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Classifications


In order for shooters to be able to compete with their peers, IDPA competitors are divided into classifications within each division based upon their skill level. IDPA has a very quick and easy method of classifying shooters. Only currently affiliated clubs may award classifications and only current IDPA members may shoot the classifier or be awarded a classification by a club.


Classification Scores by Division


Times for: CDP ESP SSP CCP REV BUG
Master (MA) 75.00 or less 72.00 or less 73.00 or less 78.00 or less 83.00 or less 89.00 or less
Expert (EX) 75.01 thru 100.00 72.01 thru 95.00 73.01 thru 96.00 78.01 thru 103.00 83.01 thru 110.00 89.01 thru 118.00
Sharpshooter (SS) 100.01 thru 150.00 95.01 thru 140.00 96.01 thru 142.00 103.01 thru 155.00 110.01 thru 165.00 118.01 thru 177.00
Marksman (MM) 150.01 thru 240.00 140.01 thru 225.00 142.01 thru 232.00 155.01 thru 248.00 165.01 thru 263.00 177.01 thru 283.00
Novice (NV) 240.01 or greater 225.01 or greater 232.01 or greater 248.01 or greater 263.01 or greater 283.01 or greater
Effective as of Jan 1, 2017

Courses of Fire


Classifier matches are held by each affiliated club. The matches consist of a 3 stage course of fire. Details for each stage, including walk-through and videos are available for each.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

  • IDPA
    International Defensive Pistol Association
  • AC
    Area Coordinator
  • MD
    Match Director
  • SOI
    Safety Officer Instructor
  • SO
    Safety Officer
  • CoF
    Course of Fire

IDPA Divisions

  • CDP
    Custom Defensive Pistol Division
  • ESP
    Enhanced Service Pistol Division
  • SSP
    Stock Service Pistol Division
  • CCP
    Compact Carry Division
  • REV
    Revolver Division
  • BUG
    Back-Up Gun Division

IDPA Classifications

  • DM
    Distinguished Master
  • MA
    Master
  • EX
    Expert
  • SS
    Sharpshooter
  • MM
    Marksman
  • NV
    Novice
  • UN
    Unclassified

Scoring

  • FP
    Flagrant Penalty
  • FTDR
    Failure To Do Right
  • HNT
    Hits on a Non-Threat
  • PE
    Procedural Error
  • DNF
    Did Not Finish
  • PD
    Points Down
  • TPD
    Total Points Down

General Terms

  • BoD
    Board Of Directors
  • HQ
    Headquarters
  • DA
    Double Action
  • DAO
    Double Action Only
  • Mag
    Magazine
 
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