The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is a handgun sport that originated in 1996. While IDPA shares some similarities with USPSA, the primary emphasis is on situational shooting scenarios which might be encountered by a lawfully armed citizen defending self or others. Anyone who is interested but has not participated in this sport is suggested to refer to the IDPA website idpa.com. There are also numerous IDPA videos available on YouTube that can you can watch.
One of the unique facets of this sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, and yet it is fun, challenging, and rewarding for the experienced shooter. The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical firearms may be used competitively. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship.
IDPA matches are scheduled on the first Sunday of the month year-round, weather permitting. Registration is conducted at the "IPSC Shack" at the pistol range and will begin at 11:00 and will close promptly at 12:15. Matches begin at 12:30.
Firearms are grouped into the following divisions:
- Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) — Semi-automatic, uses .45 ACP cartridges
- Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) — Semi-automatic, uses 9mm (9X19) or larger cartridges
- Stock Service Pistol (SSP) — Semi-automatic, double action, double action only or striker fired. Uses 9mm (9X19) or larger cartridges
- Compact Carry Pistol (CCP) - 9mm (9X19) or larger caliber semi-autos. Barrel length of 4 3/8” or less.
Revolver (REV) —
- Stock Revolver – Any revolver that uses .38 Special or larger cartridges with a rimmed case and is not loaded with moon clips.
- Enhanced Revolver – Any revolver that uses .357 magnum or larger cartridges with rimmed or rimless cases.
Back Up Gun (BUG) –
- Be semi-automatic
- Be single action, double action, double action only or striker fired
- Use .380 ACP or larger cartridges
- Barrel length of 3 ½” or less
Revolver BUG (BUG-R)
- Any revolver that uses .38 or larger cartridges with a rimmed case and is not loaded with moon clips
- Barrel length of 2 ½” or less
- Semi-automatic (BUG-S)
About Cherokee Gun Club
Cherokee Gun Club is located at 1700 Candler Road, Gainesville, GA 30507 cherokeegunclub.org Matches are open to the public. While we believe all shooters should be an NRA member this is not mandatory.
Safety is the foremost goal for those participating in our matches. Cherokee Gun Club is a COLD RANGE. Firearms entering or on the property will remain unloaded and holstered (which includes an empty magazine well) until a shooter is instructed by a Safety Officer to load. Unloaded Firearms (no ammunition present) may only be handled in the designated Safe Areas on the range. Firearms are not to be handled in the parking areas.
Always Remember and Observe the Four Cardinal Rules of Firearm Handling:
- The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded
- The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point a Gun at Something You're Not Prepared to Destroy
- The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It
- The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target
No shooting is permitted before the match. Both eye and hearing protection are required by club rules for everyone, shooters and guests. Only Cherokee Gun Club members and their registered guests are allowed to use the ranges after a match. Our range is a private club so no driving around the facility is permitted unless accompanied by a CGC Member. Children under age 8 are not permitted on the ranges.
The speed limit on Cherokee Gun Club property is 10mph.
Observers attending the match must complete the club waiver as well as have eye and ear protection. Observers must remain within the pistol bay area.
Cherokee IDPA Match Fees
$15.00 for non-CGC members
$10.00 for CGC members and ladies
$5.00 for Safety Officers
$2.00 for Juniors
Setup volunteers shoot for free (CGC members who help with setup may elect to get work hours in lieu of shooting free, but not both)
Shooters may participate in up to three IDPA matches as non-IDPA members. Subsequent match participation requires IDPA membership.
First Time IDPA Shooter’s Briefing
First time IDPA shooters should arrive and register by 11:00 to be present for a New Shooter Safety Briefing at 11:30 in the pavilion area
Basic Equipment for IDPA
- Eye and ear protection (required at CGC)
- Pistol or revolver (that meet IDPA requirements)
- Strong-side hip holster (that meet IDPA requirements)
- Magazines, speedloaders or moonclips
- Single or double magazine pouch, speedloader or moonclip holders (as appropriate)
- Sturdy gun belt that holds holster and magazine holders securely
- Cover garment (vest, jacket, coat, long shirt, etc.) Active Duty LEO’s may wear their Duty Belt and be exempt from concealment requirements
- Ammunition (matches generally consist of 12-18 rounds per stage for seven stages)
- Range bag, gym bag or back pack to carry your equipment
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
To sign up for Cherokee IDPA match announcements, please register at this link: cherokeeidpa.com
You can also join our Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/cgcidpa for announcements, etc.
Cherokee Gun Club IDPA Contacts
Mike Lisk (770) 906-8098 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Beers (770) 367-8549 Email email@example.com
Chester Kingsman (678) 677-5956
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