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If you are new to IDPA, let me take this opportunity to welcome you! Each month we see several new shooters, and our seasoned shooters are more than happy to extend a hand and explain things as we go. This is a sport that is designed to simulate real life situations as closely as possible, and it is especially beneficial to those licensed to carry a concealed handgun. You will learn to use cover and shoot strong hand and weak hand only. You will get to practice safe gun handling skills and have fun at the same time. It is my hope that you will get all the information you need on this page to come out and give it a go and have fun.
What do I need?
This is probably the most asked question. To start with IDPA you will need a strong side holster (no cross draw or small of the back designs), a dual magazine carrier, a basic stock gun, and at least 3 magazines, though you will be better off with 4 or 5 mags. For details on what types of guns and what modifications you can make, go to www.IDPA.com. You will also need some sort of concealment that completely conceals your handgun (vest, jacket, unbuttoned shirt, etc). From the month of June until October, we generally do not require concealment due to the weather, but you will need to bring it in case a specific scenario calls for it. You will also need hearing and eye protection and its a good idea to have a hat of some sort.
What does it cost?
You are welcome to shoot with us the first time for only the cost of the match fee: $20 however Temple Gun Club members get a $5 discount. IDPA members get another $5 discount. If you are a certified IDPA safety officer and you volunteer to S.O. a match, you shoot free.
Sign in times for Matches are:
Setup and sign in is 0730 to 0830, safety meeting 0845, and hammer down at 0900. We are usually done by 1 pm.
Where can I get some gear for a great price?
If you are needing to get some gear to start IDPA, or you would like to upgrade from gear that you are currently using, see the links below for GREAT prices and GREAT customer service (based on my experience and others):Gunner’s Alley
These guys have a great package deal that includes a Kydex holster and dual mag carrier for $76 + shipping. The product line is called G-Code, and it is what I use for IDPA and carry. Ask for Brad or Ed and tell ’em you got the reference from the Temple Gun Club. These guys have bent over backwards to make sure that I have
been satisfied with my purchases from them, even to the point of calling me at home on the weekends to see how a product worked for me and to see if I had any other needs that could be met. We do not make any money from the reference, but we would like to see how many folks are sent to them through us. You cannot go wrong with these guys.
Greg is based out of Houston and makes some terrific Kydex gear for IDPA and carry. His customer service is always top notch and he has quite a variety of designs available. You will also see a lot of Comp-Tac equipment at IDPA matches.
When is it?
We hold our matches on the first an third Sunday of each month. We also have a classifier twice per year in April and October.
Where is it?
Click on the button ‘Directions’ for maps.
How much ammo do I need?
Our matches normally require less than 100 rounds, but it is recommended that you bring 150 rounds just in case you burn through more rounds in a particular scenario or the round count for a match is higher. If you forget-don’t worry. The folks at the match are happy to share.
Are there any lady shooters?
Yes! Although not nearly as many as we would like, we welcome any and all female shooters. Guys-have your wives/girlfriends come out and watch. That is how my wife got involved. Each Spring we have a Ladies Shoot Free match to try to get more women involved.
Do I need to bring anything else?
Generally, we recommend a snack, some water, and sun block.
Match results are sent out by email and will be posted on this web site.
Beginers please read!
Welcome to Temple Gun Club IDPA! The International Defensive Pistol Association, founded in 1996, is an organization that
promotes defensive pistol shooting as a sport, using equipment to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios. All
participants will learn and practice responsible gun handling while having a great time.
IDPA has 2 types of rules:
1. The game rules, with time added to score – minor.
2. The safety rules, with possibility of DQ – serious.
A Safety Officer (SO) supervises the shooter during each stage. The SO has two primary duties: (1) To oversee and command
the shooter in the safe operation of the shooters weapon (2) To assist the shooter – They are there to help you!
Safety is our first concern. All TGC events are run on a “cold” range:
1. All guns are to be unloaded and have an empty magwell all times.
a. You may only load your gun when the Safety Officer instructs you to do so.
b. You may not handle your gun at any time during the match or when preparing for the match unless you are under the supervision of an SO or in a designated safe area. When in doubt, please ask someone before handeling your firearm.
2. The “Safe Area” location(s) are designated and made known to the shooters for each match.
a. You may handle your unloaded firearm ONLY in this area without the supervision of an SO when you “gear-up” for the match.
b. NO AMMUNITION IS ALLOWED IN SAFE AREA.
