IDPA is designed to practice defensive pistol shooting as a sport and is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in IDPA events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense. No “competition only” equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches, other than on a “not for competition” basis. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship. IDPA matches are conducted under the premise of carrying a firearm under concealment.

IDPA tests the shooter's ability to execute a prescribed Course of Fire (CoF) quickly and accurately. These courses fall into two categories; Self-defense scenarios and Standard exercises. The self-defense scenarios are simulations of actual or possible "real world" confrontations. The placement of targets and the Course of Fire are designed to simulate a real-life defensive pistol shooting scenario requiring multiple defensive shooting skills. The scenario may require shooting while moving, from behind cover and from awkward positions. Scenarios may employ a combination of cardboard and metal reactive targets at a distance between 1 and 35 yards, though most will be within 5-20 yards. These targets may be stationary, moving or disappearing.

Standard exercises do not attempt to simulate a potential threat situation but are designed to test specific shooting and gun handling skills like target transitions, reloads, strong hand-only shooting, weak hand-only shooting or shooting while moving (advancing, retreating, lateral).

IDPA matches at TCSA typically comprise 5 to 7 different scenarios (stages) with a round count of 10 to 18 each. For every stage each shooter in turn, under the detailed instruction of an experienced and friendly Safety Officer loads his/her firearm and when ready is given the signal to actually start the CoF. The CoF requires that before the shooter draws the firearm, it will typically be hidden from view by a concealment garment. When finished, the shooter is instructed to unload and show the empty firearm to the Safety Officer. The shooter is then instructed to re-holster.

Participation in our IDPA matches are open to all people who can legally own a handgun regardless of occupation, race, sex or religion. IDPA shooters come from all walks of life and include many women. Please note that physical condition has very little to do with your performance in an IDPA match. IDPA shooters are eager to welcome and help beginners.

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TCSA has a total of 8 pits for defensive pistol shooting. In addition, other ranges are available when hosting larger events. Please note that TCSA runs a cold range for IDPA matches, so all guns must be unloaded except when actually shooting a stage. If you carry concealed, please see a Safety Officer upon arrival to unload your firearm.


IDPA matches typically require the use of a service type pistol or revolver of 9mm/.38 Special or larger caliber. If your handgun is suitable for self-defense use, it will probably be competitive for IDPA matches. Practical carry type holsters are stipulated for IDPA use. Holsters can be a type that is worn on the hip, but will be concealed by a cover garment (e.g. vest, jacket, long shirt) so as to conceal the firearm. Some people prefer to wear an Inside the Waist Band (IWB) type holster, but this also must be concealed by a cover garment. A common service pistol/revolver carried in a common pancake style holster is all that is needed to be competitive in IDPA matches. LEOs may shoot using their duty gear with no concealment garment.

All of our firearm shooting activities require both eye and ear protection for all participants and spectators. All participants must be legally allowed to shoot a handgun to participate.Instruction:

You'll find a very friendly group of shooters of all skill levels eager to answer any questions and help beginners and novices enjoy their shooting experience.


Our IDPA matches routinely are scheduled for the 4th Saturday of March through September weather permitting. There are, however, some variations from this guideline, so please check TCSA's Calendar each month, If a match is canceled due to inclement weather, a cancellation notice will appear on the TSCA website homepage.

The 2017 IDPA Match season is finished for this year. Thank you for your participation. We hope to see you next year.


A fee of $10 for all shooters. No TCSA or IDPA membership is required for participation.

Out of state shooters:

The NRA sanction form required by New York State Penal Code 265.20 (13) to show proof of attendance at an organized shooting competition will be posted here.


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