The Wyoming Antelope Club hosted the 2011 IDPA Florida State Championship on March 12th and 13th, 2011. It was held at the club’s facility in Clearwater, Florida. There were 278 shooters who shot the match over the course of 2 days. Five shooters were disqualified for various reasons and 6 shooters did not finish the full match.
The match consisted of 12 stages requiring a minimum of 140 rounds to complete, plus 6 rounds for the chronograph. All pistols were checked and weighed for compliance with IDPA rules and all ammunition was chronographed. Stages were contributed by clubs throughout the State of Florida and staffed by the contributing club at the Championship. Officiating was consistent and professional for the match.
A variety of challenges were presented to the competitors. Several stages incorporated moving targets. Popup targets activated by steel targets that had to fall first were common. Almost every stage incorporated non-threat targets. Swinging targets were present on several stages, as were drop turning targets.
One stage required the shooters to engage a series of targets with the strong hand only while holding onto a dog leash that was weighted to simulate a pulling dog. Another stage required the shooter to engage 3 targets with the weak hand only while kneeling behind a counter.
There was a lowlight stage that started with flashlight in hand and required the shooter to effectively coordinate the flashlight with pistol to engage the targets. The standard stage was a long El Presidente variant where the furthest target was 35 yards away, which many shooters found quite challenging.
Weather for the match was quite good. There was no rain but plenty of sunshine. Temperatures were moderate and pleasant.
The facility’s layout was very favorable for a major match because 7 of the bays are located immediately adjacent to each other. This allowed shooters to move from stage to stage with no loss of time for movement. These 7 bays feature an interesting physical design because they have concrete overhead cover that prevents any projectiles from leaving the bay. Lunch was available on both days for a nominal fee. Restroom facilities were more than adequate. All the bays featured some form of overhead cover and numerous places were available on the range to rest out of the sun.
Competitors traveled to the match from numerous states and several different countries. The Venezuelan and Italian IDPA teams were present, as were shooters from Canada and Costa Rica. All 5 equipment Divisions of IDPA were represented across a broad range of skill levels.
Shooters commented on their overall satisfaction with the match. Universally they said they would like to attend next year’s Championship.