Safety Officer Certification Class

The next Safety Officer Certification class is scheduled for September 16, 2018, at Sacramento Valley Shooting Center. This class will be limited to the first 12 qualified candidates meeting the below IDPA minimum qualifications:

  • Be at least 21 years of age and be able to lawfully possess a firearm under the laws of your country of residence.
  • Be a current IDPA member in good standing for at least six months, and never have had their membership revoked.
  • Have shot at least six IDPA matches, at the club or sanctioned level.
  • Possess a basic knowledge of the IDPA rulebook.
  • Be sponsored by an IDPA-affiliated club representative that can confirm the applicant’s ability to safely handle a firearm and who is  willing and able to provide designated mentor SOs committed to training the graduate SO.
  • Discretion on the part of the IDPA SOI in approving SO Class applicants is permitted to meet the needs of new IDPA start-up clubs and  other special situations.

If you meet these qualifications please complete the attached application and email, in PDF format, to Once I’ve contacted you with your application approval I will provide payment instructions along with a link for the online Safety Officer Exam. The cost of the class will be $50.00 (includes range fee for the day of the class).

Looking forward to another great class!

Marty Johnson

IDPA Safety Officer Instructor


IDPA Safety Officer Application PDF


SDPS August 2018 Match Registration is now closed

The SDPS August 2018 match registration is now closed.

Match starts: August 05, 2018 @ 8:00 AM · Match ends: August 05, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Location: Sacramento Valley Shooting Center

Monthly 8 stage IDPA match.

Stage setups start at 7:00 am and as soon as setups are completed a shooter’s meeting will be held. Please be ready to shoot starting at 8:30 am.

Must have prior IDPA/USPSA competition experience or have attended an approved training class in order to compete.

Match fees are $20 for members, $35 for non-members.

IDPA match, with the following divisions:

Results through Practiscore at:

Congratulations Ben Hardt for 1st overall!

Need SDPS Volunteers for Range 2 Work Weekend April 28-29

The annual Range 2 Work Weekend will be held on April 28-29 this year and we are requesting SDPS members that are interested in volunteering their time to RSVP their availability to David Rice ( so that the event coordinators can arrange enough food & drinks for everyone.

As in past years, your time spent on this effort counts towards your volunteer time as a FSC member.

Attendees are encouraged to bring rakes, shovels and weed-eaters.

Welcome our new SOI, Marty Johnson!

The SDPS Board of Directors is please to announce that club member Marty Johnson is now a Safety Officer Instructor. Please join us in welcoming Marty to this new position!

Marty’s first Safety Officer class is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th. This class will be limited to 15 students and if the demand is large enough a second class will be offered. More information to follow. 

Sharps Rifle presents The Western 2017 IDPA Regional Championship

Registration is now open for the The Western IDPA Regional Championships 2017 presented by Sharps Rifle

Please click on this link for registration. 

The Western will once again be an IDPA sanctioned Tier 4 event that includes 14 stages shot over 2 days on October 28th – 29th 2017. Fees will again be $175 refundable before October 1st 2017. No refunds after October 1st.

We are once again fortunate to have John Mercurio back as our Match Director. He has begun to assemble a great team of volunteers to put on this match for you. If you would like to work with staff for the match please contact John Mercurio. Staff fees will be $40. Staff also shoots on Thursday and Friday. Match Director John Mercurio will be everyone’s point of contact for match questions.

Ty Hamby will be the point of contact for registration and squadding.

Please note, that Sharps Rifle presents The Western 2017 takes place on October 28th and 29th, 2017; if you participated in The Western 2016 but have not shot in any other Tier matches/classifiers since then, you are not able to use The Western 2016 participation to satisfy the IDPA Classification Rule 9.2.3, as this year’s match is greater than 12 months since The Western 2016!  For more classification information, please click here.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at this years Western!


SDPS May Match Priority Registration is now Open

The SDPS May Members Priority Registration is now Open.

You must be a member of Sacramento Defensive Pistol Shooters to register.

If you meet the above qualifications, you may proceed on this link to register for the match:

Open registration, which includes NON SDPS Members will be open after April 17th.

Please do not register before this time as your registration will be deleted. You will need to register during  your designated registration period.

Please note we are now on Winter Hours – Stage setups will start at 7:00am with the shooter’s meeting to be held at 8:30am.  If you haven’t checked in with registration by 8:00am your spot in the match may be forfeited.

SDPS April Match Registration is now Open

The SDPS April Match is now open to Non-Members and Members.

You may proceed on this link to register for the match:

Please note we are now on Winter Hours – Stage setups will start at 7:00am with the shooter’s meeting to be held at 8:30am.  If you haven’t checked in with registration by 8:00am your spot in the match may be forfeited.