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Feb 07, 2023

MD AMA Live Tonight

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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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I have been shooting for most of my life, including decades in the military and law enforcement, and was very hesitant to take the step into the competitive shooting world, especially IDPA.   I had the perception that there would be too many rules and too many gruff competitors.  I was completely wrong!  It really is a sport for everyone that has a desire to compete (and have fun).  The community has welcomed me with open arms.  IDPA is made up of so many people from every background, from blue-collar to tech industry to veterans to everyone in-between!  Check out a match today!

Jason Piccolo

Having only started familiarizing myself with handguns in February of 2022 I was very reluctant to step into the world of competitive shooting. I was expecting hostile competitors and an every man for himself mentality, but joining IDPA was one of the best decisions I could’ve possibly made. The people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned, and the skills I’ve gained are just a few of the many things I will carry with me for the rest of my life thanks to IDPA and the people that truly make this association a family. Camaraderie is at the forefront of every match I attend, and there is never a shortage of people willing to push you to succeed. I urge anyone and everyone with the willingness to learn to come and check out a match!

Rainey Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local IDPA affiliated clubs are the backbone of the sport. These clubs reach over 25,000 members. Competitors come from the United States and over 70 Foreign countries to compete in matches. Join the comradery of like- minded shooters all over the world.


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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Score Shot Back to Sponsor the 2023 IDPA World Championship

Score Shot, producer of a new efficient scoring system, has signed up to sponsor at the 2023 IDPA World Championship presented by Beretta. “We’re so excited to have Score Shot back as a match sponsor. We want to encourage shooting sport industry developers any way we can to work to make matches easier for match…

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Latest Tactical Journal Online!

We are excited to announce that we are publishing the 2023 Q2 digital IDPA Tactical Journal today. This issue contains a great “Meet the MD” with Szymon Anders, a Winter Classic Match Review, and an IDPA themed wedding! All editions of The Tactical Journal are in the same location they’ve always been for members, at…

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Feb 07, 2023

MD AMA Live Tonight

Be sure to join us tonight at 7 pm Central on the official IDPA Facebook page to chat with Rodney Clark, the Southeastern PCC Challenge Match Director LIVE!

Jan 16, 2023

New Rulebook, MAR and Equipment Appendices

IDPA HQ is releasing updated copies of the official IDPA Rulebook, the Match Administration Rules, and the Equipment Appendices. IDPA HQ has used feedback from members and regional leaders and volunteers about the rules and updates released in 2022 to make some additions and changes to help match staff and competitors.  These changes will go into effect immediately.  MDs/ACs, for any pending match questions, please contact your RACL for clarification. We hope these changelogs will help:

We appreciate member feedback and hope that these updated documents help our members worldwide enjoy the sport and better understand the core principles of IDPA and defensive carry.  We encourage members to direct all questions and feedback about the updated documents to your Area Coordinator or IPOC.

Dec 23, 2022

IDPA HQ Closed

IDPA HQ is closed and will be back in the office January 3, 2023. We wish you many blessings moving in to the New year.

Dec 12, 2022

More Seeklander Live Training This Wednesday

Please join us Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM Central on the official IDPA Facebook page for Low Light training with Mike Seeklander! Mike is a highly sought after tactical and competitive trainer and a high-level performer on the competition handgun circuit. Currently, a nationally ranked competitor on the practical handgun competition circuit, Seeklander has authored/produced instructional books, DVD’s and has developed hundreds of lesson plans specifically related to basic and advanced firearms training. Wednesday he’ll be covering weapon mounted lights, handheld lights, and a variety of gear as well as low light shooting techniques.

Nov 22, 2022

More great training with Mike Seeklander!

Don't forget to join us on our Facebook page tomorrow morning at 7:30 am central for The FUNdamental Five Performance Drills training with Mike Seeklander!

Nov 01, 2022

Short Member Survey

Members, we'd like to learn more about your EDC gun. Please take this super short survey at

Oct 30, 2022

IDPA World Championship Date Change

We are changing the dates of the 2023 IDPA World Championship match to October 12 – 14, 2023 due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you all there in Talladega.

