New to IDPA


  1. I have never shot an IDPA match before. What should I expect? Expect IDPA to be a lot of fun & highly addictive! Safety will be our first priority. Expect a low pressure environment where everyone is friendly & helpful. If you run low on ammo or need a spare magazine, expect 5 people to offer to loan their stuff. Expect that the Safety Officers & experienced shooters will answer any questions you may have and help you understand how to shoot each stage.
  2. I've never shot in a match before, are there any special credentials I need to bring? The only requirement is that you attend the new shooter orientation prior to the match. Depending on your experience and training, you will be assigned a mentor to guide you through the match and answer any questions you may have. You will need to plan to arrive BEFORE 8:30am for our new shooter orientation. This is necessary to familiarize all new shooters to the safety and procedural issues specific to the ORSA action pistol range regardless of your previous shooting/competition experience.
  3. What equipment do I need to shoot an IDPA match? A handgun, holster, 3 magazines, magazine pouch, and safety gear (eye and hearing protection).
  4. Do I have to wait for a classifier before I can shoot my first match? No. You only need to arrive early enough at any match to attend the 'New Shooter Orientation'. We have one before we start every match! When you sign in for your first match, notify the the person that takes your money you are a new shooter and they will tell you where to go for the Orientation.
  5. Do I need to be a member to shoot? No. You do not need to be a member of ORSA to compete in IDPA matches held there. We do encourage everyone who intends to compete regularly, to join ORSA. You can shoot your first IDPA match without becoming a member of the IDPA, but you are encouraged to join IDPA prior to your next match. We don't check cards at the door, but we strongly encourage membership.
  6. Can I obtain membership at the event or should I do so online? IDPA memberships will be available at the match and can be obtained on the IDPA website at
  7. Are there any restroom facilities and water available? The action pistol range has portable restrooms available.  Bottled water is also provided.
  8. How much ammo should I bring? If the match is a classifier, you will need a minimum of 90 rounds to complete all three stages. Regular matches vary, but usually run about 100 rounds minimum. Three 50 round boxes should be plenty, although a wise man once told me, "NEVER short change yourself on ammunition!"
  9. How long will the match last? Each match generally runs from approximately 9:00 am until around 1 or 1:30pm. Actual time will depend on the number of competitors that show up and the complexity of the stages.
  10. How many magazines do I need? IDPA allows you to have 3 magazines with you during a course of fire. One in the gun and two spares in approved magazine carriers. I recommend you get a couple more, unless you want to spend time reloading magazines between stages. I generally bring 5 magazines.
  11. Beyond pistol, holster, mags, eye and ear protection, is there any other equipment I should bring? Keep in mind, the spirit of IDPA is about stock guns and stock holsters. Off the shelf stuff will do, but leave the compensated guns and speed holsters at home. The only other thing I would add is a light weight jacket or vest for a concealment garment that completely covers your handgun and any exposed holster. By default, all stages are shot from concealment unless it's a Classifier or the course of fire dictates otherwise.

We look forward to seeing you there!