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Doug Williard

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.

This event will be held monthly on the 2nd Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm from March to November on ranges 1/2/3/4.  Always verify dates, times and cancellations on our PCSI website calendar.


  • What is IDPA Defensive Pistol Shooting?

    • 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.

  • Why do we need another shooting sport?

    • Prior to the formation of Defensive Pistol, 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 that have no relevance to self-defense. Defensive Pistol offers an exciting new forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and courses of fire are mandated. Prior to Defensive Pistol 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 a Defensive Pistol match you can not only use your duty/CCW equipment, you can be completely competitive with it! Other shooting sports have become equipment "races." Defensive Pistol will not. If you're interested in using truly practical pistols, drawn from practical holsters to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then Defensive Pistol is the sport for you.

  • What are the goals of IDPA Defensive Pistol?

    • To create a level playing field for all competitors.

    • To test the skill and ability of the individual, not their equipment or gamesmanship.

    • To promote the safe and proficient use of guns and equipment suitable for self-defense use.

    • To offer a competition forum for:

      • Standard factory produced service pistols such as the Beretta 92F, Glock 17, etc. (STOCK SERVICE PISTOL Division).

      • Popular single action 9mm/.40 pistols which have been modified for carry. (ENHANCED SERVICE PISTOL Division)

      • 1911 style single stack .45's which have been modified for carry, not competition. (CUSTOM DEFENSIVE PISTOL Division)

      • Service revolvers in .38 special or larger. 42 oz. weight limit. No moon clips allowed. (REVOLVER Division)

      • An additional revolver category in 9mm or larger. 50 oz. weight limit. Moon clips allowed. (REVOLVER Division)

      • Small compact semi-auto pistols in 9mm or larger cartridges with a barrel length of 4.10” or less  (CCP Division)

      • Semi-auto 3.60” barrel or less, 380 ACP or larger cartridges; Barrel length 3.60” or less.  BUG Revolver 3.00” barrel or less, Any revolver that uses .38 or larger cartridges with rimmed cases and not loaded with moon clips (BUG-S & BUG-R Division)

    • To provide the shooters with practical and realistic courses of fire that simulates potentially life threatening encounters or tests skills that would be required to survive life threatening encounters.

    • To offer a practical shooting sport that is responsive to the shooters and sponsors, with unprecedented stability of equipment rules.

    • To offer a practical shooting sport that allows competitors to concentrate on the development of their shooting skills and fellowship with other like-minded shooters.

  • What types of matches does IDPA Defensive Pistol hold?
    • The IDPA 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 to 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. IDPA 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.
  • What type of equipment do I need to compete in IDPA Defensive Pistol matches? 
    • IDPA 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 IDPA 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.​
  • Who competes in IDPA Defensive Pistol matches?

    • IDPA Defensive Pistol shooters come from all walks of life. Membership and matches are open to all people who can legally own a handgun regardless of occupation, race, sex, or religion.

  • Does IDPA Defensive Pistol shooting offers a place for both pistols and revolvers? 

    • Yes, Defensive Pistol competition is divided into six divisions so all popular service type pistols and revolvers will have a place to compete competitively.

  • What are the advantages of IDPA Defensive Pistol memberships?

    • You will be a member of an international organization devoted to promoting defensive pistol shooting as a sport and preserving your right to own and use self-defense handguns. You will receive an official IDPA Defensive Pistol rule book. You will be eligible to compete in shooting events at the local, national and international levels. You will receive a IDPA Defensive Pistol membership card certifying you as a member in good standing.

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