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NOTE: 2023 Rules are available, but not currently located on the IDPA Match Rules Pages. I will update the link below once they're published to the site.
All Guns Are Always Loaded
Never Let the Muzzle Cover Anything You Are Not Willing To Destroy
Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Till Your Sights Are On The Target
Identify Your Target, And What Is Beyond It
IDPA events are a "Cold Range" event. This applies to both the pistol bays (within stage boundaries), and the general area of the bays when an IDPA Event is taking place. All CPL Holders participating in activities are required to clear their firearm at our CPL Load & Unload station. Please do not clear your firearm in your vehicle. No CPL Loading or Unloading at "Safe Areas", this will result in a DQ (and a request to leave the range).
Howell Gun Club does NOT permit open carry (conceal carry CPL holders are OK). Do not arrive open carrying a LIVE firearm. CPL holders can clear their firearm at the CPL Load & Unload station.
NOTE: Participants in IDPA events are OK to open carry a COLD firearm during the event, following "Cold Range" requirements above, at the shooting bays and sign-in area ONLY.
Exception for revolvers with cylinder open
IDPA Rules, Section 2.3, state how to handle a dropped firearm within the Stage Boundary. At Howell Gun Club, this rule applies to the entire range. If a firearm is dropped, DO NOT PICK UP THE FIREARM. Stay with the firearm, and request assistance from any Safety Officer (SO).
Per IDPA 2.1 Safe Areas are provided at each shooting bay at Howell Gun Club. Keep muzzle pointed toward berm (safe direction). Handling of Magazines and loading devices is prohibited at all Safe Areas (club rule). If handling of a magazine / loading device is needed (function check, mag disconnect, etc.), the CPL Load & Unload station must be used.
Unsafe firearm handling will result in immediate Disqualification (DQ) from an IDPA match. The following is a nonexclusive list of unsafe behaviors.
Ear protection and impact resistant eye protection are required to be used by everyone attending an IDPA shooting event. The responsibility for safe and serviceable ear and eye protection falls completely on the shooter or spectator. IDPA recommends that hearing protection have a minimum 21dB NRR rating and that eye protection have a minimum ANSI Z87.1 impact rating and side shields.
Fingers must be obviously and visibly outside the trigger guard during loading, unloading, drawing, holstering, while moving (unless engaging targets) and during malfunction clearance.
Range Is Hot
Load and Make Ready
Are You Ready?
If Finished, Unload and Show Clear
If Clear, Slide Forward or Close Cylinder
Pull the Trigger
Range is Clear
Stock Service Pistol (SSP): 10
Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP): 10
Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP): 8
Compact Carry Pistol (CCP): 8
Revolver (REV): 6
Back Up Gun Semi-Auto (BUG-S): 6
Back Up Gun Revolver (BUG-R): 5
Carry Optics (CO): 10
Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC): 30
Loading Device Count:
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