You go just one time and look what happens. You're hooked!
Let's give them a little more info to go on.
IDPA rule book: http://www.idpa.com/Documents/IDPARuleBook2005.pdf
- Equipment Needs -
Ammo: any factory ammo should suffice, bring at least 100 rounds for the pistol portion.
Holster: see the IDPA rulebook for qualifications, PM me if you have questions...yes, the Blackhawk Serpa is legal as are most Bladetech holsters.
Cover garment: a t-shirt will not suffice at BCT, a button up shirt or concealment vest are suggested, will need to cover the entire pistol and holster (no mesh), button up shirt may be worn open with a t-shirt or UnderArmour type shirt under it.
Shoes: no open toed shoes allowed, tennis shoes are acceptable
Shorts/trousers: BCT does allow shorts (it is going to be hot after all)
Eye/Ear: both eye and hearing protection are mandatory, even for spectators
Mags: I strongly suggest no less than 3 magazines that can carry 10 rounds or more (10 rounds is IDPA max), 1911 folks may want more mags
Fees: usually $15 for the pistol (more if it's an extended match), usually $5 for the side match (could be more depending on the nature of the match)
Side match: I've been told to bring at least a combat rifle and extra ammo. They don't tell us in advance if the side match will be a pistol, combat rifle, shotgun, 2-gun, or 3-gun. Find out day of on-site.
Membership: none required - open to the public day of the match