|The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts membership of more than 17,008, including members in 50 foreign countries.|
|One of the unique facets of this sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter. The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical guns may be used competitively. 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.|
|The firearms are grouped into five (6) divisions: 1) CDP Custom Defensive Pistol (.45ACP semi-automatics only); 2) ESP Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm (9×19) or larger caliber semi-automatics); 3) SSP Stock Service Pistol (9mm (9×19) or larger caliber double action, double action only, or safe action semi-automatics); 4) REV Enhanced Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers); and 5) CCP Concealed Carry Pistol – Semi Autos with barrels shorter than 4.1 inches 6) BUG Back Up Gun – Firearms with barrels shorter than 3 inches.
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) We regularly shoot our IDPA matches every 4th Saturday. It’s our intention to begin shooting by 9:00 AM. Help with set-up and tear down is always appreciated. Additionally, we ask that new shooters arrive NLT 8:15 for a short safety briefing.
BSP charges $15 for our IPDA matches with $5 discounts offered to Members of BSP & Members of IDPA. Thus, your match fee will be between $5 and $15 depending on your affiliations. Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and active military all shoot for a flat fee of $5.