IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association)
The basis of IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) is to give shooters an opportunity to use practical shooting equipment to shoot “real world” simulated self-defense scenarios in an effort to better prepare the shooter for a real-life self-defense situation. This competition is aimed towards using practical handguns and holsters that a shooter would likely use in everyday carry to protect themselves and their families/friends, and to test that shooters skill and abilities in doing so.
The IDPA has been around since 1996 due to the overwhelmingly high number of shooters interested in bettering their defensive skills while competing with like-minded individuals. There are over 22,000 members currently in more than 50 foreign countries.
IDPA is not only exciting, but it’s done in a controlled environment with mandated techniques and courses of fire. With the start of IDPA, shooters now have the ability to compete with common service pistols using your carry holster as your match holster, without a handicap. IDPA prides itself in its effort to keep the equipment needed to a minimum to ensure that the “everyday” shooter will have an opportunity to compete without the needs to spend loads of cash to accumulate the newest and best equipment on the market. If you want to only have the minimal equipment for everyday carry, but want to still compete, the IDPA is for you!
In order to compete in an IDPA match, you will need the following equipment:
- Strong Side Hip Holster (A holster on the side that you draw your firearm from)
- Magazine Carriers (2 carriers specifically)
- 3 Magazines (2 for your carriers, and one for your firearm)
- Eye and Ear Protection
- A concealment Garment (vest) – (You will need to be able to show that your firearm is concealed as part of a requirement to shoot an IDPA match
- Approximately 150-200 rounds of ammunition
The great news for a new shooter to IDPA is that the rules allow for a new shooter to shoot in 3 matches before they need to join the IDPA organization and pay membership dues (which are minimal).
If the IDPA is something that appeals to you, we encourage you to check out their website for more information about the sport and to find a local match near you: IDPA.COM
Download a copy of the current IDPA Rulebook: 2017 IDPA rulebook