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Thurmont, MD IDPA 

Wed, Oct 25 IDPA Match at Thurmont is now open: 


Sun, Nov 12 IDPA PCC-Friendly Match at Thurmont is now open: 

REGISTER (Pistol or 2-Gun-Pistol+PCC)

We still have mace-brand pepper-CS spray and trainers available: Catch me at the Sunday Match
We still have a few Potomac Grail T-Shirts left: 4-Med-Short Sleeve, 1-Lg-Short Sleeve, 4-XL-Short Sleeve, 1-Med, 1-Lg, 1-XL Long Sleeve. Catch me at the Sunday Match. 

Unless otherwise stated, All Thurmont IDPA Matches will allow Carry Optics and PCC Division guns.  The guns must be IDPA Legal. 

If you want to attend a Safety Officer Class, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Everyone please watch this video of Jerry Miculek about holster safety: LINK

Recommended Events & Links
- Link to brief video intro to Facing Violence, by Rory Miller, Book and DVD available. LINK
- Link to Facing Violence, By Rory Miller, a book laying the foundation of self-defense: LINK
- Green-Ops Class Schedule: Check out Dec 10 Competition Pistol Class: LINK
- Greg Ellifritz's Self-Defense Articles: LINK
- FPF Concealed-Carry Training Schedule: LINK
- IDPA.TECH: Pistol Caliber Carbine Webpage, Classifer, SOI: LINK
- Rangemaster Concealed Carry Conference, Mar 16-18, Little Rock, AK, Registration is OPEN: LINK
- IDPA Pistol Caliber Carbine Rules Announced, LINK
- What are the most popular IDPA Pistols?LINK
- 2017 Rulebook Questions and Answers: LINK
- How to draw a firearm from concealment, Part 1. Thanks To Green Ops.BLOG: LINK
- Spreadsheet with BUG and CCP Legal handguns for IDPA LINK 
- Krav Maga Maryland: LINK
- Krav Maga Virginia: LINK
- PoliceOne Article: Will Competition Get You Killed? LINK
- New BlueLivesMatter website: LINK
- How to Survive a Las Vegas Style Shooting: LINK
- Matt Larsen's Combat Fitness Center: 

- How To Win A Gunfight LINK
- Larry Vickers: The Handgun Caliber Wars Are Over: 

Upcoming Thurmont Matches
- Next 3GUN Match: Sun, Nov 19
- Next USPSA/IPSC Match, Sun, Nov 26
- See complete yearly schedule here: SCHEDULE

2018 Sanctioned Matches Within Driving Distance
- Jan 19-20, Arctic Blast, Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Feb 9-10, Chesapeake Cup, Lexington Park, MD
- Apr 6-8, Virginia Indoor Regional, Chesapeake, VA
- May 4-5, Maryland State, Lexington Park, MD

- Jun 14-16, Carolina Cup, Oxford, NC (Yes, Sanctioned)
- Jun 22-23, Virginia State, Bristol, VA

Recommended Training/Events
- Krav Maga Worldwide, NoVa, Lorton, VA, Women, Juniors, JiuJitsu: INFO
- Concealed Carry Foundation and Street Encounters and More, FPF Training, Culpeper, VA, SCHEDULE
- Krav Maga Maryland, Active Shooter Seminars, Women, Juniors, etc. LINK
- Dynamic Defense Concepts Reactive Gunfighting SCHEDULE

- Michael Green, Green-Ops Carbine and Pistol Tactical Training, Concealed Carry, More LINK
Dynamic Defense Concepts, Concealed Carry, Firearm and Hand To Hand Combat Tactics
- Shivworks/ECQC/Blade Training Schedule:
Matt Larsen's Combat Fitness Center: LINK

- Recommended Self-Defense Book: LINK
- Rory Miller Training: LINK
- How to Pin a suspect: LINK
- Cover, Concealment and Vehicles: LINK
- Southnarc Youtube Playlist: LINK
- IDPA Tactical Brief: BRIEF
- Recommended Pepper Spray MACE
- Todd Green's pistol-training list of drills: LINK
- Rangemaster Newsletters, Great Information for Concealed Carry and Self-Defense 
- Some great training videos for pistol tactics by John Holschon LINK

- Thurmont IDPA runs IDPA outdoor matches normally twice a month, except Winter when weather prohibits:
- One Wednesday 8AM-12PM match run by Pete Ott, Match Director, 
- One Saturday or Sunday 9AM-2PM match run by Cody Claxton, Match Director.
- Match fee is $15, 4-8 stages, 50-120 rounds, and you are not required to be a member of TCSC.
- Participants are required to assist with setup, operation, teardown, and storage. 
- Observers are welcome but they must have hearing and eye protection, stay at least 7 yards from the shooting area, sign the waiver, and not interfere with the match. 
- To get notices and newsletters from Thurmont IDPA sign up for  Google Groups list so we can notify you.

