International Defensive Pistol Association

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The International Defensive Pistol Association promotes defensive pistol shooting as a sport, using equipment including full-charge service ammunition to solve simulated "real world" self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in defensive pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are deemed suitable for self-defense use. While no "competition-only" equipment is officially permitted, since the primary goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship, expensive internal modifications and customizations are the norm at the higher competetive levels of this sport.

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