Founded in 1996, The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport simulating self-defense scenarios and real-life encounters. The organization boasts more than 25,000 members, including members in 70 foreign countries.
IDPA matches promote the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated real-world self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual.
These matches offer an exciting forum for shooters in which practical equipment, techniques, and courses of fire are mandated. Prior to these events, there was no place to compete with common service pistols. There were also no shooting sports where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without a handicap.
In an IDPA match, you can not only use your duty/CCW equipment but also be competitive with it. If you’re interested in using practical pistols to solve challenging defensive shooting problems, then IDPA is the sport for you.
Learn more about what makes IDPA great, from the practical skills training and rules, to the variety of matches and the wide range of competitors. Come be a part of this growing community.