8.2 – Firearms – Divisions

8.2.1 Stock Service Pistol Division (SSP)

Handguns permitted for use in SSP must:

  1. Have a minimum annual production of 2,000 units. Discontinued models must have had a total production of 20,000 units
  2. Be semi-automatic
  3. Be double action, double action only, or striker fired
  4. Use 9 mm (9×19) or larger cartridges.
  5. Weigh 43.00 oz. or less unloaded, with the heaviest magazine inserted.
  6. Fit in the IDPA gun test box measuring 8 3⁄4” x 6” x 1 5/8” with the largest magazine inserted.

8.2.1.1 Start Condition

  1. Selective DA/SA firearms will start hammer down.
  2. Firearms with a hammer de-cocking lever or button will have their hammer de-cocked using the lever or button.
  3. If the hammer must be lowered by pulling the trigger and manually lowering the hammer, the hammer will be lowered to the lowest position possible.
  4. Manual safeties may be engaged at the shooter’s discretion.

8.2.1.2 SSP Permitted Modifications (Inclusive list):

  1. Sights may be changed to another notch and post type. Slides may not be machined to accept different style sights.
  2. Grips may be changed to another style or material that is similar to factory configuration and do not weigh more than 2.00 oz. more than the factory standard weight for that model.
  3. Magazine releases, slide stops, safety levers, de-cocking levers, hammers, and triggers, that are stock on one SSP legal firearm may be used on another SSP legal firearm from the same manufacturer provided they are drop in replacements. Parts in this list must come factory installed on standard production firearms. Special parts that are available installed only from a factory custom shop are not eligible in SSP.
  4. Recoil spring guide rods and dual spring recoil systems made of material that is no heavier than stainless steel.
  5. Frames may be replaced with identical frames from the same manufacturer.
  6. A slip-on grip sock and/or grip tape, skateboard tape, etc. may be used.
  7. Internal action work may be used to enhance trigger pull as long as safety is maintained (no visible external modifications allowed).
  8. Internal reliability work.
  9. Aftermarket extractors and pins may be used.
  10. Internal accuracy work.
  11. Replacement of barrel with one of factory configuration that uses the original cartridge.
  12. Plastic plugs may be used to fill the opening behind the magazine well.
  13. Custom finishes may be applied.
  14. Stock slide cover plates may be refinished.
  15. Slides may be engraved. Engraving is defined as etching into the slide of logos, letters, and graphics no deeper than the original factory logos.
  16. Stippling and texturing may be performed on readily replaceable parts of the grip frame such as replaceable back straps and replaceable grip panels.
  17. Aftermarket magazines may be used provided they do not weigh more than 1.00 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.
  18. Aftermarket magazine base pads may be used provided they do not make the magazine weight more than 1.00 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.
  19. Magazine base pads may be modified by reshaping, texturing, or adding bumper pads provided that they do not make the magazine weigh more than 1.00 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.
  20. Magazines that are longer than stock may be used provided they meet all other division requirements.

8.2.1.3 SSP Excluded Modifications (Non-Inclusive list):

  1. Externally visible modifications other than those listed in the Permitted Modifications section.
  2. Aftermarket or visibly modified magazine releases, slide stops, safety levers, de-cocking levers, and hammers.
  3. Robar-style grip reduction.
  4. Add-on magazine well opening.
  5. Slide inserts to accommodate a different recoil assembly design.
  6. A barrel that uses a different cartridge that is not offered in the original factory model.
  7. Customization of the slide by adding front cocking serrations, tri-top, carry melts, and high power cuts.
  8. Compensated/ported firearms with non-compensated/ported barrels installed.
  9. Checkering or stippling on non-readily replaceable parts of the grip frame.
  10. Aftermarket slides.
  11. Removing material from the magazine well opening.
  12. Aftermarket grip tang extensions or beavertails.
  13. Disabling the slide stop.

8.2.2 Enhanced Service Pistol Division (ESP)

Handguns permitted for use in ESP must:

  1. Be semi-automatic.
  2. Use 9 mm (9×19) or larger cartridges.
  3. The unloaded firearm with the heaviest magazine must weigh 43.00 oz. or less.
  4. The firearm with the largest magazine inserted must fit in the IDPA gun test box measuring 8 3⁄4” x 6” x 1 5/8”.

Firearms originally sold as compensated/ported models may be used in ESP with non-compensated/ported barrels installed.

