New Shooter Information
New IDPA shooters are welcome at every match. If you are a new shooter, please arrive at the match early and notify the Match Director that you are interested in shooting IDPA and would like to hear the ‘new shooter safety briefing’. After the briefing you will be assigned to an experienced shooter who will gladly assist you with any questions you have during the match.
In addition, we recommend that you come watch a match before competing, and especially before investing in any new equipment to be used to shoot IDPA matches. Handguns, holsters, belts, ammunition carriers, magazines, and speedloaders can be expensive; Watching a match and asking questions may be quite helpful in your equipment selection process. Also, make sure you have read the Competition and Equipment Rules in the official IDPA Rule Book before investing in any new equipment.
If you are new to IDPA or Atlanta, we recommend that you find other IDPA clubs and shoot in their matches as well. A great way for the novice shooter to get comfortable with IDPA shooting is by going to the indoor match, held each Wednesday night, at American Classic Marksman, Bullseye Marksman or Hi-Caliber indoor gun ranges.
Shooters competing in GADPA events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No “competition only” equipment is permitted in GADPA matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.
We run a “cold” range during matches (guns are unloaded, magazine out, and hammer down except while firing), and require that we enforce a 180-degree rule; The muzzle of your gun must remain pointed down-range at all times, and cannot cross an imaginary line drawn straight across the range parallel to the backstop.
Handgun (Concealed-carry guns only – No competition-type guns) For specific equipment rules, see the Equipment section of the IDPA Equipment & Competition Rule Book at the Official IDPA Web Site. Commissioned police and law enforcement officers and active-duty military personnel may use their standard-issue duty gear.
Three magazines or speed-loaders
Double magazine pouch, two single mag pouches, or two speed-loader holders
150 rounds of ammunition for the typical monthly match
Eye and ear protection
Cover garment (Not always required, but bring one)
The following links will provide you with valuable information regarding IDPA competition.
The Greater Atlanta Defensive Pistol Association firmly believes in Col. Jeff Cooper’s 4 rules of Gun Safety:
The Gun Is Always Loaded!
Never Point A Gun At Something You’re Not Prepared To Destroy!
- Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!
Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!
Know them, live them.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never shot in an IDPA match before, how do I get started ?
- Come to the match. First, you will receive a new shooter safety briefing and then you will be assigned to shoot with an experienced shooter who will help you through the match.
When does the match start ?
- Our match on the 4thSunday of the month
- Sign in starts at 9:00 am
- New shooter briefing starts at 9:30 am
- Shooting starts at 10:00 am
- Matches usually last 2-3 hours
How much does it cost ?
- Match fee is $20 for non-GADPA members
- Match fee is $17 for GADPA members
- Members who assist in setting up the match shoot for free. Match setup is the day before the regularly scheduled match.
Do I have to be a member of the International Defensive Pistol Association to shoot a match ?
- Yes. However, you can shoot your first match without joining the IDPA
- You must join IDPA before shooting your next GADPA match
Do I have to be a member of GADPA to shoot in our matches?
- Yes. You have two options:
- Option 1) One Year Membership with lump sum annual dues of $27.00 payable with application (the “Fully Paid Membership Option”).
- Option 2) One Year Membership with dues of $3.00 per outdoor match attended, payable with your registration for each monthly outdoor match you attend.
- We encourage you to join GADPA in order to take advantage of the benefits we offer.
Do I have to be a member of the South River Gun Club to shoot a match ?
How do I join the IDPA ?
- The easiest way is to join on-line. You can also mail your membership application or you can fax HQ the membership application along with your credit card information. The annual fee for IDPA membership is $40.
How many rounds should I bring ?
- Monthly matches are usually 100 rounds or less.
What else do I need to bring ?
- Concealment garment (Vest, Jacket or Shirt)
- Hearing and eye protection
- Water or soft drink (no adult beverages)
- Dress for weather conditions
- Sun screen and insect repellent
I’m a minor and want to come out to my first IDPA match. If my father accompanies me would I be able to enter the match?
- Yes. Minors 12 and up can shoot our matches as long as a parent or legal guardian remains with you at all times.
What else do I need to know ?
- The South River Gun Club range rules must be observed.
- Anyone suspected of alcohol or drug use will be asked to leave.
- Minor’s must be under the control of a parent or guardian at all times.
ABOVE ALL, BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN