Category: 1 Founding Concepts

IDPA Rulebook – Chapter 1 – Founding Concepts


1 THE FOUNDING CONCEPTS OF IDPA Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body for IDPA competition, a handgun-centric shooting sport based on simulated self-defense scenarios. The IDPA competition format was designed to be enjoyable for all shooters of all skill levels, with a premium put on the social interaction […]

1.2 – Principles of Shooting IDPA

1.2.1 Equipment PrinciplesAllowed equipment will meet the following criteria: Concealable: All equipment (except flashlights) will be placed so that it is not visible while wearing a concealment garment, with your arms extended to your sides, parallel to the ground. Practical: All equipment must be practical for all day concealed carry self-defense, and worn in a […]

1.1 – IDPA’s Fundamental Principles

The Fundamental Principles are a guide to all members. Promote safe and proficient use of firearms and equipment suitable for concealed carry self-defense. Offer a practical shooting sport encouraging competitors to develop skills and fellowship with like-minded shooters. Provide a level playing field for all competitors that solely tests the skill and ability of each […]

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