Rules of IDPA

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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

Master (MA) 92.00 or less 89.00 or less 91.00 or less 96.00 or less 102.00 or less
Expert (EX) 92.01 thru 111.00 89.01 thru 109.00 91.01 thru 110.00 96.01 thru 116.00 102.01 thru 124.00
Sharpshooter (SS) 111.01 thru 142.00 109.01 thru 138.00 110.01 thru 140.00 116.01 thru 149.00 124.01 thru 158.00
Marksman (MM) 142.01 thru 195.00 138.01 thru 190.00 140.01 thru 192.00 149.01 thru 204.00 158.01 thru 218.00
Novice (NV) 195.01 or greater 190.01 or greater 192.01 or greater 204.01 or greater 218.01 or greater
Effective as of Mar 1, 2015

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.

Download & Read Rule Book

Attached are the official rules for IDPA. These rules were posted on Sep 14, 2013 . You may need to download and install Adobe Acrobat in order to open this file.

Rule Book

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
    Concealed Carry Division
  • REV
    Revolver Division
  • BUG
    Back-Up Gun Division

IDPA Classifications

  • DM
    Distinguished Master
  • MA
  • EX
  • SS
  • MM
  • NV
  • UN


  • FTN
    Failure To Neutralize
  • FTDR
    Failure To Do Right
  • HNT
    Hits on a Non-Threat
  • DNF
    Did Not Finish
  • PD
    Points Down
  • TPD
    Total Points Down

General Terms

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