The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts membership of more than 20,000, including members in 50 foreign countries.
One of the unique facets of this sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter. The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical guns may be used competitively. An interested person can spend a minimal amount on equipment and still be competitive.
The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship. “Competition only” equipment is not permitted in this sport.
Download the IDPA Rule Book
10 Reasons to Shoot IDPA by Mike Briggs
Why I Shoot IDPA Bryce M. Towsley
Get the most out of IDPA James Yeager
Beginner's Guide to IDPA YouTube
Shooting your 1st IDPA Match YouTube
Shooting Sports: IDPA Introduction Pt 4 - Safety YouTube
IDPA is a safety oriented sport, which requires all shooters who have not competed in an active shooting sport to attend a new to competition class.
Current Schedule of Events "New to Competition" and "IDPA Practice Nights"
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