South Kent Sportsman's Club
Dorr, Michigan


IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association

The IDPA is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters.  One of the unique facets of the sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter.  An interested person can spend a minimal amount on equipment and still be competitive.

The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship.  “Competition only” equipment is not permitted in this sport.  Recommended gear is double magazine pouch, 3 total magazines or for a revolver, 3 speed loaders or moon clips and appropriated holders.

The firearms are grouped into five (5) divisions:

  1. Custom Defensive Pistol (.45ACP semi-automatics only)
  2. Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm (9x 19) or larger caliber semi-automatics; usually single action autos
  3. Stock Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber double action, double action only, or safe action semi-  automatics)
  4. Enhanced Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers)
  5. Stock Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers)

Shooters are then classed by like-skill levels with progression from Novice (NV); to Marksman  (MM); to Sharpshooter (SS); to Expert (EX); and, finally, to Master (MA).

IDPA State Shoot 2

Description of how a match is run

There are a minimum of 2 safety officers (SO) per stage. On each stage there will be a course of fire (COF).  Each COF can be as simple as “draw and engage 1 threat target with two shots each to the body” or “six shots to the body while retreating”, while some stages have much more complex designs.  You will probably never shoot the exact same COF.  Before each stage is begun, the SO reads through the course of fire and answers questions regarding the specifics of the COF.  The maximum round that can be required are 18 per stage.

IDPA is run as a cold range, which means you may only handle the guns in specified SAFE AREAS, or while under the supervision of the Safety Officer.

Match Fees

  • $20 Non-SKSC members
  • $15 SKSC members
  • $10 Military or Military Veterans
  • $10 Seniors over 65 years of age

IDPA Association Membership is strongly recommended after shooting the 1st match, but is not required.

Scores are usually emailed within 24 hours of the match, and posted on the We will also send them out regular mail if requested.

IDPA 2010 State

Match Details

  • Matches are held on the second Sunday of each month, April through October
  • Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Shooting begins immediately after shooters meeting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Shooting ends usually around 12:30pm – 1:00pm
  • Bring 150 rounds of ammo to, round count is normally close to 100 per match
  • Eye and Ear protection is required for everyone
  • Spectators are welcome !

The IDPA Program can be found on the bays opposite (East) of the general purpose bays.  However, parking must be across from the general bays.

101 Class

  • This class is mandatory, prior to shooting any of the action pistol sports, unless you hold a classification in any one of the action pistol sports.  It is geared toward any shooter that has not participated in action pistol games before. If you cannot produce a classification card in one of the following...IDPA, USPSA(IPSC), or Steel Challenge, this class is for you. This class is to teach the range expectations, proper gun handling, and safety. Contact your Match Director if you have participated but are not classified.
    • The 101 Class will focus on Introduction to:

    • Action Pistol Shooting

    • Range Orientation

    • Safety Procedures

    • Range Commands

    • Classifications and Gun Divisions

    • Basic Gun Handling Skills

    • Stage Demonstration

    • and much more

  • Class size will be limited, but spots are still open. You’ll need: eye and ear protection, handgun 2 magazines, strong side holster, and 50 rounds of ammunition. Cost is free. Class starts at 9:00 am, on the Saturday when the IDPA matches are held..

  • Besides being mandatory for new to action shooting at SKSC shooters, we strongly recommend this class for any newer shooter who may have questions on some of the safety aspects of our sports: Safe Areas. Cold Range, 180 rule, etc.

  • This class is offered on the Saturday prior to any IDPA match.  Please contact Tom, the Match Director at  to sign up.

For More Information


E-mail: Tom Tiethoff  - IDPA Match Director