Step on to almost any range across the United States and you're likely to find an IDPA shooter. Since it's founding October of 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association has become the home to recreational shooters looking to hone their gun handling skills through challenging defensive scenarios.
Back in 1997 there were just over 1,000 members. And probably more than a few in the shooting community that looked at IDPA and didn't see much of a future for this fledgling organization. Talk about a failure to do right.
Well, today the International Defensive Pistol Association is in all 50 states, as well as active in 54 foreign countries. There are 422 affiliated clubs. And as as of the end of March, the total membership stands at more than 22,800.
For those nay sayers that had their doubts back in 1996 and 1997 there is just one thing we can say....How do you like us now?
As IDPA's Executive Director Joyce Wilson will tell you:
"We couldn't have gotten here without the tremendous support and dedication of IDPA members. You have helped to make us the fastest growing pistol sport in America, and certainly one of the most fun to participate in."
With the incredible growth comes the need to establish stronger communication with clubs, match directors and, of course, members. So welcome to the new Down Zero blog where you'll find the latest news, match information, updates from headquarters, shooters profiles, and the occasional random thought (though not subject to a procedural).
Along with @OfficalIDPA on Twitter, ShootIDPA on Facebook, ShootIDPA on Pinterest, ShootIDPA on Instagram and IDPA TV on YouTube, the Down Zero blog gives you one more way to connect with fellow shooters so you can keep up to speed on all things IDPA.
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