IDPA stands for the International Defensive Pistol Association. Its history stems from former IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) members and founders branching off to start a new competition. Their concerns was mainly in that IPSC has become something far removed from defensive, "practical" shooting. If you look at what IPSC is now, you see tricked out race guns, high-speed holsters and other load bearing gear, and guns that hardly have any muzzle climb and really awesome optics. As a sportsman, I personally don't mind all that; I'll have fun either way. But the problem was that it would have been cost prohibitive for me. I'm a recently graduated unemployed.. erm.. bum, so I just didn't see how I could afford a gun that costs more than a few hundred dollars.
So came the IDPA. True to its intent, its scenarios do its best to emphasize realism, or they are sometimes more of a drill to improve skills that you can use in a defensive situation. The equipment is modest; you are limited to generally umodified, mass-produced handguns firing a feasible defensive caliber (9mm minimum). Your holsters can't be super high-speed competition holsters; they need to serve the needs of laymen. That means concealed carry feasible, secure holster. Likewise, most of the events require you to dress in a way where your weapon is hidden from plain view, which is usually achieved by wearing a vest or a jacket.
So let me ask again, what is it?
|Opening box to retrieve weapon, then firing from seated|
Firearm safety is emphasized over and over again. You only handle your equipment at selected safe zones, your finger goes into the trigger guard only when its pointed at a target you are about to fire at, and if you ever point the muzzle at the direction other than downrange while the weapon is out of the holster, you'll be asked to leave. I felt very safe at the IDPA event.
leave space between your belt and the holster body itself. So please go to the IDPA website and check the rules.
One more note: I recommend you bring magazines that hold at least 10 rounds, since that is the IDPA limit.
So whats next?
Use a search engine or the IDPA's website to find a club nearest to you. You can attend one match as a nonmember to see if you like it or not. After that, you just apply for membership and keep attending! Be sure to bring sunscreen, eye and ear protection, plenty of ammunition, water and some snacks.
IDPA Logo: International Defensive Pistol Assoc.
Glock photo: Combat Handguns
Race gun photo: Southern Vales Practical Shooting League, Inc.