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Tired of shooting at the range? Looking to get more out of your concealed carry holster and apply it to real-life situations?

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) was set up with these questions in mind.

The IDPA is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts membership of more than 20,000, including members in 50 foreign countries.

One of the unique facets of the IDPA’s sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter. The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical guns may be used competitively. An interested person can spend a minimal amount on equipment and still be competitive.

IDPA offers an exciting forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and courses of fire are mandated. Prior to IDPA, there was no place to compete with common service pistols. There were no shooting sports where a shooter’s concealed carry holster could also be a match holster without handicap.

The main goal of the IDPA is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship. “Competition only” equipment is not permitted in this sport.

Only registered members can compete in IDPA matches and competitions. Registration is a simple three-step process that starts with the IDPA’s online form.

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