International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

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The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is a membership-based organization and the governing body of a handgun-centric shooting sport based on simulated "real-world" scenarios, using practical equipment not customized for competition, and which a person may actually carry for everyday self-defense.


About

IDPA was founded in 1996 in response to shooters who desired a more real-world based self-defense event than was being offered by other sports at that time. IDPA is geared toward new and average shooters using practical gear and guns, allowing participants to spend a nominal amount on equipment, but provide competition for shooters even at the Expert and Masters classifications.

As of July 2015, there are more than 25,000 IDPA members competing in more than 400 affiliated clubs in over 50 countries around the world.

Contact Information

The International Defensive Pistol Association� 2232 CR 719 Berryville AR. 72616

Phone: (870) 545-3886 Fax: (870) 545-3894 Email: info@idpa.com

Membership

Membership in the IDPA is available on a one or three year basis. A single year membership is $40.00, while a three year membership is $105. IDPA rules allows a shooter to participate in one local/tier 1 match without being a member. The registration page is here: https://www.idpa.com/join-now

IDPA Communications

  • The Tactical Brief is the IDPA weekly snapshot email. You can subscribe and receive it via email, or go directly to the website located at: http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/idpa/ Fromm IDPA: "The Tactical Brief is a weekly snapshot of happenings in the sport from Headquarters to information from our local members. It's also full of tidbits from around our industry that's important to our membership as well. We'll also be tracking important news on firearm ownership and concealed carry and the legislation surrounding those topics. In short, it will hopefully be your one stop for information that is relevant to your firearm interests."
  • The Tactical Journal is the IDPA monthly journal. It is available electronically, but is also sent to each member in hard-copy. Current and archived editions are available at http://www.idpa.com/tactical-journal

Classifications, Divisions, and Equipment Rules

The most recent IDPA rules can always be found at the IDPA website at this link: http://www.idpa.com/compete/rules The current rulebook, as of August 17, 2015, is downloadable as a PDF file at: http://members.idpa.com/Content/Rules/x2gukat1.wyt.pdf In addition, Anne Arundel Fish and Game Association provides a nice overview resource for shooters at: http://www.aafgidpa.com/admin/Welcome_to_IDPA_Shooting.pdf

Shooter Classifications

Shooters are divided into one of six classifications so that they may compete against others of similar skill. New members are listed as Unclassified until they shoot a classifier match. Classified shooters may increase their classification through a better score on a classifier match, performance in a sanctioned match, or through an equity promotion. Generally, a shooter holds a seperate classification for each division in which they participate. For example: A shooter may be classified as a marksman (MM) in SSP, a sharpshooter (SS) in ESP, and a novice (NV) in REV. Each division has it's own time parameters to determine a shooters classification. The six classifications are:

  • Unclassified (UN)
  • Novice (NV)
  • Marksman (MM)
  • Sharpshooter (SS)
  • Expert (EX)
  • Master (MA)

Firearm Divisions

IDPA matches are divided up into six entirely separate divisions, and one optional division, each with specific criteria:

SSP - Stock Service Pistol

Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10 + 1 in the chamber

ESP - Enahnced Service Pistol

Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10 + 1 in the chamber

CDP - Compact Defensive Pistol

Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 8 + 1 in the chamber

CCP - Compact Carry Pistol

Unloaded weight of 37 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 8 + 1 in the chamber

REV - Revolver

Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 6

BUG - Back-up Gun

The unloaded firearm with the heaviest magazine must weigh 29.00 oz. or less. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 6 rounds total + 1 in the chamber of semi-automatic BUG

NFC - Not for Competition

NFC is an optional division for local matches only. This can be used to allow someone who does not meet equipment rules to go ahead and shoot the match. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10


Other Equipment

Requirements are available in section 8 of the Rules, and additional detail may be added here later.

Belts (IDPA Rules section 8.4)

Holsters (IDPA Rules section 8.5)

Magazine Pouches (IDPA Rules section 8.6)

Concealment Garment (IDPA Rules section 8.9)

Requirements are available in section 8 of the Rules, and may be added here later.


Match Designations and Administration

Specific requirements for each of the five recognized match tiers are described in the IDPA Rulebook section 1.2 "Match Administration Rules."

Tier One (Local club match)

Tier One matches are typically rather casual, with the number of competitors and stages based upon factors such as facility size, and qualified match officials, SO's, and set-up and take-down volunteers. All IDPA rules, classifications, and divisions are recognized. Additionally, Tier One allows for the Not For Competition (NFC) Division.

Tier Two

  • Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
  • Must be able to accommodate at least 75 competitors, including staff.
  • Minimum of 8 stages
  • Minimum round count of 100
  • Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
  • BUG Division is optional

Tier Three

  • Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
  • Must be able to accommodate at least 125 competitors, including staff.
  • Minimum of 10 stages
  • Minimum round count of 125
  • Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
  • BUG Division is optional

Tier Four

  • Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
  • Must be able to accommodate at least 200 competitors, including staff.
  • Minimum of 12 stages
  • Minimum round count of 150
  • Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
  • BUG Division is optional

Tier Five

  • Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
  • Must be able to accommodate at least 250 competitors, including staff.
  • Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
  • BUG Division is optional


Match Administration Officials

Safety Officer (SO)

Description

According to Section 2 of the IDPA Rulebook, IDPA Safety Officers are volunteers whose goal and purpose is to see that all shooters have a safe and enjoyable experience. As such, SO's have two roles:

  • As the primary and most visible role for shooters at an IDPA match, the SO serves as an ambassador for the sport, and is key in forming a new shooter's impressions of IDPA.
  • The SO also serves the primary match official, responsible for running shooters safely and smoothly through each course of fire.
Qualifications

Section 2.2 (IDPA Safety Officer Qualifications) of the IDPA Rulebook lays out the following paraphrased primary requirements for SO's:

  • Be at least 21 yesrs old, and able to lawfully posses a firearmm.
  • Be a current IDPA member in good standing for at least six months.
  • Have shot at least six IDPA matches.
  • Complete an IDPA Safety Oficer class taught by an authorized IDPA Safety Officer Instructor (SOI).
  • Be a current member in good standing of the IDPA.
  • Regularly participate in IDPA matches as an SO.
  • Maintain SO certification via continuing SO education and recertification every two years.

Chief Safety Officer (CSO) Certification

Description

The CSO acts as the senior Safety Officer on the course of fire (CoF). The CSO is

  • All of the SO criteria above, designatd by, and directly accountable to the Match Director.
Qualifications

Match Director (MD) Certification

Description
Qualifications

Area Coordinator (AC)

Description
Qualifications

Mid-Atlantic IDPA Clubs

In addition to Match Director/Safety Officer requirements, IDPA requires clubs to host a minimum of 1 classifier event per year, and a minimum of six matches per year. The classifier may be one of those matches.

Delaware:

Maryland:

New Jersey

North Carolina

LINK CLUBS FROM http://www.virginiashooters.com/IDPA.php

Pennsylvania:

Virginia:

LINK CLUBS FROM http://www.virginiashooters.com/IDPA.php

West Virginia:


References