International Defensive Pistol Association
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IDPA is an organization dedicated towards safe and effective practice of defensive pistol use. An element of stress is added by conducting this practice in the form of competition. The competitions are not the goal, merely the mechanism. It's great to finish first and it's a bummer to finish last, that's what adds the artificial stress that makes the matches closer to an actual shooting situation. We all hope never to be in such a situation but hope can never replace practice and preparedness.
Beginning January 2017 SPSA will no longer be holding monthly IDPA matches