Swing Through: An Evil IDPA Prop

My first practical shooting match was held at Topton Fish & Game. The club no longer shoots USPSA but at the time it was known for its use of vast amounts of steel. It would be no surprise to step onto a stage and find a Texas Star waiting for you. Imagine my intimidation when facing one at my very first match.

In the roughly two years that I’ve been shooting competitively, I’ve come up against a variety of evil idpa props. The intimidation factor has disappeared, for the most part, and I trust in my abilities to get through each stage. That changed a bit when I shot the January 2013 New Holland Rifle and Pistol Club IDPA Match.

I was introduced to a devilish prop that is best described as a Swing Through. It is made up of standard paper target attached to a steel popper. As the popper falls, the paper target swings through, in an arc, and falls with the popper. The window in which a shooter can engage this target is small. In fact, in the two matches that I’ve faced it, I have yet to put a single round on target.

To make matters worse, I’m told that this particular prop has been slowed down considerably. The Match Directors at New Holland plan on cranking up the speed in the coming months. It has become the single prop that I love to hate.

What Evil IDPA Prop do you Love to Hate?


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

One thought on “Swing Through: An Evil IDPA Prop

  1. Oh, Walt. You should never have posted this! I will inform you that the use of such “Evil Props” is something that I thrive on! Along with the unlimited use of hard cover the use of evil props will continue to be a part of my style when designing stages. In fact, I have been told that we have this type of prop at Ontelaunee. I have not gone up to confirm that yet, but I will as soon as I can get away from 12 hr shifts at work. So get ready, you just earned yourself a stage that I will design and name “Walt in PA Special Request”.

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