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Thurmont, MD IDPA 

All Sunday and Weekday Matches are on Practiscore, Search Term "Thurmont" for IDPA and "TCSC" for 3-Gun:

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

Welcome 2-Gun to Thurmont Sportsmens Club. First match Sun, Dec 16. 

IDPA Safety Officer Classes
- Bridgeville, DE, Sat, Dec 15, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Belton Gun Club, Belton, SC, Sat, Feb 9, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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: UNOFFICIAL Pistol Caliber Carbine Webpage, Classifer, SOI: LINK
- Rangemaster Concealed Carry Conference, Mar 2019, New Orleans, LA, 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 Wed/Thur IDPA Match, Jan or Feb only if weather permits, otherwise March. 
- Next Sunday IDPA Match, Jan or Feb only if weather permits, otherwise March. 
- Next 2GUN Match: Sat, Dec 16
- Next USPSA/IPSC Match, March 2019
- See complete yearly schedule here: SCHEDULE

2019 Sanctioned Matches Within Driving Distance

Jan 18-19 Arctic Blast, Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Jan 25-26 Castle Pistol Club Winter Classic, New Castle PA
- Feb 8-8 Chesapeake Cup, Lexington, MD
- Mar 23-24 Coastal Carolinas Challenge, Bolivia, NC
- Apr 5-6 Virginia Indoor Regional, Chesapeake, VA

Link To My Business Card and All VA/MD Clubs

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/Thursday 9AM-1PM match run by Pete Ott, Match Director, 
- One Saturday or Sunday 8AM-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

Please read this document: If you are a registered and experienced IDPA shooter and have a ranking of Marksman or higher, you are already authorized to attend our matches. You will be required to partner with an experience Thurmont shooter. Please read the Orienation here! If you have a ranking below Marksman 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 Marksman or less or are Unclassified, and do not meet the criteria above, you will need to be evaluated and may be required to take supplemental training. In this case 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. 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 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. 

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 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, none of which are legal for IDPA. (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 caliber 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:


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Contact Cody Claxton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.