SADPA Classifier

 

The IDPA Classifier is a seventy two (72) round, three (3) stage, eight (8) string match that classifies shooters in a short time. IDPA shooters are divided into six (6) separate Classifications so that shooters may compete against others of like skill. These Classifications are Novice, Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert, Master, and Distinguished Master.

New IDPA members are Unclassified in a division until they shoot their first IDPA Classifier in that Division or receive an Equity Promotion in that division. There are three ways a shooter’s classification can change, one by shooting the Classifier, two by being promoted based on performance in a Sanctioned Match, and three by an Equity Promotion.

Every IDPA member must shoot the Classifier at least once every twelve months, except Master and Distinguished Master class shooters. Should a Match Director feel that a shooter should be shooting in a higher Classification level, the MD may require that the shooter shoot the Classifier again to reestablish a current Classification. Shooters may not go down in Classification except for permanent physical disability or for other irrevocable reasons. IDPA HQ will determine when this is appropriate and make the necessary adjustments to the Classification Database.

The score attained by shooting the Classifier can be applied to other divisions where the equipment and ammunition used while shooting the Classifier meets the requirements of those other divisions. The shooter must notify the MD before the Classifier begins of the intent to apply a single score to multiple divisions and the MD must verify that the equipment and ammunition meet the requirements for multiple divisions.
Examples: SSP score also applied to ESP; CDP score shot with SSP compliant equipment and CDP legal ammunition also applied to SSP and ESP.

 

Classification Scores by Division

Times for: CDP ESP SSP CCP REV BUG
Master (MA) 75.00 or less 72.00 or less 73.00 or less 78.00 or less 83.00 or less 89.00 or less
Expert (EX) 75.01 thru 100.00 72.01 thru 95.00 73.01 thru 96.00 78.01 thru 103.00 83.01 thru 110.00 89.01 thru 118.00
Sharpshooter (SS) 100.01 thru 150.00 95.01 thru 140.00 96.01 thru 142.00 103.01 thru 155.00 110.01 thru 165.00 118.01 thru 177.00
Marksman (MM) 150.01 thru 240.00 140.01 thru 225.00 142.01 thru 232.00 155.01 thru 248.00 165.01 thru 263.00 177.01 thru 283.00
Novice (NV) 240.01 or greater 225.01 or greater 232.01 or greater 248.01 or greater 263.01 or greater 283.01 or greater
Effective as of Jan 1, 2017

 

The Classifier Match


Only current IDPA-affiliated clubs may run Classifiers and only current IDPA members may shoot the Classifier. Only the Match Director and Certified SOs specifically designated by the MD or Club Contact can hold a Classifier match for one person or several squads as needed.

The Classifier must be shot as a single seventy two (72) round match, shot all in one day to the best of one’s ability. It is permissible to allow reshoots of a whole stage due to equipment problems and/or shooter mental errors for the purpose of accurate Classification as long as the reshoot occurs on the same day as the rest of the Classifier. However, no reshoots of individual strings of fire are permitted. If the Classifier is part of a scored match with other IDPA stages or the shooter is trying to attain a six firearm award, no reshoots are permitted.


During the Classifier only, shooters may load to division capacity, or fully load their normal IDPA compliant magazines, or load to any count sufficient to complete a string as required. The strings that require downloading must use the exact loading specified.
A concealment garment is optional for the Classifier.

Stage One. Limited Scoring, 7 yards (6.4 meters) See Stage Procedure for IDPA Classifier Stage 1.

Stage Two. Limited Scoring, 10 yards and 5 yards (9.1 meters and 4.6 meters) See Stage Procedure for IDPA Classifier Stage 2.

Stage Three. Limited Scoring, 20 yards and 15 yards (18.3 meters and 13.7 meters) See Stage Procedure for IDPA Classifier Stage 3.

The start position for all strings is standing erect with hands naturally at sides. 

A Bianchi barricade is 72” tall and 24” wide (1.8 meters x 0.6 meters.) 
Barrels are stacked two high and the fault lines run perpendicular to the targets 3.5' feet off the centerline on each side.


Course of Fire


IDPA Classifier - Stage 1

Strings: 3
Rounds: 24
Max Distance: 6,4meter

START POSITION

Shooter Position 1
24 rounds total All Shot from P1

STAGE PROCEDURE

String 1 - (12 shots): Load exactly 6 rounds in the firearm. Draw and fire 2 shots to each body, re-load from slide-lock and fire 2 shots at each head.

String 2 - (6 shots): Draw and fire 2 shots at each target strong hand only.

String 3 - 6 shots): Start with firearm in weak hand, pointed down range at a 45 degree down angle, safety may be off but the trigger finger must be out of trigger guard. Fire 2 shots at each target weak hand only.

 

IDPA Classifier - Stage 2
Strings: 3
Rounds: 24
Max Distance: 9,1meter

START POSITION

Shooter Position 2
Shooter Position 3
The start position for all strings is standing erect with hands naturally at sides. 

STAGE PROCEDURE

String 1 - (12 shots): Load exactly 6 rounds total in the firearm at P2. Start back to the target, turn, draw and fire 2 rounds to each target, re-load from slide-lock and fire 2 more shots at each target.

String 2 - (6 shots): From the 10 yard line (P2), draw and fire 2 shots at each target while moving forward. Do not cross the line at P3.

String 3 - (6 shots): From the 5 yard line (P3), draw and fire 2 shots at each target while retreating from the targets.

 

IDPA Classifier - Stage 3
Strings: 2
Rounds: 24
Max Distance: 18,3 meter

START POSITION

Shooter Position 4
Shooter Position 5
The start position for all strings is standing erect with hands naturally at sides.

STAGE PROCEDURE

String 1 - (12 shots): Load exactly 6 rounds total in the firearm at P4. Draw and fire 2 shots at each target using from either side of the barricade, re-load from slide-lock using cover, advance to barrels at the 15 yard line (P5) and fire 2 shots at each target using cover shooting inside of the barrels on either side. Shooters choice. Shooter may not shoot around outside of barrels without incurring a penalty Per 5.1

String 2 - (12 shots): Load exactly 6 rounds total in the firearm at P5. Draw and fire 2 shots at each target using cover from
inside of the barrels, re-load from slide-lock using cover, move to the opposite barrels and fire 2 shots at each target using cover from inside the barrels. Shooter may not shoot around outside of barrels without incurring a penalty Per 5.1

 

Classifier Layout Image

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