One of my new friends recently asked me about the gear necessary for launching out into the world of IDPA.When it comes to IDPA and other gun games, a lot of people will tell you to buy the best of everything to avoid wasting your money. Eventually you’re going to want the best as you become more competitive.

I’m going to argue the other direction. I think that you should get your feet wet in the sport. After you’ve begun to learn what you really like, you will be better equipped to make those major purchases if and when you’re ready. You can compete for quite some time with your initial purchases and there will always be a market for your entry-level gear. You won’t lose much money, if any. Truth be told, I’ll bet you’ll end up using that entry-level stuff as loaner gear to get your bros involved in the not-so-distant future.

1. Gun

I’m gonna recommend a long slide/barrel version of whatever you carry. If there isn’t a long slide version of what you carry, I’d recommend that you carry something else. (Unless your carry piece already has a 5 inch barrel, if so I say bravo.) Be careful to make sure that you don’t select a weapon so long that it won’t fit into the IDPA box though. Also, I’d say that going 9mm makes a lot of sense due to cost effectiveness and recoil management. .4o is a viable beginners option too but I think you need to commit to reloading if you make this choice. (Learn to download.)

2. Holster & Double Mag Holder

5.11/ Bladetech line Photo Credit Sam T. Baucom