8.2.2.1 Start Condition:

  1. Single action only firearms will start with the hammer cocked and the safety engaged.
  2. Selective DA/SA firearms may start cocked and locked or de-cocked, at the shooter’s discretion.
  3. DA, DAO, or striker fired firearms with a de-cocking lever or button will be de-cocked using the lever or button.
  4. DA, DAO, or striker-fired firearms may have a manual safety engaged at the shooter’s discretion.

8.2.2.2 ESP Permitted Features and Modifications (Inclusive list):

  1. Sights may be changed to another notch and post type. Slides may be machined to accept different style sights.
  2. Grips may be changed provided they do not weigh more than 2.00 oz. more than the factory standard weight forthat model.
  3. A slip-on grip sock and/or grip tape, skateboard tape, etc. may be used.
  4. Robar-style grip reduction.
  5. Action work may be used to enhance trigger pull as long as safety is maintained.
  6. Reliability work.
  7. Aftermarket extractors and pins may be used.
  8. Internal accuracy work.
  9. Replacement of barrel with one of factory configuration that uses a stock or non-stock cartridge.
  10. Plastic plugs may be used to fill the opening behind the magazine well.
  11. Aftermarket triggers and trigger work that result in the trigger being forward or rearward from the stock triggerposition.
  12. Externally visible trigger over travel stops.
  13. Hammer and other trigger action parts to enhance trigger pull.
  14. Checkering, serrating, and stippling.
  15. Reshape trigger guard.
  16. Extended and/or ambidextrous thumb safety.
  17. Extended beavertail grip safety.
  18. Ambidextrous or right side magazine releases.
  19. Extended, trimmed, and/or ambidextrous slide releases.
  20. Heavy or cone style barrels on firearms with barrel lengths of 4.25” or less.
  21. Recoil spring guide rods and dual spring recoil systems made of material that is no heavier than stainless steel.
  22. Slide inserts to accommodate a different recoil assembly design.
  23. Modification of the magazine well and add-on well extensions.
  24. Custom finishes and engraving may be applied.
  25. Aftermarket slide cover plates.
  26. Slide checkering, serrating, engraving, and other machining.

AA. Grip tang extensions or beavertails

BB. Swenson style thumb shields and frame mounted thumb shields.

CC. Aftermarket safeties.

DD. Aftermarket magazine base pads may be used provided they do not make the magazine weight more than 1.50 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.

EE. Magazine base pads may be modified by reshaping, texturing, or adding bumper pads provided that they do not make the magazine weigh more than 1.50 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.

     FF. Magazines that are longer than stock may be used provided they meet all other division requirements.

8.2.2.3 ESP Excluded Features and Modifications (Non-Inclusive list):

  1. Trigger shoes.
  2. Disabling the slide stop.

8.2.3 Custom Defensive Pistol Division (CDP)

Handguns permitted for use in CDP must:

  1. Be semi-automatic.
  2. Use .45 ACP cartridges.
  3. Weigh 43.00 oz. or less unloaded, with the heaviest magazine inserted.
  4. Fit in the IDPA gun test box measuring 8 3⁄4” x 6” x 1 5/8” with the largest magazine inserted.

Firearms originally sold as compensated/ported models may be used in CDP with non-compensated/ported barrels installed.

8.2.3.1 Start Condition:

  1. Single action only firearms will start cocked and locked. (hammer cocked, safety engaged).
  2. Selective DA/SA firearms will start cocked and locked or de-cocked. This is at the shooter’s discretion, includingfirearms using the SSP into CDP rule.
  3. DA, DAO, or striker fired firearms with a de-cocking lever or button will be de-cocked using the lever or button.
  4. DA, DAO, or striker-fired firearms may have a manual safety engaged at the shooter’s discretion.

