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.
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IDPA Shooters Switzerland facebook group

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 Shooters Switzerland facebook group

Career Path

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!

Competitive Shooting Career Path

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!


Standard Courses

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.

SwissAAA Pistol Kick-Start Course

SwissAAA standard taught by a certified instructor.

SwissAAA Pistol-Skill-Up Course

SwissAAA standard taught by a certified instructor.

SwissAAA IDPA Intro Course

SwissAAA standard taught by a certified instructor.

SwissAAA SO Course

IDPA SO (Safety Officer) standard taught by a certified IDPA SOI (Safety Officer Instructor).

SwissAAA Instructor Course

SwissAAA standard taught by Andy Pfenninger.


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.


Zurich, ZH


Bern, BE




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.

​PCC Battle
  • 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 examplelonger distances, smaller visible hit zones, different positionstransition 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!

PCC Championships
  • 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

​Other Ideas
  • Carry Cup: CCP and BUG only

  • Revolver Cup: REV only

  • Stay tuned!




Wittenbach, SG


Birmensdorf, ZH


Muri, BE


Villeneuve, VD

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Zurich, ZH

Thun, BE

Huenenberg, ZG

You have a club and would like to be represented here? Take contact and get on board!


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