Pickens County Sportsman’s Club (PCSC) shot the IDPA 2010 Postal Match on February 20, 2011. This was the second Postal Match held in the Atlanta area this year. More information on the Postal Match series is available in a previous article.
The club organized the match by shooting the 4 stages of the Postal Match as 2 pairs of stages because PCSC only has 1 bay available for shooting IDPA. Two stages were initially set up on opposite sides of the bay. All the shooters fired Stage 1 then fired Stage 4.
Stage 1 is called the Square Drill and requires shooters to engage 3 targets while moving around a series of barrels arranged in the shape of a square. The shooter must place 1 shot on each target while moving along each side of the square for a total of 12 shots. All shots must be fired while moving.
Stage 4 is titled Cleanup on Aisle Four and requires shooters to engage 3 target arrays of two targets each from 3 different shooting points. The initial array is engaged while backing away from the targets along a corridor. There is a no-shoot target, designated by a pair of hands, between these two targets and all shots must be fired while moving. Then the competitor is required to engage the other 2 arrays using cover of the walls at the back of the corridor.
When all the competitors had finished shooting those stages, the stages were torn down and the last 2 courses of fire were set up. The competitors then shot the second pair of stages.
Practical El Pres was Stage 2 of the match. This is a variation of an old standard drill in Practical/Defensive shooting. The shooter must draw the pistol, which is loaded with 6 rounds only, and engage 3 targets with 2 rounds each. In this variation, the shooter then assumes a kneeling position behind barrels simulating a covered position, reloads, and re-engages the 3 targets with 2 more rounds each.
The last stage shot was Stage 3, IDPA Postal Quick Draw. In this stage, a shooter was required to draw the pistol and engage 6 targets with 1 round each. The stage was made more difficult by painting part of each target with black paint. Any hits in the black area did not count for score so the accuracy standard was high.
The match began at noon and finished about 2:00 PM. There were 11 shooters total for the match and competitors used handguns from the Stock Service Pistol and Custom Defensive Pistol Divisions of IDPA. One lady shooter competed and there were several visitors observing.
Pickens County Sportsman’s Club holds matches each third Sunday afternoon starting at noon. The public is invited to watch or participate.