INTERNATIONAL DEFENSIVE PISTOL ASSOCIATION

PRACTICAL COMPETITIVE SHOOTING

FOCUSED ON DEFENSIVE TACTICS WITH CARRY GEAR

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Oct 05, 2018

Photos from the 2018 IDPA US National Championship

Pictures from the 2018 IDPA US National Championship taken by George Sullivan are now loca...

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Matches are held virtually every weekend of the year. Many ranges will also hold matches during the week. Browse matches and find one near you.

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WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY


When I first starting shooting IDPA 3 years ago, I had no idea I would forge lifelong friendships and learn from the best shooters in the world. It has been an emotional ride filled with character building moments. I owe all of my success to everyone I've met on the range. I look forward to many more years of competition and fellowship.

Jason Miyashiro

MEMBER SINCE June 2015
I never dreamed I would be competitive in anything, much less a shooting sport. When I became licensed to carry my husband, John, insisted that I train before I started actually carrying a firearm. I found a female instructor to work with me and once I started hitting bullseye, I was hooked and wanted more. I quickly became bored just standing shooting at a target. John took me to my first IDPA match and I fell in love. John, my son Ashton, and I all started shooting IDPA together as a family. The things I love most about IDPA are: it's a sport I can shoot with my family, all the wonderful people I have met while shooting IDPA, and the confidence it has given me. This year I was bumped to Expert so now it's a race with my husband on who will be the next Master, since Ashton has already beat us both!

Memarie Lawrence

MEMBER SINCE April 2014
I joined IDPA in 2014 with one goal in mind: Feel more confident when I carry a concealed weapon. After spending 22.5 years in the Navy and two combat deployments I felt I was ok with a pistol, but quickly found out I had so much more to learn. What started out as a loose hobby for me has turned into a passion. I quickly volunteered at two local clubs, and I am now the Assistant Match Director at both clubs and a qualified CSO. I've now competed in matches in 15 different states and made life long friends along the way. IDPA has allowed me to travel to new places and meet new people, talking about shooting sports and promoting 2nd Amendment rights along the way.

Aaron Brulc

MEMBER SINCE July 2014
I think the thing I enjoy most about shooting IDPA is the people I've met. I've made some new friends, and reconnected with some old friends that I had no idea were shooting sports enthusiasts. Practically everyone I've met has been willing to help me along the way, regardless of whether I'm shooting my local match, or shooting a Major with 250 other people. Even the people that I'm trying to "beat" will sit at the back of the bay and compare notes about how best to shoot a stage.

Ben Hardt

MEMBER SINCE Sept 2015
I enjoy shooting IDPA because it's a unique opportunity to build skills under pressure. IDPA has also helped me to really find the right pistols for myself for both carry and competition, instead of just going with what I thought I liked in the store. It's made me a more skilled and confident shooter, and along the way I've made some amazing friends.

Chris Schmied

MEMBER SINCE Dec 2013
I was originally drawn to IDPA at an affiliated club in my area. I was always interested in the skill of SAFE high speed pistol shooting and gun handling. As an athlete, my traditional sports faded away and IDPA filled my competitive urge along with feeding my long time interest in action shooting. After many years of competing, I have found other benefits of IDPA. I use the sport to introduce others to competitive handgun shooting. With the rapidly increasing numbers of responsible Americans purchasing handguns for protection, most remain casual gun owners/shooters. IDPA is an easy pathway to graduate from a casual shooter into a more proficient and safer gun owner. Plus, everyone finds it a lot more fun than static target shooting. A purchase of a handgun provides virtually all equipment needed to shoot a match, so it's easy to get started. IDPA flourishes at the local club level and I utilize the general stress free environment of IDPA club matches to introduce casual gun owners to the world of competitive action shooting. Many get hooked, and in the process, we have more responsible, skilled, and safer gun owners. Finally, I have made many solid friendships around the US and globally through my travels competing in IDPA.

Mike Alexander

MEMBER SINCE May 2005
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Join a community of shooters to learn, grow and most importantly have fun. Compete with friends, and make new ones through your local club. Learn more about IDPA membership.

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Alien Gear Holsters’ Unique Swappable Shell System

HAYDEN, Idaho – Alien Gear Holsters, one of the fastest growing holster manufacturers in the concealed carry industry is experiencing continued success with it’s inventive universal shell system and Free Shell Trades for Life Guarantee. Alien Gear holster owners can choose from over 350 custom molded shells designed for most handguns, complete with holes pre-drilled…

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Results from the 2018 IDPA US National Championship

Thank you to everyone who came out and shot the 2018 IDPA US National Championship! We want to to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who worked the match and helped make it the success that it was. We appreciate each and every one of you! We would like to also thank CMP Talladega for…

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Springer Precision is a Silver Sponsor for the 2018 IDPA US National Championship!

BERRYVILLE, A.R., – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is pleased to announce Springer Precisionas a silver level sponsor for the 2018 IDPA US National Championship.  The event is set for September 13th– 15that CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama. “Springer Precision is a well-known supplier of quality aftermarket products for the IDPA competitor. We are very delighted…

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Oct 05, 2018

Photos from the 2018 IDPA US National Championship

Pictures from the 2018 IDPA US National Championship taken by George Sullivan are now located here.    

Sep 26, 2018

Thank you again to our National Staff!

We just wanted to once again thank our 2018 IDPA US National Championship staff! We appreciate all of your hard work!  Thank you for making the match a success!

Aug 08, 2018

UPDATES TO THE 5X5 CLASSIFIER POSTED

Although the drill has not changed, it now includes information regarding a concealment garment, target height and scoring to include NV classification.

Jun 08, 2018

CO PROVISIONAL RULES

CO Provisional Rules are now posted on the IDPA website. The provisional rules can be viewed at http://members.idpa.com/Content/Rules/a3nozfcz.rcs.pdf.

Feb 09, 2018

5x5 Classifier update

The functionality to upload 5x5 scores for Novice is now available and can be used immediately.