SDFA Competition Pistol 1

Course Description:
Competition Pistol 1 focuses on those who are new to the sport of IDPA and is mainly designed for the beginner and Novice/MM level IDPA shooters. Although this is an introductory class introducing the shooter to the world of competitive action shooting, more experienced shooters would also benefit from fine tuning their basic skill set. We will build fundamental skills needed to perform well in IDPA with an emphasis on fun! The class will end with students shooting actual IDPA courses of fire.

Course Outline:     
  • Introduction, Safety, & Sight in.
  • How to safely compete in IDPA.
  • IDPA Rule set and scoring.
  • Range Commands.
  • Grip.
  • Stance.
  • Drawing from Concealment.
  • Reloading (Emergency/Tactical).
  • Shooting from cover.
  • Shooting on the move.
  • Tactical Sequence.
  • Tactical Priority.
  • Strong/Weak hand shooting.
  • What you bring to a match.
  • Timed stage evaluations.

Duration: 1 day / 8 Hours

Equipment Requirements:

  • Pistol (9mm or larger caliber).
  • Holster, magazine pouches (2 or more) and belt (No Bladetech SERPA Holsters).
  • Minimum: 3 Pistol Magazines, 5 preferred.
  • 400-350 Rounds of Pistol Ammunition.
  • Concealment Garment (IDPA Vest Preferred).
  • Brimmed hat.
  • Shooting/Safety glasses.
  • Ear plugs and/or ear muffs.
  • Footwear suitable for fast movement.
  • Cases for all firearms.
  • Pen and notepad.
  • Lawn chair, sunscreen and bug spray.


  • You must have a NY state valid pistol permit.
  • Comp Pistol 1 or must have shot at least 3 local or higher level IDPA matches or permission of the instructor.
  • Juniors age 16-20 MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. Not left with instructors at range.
  • If the training is outside NY state, you must adhere to all the laws and regulations governing the possession of firearms in the state.

Additional Pertinent Information:

  • This is not a Defensive Handgun class and nothing in this class should be considered “training” for any Defensive Handgun situation.
  • Please notify us if you have any physical disabilities or limitations.
  • Please make sure your pistol hits at point of aim with the ammo you intend to use.
  • Please keep your guns and all ammunition in your vehicle until you are directed to retrieve them. For your safety and the safety of everyone, NO LIVE AMMUNITION will be allowed in the classroom at any time under any circumstances.
  • If you carry a firearm for personal protection, you must leave that in your vehicle during the class.
  • All guns must be cased for transportation to/from the range.
  • Please plan appropriately for the weather. We will be outdoors all day. Course will be held rain or shine.
  • Footwear that fully encloses your feet is required.
This is not an NRA-approved course.

Contact Your Instructor - Dr Eli Saber