Defensive Pistol Shooting is a format of competitive shooting that scores the participants on the combined skills of of accuracy and speed. Typically, multiple target arrays are being engaged. We follow the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) format (see www.idpa.com for details) although ASC is not a formally affiliated club. This means that we are not strict on IDPA equipment restrictions, and let shooters with small caliber pistols participate (IDPA only allows calibers of 9 mm and up). These shooters will see their results listed with everyone else, but are not formally ranked.
IDPA is a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters that require the use of “carry” handguns and “street” clothing. Besides being great fun, it is also excellent self-defense training and practice. From the IDPA site: “One of the unique facets of this (IDPA) 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. 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.”
At ASC, matches are held on the 50 yard range with generally four stages using up to 18 “threat” targets per stage (normally around six to eight) at ranges from five to 35 yards. Shooters engage these targets from a variety of shooting positions: around, under, or over barricades; while sitting at a table, standing, kneeling, or prone; while moving backward or forward; when holding the firearm in only one hand, all while having to avoid hitting “no shoot” (targets). Once the timer (“buzzer”) goes off each stage requires firing up to 18 shots and reloading “on the clock”, making for an exciting 10 to 30 seconds or so of intense and rewarding shooting.