The concept of IDPA is to provide scenarios that simulate a self-defense encounter a CCW holder might have. Guns must be the kind you would carry concealed, no scopes, compensators, large funnels into the mag well and other features commonly found on race guns. There is a box to determine if your gun is suitable in size. This box will accommodate the majority of production handguns.
IDPA matches require some advanced shooting skills such as; shooting while moving, using cover, multiple target engagement, drawing from concealment, rapid reloading just to mention a few.
Watching YouTube is not enough training.
If you have shot other pistol games or attended a Front Sight or other shooting school pistol course then you are in good shape to learn the IDPA way.
If you have just bought your first gun and want to participate in IDPA you will need a class to help you gain the necessary skills. FFT, LLC offers a beginning class for competition shooting. This will supply you with the necessary skills to enjoy IDPA.
Definitely come out and observe a match. You will find our staff and shooters happy to answer questions or explain our sport. Identify yourself as an observer at the sign-in table so we can give you some attention. It is OK to attend the ‘new Shooter’ briefing as well to get a base perspective of the range rules.
Gear (the basics):
The minimum caliber for a pistol is 9mm. The minimum caliber for a revolver is .38spl with a barrel length of 4″ or less. Barrel porting is not allowed even from the manufacturer.
Usually your gun is good for IDPA as you bought it from the store. The rule book has a list of permitted modifications. You will find that four magazines are the most useful.
You need a strong side hip holster fitted for your gun that covers the trigger guard and trigger completely and a magazine pouch that will hold two magazines for the support side. A sturdy belt through the belt loops on your pants is necessary to securely hold your holstered gun and magazine pouch. Drop-leg, appendix, pocket, shoulder or small of the back holsters are not permitted in IDPA. If you are active LE and it is part of your complete duty rig, drop-leg holsters are permitted. An exception might be made for a medical necessity.
Eye and hearing protection are required. You will need a garment such as a long shirt worn un-tucked, a jacket or vest to conceal your holstered gun and magazine pouch.
About Our Match:
This match may ‘belong’ to Lief but the truth is that it would be impossible without the volunteer help of many.
From the people who come out to help set up the match to the Safety Officers who actually run the match, the shooters who step up and help score the match, my lovely wife Sonja who does registration, it is a cooperative effort in the truest sense.
Thanks. It couldn’t happen without you.
For people new to Prado and our match, please observe the following;
5mph speed limit in the range. Management gets quite cranky if you speed in the range.
Do not handle your firearms at your car. Please use the safety tables provided in the range where you sign-up, or at the west end of the pistol range, to holster your gun initially and to bag it at the end of the match. You can put on your holster and mag pouches anywhere and load your magazines.
Do not take ammo to the safety tables during the match. Leave it with your bag or on a table away from the safety table.
If you are shooting your CCW weapon in the match, use the safety table to unload before the match and to prepare for the street after the match. No ammo at the safety table during the match.