IDPA Match Rules

CLASSIFICATIONS

In order for shooters to be able to compete with their peers, IDPA competitors are divided into classifications within each division based upon their skill level. IDPA has a very quick and easy method of classifying shooters. Only currently affiliated clubs may award classifications and only current IDPA members may shoot the classifier or be awarded a classification by a club.

CLASSIFICATION SCORES BY DIVISION

Classifier matches are held by each affiliated club.
The matches consist of a 1 to 3 stage courses of fire, depending on the classification method in use. Details for each stage, including walk-through and videos are available for each.

Standard Method

 

Times for: CDP ESP CO SSP CCP REV BUG PCC
Master (MA) 75.00 or less 72.00 or less 72.00 or less 73.00 or less 78.00 or less 83.00 or less 89.00 or less 45.00 or less
Expert (EX) 75.01 thru 100.00 72.01 thru 95.00 72.01 thru 95.00 73.01 thru 96.00 78.01 thru 103.00 83.01 thru 110.00 89.01 thru 118.00 45.01 thru 56.25
Sharpshooter (SS) 100.01 thru 150.00 95.01 thru 140.00 95.01 thru 140.00 96.01 thru 142.00 103.01 thru 155.00 110.01 thru 165.00 118.01 thru 177.00 56.26 thru 67.50
Marksman (MM) 150.01 thru 240.00 140.01 thru 225.00 140.01 thru 225.00 142.01 thru 232.00 155.01 thru 248.00 165.01 thru 263.00 177.01 thru 283.00 67.51 thru 78.75
Novice (NV) 240.01 or greater 225.01 or greater 225.01 or greater 232.01 or greater 248.01 or greater 263.01 or greater 283.01 or greater 78.75 or greater
Effective as of Dec 1st, 2018
FILE NAME
IDPA Standard Classifier Stages Download

Abbreviated Method

Times for: CDP ESP CO SSP CCP REV BUG PCC
Master (MA) 20.80 or less 20.00 or less 20.00 or less 20.30 or less 21.70 or less 23.10 or less 24.70 or less 11.35 or less
Expert (EX) 20.81 thru 26.10 20.01 thru 25.00 20.01 thru 25.00 20.31 thru 25.40 21.71 thru 27.10 23.11 thru 28.80 24.71 thru 30.90 11.36 thru 14.18
Sharpshooter (SS) 26.11 thru 33.30 25.01 thru 32.00 25.01 thru 32.00 25.41 thru 32.40 27.11 thru 34.70 28.81 thru 36.90 30.91 thru 39.60 14.19 thru 17.02
Marksman (MM) 33.31 thru 42.70 32.01 thru 41.00 32.01 thru 41.00 32.41 thru 41.60 34.71 thru 44.40 36.91 thru 47.30 39.61 thru 50.70 17.03 thru 19.86
Novice (NV) 42.71 or greater 41.01 or greater 41.01 or greater 41.61 or greater 44.41 or greater 47.31 or greater 50.71 or greater 19.87 or greater
Effective as of Dec 1st, 2018
FILE NAME
IDPA 5×5 Classifier Download

PCC Classifier Method

Times for: PCC
Master (MA) 56.00 or less
Expert (EX) 56.01 thru 66.00
Sharpshooter (SS) 66.01 thru 76.00
Marksman (MM) 76.01 thru 86.00
Novice (NV) 86.01 or greater
Effective as of Jan 1, 2018
FILE NAME
IDPA PCC Classifier Stages Download

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ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

IDPA DIVISIONS
CDP
Custom Defensive Pistol Division

ESP
Enhanced Service Pistol Division

SSP
Stock Service Pistol Division

CCP
Compact Carry Division

REV
Revolver Division

BUG
Back-Up Gun Division

PCC
Pistol Caliber Carbine

IDPA CLASSIFICATIONS
DM
Distinguished Master

MA
Master

EX
Expert

SS
Sharpshooter

MM
Marksman

NV
Novice

UN
Unclassified

TITLES
AC
Area Coordinator

MD
Match Director

SOI
Safety Officer Instructor

SO
Safety Officer

CoF
Course of Fire

SCORING
FP
Flagrant Penalty

FTDR
Failure To Do Right

HNT
Hits on a Non-Threat

PE
Procedural Error

DNF
Did Not Finish

PD
Points Down

TPD
Total Points Down

GENERAL TERMS
IDPA
International Defensive Pistol Association

BoD
Board Of Directors

HQ
Headquarters

DA
Double Action

DAO
Double Action Only

Mag
Magazine

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