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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."

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DOWN ZERO BLOG | IDPA Insights: It's Comp-Tac for Competition & CCW

IDPA Insights: It's Comp-Tac for Competition & CCW

by Editor 23. October 2012 09:15
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Similar to firearms brands used by IDPA competitors – at least at the major matches – the choice of holster comes down to two main players: Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac Victory Gear. This was true at the 2011 IDPA World Shoot where Blade-Tech had 31.7% of the competitors to Comp-Tac's 30.4%. The numbers from the 2012 Carolina Cup were almost the same but with Comp-Tac taking the lead with 30.3% to Blade-Tech's 29.5%.

Below is the breakout of the top holster brands at the Carolina Cup. The numbers are based on the equipment survey. Please note that while we had just 122 respondents (37.6%) out of of 324 competitors, the numbers do reflect those from the World Shoot.  

In addition to tracking preferences in competition gear, the equipment survey for the 2012 Carolina Cup also asked about preferences in CCW gear. Of those that responded, 92.9% hold a CCW with 7.1% either responding "no" or not answering the question. The high percentage of IDPA competitors holding a CCW clearly reflects the sport's foundation in real world defensive style shooting.

When it comes to the preferred brands of holsters used by competitors for their primary carry gun, the list was much broader than that for competition. Unfortunately a large number (17.9%) declined to name a brand, so the true breakdown is difficult to tell with certainty. However, Comp-Tac Victory Gear once again emerges as the top choice with over one fifth choosing holsters from the Houston-based maker. 

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