IDPA is 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.
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 membership of more than 25,000, including members in 70 foreign countries.
IDPA offers an exciting forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and courses of fire are mandated. Prior to IDPA, there was no place to compete with common service pistols. There were no shooting sports where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap.
When you come to an IDPA match, you can not only use your duty/CCW equipment, you can be completely competitive with it! Other shooting sports have become equipment races; IDPA will not.
If you’re interested in using truly practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then IDPA is the sport for you.
Learn more about what makes IDPA great, from the practical skills training rules, the variety of matches, the wide range of competitors and the ever growing community.
Come to Calibers to experience what an IDPA match is really like. Once you complete your first stage, you'll certainly be hooked on this type of shooting experience.
"I never dreamed I would be competitive in anything, much less a shooting sport. When I became licensed to carry my husband insisted I train before I actually started to carry. After working with an instructor, I became hooked and wanted more, however I quickly became bored just shooting at a still target. That is when I was introduced to IDPA. Now this is a family sport where my husband, my son, and I go to spend time with great people, enjoying a great sport."
"I think the thing I enjoy most about IDPA is the people that I have met. I've made some new friends and reconnected with some old friends that I had no idea were shooting sports enthusiast. Practically everyone I have met has been willing to help me improve my skills on the way. Whether I'm at a local match or shooting a major match with over 250 other people, we all sit back and take note on how to best take on the next stage."
"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 have ever met on the range. I look forward to many more years of competition and fellowship among my IDPA peers."