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According to the International Defensive Pistol Association website, "Defensive pistol shooting as a sport is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated "real world" self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in Defensive Pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No "competition only" equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.

Prior to the formation of Defensive Pistol, there was no place to compete and hone one's skill with equipment designed for and suitable for self-defense. Other shooting sports are just that, sports that have no relevance to self-defense. Defensive Pistol offers an exciting new forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and courses of fire are mandated.

Prior to Defensive Pistol there was no place at all to compete with common service pistols such as the Beretta, Glock or Sig. Nor was there a shooting sport where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap. When you come to a Defensive Pistol match you cannot only use your duty/CCW equipment, you can be completely competitive with it!

Other shooting sports have become equipment "races," Defensive Pistol will not. If you're interested in using truly practical pistols, drawn from practical holsters to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then Defensive Pistol is the sport for you."

Iosco Sportsmen's Club, for a number of years, has had an active IDPA group. Practices are every Wed pm, April thru Oct. Matches are the fourth Sat of each month, April thru Oct.

The IDPA group welcomes all shooters interested in honing their handgun skills. If you have a CCW permit or keep a gun in the home for self defense you should consider shooting IDPA. We shoot on the move, from behind cover, and often use props such as doors and automobiles in our scenarios. Targets are "shoot" and "no shoot", clearly marked. Scoring is a combination of accuracy and speed. Practices require 50-75 rounds, matches nearly 100. A pistol, three mags (or two speed loaders for revolver shooters), a holster, and of course, eye and ear protection are all that is required to shoot with us. If you do not have all of the required equipment, one of the shooters will be happy to loan you what you need.

New shooters are always welcome, especially women shooters. We have several women that shoot with us on a regular basis. Even if you have never shot a handgun you are more than welcome to come out and participate. We will provide basic instruction in safe gun handling skills. We will even help you pick out a hand gun that is best suited to your physical size and preferences.

The IDPA group is proud to be able to return nearly $.50 of every dollar collected as range fees to the ISC treasury. For the last few years, the IDPA group has contributed nearly a $1000 per year to the club, after paying all of our expenses.

If you have questions about IDPA or would like more information, please feel free to contact Ken Williams at or 989-739-2931.

Click the "Play" button to play a typical IDPA Scenario (The Restaurant)
The Scenario
You are having dinner with your entire family and a nice restaurant. You are holding the only male child that will continue the family name into the future. Suddenly multiple bad guys, with guns drawn, burst into the restaurant. Apparently, a drug king pin is having dinner in the same establishment. Deal with the threats as you lead your family to safety out the back door of the restaurant. You must not endanger the baby, but you will need to reload as you head out the back door. Do not lay the baby down. Opening the back door you find additional threats. Deal with these and avoid the innocent bystanders.