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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
MEMBER SINCE May 2005
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Attention Nats participants: If you’re interested in shipping your ammo to the range, please be sure to only use FedEx or UPS, not the USPS, and ship it to: Cameo Shooting and Education Complex Attn: IDPA Nationals Championship and Shooter Name 3934 I 9/10 Road Palisade, CO 81526
Dark Star Gear has signed on to sponsor the 2022 IDPA US National Championship presented by Beretta. The IDPA National Championship is scheduled for September 22nd-24th, 2022, at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Palisade, Colorado. Participants will be competing either Thursday or Friday and Saturday, and the match is expected to draw over…
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 https://facebook.com/ShootIDPA
Feb 01, 2022
2022 IDPA National Championship Staff Registration Open
2022 IDPA National Championship SO and Staff Sign-up Open
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 are collecting member feedback via the member dashboard. We have posted a survey that you can access by logging in to this website and then at the top of your member dashboard, you will see a yellow bar that says “Help us shape IDPA. Click here to complete a survey »”. Please click the link and let us know what you think!
Today is the last day of our 25th Anniversary Super Sale!
Don't forget to use coupon code IDPA15 at checkout from Black Friday through Cyber Monday and take 15% off!
Offer excludes test boxes, 3rd party items (order not completed/checked out via Pro Shop), tape and pasters, memberships, club fees, match fees, or gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Free Gift with each purchase!
Offer good November 26, 2021, 12:01am Central, through November 29, 2021, 11:59pm Central.
IDPA HQ is excited to announce that registration for the 2021 IDPA US National Championship presented by Beretta, will open on Monday, June 7th at 9:00AM Central and will close on Sunday, July 4th at 5:00PM Central. After July 4th, competitor selection will begin. All registration will be on Practiscore. We will be sharing the registration link on the match page here at IDPA.com when registration goes live.
If you are planning to shoot the match, you must complete the REQUIRED Equipment Survey before you can be approved to shoot. Click here to take the survey.
For more information about the 2021 IDPA US National Championship click here.
Apr 06, 2021
Scheduled Site Maintenance
We are scheduling some website maintenance to take place today, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, beginning at 5pm PDT. IDPA.com will be offline, but the maintenance should be complete within 3 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to contact the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of assistance.
Apr 01, 2021
2021 National Championship Ammunition Announcement
IDPA HQ is pleased to announce that the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex, host of the 2021 IDPA National Championship Match Presented by Beretta, will be selling common, big-name factory ammunition on a first-come, first-served basis to 2021 National Championship participants only, at Pre-COVID pricing. Cameo will be selling all common pistol calibers used in IDPA and will allow purchasing up to 400 rounds. Registration for the 2021 National Championship match opens June 7, 2021. Ammunition sales will begin on July 15, 2021. Ammunition orders must be paid in full at the time the order is placed.
There will be no refunds on ammunition purchases, or any shipping options available. Power factor will be the shooter’s responsibility, Cameo and IDPA HQ make no guarantees about ammunition making power factor.
Feb 17, 2021
We apologize, but due to extreme weather conditions and rolling blackouts, HQ is closed. We hope to be back up and running as usual, and mailing out orders, on Monday, February 22, 2021, weather permitting.
Jan 25, 2021
Beretta To Be Event Sponsor of 2021 IDPA National Championship
Accokeek, MD (January 25, 2021) - Beretta USA is excited to announce its collaboration with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) as the official Event Sponsor of the 2021 IDPA Beretta National Championship match.
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real-life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts a membership of more than 28,000, including members in 74 foreign countries.
“Competition and excellence are ingrained in the DNA of Beretta. It fuels our mission to provide customers with the best products in the market while expanding our presence in the Practical Shooting arena. After successfully sponsoring European Championship in 2020, we are excited to announce our collaboration with IDPA for 2021. Partnering with IDPA gives us the opportunity to join a community of passionate shooters competing in matches designed to train and develop fundamental skills for those who carry every day for duty or personal defense,” Nicola Lorenzi, Business Development Manager - Pistols, said.
The Tier 5 National Championship traditionally boasts approximately 400 shooters who compete in 18 stages over four days of competition as they run through a variety of intense defensive situations.
“We are so pleased to be working with a long-standing, world-class company like Beretta. Our industry sponsors like Beretta are integral to the growth of shooting sports, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have their support for the IDPA National Championship match,“ Joyce Wilson, IDPA Executive Director, said.
The 2021 IDPA US National Championship is scheduled for September 22-25, 2021 at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Grand Junction, Colorado.
As a part of our sponsorship announcement, we are excited to announce the Beretta Sponsors IDPA National Competition Giveaway, which will run from today until February 7, 2021. We will be giving away five tactical packs comprised of a tactical backpack, patch, knife, and hat. Participants will be able to take part in this tactical giveaway by liking the Beretta USA and IDPA sponsorship announcement post on the official Beretta USA Instagram page, tag a friend in the comment section of that post, and use the hashtag #BerettaIDPA in their comment. For a bonus entry, entrants can also visit the link in our Instagram bio and register for the giveaway via the official sweepstakes webpage. The five giveaway winners will be announced on or before February 7th.
Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world, tracing its roots through 15 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 and provided the most widely deployed sidearm throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, Beretta manufactures, distributes, and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories, and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. For additional information, visit www.Beretta.com.
Dec 03, 2020
The IDPA website will be down for scheduled maintenance Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8 - 9, 2020. Please feel free to contact HQ at email@example.com with any questions or issues during the brief downtime. We apologize for any inconvenience.
May 05, 2020
2020 IDPA National Championship Update
To the membership,
We are experiencing the most unique and unsettling time in our history. As information changes daily and contradictions abound, I know that this will last longer than anyone can predict.
Major matches as well as club level matches have been cancelled and rescheduled many times and this has generated questions as to the status of the National Championship. We are going to postpone the Championship slated for September 23 -26, 2020 to September 22 – 25, 2021.
This decision was not made lightly as it is the highlight of the IDPA year. Many considerations were given to the level of participation that the State of Colorado would allow along with the health and welfare of the participants. The damage to the economy caused by the reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently unmeasurable but real to many of our members. Internationally, the situation is worse in many parts of the world and our members in those countries are even more affected. Many of our sponsors businesses have been deeply hurt by enforced shut-downs or lack of income. Travel bans may still be in place for some members.
We want to provide the best experience possible for our members traveling to a National Championship and I just do not believe we will be able to provide that in 2020.
We understand members have concerns over point requirements, so we will be extending the points period from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021, for entry into the 2021 match. I’m sure that we will see State and regional championships opening back up soon after our club level matches resume. For those of you fortunate to have been less affected, I would encourage you to get out and support your local clubs and businesses. Let’s get this country back to the great place it was before this happened.
We are truly disappointed to make this announcement but feel it is in the best interest of our members and our sport.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding and we hope to see you on the range soon!
Joyce Wilson, Executive Director
International Defensive Pistol Association
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