|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.
Monday September 18th – All Rifle and Pistol Bay are closed!!! There will be no access to any of the berm facility until after the PDS,
Saturday September 23rd – Prairie Dell Shootout. Click Here for Matchbook!!! This is our annual National sanctioned action pistol match. Come see some of the top pistol shooters in the Midwest. There will be a lot of activity at BSP for this event. Boy Scouts will be camping at the range again this year. If you have nothing going on, you will most certainly want to come watch what’s going on!!!
All Rifle and Pistol Bays will be closed all week, reopening Monday September 25th.
Friday October 13th & 14th – Illinois CCW Training. Our classes at BSP are taught in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Each student will receive instruction on various firearms, and all applicable Illinois laws. Additionally, each student will spend time on the range shooting both the Illinois Qualification Course of fire, and several more dynamic self defensive scenario drills. Participants will need a serviceable handgun, a strong side holster, eye and ear protection, and 100 rounds of ammunition. Class will start at 5:00PM on Friday, and reconvene Saturday morning at 0800. Generally we are finished with the program by 7:00pm Saturday evening. (This makes Saturday a long day, but we have found that most prefer the long format rather than sacrifice both weekend days.) If you only require only 8 hrs of training you will only need to attend the Saturday schedule. Cost for our program is $200. ($100 per 8 hr session). Members of BSP receive a 20% discount off of all training programs. Memberships can be purchased the day of the class if desired. Please contact us for registration, or if we can assist in any way. 618-593-6967 or email@example.com.
Saturday October 14 & 15th – Registered Shoot. We’re getting close to the end of the season. Don’t miss one of the last opportunities to come join us for a trap shoot!! Program coming soon.