wrap your weak hand around the grip, drive the gun toward the target, prime the trigger, align the sights, and pull the trigger. Your head doesn't need to move. Your legs should stay put. You don't need to crouch after the draw. All that extra movement just takes time and distracts you from the main thing—driving your gun toward the target and pulling the trigger. Whatever your normal shooting stance, get into that position before the "Stand by" command and be ready simply to draw and shoot. Watch the first 8 seconds or so of this video and notice how little I move when the buzzer goes off. It's not the fastest draw-to-first-shot time, but what you can't see is that the four targets off to the left of the frame are about 20 yards away so I had to take a little more time to get my sight picture right.
This includes when you are starting behind cover. Unless the course of fire specifies that you have to stand in a certain place and have your hands on X's or something, you should be able to get in the exact position you need to be in to shoot your first shot. What I mean is: when the buzzer goes off you don't have to move your feet or your head or your body. You just have to move your arms and hands to draw and aim. Every other part of your body is positioned for your first shot. What this means for IDPA is that if you are starting at the edge of cover and have targets visible around the corner, then you position your feet so that they are 100% behind cover. But you lean out with your body and head enough so that you can see the first target you are to engage. Then you freeze in the exact position that you want to be in when you pull the trigger. When the SO asks if you are ready, you nod and get ready to draw, aim, and shoot. If you do this, then you have no extra movement. You are still "behind cover," but you are looking at the first target you are going to engage and at the signal the only movement you have to worry about is drawing your pistol and bringing it up on target.
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