Mandatory IDPA Clinic

To make a reservation or for further information,  contact Bob Peake at or
(916) 365-1819.

Clinics for 2017 are scheduled for:

  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • Apri 1
  • May 12
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • August 5 July 29
  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2


The IDPA Clinic will introduce you to the sport of IDPA Action Pistol Shooting with a “hands on, mini-match experience”. Even if you are an expert “bulls-eye” shooter, shooting while moving, using cover properly, and shooting for both speed and accuracy is a fun and exciting new challenge for all shooters. During the clinic you will learn the range commands and procedures needed to safely and confidently shoot an IDPA match. We will review and demonstrate the equipment required and how it should be worn. We explain gun and shooter classification, timing, scoring, and penalties that can assessed, up to and including disqualification, during a match. At completion you should be able to shoot a normal match with a large squad and be a safe, efficient, and involved member of your squad.

Who Should Attend:

All shooters who want to learn basic IDPA rules and procedures to shoot an IDPA match. The clinic is mandatory for Shooters who are not “classified” shooters with either IDPA or IPSC. Due to major rule differences, it is still recommend for IPSC shooters.

Experience / Skill Level Required:

Prior to taking clinic you should be comfortable reloading / exchanging magazines in your pistol and drawing from a holster. You should have the ability to consistently hit a silhouette target at a distance of 2 to 20 yards, and hit an 8 inch steel plate at 10 yards..
You should not be a complete beginner / novice shooter who has never shot a handgun at a range. If this is the case, please go to a local range and practice your basic stationary shooting skills and practice drawing from your holster and magazine exchanges with your UNLOADED gun at home prior to attempting “Action Shooting” with SDPS.

Equipment Required:

A pistol or revolver in the 9mm to 45 ACP caliber range. A strong side holster which covers the guns trigger (no cross-draw or appendix). A double magazine or three speed loader pouches (or moon-clip holders) that is worn on the belt. A minimum of 3 magazines, 4 is recommended if they only hold 7 rounds each. A vest or shirt / jacket that can be worn as a “cover garment”. Eye and hearing protection. 75 rounds of ammunition.

  • Review of IDPA gun safety rules.
  • Cold range policy and safety at SVSC.
  • Basic IDPA equipment guidelines.
  • IDPA classification of guns and shooters.
  • Timing, Scoring, and Penalties incurred when shooting a IDPA match.
  • Proper wearing and placement of holster, magazine pouches, and cover garments.
  • Range Commands used while shooting a match with SDPS / IDPA.
  • Step by step “hands on” experience of shooting a match; including safety
    procedures, match flow, working the stages (taping, brassing, resetting), and proper etiquette.

Dry Fire and Shooting:

You will shoot several drill and three full “scenarios” which will cover the following skills: Range Safety, Drawing from concealment, shooting from retention, strong hand, and freestyle, tactical priority, tactical sequence, emergency reloads, tactical reloads and reloads with retention, threat and non-threat paper targets, hardcover targets, steel targets, moving targets. Shooting while stationary, shooting while moving, proper use of cover, shooting from cover, shooting from low cover, and multiple string scenarios. Practice taping, brassing and scorekeeping as a member of a squad. You will need about 75 rounds total.

Cost and Duration:

$50 per shooter which includes the clinic and SVSC range fees for the entire day. After graduating from the clinic your first match with SDPS is only $10. The Clinic runs from 9:00 till 3:30 with a 30-minute lunch. Set-up starts at 8:15.


Clinics are normally held monthly on the first Saturday, but some date changes occur due to other conflicts. Please check the SDPS Calendar for the current schedule. Clinics need a minimum of 7 shooters and maximum of 10 shooters per Instructor / Safety Officer. Late cancellations are subject to fees.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED in order to schedule ranges and instructors. To make a reservation or for further information contact Bob Peake at or (916) 365-1819 cell.