IDPA Matches

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is a shooting sport that simulates “real world” self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use.  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 main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not equipment or gamesmanship. A typical club match will consist of 6 stages with real world scenarios where shooters engage the targets using appropriate sequence (i.e. near to far) while using cover.  Strong hand, weak hand only, shooting on the move or from a vehicle are some of the situations encountered during a match.

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Match Description

  • Typically 6 stages with no more than 18 shots per string and a round count of about 100.  Scenario based stages which balance speed and accuracy in shooting.
  • Sanners Lake is a cold range. No loaded firearms except when under direction of Safety Officer.
  • Open to public. 
  • After third match must be an IDPA member.  Membership is also required for classifier and Tier 2 (or higher) matches.



  • Usually 1st Saturday of the Month; Year Round
  • Additional specialty matches (rifle only, 2-gun etc) may occur thorough the year - check the match calendar below.
  • Match begins at 9AM.  Check-in between 8-8:45AM.


  • SLSC members $10
  • Non-members $15


  • Stock Service Pistol (SSP)
  • Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP)
  • Custom Defense Pistol (CDP)
  • Compact Carry Pistol (CCP)
  • Revolver (REV)
  • Back Up Gun (BUG)
Rule Book contains detail explanation of permitted firearms for each division.

Equipment Needed:

  • Firearm - 9mm or higher caliber
  • Holster, magazine pouch (2), magazines (minimum 3)
  • Cover garment
  • Ammo - around 100 rounds

Course of Fire Details

  • On the line - Load and make firearm ready upon direction of Safety Officer
  • Place firearm in start position, typically holstered
  • Upon start signal shoot the course of fire
  • After finished, unload and show clear, holster empty firearm
  • Official IDPA cardboard targets will be used, as well as steel is allowable


  • Each stage will be timed
  • For every point down 1 second will be added to stage time
  • Procedural Error - adds 3 seconds to stage time
  • Failure to Do Right - adds 20 seconds to stage time
  • Flagrant Penalty - adds 10 seconds to stage time
  • Each Hit on a Non-Threat - adds 5 seconds to stage time
  • See rule book for dettails


Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2022
    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • SLSC Dynamic Shooting Pits

    Find more info at our IDPA webpage.

    Match POC:


    • 9am-2pm
    • Gate open at 8:00am
    • Set up begins at 7:30am
    • Please be registered and ready to shoot by 8:45am for the Safety Brief and squadding info


    • $10.00 for SLSC Members
    • $15.00 for Non-Members

    Sign Up:

    • Contact match POC to be put on the mailing list for match announcements with link to sign up.

    Course of Fire:

    • Normal monthly matches are pistol only.  Rifle or other special matches will be posted separately.
    • Typically 6 stages with a round count around 80. 
    • Email from match POC will contain the current month's course of fire.
    • 04 Jan 2022
    • 27 Dec 2022
    • 52 sessions
    • Dynamic Pits

    Tues mornings in the Dynamic Pits the "Geezer Squad" runs an IDPA style match. They set up the stages around 8 am and begin shooting at 9 am.

    • 02 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • SLSC Bullseye, Dynamic Shooting Pits, Rifle and Archery Ranges

    All ranges, except Shotgun, closed from noon on Thursday 2/2 through Saturday 2/4.

    Registration is on, the specific match registration page is sent out via email. If you are not on the mailing list please contact Course of fire:  TBA

    Round count 155.

    • 27 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • SLSC Dynamic Shooting Pits, Bullseye Range, Archery Range, Rifle Range and Clubhouse

    IDPA State Match on Friday and Saturday - all day.  Set up on Thursday all day.   Match director JJ

Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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