1.2 – Principles of Shooting IDPA

1.2.1 Equipment Principles
Allowed equipment will meet the following criteria:

  1. 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.

  2. Practical: All equipment must be practical for all day concealed carry self-defense, and worn in a manner that is appropriate for all day continuous wear.

1.2.2 Participation Principles

  1. Competitors will not attempt to circumvent or compromise any stage by the use of inappropriate devices,

    equipment, or techniques.

  2. Competitors will refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct, unfair actions, and the use of illegal equipment.

  3. The IDPA Rulebook is not intended to be an exhaustive description of all allowed and disallowed equipment and techniques. Shooter equipment and techniques should comply with the basic principles of IDPA and be valid in the context of a sport that is based on self-defense scenarios. A reasonable application of common sense and the IDPA Founding Concepts will be employed in determining whether a device, technique, or piece of equipment is permitted under the IDPA rules.

  4. At its core, IDPA is a self-defense scenario based sport. The props used to create the Course of Fire (CoF) are often incomplete but represent buildings, walls, windows, doorways, etc. The CoF will indicate available shooting positions. The props will be defined in the CoF walk through.

  5. Individual rehearsals of a CoF, including air gunning and taking sight pictures, are not permitted within the CoF boundaries.

  6. Shooting from behind cover is a basic premise of IDPA. Competitors will use all available cover in a CoF.

  7. IDPA is a shooting sport based on concealed carry. All courses of fire will be shot using a concealment garment unless stipulated otherwise.

  8. In any single contest, a shooter must use the same firearm on all stages unless the firearm becomes unserviceable.

  9. Re-shoots are allowed for stage equipment failures or SO interference.

  10. English is the official language of IDPA. Range commands used in all matches regardless of location or nationality of participants, will be in English. The English rulebook prevails.

1.2.3 Course of Fire Principles

  1. One issue critical to the long-term success of this shooting discipline is that problems shooters are asked to solve must reflect self-defense principles. The IDPA founders agreed upon this when they set out to structure IDPA guidelines and principles. IDPA should help promote basic sound gun handling skills and test skills a person would need in a concealed-carry encounter. Requirements such as the use of cover while engaging a target, reloading behind cover, and limiting the number of rounds per string were all based upon that principle.

    • “String of Fire” refers to a section of the course of fire that is initiated by a start signal, and ends with the last shot fired. There may be more than one string in a stage.

    • “Cover” refers to a position where a shooter can engage targets with a portion of their upper and lower body behind an object such as a wall.

  2. A CoF should test a competitor’s shooting skills. Allowances will be made for physically challenged or disabled shooters. Match Directors should always attempt to make the CoF accessible for all shooters.

  3. While we recognize that there are many schools of thought in training for self-defense concealed carry, the primary focus of IDPA is in the continuing development of safe and sound gun handling skills that are universally accepted.

  4. IDPA rules will be equally enforced for all classifications of IDPA members.


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