Defensive Pistol is an enjoyable, responsible way for gun owners to hone safe shooting skills by using practical handguns and holsters that accurately depict experiences in controlled, real-world experiences. The main goal of Defensive Pistol matches is to test the skill of an individual, using practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting self-defensive shooting scenarios. During a match, you will be drawing your holstered handgun to engage multiple targets, actively move between various shooting positions, shoot on the move, perform tactical reloads and more, all while being timed.

Defensive Pistol Courses of fire fall into two categories: Self-defense scenarios and Standard exercises. Self-defense scenarios are simulations of actual or possible real-world confrontations using props, barricades and various layouts. After a walkthrough of the course, individual shooters are timed while they maneuver the stage. Scoring is based on a combination of time and accuracy. Standard exercises allow an opportunity to focus on specific shooting and gun handling skills. All scenarios include shots from 1-15 yards.

Both categories test for accuracy and speed. Physical condition has very little to do with your performance in a Defensive Pistol match. Although all shooters participating are scored and ranked, Defensive Pistol is about improving your own ability. If you're interested in using truly practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting scenarios, then Defensive Pistol is the sport for you.


  • Promoting safe and proficient use of guns and equipment, suitable for self-defense offering a practical shooting sport that allows for concentration on the development of skills and fellowship with other like-minded shooters
  • Providing a level playing field for all competitors; your skill is tested by your ability, not your equipment or gamesmanship
  • Providing separate divisions for equipment and classifications for shooters, such that guns with similar characteristics are grouped together and people with similar skills compete only against those at a similar skill level
  • Providing shooters with practical and realistic courses of fire that simulate a potentially life-threatening encounter or that tests your safe firearm handling skills


Strong Side Outside the Waist Band Holster

Max of 10 rounds in magazines (+1 for first mag)

Cover Garment (shirt, vest, jacket)


Strong Side Outside the Waist Band Holster

Max of 10 rounds in magazines (+1 for first mag)

No Cover garment required


  • Stock semi-automatic pistol or revolver in calibers 9mm to .45 acp
  • No "competition-only" race gun type pistols
  • A holster that covers the trigger guard that is suitable for daily carry(strong side and belt mounted only)
  • At least 100 rounds of ammo - more is always better
  • Extra magazines or speed loaders - 3 recommended along with carrier for at least 1
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Safe at

Event Properties

Event Date 01-15-2023 6:00 am
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price Free
Location All Ranges
Categories Shooting Sports
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