I.D.P.A. at The Gun Shop, Inc. & Range,
in Leesburg, Fl.
Our monthly IDPA match is held on the 4th Sunday of each month, sign-in
is at 9:00am. We are never rained out and; since we can control the
lighting, we normally shoot an "adverse light" stage, requiring
a flashlight to identify and engage the targets. Bring your own "Super
Ninja Tactical Illumination Device!" or
we’ll supply a flashlight. The indoor range also allows us to
conduct ‘blind stages’,
where the shooter does not see the stage layout until they begin; and
are required to: “Solve the Problem!” Much like in real
We hold Classifier matches on (usually!) a quarterly basis; normally
on the month following each month that has a 5th Sunday.
The classifier matches are announced on The Gun Shop IDPA YahooGroups
Announcement List, but are usually on the 2nd Saturday, beginning at
5pm.(email for details)So…
Just what is I.D.P.A. ???
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
is 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 14,000, including
members in over 40 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
gear and practical guns may be used competitively.
An I.D.P.A. member can spend a minimal amount on equipment and still
be competitive. It is entirely possible to compete successfully with
the 9mm/.40/.45 pistol or 6-shot revolver that one carries for personal
on a daily basis. Many members do just that.
The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual,
not equipment or gamesmanship. In fact; “Competition only” equipment
is not permitted in I.D.P.A.
The firearms are grouped into five (5) divisions:
1) Custom Defensive Pistol (.45ACP semi-automatics only)
2) Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm or larger caliber single action semi-automatics)
3) Stock Service Pistol (9mm or larger caliber double action, double
action only, or safe action semi-automatics)
4) Enhanced Service Revolver (.357 caliber or larger double action
5) Stock Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action
Shooters are then classed by their personal skill levels
with progression from Novice (NV); to Marksman (MM); to Sharpshooter
(SS); to Expert
(EX); and, finally, to Master (MA).
Most importantly, I.D.P.A. emphasizes safety!! Safety is always
the first priority!
Shooters will always have an I.D.P.A. trained and certified
Safety Officer right beside them anytime that their gun is loaded and
while they are shooting a Course of Fire.
The Safety Officer’s job is to keep you, and others, safe.
Their commands are the law!!
Shooters new to I.D.P.A. will be given a New Shooter Briefing prior
to shooting their first match, and will receive special attention
from the Safety Officers to ensure that their first experience
shooting an I.D.P.A. match is a safe and enjoyable one.
If you have a Concealed Weapons License, carry a gun
for personal protection;
and you are not an I.D.P.A. member… you’re missing out
on a valuable venue for realistic practice!!
For information on other clubs hosting IDPA matches in Florida,
go to: http://www.odpursuits.com/fla_idpa/
To learn all about IDPA and to download the rulebook,
Lance Biddle is the Florida Area Coordinator
and is available to answer any questions or concerns
regarding IDPA in Florida. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 863-289-2288
(The official IDPA website.)
(To join IDPA online, download the rulebook,
find major match information,or find IDPA clubs worldwide)
(Quick guide to IDPA clubs in Florida)
IDPA Group at Yahoo.groups
(Florida Clubs Match announcements and IDPA related information
for Florida IDPA members)
Gun Shop IDPA YahooGroups Announcement List
(Information and match announcements;
restricted to those who are involved in competition activities at
The Gun Shop, Inc. & Range, in Leesburg, Florida)
Match & Practice Stages
(Stages taken from various IDPA clubs and available in various formats
for all to use)
Copyright 2008-2010 Lance Biddle