4.12 – Targets

The following is an inclusive list of targets which are allowed:

  1. Cardboard Targets: Official IDPA cardboard targets may be stationary or moving. These targets will be scored as marked, as -0, -1, -3, and a miss is -5.

    All cardboard targets used in IDPA local and Sanctioned Matches must be Official IDPA cardboard targets. Official IDPA cardboard targets are available directly from IDPA headquarters and from licensed IDPA target manufacturers in each geographical area. Contact IDPA HQ, see listing in the Tactical Journal, or use the website at www.IDPA.com.

    Official IDPA cardboard targets with the round down zero area cut out for scoring ease may be used only as a stationary target. The target may be shot starting within 3 yards or less and shot while stationary or moving away from the target.

  2. Poppers: Stationary full sized and miniature Popper and Pepper Popper reactive targets with a minimum height of 24 inches and a minimum width of 8 inches. These targets are scored as down zero (-0) if they fall. If the target is left standing it is scored as down five (-5).
  3. Steel “Legs”: Stationary steel reactive vertical plates representing target legs that present a target at least 3 inches wide and at least 15 inches tall are allowed. These targets are scored as down zero (-0) if they fall. If the target is left standing it is scored as down five (-5). The calibration zone for this target is the upper 1⁄2 of the target leg.
  4. Stationary IDPA Reactive Target: An IDPA cardboard target covered with a t-shirt or other clothing is held in front of a down zero sized steel plate that is aligned with the down zero zones on the cardboard target. One of the steel plates must be hit to knock down the target. These targets are scored as down zero (-0) if they fall. If the target is left standing it is scored as down five (-5). The cardboard holding the clothing is not scored. This target type is not counted in the steel paper ratio. The round down zero steel plate of the target is the calibration zone.
  5. A Stationary Popper Behind Paper may be used to activate other targets. An allowed Popper or Pepper Popper as described above situated behind an official IDPA cardboard target such that a down zero hit on the cardboard target will knock down the Popper. The Popper must be visible above or below the cardboard target from all shooting positions from which the target may be shot. The calibration zone on this setup is the round down zero area on the cardboard target. It is part of the shooting problem for the shooter to solve to ensure the Popper behind is activated when the cardboard is shot. The cardboard target is scored normally. The Popper is used only as an activator and is not scored, nor does it count in the paper to steel ratio calculation.
  6. Other targets are allowed if and only if they represent something pertinent and appropriate to the stage scenario.
  7. Stationary or moving Official IDPA cardboard targets with a small portion of the scoring area cut away such as removing the -3 scoring area, leaving a non-scoring 3/8” perimeter remaining.
  8. Stationary or moving Official IDPA cardboard targets with black hard cover painted on them.
  9. Disappearing target, any target that, when at rest, does not present the shooter with an available 1 down scoring zone.
  10. Official IDPA cardboard targets may have their scoring area reduced by painting the non-scoring area with a high contrast color that is dark (if not black).
  11. Stationary 6” or larger diameter round reactive steel or reactive polymer plates.
  12. Stationary 6” or larger square reactive steel or reactive polymer plates.
  13. Other stationary steel reactive plates with 28.3 square inches or more surface area where the smallest dimension presented to the shooter must equal or exceed 3 inches. The MD will define the calibration zone for these targets.
  14. Stationary Clay pigeon targets (examples: simulate a door lock, or an ocular area, etc.) Clay pigeon targets are not subject to calibration.

New targets will be evaluated annually.


Posted on: April 9, 2019 , by :

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