WELCOME TO IDPA the exciting action shooting sport that's based on defensive principles LEARN MORE ABOUT SDPS find out how SDPS became one of the largest IDPA affiliated clubs in the world LEARN MORE CLUB MATCHES SDPS hosts monthly Tier 1 IDPA matches usually consisting of 8 challenging stages LEARN MORE "MAJOR" MATCHES SDPS plays host to 1-2 top-rated sanctioned IDPA matches each year LEARN MORE WORLD-CLASS we are fortunate to call the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center Home LEARN MORE SHOOT IDPA Learn how to get started in this exciting action shooting sport LEARN MORE

Welcome to Sacramento Defensive Pistol Shooters, Inc (SDPS). We are an affiliated club of The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the governing body of an international action shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and “real-life” encounters. Founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide, IDPA now boasts membership of more than 25,000, including members in 70 foreign countries.

IDPA is the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated real world self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual.

SDPS is the only IDPA club in the immediate Sacramento area, and is one of the largest affiliated clubs in the world. We hold regular monthly IDPA club matches on the first Sunday of each month. SDPS also play host to many of the best shooters in the world, with the club hosting 1-2 IDPA sanctioned major championship matches each year.

Shooting Your First Match with SDPS

Shooting your first IDPA match can be fun... and perhaps a little intimidating. First, stop and know that were here to help. There's a proven process to getting started with IDPA tthat we've been following for years...

Event Location

SDPS IDPA matches are held at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center located between Rancho Murieta, CA and Ione, CA. This 860-acre world-class facility is located within 20 minutes from Sacramento, CA, and around 1.5 hours from the San Francisco, CA bay area.

Recent Posts


April 2024 SDPS IDPA and 3-gun match Well, a rainy Thursday and Friday did not deter our Saturday 3-gun match and Sunday regular IDPA match. Many thanks to David Rice and David Hong for designing the 3-gun match and those who helped them do the set up. Also, David Rice deserves the trooper award for being Sunday’s match director and,…


Results for the Match Match starts: April 07, 2024 @ 8:00 AM · Match ends: April 07, 2024 @ 4:00 PM Location: Sacramento Valley Shooting Center The April monthly Match Director is David Rice. Any help setting up the match on Saturday the 6th will be greatly appreciated Must have prior IDPA/USPSA competition experience or have attended an approved training class in…


March 2024 SDPS IDPA Match Well, the rain gods favored us both for setup Saturday and for the match on Sunday.  Thank you to Kevin Ballment, our match director, and his faithful minions for setup on Saturday. Our fearless club president, El Presidente Harrigan, announced that there are/were 30 open spots for the Western match in May so get on…

We loved shooting our first match with SDPS. I wish ammo was easier to get, because I want to shoot every month now.

New Shooter

Shooting SDPS is where it all got started for me. I now shoot IDPA matches all over the country including Nationals and Worlds, and also compete in USPSA, multi-gun, and even a little cowboy action shooting”

Sean Young