International Defensive Pistol Association


The International Defensive Pistol Association (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 desire of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts memberships of more than 11,000, including members in 22 countries.

One of the unique facets of this sport is that it is geared towards 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.

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

The firearms are grouped into (5) Divisions:

      1. (CDP) Custom Defensive Pistol (.45 ACP semi-automatics only)
      2. (ESP) Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm (9×19) or larger caliber semi-automatics)
      3. (SSP) Stock Service Pistol (9mm (9×19) or larger caliber double action, double action only, or safe action semi-automatics)
      4. (ESR) Enhanced Service revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers)
      5. (SSR) Stock Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers). See Rule Book Appendix One – Equipment for delineations in the revolver divisions.

Shooters are classed by like-skill levels with progression from Novice (NV); to Marksman (MM); to Sharpshooter (SS); to Expert (EX); and finally to Master (MA).

Once you have joined IDPA as a new shooter, you would attend the orientation course which covers the following topics:

      • Handgun Basics
      • Loading and unloading the firearm
      • Drawing from holster and re-holstering
      • Gripping the firearm with strong hand, weak hand and freestyle (weaver)
      • Sight alignment
      • Trigger Control
      • Reloading (Slide Lock, Tactical reload and reload with retention)
      • Moving with a drawn firearm
      • Shooting stance, including prone shooting and barricade shooting
      • Clearing malfunctions
      • How Matches are scored
      • Range Commands and Procedures

Participants are asked to bring:

      • 150 rounds
      • A holster, suitable for concealed carry.
      • One double or two single mag pouches/speed loaders
      • 5 dollars to cover the cost of targets and patches.


If interested in taking this course to become an IDPA shooter and obtain “Black Shield” , please contact Geoff at [email protected]

Participants must join IDPA prior to taking the orientation course at The cost of an IDPA membership is $60. USD.

Geoff Mulligan
IDPA club rep & Instructor

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The Frontenac Rifle and Pistol Club Board of Directors has determined that the Club can accept 60 new members per year, to cover our normal membership attrition and allow for a manageable increase in membership.

Groups of about 20 new members will be invited to attend one of our introductory sessions, spread out during the year, according to their position on the waiting list. Normal sessions will occur around April, July and October.

The waiting list will be computerized and will close automatically at 120 applicants and re-open when the number of applicants falls below a certain threshold.