In addition to the gun handling rules all of the common sense gun safety rules apply in IDPA. Violation of the safety rules can,
and often does result in disqualification (DQ). Some examples of actions and behaviors that cause a DQ:
1. Unsafe and/or irresponsible behavior
2. Crossing any portion of your body or anyone else’s with the muzzle of a loaded gun.
3. Firing any shot that goes over the berm (outdoors) or into the side walls or ceiling (indoors) or into the groundwithin 6 feet of the shooter.
4. Pointing the muzzle of the gun past the muzzle safe points1
5. Failure to follow the commands of the SO or Match Director (MD), or repeated safety violations or failure to correct “finger” or “muzzle”
6. Dropping a loaded weapon
While we never intend to disqualify anyone, it does happen. If you are DQed you will not be allowed to shoot the remainder of the match. We welcome you to stay and participate, and you may return and participate in the future matches.
• During a COF the shooter drops a loaded gun: DO NOT attempt to catch the gun or pick up the gun. The SO will take command of the gun in this case.
• During a COF the shooter falls down: the shooter is to: STOP SHOOTING and not move. Ensure your finger is off the trigger and keep the muzzle pointed down range while you await instructions from the SO.
• Be aware of clothing materials when reholstering. Catching part of a vest or shirt in the trigger guard while reholstering a loaded gun can have catastrophic consequences.
• Always acquire a firm grip on the gun, with finger indexed, prior to drawing from the holster.
1 Although there is not an official “180” rule in IDPA, we typically observe this rule at all times (especially indoors). The 180 is side to side as well as up and down. Pointing down at your feet or up at the ceiling is extremely dangerous. In some stages the 180 rule is superseded by muzzle safe points, if this is the
case you will be instructed by the SO as to the muzzle safe points
TGC IDPA – New Shooter Briefing
While under the direction of an SO: Please keep your firearm PARALLEL to the ground, pointed downrange and your finger indexed (alongside the frame above the trigger) at all times when you are handling your firearm and not actively shooting.
IDPA Standard Range Commands:
• “Load and make ready” is announced when the SO is ready for you to load your gun. You should begin the safe loading of your gun upon this command.
• “Do you understand the course of fire?” this command is given to insure the shooter understands the task at hand.
• “Shooter ready” this is a preparatory command for the shooter and gives the shooter the opportunity to announce
that they are “Not ready”
• “Standby” this is a preparatory command announced just seconds after “shooter ready” The shooter may not move until the start signal is given.
• “BEEP” while this is not a spoken command it is the signal to commence actions to execute the stage. The timer beep is the shooters indication to safely draw their loaded gun and begin shooting.
• “Cover” is a command given by the SO or SK when the shooter is not using cover appropriately. This is a courtesy call and is not required by IDPA rules.
• “Unload and show clear” directs the shooter to unload the gun and show that the gun is clear of all ammunition.
The shooter unloads the gun and holds open the action for inspection by the SO.
• “Slide, hammer, holster” is the command given after the SO inspects the action, chamber and magazine. The shooter should release the slide, pull the trigger to release the hammer or striker, and then safely reholster the gun.
• “Clear” (INDOORS) means the shooting is complete for one side and the SO on the other side may take command of the range. Note: The range is NOT safe at this point, do not go ahead of the firing line.
• “Range is safe” means shooters may go forward of the shooting line to retrieve magazines, ammunition or to paste targets.
Safety Related Commands:
• “Finger” is a warning to the shooter (given by SO or SK) indicating that the shooters finger is on the trigger when it should be indexed on the side of the frame.
• “Muzzle” is a warning to the shooter (given by SO or SK) indicating that the shooters muzzle is pointed in or approaching an unsafe direction.
• “STOP” is a command to the shooter (may be given by anyone) this command means the shooter should STOP immediately, take their finger off the trigger, and not move. This command is usually given when there is imminent danger to the shooter or other match participant.
Although IDPA is a timed sport and you may go as fast as you like while shooting safely, you are NOT being timed to load,show clear or holster. Please take all the time you require to perform these tasks safely. Please holster your weapon at the request of the SO and wait for the “Range is safe” command before you retrieve any ammunition or magazines.
Before your first match, you will be assigned a Mentor to help educate you on COF, game, cover, reloads, and rules. Please
ask your mentor any questions you may have, all of the shooters here were new at one time and are glad to answer your
questions. Ultimately, it is the shooters responsibility to know and follow the safety and IDPA rules, when in doubt—stop and ask!
We hope you enjoy your first match with TGC IDPA and many more to come.