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.

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Register for the Match Match starts: March 03, 2024 @ 8:00 AM · Match ends: March 03, 2024 @ 4:00 PM Location: Sacramento Valley Shooting Center The March monthly Match Director is Kevin Ballment. Any help setting up the match on Saturday the 2nd will be greatly appreciated Must have prior IDPA/USPSA competition experience or have attended an approved training class in…

Intro to IDPA Hosted By SDPS February

Register for the class Match starts: February 03, 2024 @ 8:30 AM · Match ends: February 03, 2024 @ 2:00 PM Location: Sacramento Valley Shooting Center Sacramento Defensive Pistol Shooters will be hosting the IDPA Orientation class Sat. February 3rd from 8:30am-2pm. If you would like to shoot an IDPA match, this class will satisfy the prerequisite. The course curriculum will cover:…


Due to the forecast of high winds the BOD has decided to cancel this month’s match. Your registration fee will automatically be rolled to the March match if you choose to register (currently open). If you do not plan to attend the March match please email us and we will issue your refund. Match starts: February 04, 2024 @ 8:00…

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

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