8.2.3.2 CDP Permitted Features and Modifications (Inclusive list):

  1. Sights may be changed to another notch and post type. Slides may be machined to accept different style sights.
  2. Grips may be changed provided they do not weigh more than 2.00 oz. more than the factory standard weight forthat model.
  3. A slip-on grip sock and/or grip tape, skateboard tape, etc. tape may be used.
  4. Robar-style grip reduction.
  5. Action work may be used to enhance trigger pull as long as safety is maintained.
  6. Reliability work.
  7. Aftermarket extractors and pins may be used.
  8. Internal accuracy work.
  9. Replacement barrels of factory configuration in .45 ACP.
  10. Plastic plugs may be used to fill the opening behind the magazine well.
  11. Aftermarket triggers and trigger work that result in the trigger being forward or rearward from the stock trigger position.
  12. Externally visible trigger over travel stops.
  13. Hammer and other trigger action parts to enhance trigger pull.
  14. Checkering, serrating, and stippling.
  15. Reshape trigger guard.
  16. Extended and/or ambidextrous thumb safety.
  17. Extended beavertail grip safety.
  18. Ambidextrous or right side magazine releases.
  19. Extended, trimmed, and/or ambidextrous slide releases.
  20. Heavy or cone style barrels on firearms with barrel lengths of 4.25” or less.
  21. Recoil spring guide rods and dual spring recoil systems made of material that is no heavier than stainless steel.
  22. Slide inserts to accommodate a different recoil assembly design.
  23. Modification of the magazine well and add-on well extensions.
  24. Custom finishes and engraving may be applied.
  25. Aftermarket slide cover plates.
  26. Slide checkering, serrating, engraving, and other machining.

AA. Grip tang extensions or beavertails
BB. Swenson style thumb shields and frame mounted thumb shields.
CC. Aftermarket safeties.
DD. Aftermarket magazine base pads may be used provided they do not make the magazine weight more than 1.50 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.
EE. Magazine base pads may be modified by reshaping, texturing, or adding bumper pads provided that they do not make the magazine weigh more than 1.50 oz. over the same capacity factory magazine.
FF. Magazines that are longer than stock may be used provided they meet all other division requirements.

8.2.3.3 CDP Excluded Features and Modifications (Non-Inclusive list):

  1. Trigger shoes.
  2. Disabling the slide stop.

8.2.4 Compact Carry Pistol Division (CCP)

Handguns permitted for use in CCP must:

  1. Be semi-automatic.
  2. Use 9 mm (9×19) or larger cartridges.
  3. Barrel length 4 3/8″ or less.
  4. The unloaded firearm with the heaviest magazine must weigh 38.00 oz. or less.
  5. The firearm with the largest magazine inserted must fit in the IDPA gun test box measuring 7 3⁄4” x 5 3/8” x 13/8”.

8.2.4.1 Start Condition

  1. Single action only firearms will start cocked and locked. (hammer cocked, safety engaged).
  2. Selective DA/SA firearms may start cocked and locked or de-cocked, at the shooter’s discretion.
  3. DA, DAO, or striker fired firearms with a de-cocking lever or button will be de-cocked using the lever or button.
  4. DA, DAO, or striker-fired firearms may have a manual safety engaged at the shooter’s discretion.

8.2.4.2 CCP Permitted Features and Modifications (Inclusive list):
CCP firearms must comply with all Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) features and modifications, and equipment restrictions.

8.2.5 Revolver Division (REV)

Revolvers will be categorized into one of the two following sub-categories:

Stock Revolver or Enhanced Revolver

8.2.5.1 Stock Revolver handguns permitted for use must be:

  1. Any revolver that uses .38 Special or larger cartridges with a rimmed case and is not loaded with moon clips.

  2. The unloaded firearm must weigh 43.00 oz. or less.

8.2.5.2 Enhanced Revolver handguns permitted for use must be:

  1. Any revolver that uses .357 magnum or larger cartridges with rimmed or rimless cases.
  2. The unloaded firearm must weigh 50.00 oz. or less.
  3. May be loaded via speed loader or full moon clip.

8.2.6 Stock and Enhanced Revolver requirements:

8.2.6.1 The use of trimmed (shortened) ammunition is not allowed.

8.2.6.2 Enhanced Revolver handguns permitted for use must be:

  1. .38 special in .357 magnum
  2. .44 special in .44 magnum
  3. .45 Auto Rim or .45 GAP in .45 ACP
  4. .45 ACP or .45 GAP in .45 Colt
  5. .40 S&W in 10mm

8.2.6.3 Barrel length must be 4.25” or less.

8.2.6.4 Revolvers must be loaded to the division capacity of 6 rounds in the cylinder. Higher capacity 7 and 8 round revolvers are permitted, but may only load 6 rounds.

8.2.6.5  Stock and Enhanced Revolver Permitted Modifications (Inclusive list):

  1. Sights may be changed to another notch and post type. The frame and barrel may be machined to accept different style sights.
  2. Action work to enhance trigger pull as long as safety is maintained (smoothing the trigger face, removing the hammer spur, use of over travel stop, conversion to DA only and addition of ball detent are considered action work and are permitted).
  3. Grips may be changed to another style or material that is similar to factory configuration, provided they do not weigh more than 2.00 oz. more than the factory standard weight for that model.
  4. Grip tape, skateboard tape, etc. may be used.
  5. Cylinder latches may be changed to another factory offering from the firearm manufacturer.
  6. Chamfer the rear of the chambers.
  7. Shortening of factory barrels.
  8. Re-barreling to another factory offering for that model.
  9. Firearms converted to accept moon clips may be used in Stock Revolver provided moon clips are not used.
  10. Custom finishes.

