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DCPA hosts a variety of shooting matches throughout the year. This page gives you an overview of these matches. For more information on these matches, click on the match title to go to the cooresponding page for that match. Also, please check the Calendar on this web site for the specific dates & times of these matches.

NRA Conventional 2700
Scheduled once a month from Spring to Winter
Range 1
9:00am to 2:30pm

The National Rifle Association approves clubs to sponsor various matches. NRA has sanctioned DCPA to hold New York State Championship matches, Regional matches, and monthly registered matches.

Participation in NRA Registered matches requires NRA membership, and at state matches, membership to a State Rifle & Pistol Association.

A 2700 match consists of three 900 matches:
  • 90 rounds with a 22 pistol = 1 900 match
  • 90 rounds with a CF pistol = another 900 match
  • 90 rounds with a .45 pistol = another 900 match
This totals a possible score of 2700.

NRA & USA International Pistol
Scheduled throughout the year from Spring to Winter
Range 1 & 2
9:00am to 4:00pm

For the pistol shooter, there are five International disciplines:
  • Free
  • Standard
  • Center Fire / Womenís Sport Pistol / Junior Sport Pistol
  • Air Pistol (Menís and Womenís)
  • Rapid Fire
A competitor may shoot one or more of the disciplines in an International Match. Neither scopes nor electronic "dots" are permitted in any of the International events.

Junior Sihouette Shoot
Scheduled once a month from Spring to Fall
Range 1
9:00am to 10:00am - Safety Instruction
10:00am to 11:00am - Practice
11:00am to 2:00pm - Match Shooting

This is a shooting event for junior shooters age 8 to 18 years old. Targets are steel silhouettes shaped like chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams. The distances vary for each type of target.

Any air rifle weighing no more than 16 lbs. with mounts and scope, firing .177 pellets and maximum of a 40" barrel is permitted.

The course of fire consists of a total of 40 rounds. The 40 rounds consist of 10 shots on each target. This means 10 shots on chickens, 10 shots on pigs, 10 shots on turkeys and 10 shots on rams.

DCPA provides the rifles, scopes, safety glasses and pellets to those participating in the shoot or you may bring your own. Free instruction and guidance are given throughout the course of fire. A Safety Instruction class is mandatory for first-time shooters. This instruction course is given at 9am the morning of the shoot.

Field Target
Scheduled about four times a year.
Range 4
8:00am to 2:00pm

Field Target is a relatively new shooting discipline for DCPA. It is an Airgun Only event. It is informal in regiment and the targets are of typical airgun quarry. It gives you the feeling of walking through the woods for a small game hunt, taking shots at steel targets that require very precise hits to go down. The preferred shooting position is sitting, but any shooting position is legal provided the gun is supported solely by the shooter. Many competitors opt for an off-hand (standing) position. DCPA Field Target matches are run according to AAFTA.

Cowboy Action
Scheduled once a month from January to October
Range 1 & 2
8:00am to 5:00pm

Western/Period dress required!! Cowboy hat, long sleeve shirt and boots are preferred. No ball caps, sneakers, camouflage or T-shirts please!!!

Equipment: Single Action Revolvers, Lever Action Rifles in Pistol Caliber side-by-side, Pre-1899 Pump or Lever Action Shotguns. Ammunition for Pistol and Rifle: Lead bullets only, .32 cal or larger.

Pistols under 1000 fps. Rifles under 1400 fps. Shotguns: Lead shot only; #4 or smaller.

No jacketed ammo of any kind is allowed.

A variety of shoots are shot using props like windows, saddles and pop-up and steel-type targets. This is a very popular and interesting modified Rattle Battle. If you have not observed this type of shooting, come out and watch the matches.

Scheduled Randomly (see calendar)
Range 1, 2 & 3
9:00am to 5:00pm

If you like to shoot a pistol, if you are a little bored with conventional "paper punching", if you would like to learn to master the handgun in a PRACTICAL manner, then you should know about DCPAís practical pistol competition, which approximates as closely as possible the actual conditions under which the handgun is used as an instrument of self defense. Thus, such competition requires, in additional to accuracy,both power and speed.

Various types of shooters competing every month from beginners, law enforcement, military, weekend shooters, professional competitors and, on occasion, nationally ranked shooters. It is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and learn from some outstanding shooters and be a part of a fast growing international sport.

Targets used for practical shooting are of the silhouette type and firing ranges are generally from 4 to 50 yards. Each course of fire during the competition season is different from every other. Some courses are standardized and can be learned in advance. Others are surprise shoots, with procedures un-announced until starting time. All competition is free style. All strings start holstered and safe, with both hands clear of the pistol.

Equipment required for competition consists of a safe serviceable handgun of 9 mm, .38 or larger caliber and a safe serviceable holster and at least 3-4 extra magazines and belt magazine holders. Ammunition must be of the defensive full power type. Low velocity target type ammunition may not qualify for competition. Our "bullseye" shooters are using their "hardball" guns with hard ball ammunition or equivalent.

Practical pistol competition is conducted under strict and standard conditions of safety. Competition is open to Peace Officers, Military personnel, and private citizens, on exactly equal footing and without preference. Women are entirely welcome to compete. Competition is divided into classes, so that novices may enter without embarrassment.

Standard exercises are generally practiced. This consists of shooting from a variety of positions, timing and drawing from a holster at yardages from 5 to 50 yards. Interesting matches are set up... barricade event, assault courses, standard exercises, falling plates, "El Presidente" and modified Rattle Battle. If you have not observed this type of shooting, come out and watch the matches.

Scoring is based on three elements: speed, accuracy and power factor (caliber of your pistol). Matches comprise of three to four stages with one classifier. These stages will require anywhere from six to thirty rounds to complete. Some of the stages may require the competitor to maneuver obstacles, shoot around, over and under props. At times a competitor may be required to stay in one shooting position and may only fire a fixed amount of round.

Scheduled once a month from April to September
Range 1, 2 & 3
8:00am to 2:00pm

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of this shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. One of the unique facets of this sport is that it is geared toward the new or average shooter, yet is fun, challenging and rewarding for the experienced shooter. The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical guns may be used competitively. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship.

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