Having only started familiarizing myself with handguns in February of 2022 I was very reluctant to step into the world of competitive shooting. I was expecting hostile competitors and an every man for himself mentality, but joining IDPA was one of the best decisions I could’ve possibly made. The people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned, and the skills I’ve gained are just a few of the many things I will carry with me for the rest of my life thanks to IDPA and the people that truly make this association a family. Camaraderie is at the forefront of every match I attend, and there is never a shortage of people willing to push you to succeed. I urge anyone and everyone with the willingness to learn to come and check out a match!