What to Expect

IDPA is an action shooting sport that uses practical equipment to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios



IDPA at Firing Line


IDPA Winter Matches will be open to all people who can legally own a handgun, and give you a chance to learn IDPA rules, as well as practice using your self-defense handguns and holsters.  New CPL holders are especially encouraged to attend.

IDPA is a shooting sport that uses practical equipment (including full charge service ammunition) to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios

Shooters will follow IDPA rules and techniques; as well have the chance to practice defensive shooting skills in simulated “self defense” scenarios.  We will use the following skills:

-- Drawing from Concealment

-- Shooting while moving

-- Using appropriate cover while engaging targets

-- Shooting from kneeling or prone positions

-- Shooting at moving targets

-- Emergency (slide lock) reloads

-- Tactical reloads

-- Low light scenarios with (and without) flashlights


What Equipment do I need?

IDPA guns

Service type pistol or revolver of 9mm/.38 special or lager caliber. If your handgun is suitable for self-defense use, it will probably be competitive for IDPA matches.

Practical concealed carry type holsters are stipulated for IDPA use. A common service pistol or revolver such as a Beretta 92F, Glock 17/22, Sig 226, Colt 1911A1, S&W 686 or Ruger GP-100 carried in a common pancake style holster is all that is needed to be competitive in IDPA matches.

The holster must be belt-mounted on your strong (or "shooting") side.  May be inside the waistband or outside the waistband but holster MUST cover trigger guard.  No ankle, shoulder, cross-draw or small of the back holsters).

Tactical-style Flashlight (will be provided if you don't have one)

WEAPON MOUNTED LIGHTS and LASERs will be allowed.  (This will be different equipment division)

You should also bring two extra magazines (or speed loaders) and two magazine holders for your belt 

Concealment Garment.  (Vest, sweater, jacket, loose shirt, etc.)

The match will required 50-70 shots.  So bring at least 80-100 rounds of ammunition (in case of re-shoots)


Need more info?

Contact Mike Barrera –   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call 313-399-4080



Want to learn more about IDPA?   or become an IDPA member?

Then go to www.idpa.com