INTERNATIONAL DEFENSIVE PISTOL ASSOCIATION

PRACTICAL COMPETITIVE SHOOTING

FOCUSED ON DEFENSIVE TACTICS WITH CARRY GEAR

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Sep 18, 2022

Updated Matchbook Available

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IDPA MATCHES


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.

EXPERIENCE AN IDPA MATCH


Not sure if competitive shooting is right for you? Find a local match and experience it for yourself. Use the search to find a local classifier.

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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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IDPA CLUBS


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 IDPA AND SHOOT A LOCAL CLUB

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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IDPA offers a range of benefits to local clubs. We provide you with a platform to help manage events and members. View our club benefits page to learn more about what you get with IDPA.

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IDPA NEWS


2022 National Championship Watch Opportunities

We are broadcasting live videos to the IDPA Facebook page each day of the match, including staff days.  Be sure to check it out and catch any action you may have missed!

Nats Hashtag

Nats competitors and guests, be sure to tag your posts with the hashtag #IDPANats21!

ANNOUNCEMENTS


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 https://www.idpa.com/mat.../2022-idpa-national-championship/

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 https://bit.ly/natsihg Overflow Hotel: LaQuinta 2761 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506-8712 (970) 241-2929 https://bit.ly/natslqi

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 help@idpa.com 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 https://bit.ly/22idpanats 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. https://practiscore.com/2022-idpa-national-championship-presented-by-beretta/register  

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 facebook.com/ShootIDPA

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!

Dec 13, 2021

Help us shape IDPA

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!

Dec 07, 2021

Ammunition is sold out!

Thank you for all your ammunition orders, and your gratitude.  We are officially sold out.

Nov 29, 2021

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale Ends Tonight!

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.

Jun 07, 2021

National Championship Registration Open

Good morning! The 2021 IDPA US National Championship presented by Beretta is open for registration. You can learn more about the match and find the link to register on our Championship Match Page.

May 06, 2021

Registration for Nationals Opening Soon

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 help@idpa.com 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.