Capital City Pistol Shooters

What is IDPA?
IDPA stands for the International Defensive Pistol Association, it was founded in 1996. It is a sport that uses practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in IDPA events are required to equipment is permitted in IDPA matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his equipment or gamesmanship.

What do I need to get started?
All that is required to compete in IDPA is a safe handgun, holster, 3 magazines and a cover garment.   Magazines can be carried on your belt in a mag pouch or in your pockets.

What are the rules?
The best way to familiarize yourself with the rules is to go to the IDPA website and download the current rulebook, it can be found here:

How do I get started?

It's easy, check out the schedule, show up at a match and have fun!  Before your first competition a Safety Officer will brief you on the range safety rules and the IDPA rules.

Are there different divisions, who do I compete against?
The firearms are grouped into five (5) divisions: 1) Custom Defensive Pistol (.45ACP semi-automatics only); 2) Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber semi-automatics); 3) Stock Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber double action, double action only, or safe action semi-automatics); 4) Enhanced Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers); and 5) Stock Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers). Shooters are then classed by like-skill levels with progression from Novice (NV); to Marksman (MM); to Sharpshooter (SS); to Expert (EX); and, finally, to Master (MA).