IDPA - SDPS
Defensive pistol shooting as a sport is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated "real world" self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in Defensive Pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No "competition only" equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.
The Defensive Pistol headquarters has developed a comprehensive course of fire book which is supplied to all affiliated clubs and is also available for a nominal fee to individual members. These courses fall into two categories: Self-defense scenarios or Standard exercises. The self-defense scenarios are simulations of actual or possible "real world" confrontations. These scenarios typically require shots from 3 - 20 yards and often require the shooter to change firing points and shoot from awkward positions. Standard exercises do not attempt to simulate a potential threat situation but are designed to test specific shooting and gun handling skills. Defensive Pistol matches offer diversity and truly test both accuracy and speed. Physical condition has very little to do with your performance in a Defensive Pistol match.
Defensive Pistol matches typically require the use of a service type pistol or revolver of 9mm/.38 Special or larger caliber. If your handgun is suitable for self-defense use, it will probably be competitive for Defensive Pistol matches. Practical concealed carry type holsters are stipulated for Defensive Pistol use. A common service pistol/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 Defensive Pistol matches.
SDPS holds a match on the first Sunday of every month. Registration typically begins at 8:00 A.M., with shooting starting at 9:00 A.M. Matches are located at the Action Pistol Range of the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center.
Thinking of joining us for a match? Prior to shooting your first match with SDPS you must complete the Introduction to IDPA Clinic. Limited exceptions can be made if you have sufficient action shooting training. More information about qualifications and attending a match for the first time can be found in our New Shooter FAQ at sdps-idpa.org/idpaintro/. Match Fees are $10.00 for First-Timers, $15.00 for SDPS members, $25.00 for non-members, and $5.00 for juniors (ages 12 to 20; must be accompanied by guardian).