The International Defense Pistol Association (IDPA) is a global sports shooting organization headquartered in Bogata, TX, U.S.A.
Hundreds of clubs, directly affiliated with headquarters, are spread all over the world holding countless competitions at local, regional, state, national and international level.
Find out more about the sport by visiting idpa.com!
IDPA in Switzerland
The first Swiss IDPA club was founded in 2015 by Andy Pfenninger who brought the know-how back from South Africa. Since then, the sport has enjoyed ever growing interest among experienced competitive shooters and novices alike. Today, several clubs organize many matches throughout the year. The highlight of the season are the National Championships and, starting in 2021, the Swiss IDPA League.
Join the community and start your IDPA career today!
The best way to get connected with the community is to join the closed facebook group IDPAShootersSwitzerland especially made for IDPA competitors. Here, one can conveniently share information about events, matches, clubs, equipment and everything else concerning the sport. A lot of the IDPA events happening around us in Europe, such as for example the Italian Championship or the European Championship, are advertised here as well. Swiss delegations have travelled to matches all around the world, including USA, South Africa, Italy, Finland, Thailand, Hungary and other locations.
If you are not on facebook, just create a competitor profile and join up!
IDPA shooting is more about skills and less about equipment. Proper instruction, effective practice and perseverance are a better path to enjoy the sport and have success than buying fancy gear. SwissAAA and selected partners offer a well-proven career path for competitive shooters.
The foundation provides the fundamentals of shooting and hitting. The fundamentals remain the same, independent of whatever specialization one wants to explore afterwards. Whether competing in dynamic sports shooting, carrying on armed duty or participating in traditional precision shooting: sound fundamentals are the basis for safety and success in any case. Specification facilitates the start as an IDPA competitor for pistol, revolver and PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine). The next step is to compete and keep becoming a better shooter!
The career path is designed to take you from beginners to master level - if you do your part of course. Take contact today and get moving to take your next step!
What is a sufficient basic pistol education? What skills should you have in order to start with dynamic sports shooting?
A solid foundation should consist of the following skills:
Understand and automatically apply the four universal safety rules at all times
Know the pistol parts and their operation
Execute pistol disassembly, maintenance and re-assembly
Safely execute drawing and re-holstering
Understand and apply the five fundamentals of shooting
Execute the basic pistol manipulations: load, unload, PSC (Personal Safety Check), mag-change and reload
Shoot and hit from standing, kneeling, crouching and prone positions at distances of 5-25m
Produce accurate hits with fast double taps
Shoot and hit after drawing from the holster
Swiftly clear simple and extended malfunctions
Shoot and hit one handed (left and right)
You should be able to perform and apply all of the above correctly on your own without any pressure in order to move up from the foundation level. Later, in specification and application you will acquire additional skills building on a solid foundation.
Remember that repetition makes perfect. There's a rule of thumb saying that about 10'000 repetitions are needed in order to really learn a particular skill. For example, if you perform 20 repetitions a day, five times a week, that will roughly take two years to achieve. Here's the good news though: each repetition will make you a little better and will bring you closer to the goal!
SwissAAA and selected partners offer a set of standardized courses. The goal is to assure an optimal and uniform quality of shooter education. Theses courses have been in use for many years and have proven very effective.
The Pistol Kick-Start and Pistol Skill-Up courses provide a solid basic firearms education independent of any further specialization planned by the student. After successful completion, a student can specialize in any specific shooting sport. The courses ares suited for professional firearms users and civilians with a concealed carry permit as well.
The IDPA Intro course is a much recommended basis to start with the sport.
The IDPA Safety Officer (SO) course is a standard managed by the IDPA headquarters and allows successful students to become certified SOs.
The Instructor course is a teach-the-teacher course. It enables successful students to hold the Pistol Kick-Start, Pistol Skill-Up and IDPA Intro courses.
Certified Instruction Partners
SwissAAA works with a selected few instruction partners in Switzerland to assure easy access to standardized instruction. The selection of your teacher is a crucial step in your shooting career! Sound shooting fundamentals allow for much more satisfaction along the way than being stuck with flawed techniques. Through our teach-the-teacher courses, we assure high quality and optimal effect in the offered classes.
There are dozens of matches, trainings and classifiers being organized in Switzerland every year! Most of those are managed using the practiscore website and application.
To see a list of the currently planned matches in Switzerland, visit practiscore
We organize a number of specialty matches in IDPA during the season. The purpose is to encourage the use of different equipment, to classify in other divisions or to honor the shooting tradition of Switzerland on the 1st of August.
Tier 1 with 8 or more stages
All shooters start in the PCC division
Stages specially designed to test the skills with the PCC such as for example: longer distances, smaller visible hit zones, different positions, transition to handgun, low light and so on.
Winning with a rifle against pistol shooters is no big deal. But if everybody comes with a rifle, things get a lot more challenging, entertaining and fun!
Similar to the PCC Battle but with more stages and more shooters
SIG 210 Cup
Takes place on the National Holiday, 1st of August
IDPA 72-round classifier
All shooters start in the ESP division
Only SIG 210 9mm pistols are allowed
The Cup celebrates the birthday of Switzerland and our shooting tradition with one of the finest handguns ever made
Carry Cup: CCP and BUG only
Revolver Cup: REV only