IDPA / SADPA as a Sport

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 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the international 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. The South African Defensive Pistol Association (SADPA) our the local governing body.

SADPA 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 your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap.

When you come to a SADPA match, you use your duty/normal/concealed carry equipment, and you can be completely competitive with it! Other shooting sports have become equipment “races”; IDPA will not.

If you’re interested in using truly practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then SADPA is the sport for you.

Click here to learn more about what makes IDPA great, from the practical skills training rules, the variety of matches, the wide range of competitors and the ever growing community.

IDPA Website.
SADPA Website

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IDPA Classifier 2017

IDPA Classifier

Introduction to IDPA