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Welcome to the Front Range IDPA©  Website


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 20,000, including members in 50 foreign countries.

One of the unique facets of this 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


The firearms are grouped into five (5) divisions: 1) Custom Defensive Pistol (.45ACP semi-automatics only); 2) Enhanced Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber semi-automatics); 3) Stock Service Pistol (9mm (9x19) or larger caliber double action, double action only, or safe action semi-automatics); 4) Enhanced Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers); and 5) Stock Service Revolver (.38 caliber or larger double action revolvers). See Appendix One – Equipment for delineations in the revolver divisions. Shooters are then classed by like-skill levels with progression from Novice (NV); to Marksman (MM); to Sharpshooter (SS); to Expert (EX); and, finally, to Master (MA).


Match Cancellation Procedure


We will post a cancellation notice on our website ( www.fridpa.com ), in our forum ( https://www.ar-15.co/forums/114-Shooting-Sports-and-Events ) and send out emails (once you attend your first match and have requested to be added to our email list).  We try to make the Go/No Go call the night before the match so check the website/forum for cancellations the night before the match and before you head out to the match on the morning of the 2nd Saturday & 3rd Sunday.


Front Range IDPA Requirements


In order to participate in Front Range IDPA matches, shooters will need to have either:  

  • Attended and passed a MATCH CONDUCT SAFETY COURSE©,
Match Conduct Safety Course©
  • Shooters new to FRIDPA must attend a full Match Conduct Safety Course©

  • Match Conduct Safety Course© is held at 7:30am before each match.

  • Late arrivals for the course are not allowed to join the course in progress nor shoot the match.

  • OR hold a current USPSA (IPSC) classification (IPSC/USPSA Safe Shooter course will now be accepted if your card is dated AFTER May 1st, 2000),
  • OR has shot IDPA matches elsewhere that has a safety program acceptable to Front Range IDPA© and the Match Director there could be contacted for verification.

 March 1, 2015 IDPA Rulebook Now In Affect!


2015 Rulebook




Tips for the Classifier

  • 90 rounds are needed for the Classifier

  • Bring all your reloading devices (mags, moon clips, speedloaders...)
    as you shoot others can reload

  • Completely fill your high capacity magazines

  • No concealment garment is worn

  • No reshoots allowed

  • No Side Match

  • Everyone helping also makes for a faster Classifier so please

    • tape targets

    • pickup brass

    • reload


Classifier Downloadable Files


9.3 One Classifier Score Applied To Multiple Divisions

9.3.1 The score attained by shooting the Classifier can be applied to other divisions where the equipment and ammunition used while shooting the Classifier meets the requirements of those other divisions. The shooter must notify the MD before the Classifier begins of the intent to apply a single score to multiple divisions and the MD must verify that the equipment and ammunition meet the requirements for multiple divisions.


9.3.2 Examples: SSP score also applied to ESP; CDP score shot with SSP compliant equipment and CDP legal ammunition also applied to SSP and ESP.


9.3.3 Classifications attained in this manner are applicable to six firearm awards.


Camera Policy


Front Range IDPA© has a camera policy that if a non-shooter/non-member wants to come to a match and take pictures, movies, likenesses, etc., of the match/shooters, they must seek and obtain prior approval from Front Range IDPA© B.O.D.

Also, if prior permission to trespass on a given range is granted by
Front Range IDPA©, this shall not be construed as permission to take photographs, movies, likenesses, etc., of any individual shooter without their own verbal or written permission.

If you are a
Front Range IDPA© shooter/member, ask permission before taking photos/movies of your fellow shooters. If someone/organization shows up at a range during our matches to take photographs, movies, likenesses, etc., without obtaining prior permission from Front Range IDPA©
, they will be asked to leave immediately.


Course of Fire Submission


FRIDPA encourages members to submit Courses of Fire, when your CoF is used you shoot that match free.  Please use the sample CoF as an example of the format required.  Please refer to the 2015 Rulebook for guidelines of CoF design.  Please submit your CoF to CoF@FRIDPA.com











The 4 rules of gun safety

The 1st Rule of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!


The 2nd Rule of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!

The 3rd Rule of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target! 

The 4th Rule of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!