|Match Days||1st Sunday of each month|
|Match Director||Mike Miller|
Free-Setup Crew. CGC members who help setup can shoot for free, or get work hours, but not both.
Matches are open to the public. While we believe all shooters should be members of the NRA, this is not mandatory.
Registration and Scores
Pre-registration is available on our Practiscore page. While on-site registration is required for all shooters (to complete a waiver and pay entry fees), pre-registration will allow you to save a spot on a squad with the folks you’d like to shoot with.
Scores from matches are also published on the same page.
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is a handgun sporting organization 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.
Shooters may participate in up to three IDPA matches as non-IDPA members. Subsequent match participation requires IDPA membership.
Divisions of Competition
Competitors are only in competition with other shooters using similar equipment (by “Equipment Divisions” detailed below), and of similar skill (as determined by the classification system). Equipment divisions are limited by the type of firearm used, and any modifications made.
- 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
- Semi-automatic (BUG-S)
- Carry Optics (CO) – Like ESP above, but using red-dot optics instead of iron sights.
Click here for carry Optics provisional rules.
- Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) – Rifles permitted for use in PCC must be semi-automatic and have a minimum barrel length of 10”. Carbines must be designed to be fired from the shoulder and have a butt stock installed.
Click here for PCC division rules.
Click here for safety rules using PCC at Cherokee.
About Cherokee Gun Club
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.
The speed limit is 10 MPH on Cherokee Gun Club property. Please watch your speed so we can keep the range safe.
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.
Always remember and observe the four cardinal rules of gun safety:
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
- Never point a gun at something you’re not prepared to destroy.
- Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
- 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.
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. Here you’ll learn all you need to know about safety rules, target engagement, scoring, etc.
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 six stages.
- Range bag, gym bag or back pack to carry your equipment
- Baseball hat
- Water and/or sodas
- Sunscreen and/or insect repellent
Keep in Touch
Please click here to sign up for our monthly e-mails. These will keep you apprised of upcoming matches, weather cancellations, etc.
You can also join our Facebook page – https://facebook.com/groups/cgcidpa for announcements, etc.