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 LAST match for 2014 match is October 25, 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. Appropriate number of IDPA magazines / speed-loaders / etc. on belt still apply – except BUG guns may have up to 5 magazines / speedloaders.

5. LASER will be an allowable option.

6. 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

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

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

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

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