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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 20,000, including members in 50 foreign countries.
The firearms are grouped into six (6) divisions:
1) CDP - Custom Defensive Pistol (.45ACP semi-automatics only)
2) ESP - Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber semi-automatics)
3) SSP - Stock Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber double action, double action only, or safe action semi-automatics)
4) CCP - Compact Carry Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber, semi-automatics, barrel 4.1" or less)
5) REV - Revolver 2 sub-divisions (Both barrel 4.25" or less, Stock Revolver, .38 caliber or larger double action revolvers; Enhanced Revolver)
6) BUG - Back-Up Gun 2 sub-divisions (Semi-Automatic, .380ACP or larger, barrel 3.61" or less; Revolver, must comply with all Stock Revolver rules)
See Rule 8.2 Firearm Divisions for details about the delineations in the divisions.
FRIDPA encourages shooters to practice
their gun handling skills with commonly carried firearms. Many everyday
carry firearms do not fit into the 6 competition divisions so another
division is supported:
Shooters are then classified by like-skill levels with progression from Novice (NV); to Marksman (MM); to Sharpshooter (SS); to Expert (EX); and, finally, to Master (MA).
We will post a cancellation notice on our website ( www.fridpa.com ), in our forum (https://www.ar-15.co/forums/114-Shooting-Sports-and-Events ) and send out emails (once you attend your first match and have requested to be added to our email list). We try to make the Go/No Go call the night before the match so check the website/forum for cancellations the night before the match and before you head out to the match on the morning of the 2nd Saturday & 3rd Sunday.
In order to participate in Front Range IDPA matches, shooters will need to have either:
Front Range IDPA©
has a camera policy that if a non-shooter/non-member wants to come to a
match and take pictures, movies, likenesses, etc., of the match/shooters,
they must seek and obtain prior approval from
Front Range IDPA© B.O.D.
The 4 rules of gun safety
The 1st Rule of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!
The 2nd Rule of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!
The 3rd Rule of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!
The 4th Rule of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!
All matches at FRIDPA are conducted using a COLD RANGE.
Firearms must be:
2. holstered or bagged at all times
3. hammer/striker down on a empty chamber/empty cylinder
4. no magazine inserted
You may only handle your firearm at the direction of a Safety Officer (SO) or in the designated Safe Area. You may not handle any ammunition or loaded magazines in the Safe Area.
Violation of the COLD RANGE will result in a match disqualification.
Match Conduct Safety Course©
Shooters new to IDPA must attend a full Match Conduct Safety Course©; late arrivals for the course are not allowed to join the course in progress nor shoot the match.