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International Defensive Pistol Association

Information and Results

Please read the following to ensure your time shooting IDPA events provide a positive experience and that you will return for future IDPA events. We follow simple guidelines to make sure no ones get injured and that our IDPA shooting events are fun. You may shoot one IDPA event after which time you must join IDPA. See the Match Director for additional information. As a member you will get a copy of the Official Rule Book. In case of a dispute the Match Director has final say.

We run a cold range, meaning that all guns will be unloaded and will stay in there holster until the shooter is either on the firing line or in a designated safety area. Removal of gun any other time will disqualify the shooter from that days IDPA shooting event.

The Principles behind IDPA:

  • To create a level playing field for all competitors to test the skill and ability of the individual, not their equipment or gamesmanship.
  • To promote safe and proficient use of guns and equipment suitable for self-defense use.
  • To offer a competition forum for shooters using standard factory produced service pistols such as the Beretta 92F, Glock 17, etc. (STOCK SERVICE PISTOL Division); for shooters using popular single action 9mm / 40 pistols which have been modified for carry (ENHANCED SERVICE PISTOL Division); for shooters using 1911 style single stack .45's which have been modified for carry, not competition (CUSTOM DEFENSIVE PISTOL Division); and for shooters using service revolvers such as the popular Smith & Wesson 686 (STOCK SERVICE REVOLVER Division).
  • To provide shooters with practical and realistic courses of fire that simulates a potentially life-threatening encounter or those tests skills that would be required to survive a life-threatening encounter.
  • To offer a practical shooting sport that is responsive to the shooters and sponsors, with unprecedented stability of equipment rules.
  • To offer a practical shooting sport that allows the competitors to concentrate on the development of their shooting skills and to fellowship with other like-minded shooters.

Safety Officer:

The purpose of an IDPA Safety Officer is to assist the competitor so he/she can complete the course of fire safely and with as much enjoyment as possible.

Standard range commands are as follows:

Load and make ready, shooter ready, standby, start signal, (start signal can be verbal, audio buzzer, i.e. timer, or visual at the discretion of the range master), unload and show clear, holster, range is safe.

Any contestant moving with a loaded handgun in his hand but not actually firing will keep his finger out of the trigger guard unless engaging targets. If a SO observes a contestant moving with his finger in the trigger guard, he will sound off with the command “Finger”. Failure to immediately comply will result in a 3-second procedural penalty. All IDPA contestants will handle their firearms with care and be aware of the direction the muzzle is pointed in at all times. Whether handling a handgun in the designated ‘safe area’, or when arriving at the range, safe gun handling is critical. Unless in a 'safe area’ or while kitting up, a contestant’s sidearm will remain in its holster until the SO gives the command: “Load and make ready.”

Safety Issue Commands:
1.      Yell “Finger” for finger in trigger guard violations.
2.      Yell “Muzzle” if the muzzle is getting near a muzzle safe point.
3.      Yell “Stop” if the shooter does something grossly unsafe or is disqualified.

Tactical Sequence:
Tactical sequence means that the shooter is to address each target with a single round before going back to engage any single target with a second round. This would be a good way to solve a problem involving two or more assailants, (depending on one’s skill level and aforementioned host of other variables).

Tactical Priority:
Tactical priority means that the shooter is to address either the nearest threat first, or the most dangerous threat first, based on either the course description, or the shooters own judgment. Let the course description prevail in competition; let the shooter’s judgment prevail elsewhere.

Tactical Reload:
A Tactical reload refers to a reload in which you top off your weapon during a lull in the action, so when you advance / retreat / go to better cover / etc., you have a fully loaded weapon and any remaining ammo in your partial magazine is retained in case you need it later in the fight. A proper tactical re-load is done “at the gun”. This means the spare magazine is drawn prior to the ejection of the partial magazine in the pistol. The partial magazine MUST be retained.

Re-load from a slide-lock:
A re-load from a slide-lock means that the slide has locked in the open position and the magazine is empty. The empty magazine is released while the spare magazine is drawn and replaced in the weapon. The shooter IS NOT required to retain an empty magazine.

All equipment used in Defensive Pistol matches must meet the following simple guidelines: equipment must be practical for self-defense use, concealable, suitable for all-day continuous wear, and must be worn in a manner that would be appropriate for all-day continuous wear.

A maximum of two (2) spare magazines carried in 2 single pouches or 1 double pouch or three (3) speed loaders may be worn at any time. One additional magazine may be carried on the person for “charging” purposes only. Up to two (2) speed loaders may be worn immediately in front of the holster. All holsters must fully cover the trigger when the pistol is holstered.

The holster must position the pistol so the center of the trigger pad is behind the centerline of the body from a side view and all magazines and magazine carriers for pistols must be positioned behind the centerline. Revolver ammunition carriers may be worn directly in front of the holster on the strong side.

2008 POSTAL MATCH STAGE 4 - "The Alley"

When shooting IDPA you're either shooting a Course of Fire or an Course Exercise. A CoF is a scenario created to be life like without the bad guys shooting back. For these types of stages the shooter must solve the problem by neutralizing the bad guy's. In the example below you will be given a scenario to solve and the CoF layout. It is up to you to do so in a safe and practical manner. Remember, Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast.

CoF Description: You just mailed a letter and are on your way home. Because of sewer work by the local municipal utilities authority, you have to take a different route and you find yourself walking down an alley. Always being aware, you notice a delivery van that pulls in and blocks the alley behind you. This was just the opportunity that some local punks were looking for. You see three threatening people move towards you brandishing weapons. Quickly looking down the alley, you notice a fence separating you from a small lot and then the end of the alley. You will have to defend yourself from the immediate threats, be sure no one else is waiting around the fence, and then get out of there.

Start Position P1. Gun loaded to division capacity and holstered under concealment. Hands relaxed at sides.

At Start Signal Draw gun and engage targets T1, T2 and T3 in with two shots each while moving to P2. Shots must be taken on the move. At P2, take low cover and engage targets T4, T5 and T6 in with two shots each from the side of the barrel. Reload as necessary. Left handed shooters may begin on the right, engage T4 through T6 moving and T1 through T3 from low cover.

Shot Count Vickers. Best two hits per target scored. Twelve shots minimum.

Supplies: Six IDPA shoot targets, tape and paint for hard cover, one barrel, and one visual barrier.Set-Up Details All dimensions are from the front edge of P2 and from a line from the center of P2 going up and down range. The hard cover of targets T3 and T4 begins at the corner where the horizontal edge from the head angles downward. The hard cover extends to the opposite side of the target where the vertical side angles toward the bottom of the target. The hard cover will cover more than half of the body of the target and cover very close to half of the down zero zone of the body. The target is hung so that the hard cover edge is as close to vertical as possible. T1 and T6 – 5’ 4” tall, T2 and T5 – 4’ 10” tall, T3 and T4 – 4’ 2” to the top corner of the hard cover.