How do I get started in IDPA?
We run a cold range at Woburn Sportsmen's Association. The following rules and procedures apply at all times:
NOTE: “STOP” is the universal command to immediately stop moving, and stop firing. Everyone present has the authority and responsibility to call “STOP” if they see an unsafe situation.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please ask a member of staff when arriving at the range or via the "contact us" link above.
A good way to start in IDPA is to go to a practice!
Woburn Action Shooters runs IDPA practices at Woburn Sportsmen's Association on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 4pm - 7pm in the indoor range during cold months and on the outdoor pistol range in the warm months. Fee is $5.00.
Once you have a practice or two under your belt, make sure to go to a match. Woburn Action Shooters runs IDPA club matches at Woburn Sportsmen's Association on the first Saturday of every month, weather permitting, and several classifiers throughout the year.
What safety rules apply at an IDPA match or practice?
To participate you will need:
- A Centerfire pistol or revolver (9mm or 38 special minimum)
- A holster that covers the trigger guard. The holster may be inside or outside the waist band, but no appendix carry holsters allowed.
- Three or more magazines or speed loaders
- Approximately 150 rounds of ammunition
- Eye and ear protection.
- A concealment garment: a light jacket, vest or oversized shirt that conceals your pistol and mag carriers
- A good attitude.
If you are a new shooter and don't have some of the above, come anyway and talk to one of the people running the practice. They will help you with what you are missing and guide you through the process!
What is IDPA?
What do I need to bring to IDPA practice?
IDPA Information for New Shooters.
"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." IDPA.com
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