1.Rule description with page number or addendum page number:
Rule book page 10 C15. And page 8 S9 (what is considered holstered and safe)
2.Description of the problem:
SO's in our area are inconsistent with interpretation of the position of the safety on double action auto pistols for the start condition, specifically the Beretta 92 and like systems. This has led some competitors to avoid using this weapon platform to avoid the issue and others have been forced to improperly operate their weapon contrary to their training.
3.Your suggestion for a solution:
Please clarify for the record the appropriate condition of readiness for double action auto pistols with respect to the safety position when de-cocked and holstered. Specifically the Beretta 92 system and others like it. I suggest IDPA HQ clarify that the safety can be either on or off on de-cocked auto pistols at the discretion of the COMPETITOR. This is at least as "safe" as a holstered revolver and will allow the competitor to operate the weapon in a manner consistent with their training, whichever doctrine they may have been trained in. (Safety on or off.)
4.Justification why this is so pressing it requires the Tiger Teams interrupt the rule book revision process and issue a clarification immediately:
We are seeing many people new to IDPA but not new to their weapon system or shooting that are giving this sport a try. When this occurs it not only affects the person involved but others who are watching and know better. This decreases the chance that they will join IDPA and participate in the second match. We only have one chance at a first impression. This has been discussed in detail in the forum already but it continues to be a problem in our area.
This reflects poorly on IDPA and can be resolved with an "official" position from HQ.