Advanced Registration Is Required

Advance registration is required for all IDPA matches.  No walk-on registrations are allowed without prior-approval by the Match Director or IDPA Chairman.  This is needed to assist in match planning.  Advance registration starts 1-3 weeks before the match and continues until the match is filled. You are required to digitally sign a waiver, and provide a signature when you arrive at the match. You may view a copy of the waiver here: IDPA Waiver WE OPERATE A COLD RANGE. DO NOT HANDLE YOUR PISTOL UNTIL DIRECTED TO BY THE MATCH OFFICIALS.  AUTHORIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT OR LEGAL CONCEALED CARRIERS MUST UNLOAD BEFORE THE MATCH UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A MATCH OFFICIAL. 
Register atThurmont Practiscore Search for the date of the match in the match listings. You will receive an email confirming that your are registered and then asking you to squad.  If you register and then find you cannot attend the match, please advise by  withdrawing using the practiscore management link so that your slot may be given to another shooter.

What Is IDPA?

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shooting as a sport is the use of practical 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 (typical production revolvers or semi-auto pistols - .38Sp/9mm or larger) and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment.

Intro to IDPA on YouTube

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New Shooters

If you are a registered and experienced IDPA shooter and have a ranking of Sharpshooter or higher, you are already authorized to attend our matches. You will be required to arrive an hour before the match to get our range orientation. Please read the Orienation here! If you have a ranking below Sharpshooter or less or are Unclassified and have taken the range orientation at AAFG IDPA, or the NRA Range IDPA, or have taken Pete Ott's Skills Class, or another competition shooting class, then you are authorized to sign up for a match. If you are Sharpshooter or less or are Unclassified, and do not meet the criteria above, you will need to contact Charlie Moore for an evaluation and possibly a range orientation before the match. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your shooting resume. Include pistol shooting experience, classes taken, work experience, qualifiers passed, and other similar experience. Charlie will make a recommendation to the Match Director once he feels you will be able to safely shoot one of our matches. The IDPA Committee reserves the right to make a final determination of your status and reserves the right to deny anyone attendance based on your ability to operate safely. You may also qualify if you have sufficient experience with Law Enforcement and/or Military and/or contractor experience. Please contact Charlie or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. NOTE: You do not need a Classifier to shoot IDPA matches, as you may shoot Unclassified. We do not offer classifiers to those without an IDPA number. 

Skills Classes

Pete Ott is offering IDPA Pistol Shooting Skills classes to qualified applicants. This will cover some blue gun and live fire practice on the fundamentals of shooting a pistol. Registration is now open for two dates:
- Watch here for next dates.
For later dates please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in a class.

Safety Officers

After running another year of successful re-certification testing, we are adopting a new approach for you to maintain your certification status. We recommend that during the 180 days prior to your SO expiration date, that you take the online test. Once you renew your SO or CSO status, your certification expiration date will be adjusted. This will be reflected on the website and will show on your new card when you renew your membership. If you miss your testing within the required window, the website will drop your SO status automatically. If you wait longer than 30 days to test after your certification lapses, you will be required to attend another SO class taught by an SOI. We have attached a link below for you to recertify. If you have any questions please contact your Area Coordinator or Headquarters. Safety Officers and Chief Safety Officers please use this link to recertify: Additionally, those who recertified in 2015 will be receiving a membership card with an updated SO expiration date in the mail shortly.  READ MORE

Other IDPA Clubs In The Area

- Frederick IWLA IDPA, Frederick, MD LINK
AAFG IDPA, Annapolis, MD 
NRA Range IDPA, Fairfax, VA
Blue Ridge Arsenal IDPA, Manassas, VA
Fairfax Rod and Gun IDPA, Manassas, VA (Closed in Winter)

Handgun/Pistol Restrictions in Maryland

- The Maryland Code requires that you transport your firearms unloaded and ammo separated from the handgun in the trunk or rearmost part of the vehicle, as in U.S. Title 18(Code and Exceptions here)
- Non-Residents are allowed to bring their legally owned pistols to TCSC for IDPA or informal practice (Related Statutes).
- Note that some models of pistols are banned (See List).  
- You may bring high capacity magazines into Maryland for IDPA or informal practice, but you may not purchase or transfer them (Related Statute).
- Non-residents may stay overnight in Maryland with legally possessed firearms, or at hotels subject to hotel policy. 
- You must have a Maryland Concealed Carry Permit to legally carry in Maryland. (Code and Exceptions here)
- IDPA is a pistol sport. Center fire rifles have special restrictions. See Maryland State Police Website FAQ.

Concealed Carry Legal Links
- Maryland Shall Issue
United States Concealed Carry Legal Protection 
- Learn to exercise your 4th, 5th and 6th Amendment rights:

Firearm Insurance

If you don't have insurance on your firearm consider Eastern Insurance: $126/year for $40,000 coverage all firearms, $100 deductible:  The underwriter is an NRA supporter and rifle shooter and collector. 



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