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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IDPA HQ will be closed from May 25 – 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…
Comp-Tac, supplier of highest quality defensive firearm accessories, has signed up again to sponsor the 2021 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…
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
Mar 18, 2020
IDPA monitoring Covid-19 situation
The International Defensive Pistol Association is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation. It is our position that members, club contacts, and match directors should monitor this situation and stay in touch with their host ranges. We are not going to make any formal policy or recommendations as to whether matches should be held or canceled. We feel that it is up to the individual to decide whether or not they wish to compete in any match, sanctioned or local. We also hope that our membership is courteous enough to stay at home and away from match environments if they have any symptoms or feel like they may have been exposed. It is up to match directors to decide whether or not to hold their matches.
Members should continually monitor their preferred sources of information.
We at Headquarters hope that all our members are safe, healthy and prepared.
Jan 29, 2020
Postal Match Update – Jan. 29, 2020
As of Jan. 29th, we have 116 clubs that requested the match information and roughly 30 reporting back. Many of these clubs are going to run the match again.
Approximately a third of these scores have issues that are going to take a lot of work to get through. For example:
• Not having an IDPA number – this is repairable if members send us their IDPA number before April 30th to Postal2020MD@gmail.com
• NFC and Unclassified shooters will be parsed from the scores. If shooters have received a classification in the division they entered, they need to drop us an email so that can be verified and changed before dropping their scores.
• Competitors - please check your scores and send us an email if you spot something that you think looks unusual on your score. We have found several instances where scoring errors on the tablets have resulted in stage scores being omitted in the final results. They appear incomplete but in the stages that are missing, targets were not all completely scored so the missing information prevents scores from showing up. We do not have the resources to review several thousand entries in the scoring system, but we will take a look at anything someone needs us to review.
Category awards - when we close out the match for scoring, we will break out each division into its own match for reporting purposes. By doing that, we can post the awards including all of the special categories by division. So, for example, SSP Most Accurate, or ESP Top Lady. When scores are posted, each award report will show the special categories which we will make and send out for everyone who provided an email when they signed up.
We have been getting emails and people who talk to us are sharing how they are enjoying shooting this match with their cross country and international friends.
Jan 23, 2020
2020 IDPA National Championship
Here at IDPA Headquarters we are confident that the 2020 IDPA National Championship will be a great event. Recently we have had some inquiries regarding high capacity magazines to be used at the event in Grand Junction, Colorado. A few years ago, the state of Colorado passed a law that regulated the sale, possession and use of large capacity magazines (Colorado Revised Statute 18-12-302 and 303). Shooters who had obtained these magazines preceding this law were “grandfathered” in and were not held to that same standard.
Prior to the selection of Grand Junction as the Nationals site for 2020, we investigated this issue to ascertain if this would affect our shooters coming to join us at the National Championship. The information we received in the communication from Matt Lewis, Mesa County Sheriff, convinced us that Colorado was an appropriate choice.
If you have further concerns, you may wish to investigate this on your own by reading the statute; by contacting the range, Cameo Shooting and Educational Complex, to confirm their general practice; or by using reduced capacity magazines if that makes you more comfortable.
We look forward to shooting with you in September!
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Jan 19, 2020
New CSO Exam to Begin Wed., Jan. 22nd
IDPA Headquarters is pleased to announce that the new CSO Exam, communicated in October, will be deployed beginning Wed., Jan. 22, 2020. Please note that current members designated in the system as CSOs will be “grandfathered” in and are required to take the test only when their SO expiration date is within 180 prior to SO to expiration and 90 days post SO expiration.
Members wishing to apply for CSO status should review the steps needed to become a CSO:
1. Prior to applying, the member must review and confirm they meet the minimum requirements as listed in Section M-15/M-15.3 of the Match Administration Rules document, located on the Downloads tab of your dashboard or here: https://www.idpa.com/idpa-matches/idpa-match-rules/.
2. If the member meets those requirements, they can apply to become a CSO by fully completing the universal application form found on their Downloads Tab on their dashboard and submitting to their AC/IPOC. The application is then submitted to the member’s Area Coordinator/IPOC for approval or denial and upon verifying eligibility, the AC/IPOC will mark the member’s profile as CSO Eligible. Some CSOs may have filled out the old application previously, but please fill out the new application so that HQ can attach it to your profile electronically.
3. The system will then show the link on the member’s dashboard for the online test that must be passed. The test consists of 30 questions and a minimum grade of 80% must be attained. The applicant will get 2 opportunities to pass the exam; if, after 2 attempt the applicant has not passed the test, they must wait until the next calendar year to try again. The member must wait at least 24 hours between attempts.
4. After passing the test, the system will update the 2 year SO expiration date. HQ will periodically review CSO eligibility based on the needs of the sport.
5. CSO candidates not following this process will be disallowed from the testing system for 1 year and considered ineligible for CSO status.
CSOs for Tiers 1 and 2 matches are appointed by the Match Director of a particular event for that match. These CSOs are not tracked by HQ and will not be marked as a CSO in the IDPA website/database.
If you have questions regarding the exam, process or eligibility, please contact your AC/IPOC.
We wish you a successful testing experience!
Jan 16, 2020
Stand with Virginia
January 16, 2020
An Open Letter to the IDPA Membership
Hello to all and I hope that your New Year is starting better than you ever hoped.
I’m sure you are all aware of the absolute travesty that is happening in Virginia. The Democrats have managed to take control of that government and are pushing for the most insane, hypocritical gun control laws that this country has ever seen. These laws will make all our IDPA members in that state criminals. They will shut down all the ranges where members and all other individuals shoot. And, they will strip law abiding citizens of their ability for self-protection.
Gov. Northham of Virginia purports that he is proposing this legislation for the protection of the citizens, but in fact, by making illegal nearly every semi-automatic pistol and rifle, this is more about control than about a compromise for public safety. Many of us have grown complacent in the lap of freedom and we think, “This won’t really come to pass, and it won’t happen in my state”. If Virginia falls, other states will follow like dominoes. As IDPA members, gun enthusiasts and Second Amendment supporters, we must support the gun owners in Virginia.
Through the establishment of Sanctuary Counties, VA Law Enforcement spread the word that they would not enforce these unconstitutional laws. In the past two days, the state government there has threatened law enforcement with unemployment, loss of benefits and pensions, so that they will be forced to confiscate firearms and enforce this legislation.
Why am I writing to you? I am asking you to join me in supporting our friends in the southeast. Monday, Jan. 20th is Lobbying Day at the VA State capital in Richmond. If you can, please join this effort. Can’t go? Donate to the organizations that are fighting this fight. Contact the elected officials in your state as well as in VA. Visit the Virginia Civil Defense League website at https://www.vcdl.org/. Share this information with our friends who care about freedom.
This is not just an issue for Virginians – it is an issue for all law-abiding gun owners in every state in the US. Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Let’s do everything we can to thwart this overreach by modern-day tyrants.