So, IDPA has released a set of provisional multigun rules. You can peruse them here.
I’m of two minds about this.
I love anything that gets more people into practical shooting, and the IDPA/DMG rules might actually do just that. IDPA/DMG seem to cover some ground that USPSA and the big outlaw matches have overlooked, specifically, pistol-caliber carbines. There are plenty of shooters out there with PCCs, and now they have a ruleset that they can be competitive in. IDPA/DMG will also likely be popular with rangemasters and match directors, as they can set up a challenging match without the hassle and expense of long-range shooting. Finally, IDPA/DMG will probably be easier for a new shooter to get into with minimal cash outlay. The non-freestyle course design and low round counts should make this game the marijuana to the Mexican Speedballs of USPSA and outlaw multigun. 😉
That said, I worry about the long-term popularity of the game. Let’s face it – IDPA is really late to the game with this. There were IDPA club matches running unsanctioned multigun side shoots ten years ago. A lot of match directors probably have multigun rules that they’ve been using for some time, and those matches are unlikely to change.
So, we’ll see. I might have to get my pump gun out of long-term storage again…