How old or young can you be to shoot IDPA?
I hear this question a lot in IDPA.
IDPA does have an age requirement to be a member of IDPA (12 years of age).
Page 52, 2005 rule book: Juniors, ages 12 years through 20 years, may also compete in
IDPA matches when not prohibited by law and when allowed by
the hosting club.
NVSA will allow junior shooters that receive Match Directors approval.
With at home training, understanding range safety, muzzle safe points and absolutely perfect trigger safety, your son or daughter may compete with us. Below is a video of an eleven your old girl shooting a match in Sacramento. I started seeing her shoot when she was 10.
Here is a video of an up and coming Master Shooter. He is only 12. While this is not IDPA it does show excellent muzzle and trigger control out of a 12 year old.
So to answer the question:
If your shooter can understand direction, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times, keep his finger off of the trigger until his sights are on the target, yes your young shooter may come out under parental supervision. It may be possible to work with one of the safety officers on an off date. Feel free to come out and talk with me or any other safety officer about this.
How old can I be and still shoot. This is an easy question to answer: (same as above) If you can understand direction, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times, keep your finger off of the trigger until his sights are on the target, yes even our seniors are welcome to come out and show us young bucks how its done.
Here is a video of a more senior shooter. Sorry Wayne :)
So anyone can do it as long as you can do it safely