8.2.6.6 Enhanced Revolver Additional Permitted Modifications (Inclusive list):

  1. Cylinder latches may be modified or replaced, but may not protrude past the frame in any direction and may not be thicker than 3/8″ as measured from the side plate of the frame.
  2. Conversion to accept moon clips.
  3. Stock and Enhanced Revolver Excluded Modifications (Non-Inclusive list):
  4. Oversize or heavy barrels.
  5. Hogue Big Butt grips and similar are not allowed. The maximum grip dimensions allowed are:
  6. 5.00” maximum height, measured from the bottom of the hammer opening in the frame to the bottom of the grip, 2 3/8” maximum depth, 1 5/8” maximum width.

8.2.7 Back Up Gun (BUG)

The Back Up Gun division is a required division for Tier 1 matches, and is an optional in Tier 2 – Tier 5 matches at the Match Director’s discretion, BUG is reported as a single division.

The Back Up Gun division may also be used to create a specialty BUG only match. Match directors may prescribe conditions for courses of fire such as the start condition, holster use, and reloads on the clock.

Handguns permitted for use in BUG are categorized into one of the following sub-categories:

  1. Semi-Automatic BUG.
  2. Revolver BUG.
  3. Other Special Sub-Categories as defined by the MD.

8.2.8 Semi-Automatic BUG (BUG-S) Handguns permitted for use in BUG-S must:

  1. Be semi-automatic.
  2. Be single action, double action, double action only, or striker fired.
  3. Use .380 ACP or larger cartridges.
  4. Barrel length of 3 1/2″ or less.
  5. The unloaded firearm with the heaviest magazine must weigh 26 oz. or less.
  6. The firearm with the largest magazine inserted must fit in the IDPA gun test box measuring 6 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ x 1 3/8″.

8.2.8.1 Start Condition:

  1. Single action only firearms will start cocked and locked. (hammer cocked, safety engaged).
  2. Selective DA/SA firearms will start cocked and locked or de-cocked at the shooter’s discretion.
  3. When de-cocking is desired, firearms with a de-cocking lever or button will be de-cocked using the lever or button.
  4. When de-cocking is desired, if the hammer must be lowered by pulling the trigger and manually lowering the hammer, the hammer will be lowered to the lowest position possible.
  5. Shooters will start with 1 round in the chamber and 5 rounds in the magazine.

8.2.8.2 BUG-S Permitted Features and Modifications
Semi-automatic BUG must comply with all ESP features and modifications, and equipment restrictions.

8.2.9 Revolver BUG (BUG-R)
Handguns permitted for use in BUG-R must be:

  1. Any revolver that uses .38 or larger cartridges with a rimmed case and is not loaded with moon clips.
  2. The use of trimmed (shortened) ammunition is not allowed.
  3. Barrel length of 2 1/2″ or less.
  4. The unloaded firearm must weigh 26 oz. or less.
  5. Be loaded to the division capacity of no more than 5 rounds in the cylinder.
  6. The firearm must fit in the IDPA gun test box measuring 6 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ x 1 3/8″.
  7. Revolver BUG Modifications: Revolver BUG must comply with all Stock Revolver features and modifications, and equipment restrictions.

8.2.10 Specialty Divisions (SPD)

  1. IDPA encourages shooters to practice their gun handling skills with commonly carried firearms. Many everyday carry firearms do not fit into the 6 competition handgun divisions.
  2. IDPA allows clubs to add “Specialty Divisions” for scoring. This division allows cartridges smaller than 9 mm, carry optics, activated lasers, mounted lights, and other firearms which do not fit into the other competition divisions to participate in matches.
  3. All other IDPA equipment rules apply for holsters and loading device holders as well as their placement on the body. Match Directors also have the option to allow junior shooters with .22 rimfire firearms to begin strings at low ready in lieu of requiring a holster.
  4. All IDPA membership rules apply.
  5. Specialty Division classifications are based on the shooters highest classification of regular IPDA divisions.
  6. Clubs are not required to implement this provision, and Match Directors are allowed discretion with implementation so that match quality remains high.

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