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Intro. to IDPA

April 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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 desires of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts membership of more than 22,000, including members in 50 foreign countries.

IDPA is the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual.

The IDPA community is made up of shooters like you who are looking to test and improve their skills through the structure of competition. While time and accuracy measure a shooter’s skill, it’s the fun and excitement of spending the day on the range with other like-minded individuals that is the true reflection of the IDPA community.

Each weekend, ranges all around the country are hosting IDPA competitions where friends gather to do more than just shoot a match. By shooting together, IDPA members help one another improve their shooting skills and form close bonds of friendship that often span the globe and last for years.

Most courses of fire in IDPA matches fall into this format. IDPA is based on “defensive shooting” and therefore the match designers try to simulate scenarios where you would be forced into using your gun to defend your life or others. Common stages found in matches involve you being caught in a convenience store robbery, a home invasion, car jacking, ATM/bank robbery and more. Many scenarios are drawn from newspaper and TV reports. Others are drawn form the stage designer’s imagination in which worst case scenarios are encountered while performing ordinary, everyday tasks or errands.

Self defense stages will find you having to engage targets from awkward or difficult positions. You might find yourself having to engage targets from inside a car or from beside it, having to move from point to point while shooting, jumping up from a recliner or bed during a “home invasion” or shooting while seated. The possibilities change with every match. You might not even draw from a holster although that comprises the majority of the stages you will see. You could draw your gun from a glove box, a nightstand drawer, under a counter or from a bag or case. All of this combines to keep theses stages unique and challenging for each match.

This is an introduction to International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). We will cover range safety, IDPA competition rules, equipment, range commands, what to do at the range, and have some hands on practice/drills. Also thrown in will be some tips and tricks.

Much of this class is applicable to other competitive shooting disciplines such as IPSC and 3 Gun shooting. However, little of the class will focus on the differences between these sports. The focus is to get you ready for shooting IDPA safely and enjoyably.

Date: 10 April 2014

Time: 6-10PM

Location: John’s Gun Shop, 1700 S. Campbell, Suite F, Springfield, MO 65807

Cost of the class is $25. 100% refundable 1 week prior to the class. 50% refundable 48 hours prior to the class.

Call 703.855.1419 for available seating.


April 10, 2014
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Canovi & Associates
(417) 742-3435
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John’s Gun Shop
1700 S. Campbell, Suite F
Springfield, MO 65807 United States
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