American Confederation of Tactical Shooters

created in 2005

To provide a sport in which Civilian rifle owners along with Military and Law Enforcement professionals can practice ‘real world’ shooting skills in a sporting venue that has not been offered by any other shooting discipline or association.

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American Confederation of Tactical Shooters


Great American Defensive Pistol Association

started in 2005
incorporated in 2012

  • 2005 GADPA originally formed to sponsor defensive pistol matches in Atlanta
  • 2005 – 2020 hosts a Monthly Outdoor Match
    – at the South River Gun Club Conyers, GA
    – seven stage a wide variety of moving targets
  • weeknight Indoor Matches
  • 2012 GADPA (not-for-profit) was formed


founded in 1996

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

  •  IDPA is the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use.
  • The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual
International Defensive Pistol Association is the international organization governing a type of pistol events requiring practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No “competition only” equipment is permitted in IDPA matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.

 International Defensive Pistol Association 
150 CR 4603
Bogata, TX 75417
(870) 545-3886


Steel Challenge (SCSA)

founded in 1981

  • by Mike Dalton and Mike Fichman
  • Seventy shooters competed in the first Steel Challenge
  •  2007 Dalton and Fichman sold Steel Challenge to United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)

  • 8 stages with 5 steel targets on each

Steel Challenge Shooting Association
An Organization of:
United States Practical Shooting Association
1639 Lindamood Ln.
Burlington, WA 98233


International Practical Shooting Confederation
– Created 1976

The International Practical Shooting Confederation is the world’s second largest shooting sport association and the largest and oldest within practical shooting.

affiliates over 100 regions from Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania

International Practical Shooting Confederation is the international confederation governing a type of practical pistol competition. The promotion of accuracy, power, and speed as three equal elements was the prime objective along with multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty carrying no-shoot targets mixed-in or even partially covering shoot targets, obstacles, movement, competitive tactics, etc. to keep the shooters challenged and spectators entertained.