IDPA opens its own Pistol Range in central

CAPTION: (left) Col. Ricardo Garcia - Executive President IDPA and Jethro John (right) - Executive Vice President IDPA, Trinidad 

After eight years as an organization, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) opened its shooting range at Gran Couva. The IDPA started as a small committee that provided training for all persons interested in the sport of defensive pistol shooting.  Although the sport attracted a variety of individuals in the security profession including members of the Defence Force, the Trinidad and Tobago Rifle Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, its services are open to all with an interest in defensive pistol shooting. At present the association has a membership of 450 persons.

The move to Gran Couva shooting range gives the IDPA an opportunity to create an environment that caters to a wider cross section of enthusiasts and their families given the growing concern for securing loved ones, homes and other properties. In that regard, the milestone launch was supported by TSTT’s flagship security alarm service Blink Vigilance, the fastest growing local product of its kind. Blink Vigilance was created out of TSTT’s vision for citizens who wanted to empower themselves and create a safer environment for the enjoyment of their property and the company of family and friends.

At the opening of the range, Colonel Ricardo Garcia (Retired), Executive President of the IDPA said the Association was in need of its own shooting range, having previously used the Tucker Valley range. He credited Executive Vice President Jethro John for having the vision to develop the Gran Couva land and following it through. The association honoured John by naming the range after him.

Speaking at the launch, His Worship the Mayor of Chaguanas Orlando Nagessar said training, in any discipline, was critical to a developing society. As a licensed pistol owner himself, the Mayor said he too could benefit from the IDPA training.

The 15-acre range is located in a valley in Gran Couva, just after Boissierre Trace and features five shooting bays. Plans are afoot to make the facility an eco spot to allow the families of IDPA members to relax or explore the expansive terrain, ponds and nearby river while members engage in their sport.  Garcia said he was happy that it was now possible for members to train and practice in a safe environment.