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The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) was founded in 1996 with the goal of creating an action shooting competition based upon the realistic use of handguns for personal 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 to compete with common service pistols. There were no shooting sports where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap.

IDPA matches at NWCSA usually consist of 6-7 different courses of fire (stages) where you will shoot about 100 rounds of service ammo (9mm/.38cal min). Shooters are timed and coupled with accuracy of fire a score will be assigned. There are no awards or cash prizes. Shooters attend an IDPA match to learn and improve their skills in a safe and friendly environment.

If you have never shot an action pistol type competition and would like to learn more we offer a no cost 2-3 hour workshop that will cover everything you need to know to be ready for your first match. If interested, please contact [email protected].

Safety brief, pledge, and walk through of first stages begins 8:45AM.

Please arrive 45-60 min before match start time to register and gear up.

Please note that pre-registration and payment is required on Practiscore.

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