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Cherokee Gun Club – IDPA Contacts

Match Director – Mike Lisk- Phone: (770) 906-8098 | Email:
Asst. Match Director& Stage Guru– Chester Kingsman – Phone: (678) 677-5956
Match Director Emeritus -Howard Beers – Phone: (770) 367-8549 | Email:

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  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 very approachable for 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.

Upcoming Matches

IDPA matches are scheduled on the first Sunday of the month year-round, weather permitting.

Pre-registration is conducted on the Practiscore website. This system saves us time during on-site registration, and allows you to squad with your friends. However, you still need to visit on-site registration to pay your entry fee, and sign your waiver

On-site registration is conducted at the scoring shack across from Bay 4 from 11:00 to 12:00.   Even if you registered online, you still need to stop-by registration to pay your match fee and hand-in a waiver. In order to facilitate a timely start to the match, registration closes promptly at 12:00.

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) –
    • Semi-automatic (BUG-S)
      • 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

About Our Matches

Our matches are open to the public. While we believe all shooters should be NRA members this is not mandatory.

  • Cherokee Gun Club is a COLD RANGE. Firearms entering or on the property will remain unloaded and holstered (magazine well empty) 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. Please be sure your firearm is unloaded before arriving on club property.
  • The speed limit on Cherokee Gun Club property is 10 MPH.
  • 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 of CGC property.


Always Remember and Observe the Four Cardinal Rules of Firearm Handling:

  1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
  2. Never point a gun at something you’re not prepared to destroy.
  3. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you sights are on the target.

No shooting is permitted before the match. Both eye and ear 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.

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 11:15 to be present for a New Shooter Safety Briefing at 11:30 in the pavilion beside the scoring shack.

Basic Equipment for IDPA

  1. Eye and ear protection
  2. Pistol or revolver appropriate for your division
  3. Strong-side hip holster
  4. Magazines, speedloaders or moonclips
  5. Single or double magazine pouch, speedloader or moonclip holders
  6. Sturdy gun belt that holds holster and magazine holders securely
  7. Cover garment (vest, jacket, coat, long shirt, etc.)  Active Duty LEO’s may wear their Duty Belt and be exempt from concealment requirements
  8. Ammunition. The typical minimum round count is 120, so bring 150-200.
  9. Range bag, gym bag or back pack to carry your equipment
  10. Baseball hat
  11. Food and water. We have water available for purchased during the hot months, but otherwise please come prepared.
  12. Sunscreen and/or insect repellent

To sign up for Cherokee IDPA Match announcements, please register at this link:

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 You can also join our Facebook page – for announcements, etc.


Click here for Jan 2018 Result