Commonly Asked Questions

What equipment is needed?
1. IDPA matches typically require the use of a service type pistol or revolver of 9mm/.38 special or lager caliber. If your handgun is suitable for self-defense use, it will probably be competitive for IDPA matches. Practical concealed carry type holsters are stipulated for IDPA use. A common service pistol or revolver such as a Beretta 92F, Glock 17/22, Sig 226, Colt 1911A1, S&W 686 or Ruger GP-100.
2. Your handgun must be carried in a common pancake style holster or inside the waistband holster.
3. Though not required a couple of magazine holders will be helpful.
4. You will need at least three 10 round magazines for a semi automatic and three or four speed loaders/moonclip holders for revolvers.
A cover garment - A safari type vest or a button down shirt left open works great
6. The round count will be less than 100 for each match.

Does IDPA offer a place for both pistols and revolvers?
Yes, as a matter of fact, IDPA competition is divided into five divisions so all popular service type pistols and revolvers will have a place to compete competitively.

Who can participate?
IDPA membership and matches are open to all people who can legally own a handgun, regardless of occupation, race, sex or religion.  IDPA shooters come from all walks of life and include many women, too. It is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter.

Is an IDPA meet open to Litchfield Sportsman’s Club members only?

No.  IDPA meets are open to the public. The entry fee you pay goes back to the Litchfield Sportsmans Club.

How often would meets be held?

IDPA meets will be held once a month on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m.- until approximately noon.

What does it cost participate?
A non-member will pay $15 per meet.  A Litchfield Sportsmans Club member or a member of the IDPA will receive a $5 discount.

Do participants need to be a member of the IDPA?
No.  We host club meets which does not require membership in the IDPA but we recommend you consider membership in the IDPA.

What rules are recognized for IDPA Meets?
Our IDPA meets will use the rules set out by the IDPA.  A link to the rule book can be viewed by
clicking here.  You can also view our "New Shooter Briefing" by clicking here.

What safety measure are used in conjuction with IDPA meets?
IDPA has very strict safety rules.  All meets will be supervised by safety officers.  Any participant who breaks a safety rule or exhibits unsafe practices will be removed from a meet but is welcomed back at the next match.