IDPA – International Defensive Pistol Association

IDPA State Shoot 2


IDPA is 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. 

Spectators are welcome!

Governing Body

IDPA – International Defensive Pistol Association

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.

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.

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


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 (9×19) 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).


Recommended gear is double magazine pouch and 3 total magazines. For a revolver, 3 speed loaders or moon clips and appropriate holders.

Bring 150 rounds of ammo. Round count is normally close to 100 per match

Eye and Ear protection is required for everyone


  • $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.


  • 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


Matches are held on the second Sunday of each month, April through October.


Safety is the one element that will over ride everything you do in IDPA. We want everyone to have a great time, and that can only happen in a safe environment. We typically have at least two Safety Officers for every stage, watching over each shooter. We run our match as a “cold range”. This means that no ammunition is allowed in the gun until you are on the firing line, and the gun is completely unloaded before leaving the firing line. We believe that this helps promote a safer environment for all skill levels.


The “101 Class” must be taken prior to participating in IDPA. Click here for information on the 101 Class.

For More Information


E-mail: Tom Tiethoff  – IDPA Match Director