Sep 18, 2022

Updated Matchbook Available

Nats competitors, we've made some changes to the matchbook and you can find an updated version here Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sep 08, 2022

No squad changes at Nats

We have been getting quite a few requests from competitors to change squads at Nats.  At this time, we will no longer be moving people to different squads.
For all other match information, you can visit

Aug 29, 2022

Last chance to book Nats hotel

Nats hotel rates/discounts end soon!

Both match hotels will stop booking at match rates Sept. 1! Match Hotel: Holiday Inn & Suites Airport 2751 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506 (970) 628-4346 Overflow Hotel: LaQuinta 2761 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506-8712 (970) 241-2929

Aug 23, 2022

New Tactical Journal Issue Online Today

IDPA HQ is happy to announce that we have published the 2022 Q3 digital IDPA Tactical Journal today. You can find it here.  You can find all issues of the Tactical Journal online in the Tactical Journal directory, under the Resources menu for Members.

Aug 08, 2022

Still thinking about competing at Nats?

Still thinking about attending the 2022 IDPA US National Championship presented by Beretta? We've got spots left to shoot on Thursday! Just email by Aug. 13th to sign up!

Jul 06, 2022

Registration for Nats is Closed

Registration for the 2022 IDPA National Championship Presented by Beretta is closed. You can still sign up to get on the match waitlist.

Jun 27, 2022

1 Week Left to Register for Nats

You've got one week to sign up for the 2022 IDPA National Championship Presented By Beretta!!! Visit to sign up, and don't forget to fill out the equipment survey!

Jun 13, 2022

Verify information when registering for Nats

When you register for the 2022 IDPA US National Championship presented by Beretta please be sure to double-check your information in Practiscore before submitting. This will help HQ staff verify your information faster during the selection period. If you have met the requirements for PPDS shooters as outlined in section 7 of the 2022 Rulebook, please be sure to check yes. We will contact all PPDS registered shooters to find out how we can better assist them.  

Jun 07, 2022

2022 IDPA National Championship presented by Beretta Registration is Now Open!

The 2022 IDPA National Championship presented by Beretta is scheduled for September 22nd-24th, 2022 at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Palisade, Colorado. Participants will be competing either all day Thursday or competing on Friday and Saturday (split days). Registration will open on June 6, 2022 at 9AM Central and will close on July 4, 2022 at 5PM Central. After July 4, competitor selection will begin.  Learn More>>>

May 24, 2022

IDPA HQ will be closed from May 26 - 30, 2022

IDPA HQ will be closed from May 26 - 30. The office will be open Tuesday, May 31, 2022. We will be at the NRA Annual Meeting next week in Houston.
We will be in booth 4943 and we hope you can stop by and say hi! We'll be giving away daily prizes and information about IDPA and local opportunities.

Mar 23, 2022

New Rulebook, MAR, and Equipment Appendices

Be sure to visit the Down Zero Blog to hear from Joyce and learn more about the new rules, new MAR, and new equipment appendices.

Feb 02, 2022

More LIVE training with Mike Seeklander

Mike Seeklander will be on our Facebook page in 1 hour LIVE to train on One-Handed Shooting Secrets and Flashlight Techniques

Feb 01, 2022

2022 IDPA National Championship Staff Registration Open

2022 IDPA National Championship SO and Staff Sign-up Open
IDPA has opened registration for the Safety Officer and Staff Entry. We are looking for dedicated staff to help run this year's National Championship.
The 2022 IDPA US National Championship is scheduled for September 22nd-24th, 2022 at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Palisade, Colorado. This match will draw top competitors from all over the US as well as several countries from around the world. This is an amazing facility and we are excited to see you there.
Working the match is a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience. You can learn more about the match here
Please be sure to fill out the equipment survey as well when you sign up. It only takes a few minutes and the link is right above the waiver.
We look forward to seeing you at Cameo!