Defensive Pistol

Defensive Pistol Shooting is a format of competitive shooting that scores the participants on the combined skills of of accuracy and speed. Typically, multiple target arrays are being engaged. 
We follow the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) format (see for details) although ASC is not a formally affiliated club.
This means that we are not strict on IDPA equipment restrictions, and let shooters with small caliber pistols participate (IDPA only allows calibers of 9 mm and up).
These shooters will see their results listed with everyone else, but are not formally ranked.

Targets Nov match   

IDPA is a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters that require the use of "carry" handguns and "street" clothing.  Besides being great fun, it is also excellent self-defense training and practice. From the IDPA site: "One of the unique facets of this (IDPA) sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter. The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical guns may be used competitively. An interested person can spend a minimal amount on equipment and still be competitive. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship. "Competition only" equipment is not permitted in this sport."

 In action Apr demo match 

At ASC, matches are held on the 50 yard range with generally four stages using up to 18 "threat" targets per stage (normally around six to eight) at ranges from five to 35 yards. Shooters engage these targets from a variety of shooting positions: around, under, or over barricades; while sitting at a table, standing, kneeling, or prone; while moving backward or forward; when holding the firearm in only one hand, all while having to avoid hitting "no shoot" (targets).  Once the timer (“buzzer”) goes off each stage requires firing up to 18 shots and reloading "on the clock", making for an exciting 10 to 30 seconds or so of intense and rewarding shooting.

Range setup Apr demo match   


If this sounds interesting and exciting, do come out and join us. No prior experience is required, and we will "walk you through" the stages. If you have any questions, please email us at

Our Defensive Pistol matches are run on a Month with a 5th Saturday (see the ASC calendar).

Match information:
When:  Every month with a 5th Saturday ... 8:00am to 4:00pm

Where:  50 yard range in use from 08:00am until 04:00pm or whenever cleanup is done.

Who:  Open to anyone that can safely operate a handgun from a holster.
Set-up: 8 am - 10 am on the 50 yard range.

Staff and SO's shoot: 10 am - 11 am
1. Squad: 11 am - 1 pm (NOTE: Set up crew has priority to shoot in Squad 1)
2. Squad: 1 pm - 3 pm
3. Squad: 3 pm - 4 pm
Break down and clean up: 3:30-4pm

STAGES: Course of Fire will be posted online the week preceding the match. Copies will be posted at the sign in table. 

Stage briefs will be conducted before each new squad starts shooting. Upon request, a new shooter orientation will be conducted 15 min prior to the stage brief. Please indicate interest when signing up.

Match Sign-Up:
Walk-IN's only. 
WALK-INS: Walk-ins are welcome and will be assigned the first available slot after the last pre-registered shooter. No walk-ins will be accepted after 2 pm on match day.

MATCH FEE: $15 for non-ASC members; $10 for members.

VOLUNTEER HOURS: ASC members can earn volunteer hours for set-up, score keeping, SO-ing, and break-down.  Set up volunteers have priority to shoot in Squad 1. 
** We also could use Volunteers to help run the event.. Things like.. Sign in table, help with score sheets, directing people to the right areas. etc...
If you do not want to shoot but would like to get some service hours in.. Please email the secretary at or **

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In the event of inclement weather, a final go/no-go decision will be posted online by Friday, 8 pm, the night before the match. Pre-registered shooters will receive email updates.
MATCH CANCELLATION: If the number of shooters signing up in advance via email is insufficient, we will cancel the match. All shooters who did sign up will be notified via email.

Any other questions please email: