What is IDPA?

IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) offers an action shooting sport that uses practical equipment with full charge service ammunition to solve simulated self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual.

 Welcome to IDPA at TCSL


2014 Season at TCSL

  • TCSL offers IDPA matches every 4th Saturday (March - October)
  • The next match is September 27, 2014
  • Start Times are 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Go to REGISTER link above to sign up for a squad.
  • "Intro to IDPA" classes will be offered in April 26, June 28 and August 23 (go to INTRO TO IDPA link for more information)
  • Classifier sessions will be offered several times throughout the year.  (Next classifier date will be in TBD date in October )
  • Practice sessions will be offered weekly starting on Tuesday nights at 6pm - starting on May 13, 2014.  Cost is $5 for non TCSL members - $3 for members, and $1 for action range pass holders. LAST PRACTICE SESSION WILL BE SEPT 30.

Come out and try IDPA!

  • New shooters and spectators are always welcome!  Bring a handgun suitable for self defense, 150 rounds of ammunition, a belt-mounted holster that covers the trigger guide, concealment garment, and at least 3 magazines to join the fun.

October will be our Defensive Carry Match!

  • So, what is the "defensive carry" match?
  • This is a normal IDPA match - but, you are encouraged to bring and compete with the gear you would normally carry.  (What? - Who would have thought of that?)

... and yes, you may still compete with your normal IDPA competitive gear!

  • We have added some special equipment rules to make your "carry" gear competitive. All strings will be limited to 15 rounds (for you BUG shooters). 
  • All the standard IDPA equipment rules still apply, with some special additions:

1. Divisions will be SSP, ESP, ESR, SSR, CDP and BUG (Back-Up Gun).

2. All divisions will be broken down into FULL SIZE, COMPACT and SUB-COMPACT (or BUG)

3. Gun must be carried in IDPA legal holster.

4. Holsters will be categorized as INSIDE THE WAISTBAND or OUTSIDE THE WAISTBAND

5. Appropriate number of IDPA magazines / speed-loaders / etc. on belt still apply – except BUG guns may have up to 5 magazines / speedloaders.

6. LASER will be an allowable option.

8. ATTACHABLE LIGHT will be an allowable option (if your holster can accommodate it) 


-- If you want to use your Glock 34 competition gear - you compete as: SSP, FULL SIZE, OWB

-- If you want to use your Glock 19 with IWB holster - you compete as: SSP, COMPACT, IWB

-- If you want to use your Glock 26 with leather OWB holster - you compete as: SSP, SUB-COMPACT, OWB

-- If you want to use your J-Frame 5-shot S&W revolver with IWB holster - you compete as: BUG, IWB

Note: You may shoot most sub-compact guns as a BUG gun - but you will be limited to 5 rounds per magazine (see below).

BUG guns are:

  • Single or double action
  • Semi-auto with 3.8" barrel (or smaller) or revolver with 3" barrel (or smaller) 
  • .32 auto or larger caliber
  • Maximum 5 rounds in gun


  • If you want to shoot a BUG gun - you will still need an IDPA-legal holster and sufficient speed-loaders / mags to get you through a 15 round Course of fire.

Would you like to help or become a Safety Officer?

  • The volunteers who help run and officiate these matches make all this possible!  Thank you for all your help.
  • We appreciate any help, or if you would like to take the next step and become a certified IDPA SO, we will offer classes at various IDPA clubs in SE Michigan.  

The next IDPA SO classes will be at:

  • Tri-County Sportsmans League (TCSL) - Saline, MI - October 12
  • Brooklyn Sportsmans Club (BSC) - Brooklyn, MI - November 16


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Mike Barrera - Match Director

(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or call 313-399-4080 (leave message if no answer)

Tom Lewandowski - Assistant Match Director

Ryan Spencer - Assistant Match Director

Chad Marthey - Assistant Match Director