770-500-F-I-R-E (3473) | info@ssusa.co

770-500-F-I-R-E (3473) | info@ssusa.co


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 25,000, including members in 70 foreign countries. 

Join us at IDPA for an exciting forum for practical shooters to solve simulated real world self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters suitable for self-defense use. Though the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, fellowship is an ancillary and positive benefit. 

IDPA competitive shooting club meets Mondays at SharpShooters

We host matches every Wednesday. Matches begin at 6:30pm. Set up begins at 5:30pm. First time participants should arrive at 6:00pm for orientation. All first time participants are required to review the new shooter briefing and also watch the new shooting video. 


International Defensive Pistol Association

IDPA is a sport. It is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in IDPA events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No “competition only” equipment is permitted in IDPA matches because the main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not his equipment or gamesmanship. 

Prior to the formation of IDPA, there was no place to compete and hone one’s skill with equipment designed for and suitable for self-defense. Other shooting sports are just that, sports, and have no relevance to self-defense. IDPA offers an exciting forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and courses of fire are mandated. Prior to IDPA, there was no place at all to compete with common service pistols such as the Beretta, Glock or Sig, nor was there a shooting sport where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap. When you come to an IDPA match, you can use your duty/CCW equipment and be completely competitive with it! Other shooting sports have become equipment “races.” IDPA will not. If you’re interested in using truly practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then IDPA is the sport for you. 

  1. Promote safe and proficient use of guns and equipment suitable for self-defense use. 
  2. Provide a level playing field for all competitors to test the skill and ability of the individual, not their equipment or gamesmanship
  3. Provide separate divisions for equipment and classifications for shooters, such that guns with similar characteristics are grouped together and people with similar skills compete only against each other
  4. Provide shooters with practical and realistic courses of fire that simulate a potentially life-threatening encounter or that tests skills that would be required to survive a life-threatening encounter
  5. Offer a practical shooting sport that is responsive to the shooters and sponsors, with unprecedented stability of equipment rules
  6. Offer a practical shooting sport that allows the competitors to concentrate on the development of their shooting skills with other like-minded shooters

IDPA 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 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. 

Official Rules for the IDPA can be found here