International Defensive Pistol Association

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The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) competition format was designed to be enjoyable for all shooters of all skill levels, with a premium put on the social interaction and camaraderie of the members. Participation in IDPA matches requires the use of handguns, holsters and other equipment suitable for concealed carry self-defense. With that in mind, and keeping the shooters' best interests in mind, IDPA's founders established equipment requirements that are based on commonly available firearms and gear, allowing individuals the opportunity to compete with minimal investment.


IDPA matches will be held on the first Saturday of each month from April to October starting at 9am. View our calendar for specific dates.


  • Online pre-registration will open 7-10 days prior to the match.
  • Pre-registering will save you $2.00 & guarantee your spot.
  • To pre-register for an event once registration is open, click here.
  • You can walk-up on the day of the event and shoot provided capacity hasn't been hit.

Match Results

  • Match results will be uploaded to Practiscore typically within a few hours of match completion.
  • Classifier scores will also be uploaded to IDPA HQ no later than the day following the match.

General Rules

Safety is the primary and fundamental concern of IDPA and any shooting event at Saukville Rifle & Pistol Club.
  • All participants are required to read and comprehend the IDPA safety rules prior to participating in any of our events. If you are a first-time participant, do not put on your gear until attending a safety briefing, which will include reviewing these rules.
  • Except when used for medicinal purposes, participants and league officials must not be affected by drugs or alcohol of any sort. If a Safety Officer suspects the individual is under the influence, they will be disqualified from participation.
  • Our range is a cold range. Guns are always unloaded and holstered except when the participant is under the instruction of a Safety Officer during a course of fire or when at a safe area. Concealed carry weapons must be removed prior to arrival at the range. The safe area is used to un-bag and holster your weapon when you arrive at the range.
  • The normal (required) condition of weapons not in use during a course of fire is unloaded and holstered, with hammer down and magazine removed, or cylinder empty.

Unsafe gun handling

Unsafe gun handling will result in disqualification from the event.

The following non-inclusive list explains some examples of unsafe gun handling:
  • Endangering any person, including yourself. This includes sweeping one’s self or anyone else with a loaded or unloaded firearm.
  • Pointing muzzle beyond designated “Muzzle Safe Points” if used, or beyond the 180-degree Muzzle Safe Plane.
  • A firearm discharge at any time except when a target is being engaged including in the holster, striking up range of the shooter, down range less than 2 yards from the shooter, over a berm, or while transferring a firearm from one hand to another.
  • Handling a firearm except at the firing line. There are only three instances in which a firearm may be removed from the holster:
    • With verbal instruction from a SO
    • While engaging targets in a CoF
    • When in a designated “Safe Area”
  • Pointing the muzzle over the berm during the “Pull The Trigger” portion of Unload And Show Clear.
  • Drawing a firearm while facing up range.
  • Dropping a loaded or unloaded firearm.
  • Trigger finger violations (first offense is a procedural penalty, second is disqualification). The trigger finger must be obviously and visibly outside the trigger at all times except when engaging a target.

Safe Areas

  • Unloaded firearms may be handled at any time at a designated safe area. This area is used for bagging or un-bagging a firearm, holstering, drawing, dry firing, or equipment adjustment.
  • In all cases the muzzle of the firearm must be pointed in a safe direction.
  • Handling of ammunition, loaded ammunition carriers, loose rounds, dummy ammunition, snap caps, training rounds, or loaded firearms is not permitted.
  • Reload practice within the Safe Area is not allowed.

Range Commands

Range commands are standard IDPA commands and are issued by the safety officer except as noted below.

  • Range is Hot, Eyes and ears
  • Load and make Ready
  • Are You ready?
  • Standby
  • Finger
  • Muzzle
  • Stop
  • If Finished, Unload and Show Clear
  • If Clear, Slide Forward or Close Cylinder
  • Pull the trigger
  • Holster
  • Range is Clear

Equipment Guidelines

Below is a brief summary of the equipment you will need to participate.  A more detailed description can be found in the Current IDPA Rule Book.

  • Loaded concealed carry weapons must be removed prior to arriving.
  • Except within the boundaries of a safe area, or under supervision and command of a range officer, participants must carry their handgun in a gun case, gun bag, or in a strong-side holster securely attached to a belt on their person.
  • Ear and eye protection are required.
  • Closed toe shoes are required.
  • A ball cap or other style of rimmed hat is strongly encouraged.
  • Firearms must be serviceable and safe.
  • The only calibers allowed for IDPA Matches are .380, 9mm Luger, 40 S&W, 357 SIG, 45 ACP, 38 Special, 38 Super, 9×21, 357 Magnum.  Action Pistol Practice can be any standard pistol caliber including .22LR.  No Rifle Calibers.
  • Handguns offering burst and/or fully automatic operation are prohibited. Handguns which double must be withdrawn.
  • The belt carrying the strong-side holster and all allied equipment must be worn at waste level. The belt or the inner belt or both must be either securely fixed at the waist or secured with a minimum of two belt loops or keepers.
  • No shoulder or drop (thigh) holsters or holsters with the muzzle of the handgun pointing further than three feet from the competitor’s feet while standing relaxed are allowed.
  • Holsters must completely cover the trigger of holstered firearm.
  • In the event that a Range Officer terminates a course of fire due to suspected unsafe handgun or ammunition, the Range Officer will take whatever steps he deems necessary to rectify the situation.
  • Equipment found not to be in compliance must be replaced or remedied at the discretion of the staff.

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