IDPA is a draw-from-the-holster action shooting sport that stresses concealment, cover and tactics in field courses that take the shooter through real-life simulations of self-defense scenarios. IDPA courses are never the same. We use props to simulate cars, doors and walls for realism.
Colonel Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety
1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified