Aug 31, 2018
Today we are continue our intro-to-IDPA series with a review
of matches, divisions and classifications.
First we're going to touch on how matches are defined.
The small, local club matches are called Tier 1 matches. This
doesn't mean that only Tier 1 special ops types are allowed to
shoot them. Matches are defined by Tiers based on the size of
So, Tier 1 are your weekly or monthly club matches. Tier
2 matches and larger are called "sanctioned" matches.
As of the recording of this show, under the 2017 rulebook,
there are six main divisions. There are also a couple of
specialty divisions that we will mention today but we won't cover
Today we will discuss:
Stock Service Pistol (SSP)
Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP)
Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP)
Compact Carry Pistol (CCP) and
If you want to compete in sanctioned matches — state,
regional, or national level matches — or to continue to participate
in your local club matches, you’ll need two things. An
IDPA membership and a classification.
There are seven classifications:
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