Create an IDPA-Legal Checklist for Your Pistol

Now that you’ve read all about what’s allowed and what’s not in the rules for your IDPA division, create a quick checklist using our IDPA-legal series lists to make sure your competition handgun won’t get turned away at check-in. Here’s a quick sample of what that might look like, taken from my own experience.

The IDPA CCP division is one of the newest divisions. I am partial to CZ pistols and I have been shooting them in competition and concealed carrying them for over 10 years. My current carry pistol is an OD Green CZ 75D P0-1 compact in 9mm. It is of 2006 vintage and it has served me well as a daily carry piece. I occasionally do use it in a match shooting under the SSP division in place of my SP-01 Tactical, but let us go through the list of requirements and see if I can now shoot it in CCP.

Now, I am not going to list everything permitted as it is a long list, but I am going to list everything that is critical and might violate the CCP division rules and possibly get it moved to another division or disallowed all together. With my digital calipers and handy postage scales at the ready, here are my results.

Checklist:

  • Must be Semi-automatic: Yes
  • Must use 9mm or larger caliber: Yes (9x19mm)
  • Barrel length of 4.10” or less: Yes (3.634” from muzzle to chamber)
  • Unloaded with the heaviest magazine weighs 37.00 oz. or less: Yes 1*(27.40oz) 2*(27.30oz) 3*(27.70oz)
  • With the largest magazine inserted fit in 83/4”x6”x13/8” box: Yes 3*(71/4” x 51/2”x 15/16”)
  • Does the extended magazine release protrude more than 0.2”: No (0.127”)
  • Compensator of any type including ported or hybrid barrels: No
  • Rail mounted or attached to trigger guard lights or lasers: No
  • Disconnected or disabled safety devices, FPB, grip or thumb safety: No
  • Notch and post type sights: Yes
  • Added weights tungsten guide rod or brass mag wells: No
  • Heavy and or cone style barrels without a barrel bushing: No (Allowed in CCP if 4.10” or less)
  • Grips heavier than 2.00 oz. over factory: No 1*(Rubber OEM 2.20 oz.) 2*(VZ 1.40 oz.)
  • Non-permitted removal of material from the exterior of the slide: No
  • Slide stop disabled: No

As you can see from the list above, the CZ P-01 as I have it configured does qualify for CCP and is ready to be put through a challenging course of fire. I would like to go over a few of the things on the list to clarify what I have measured or weighed.

Magazines

First of all, I have quite a few magazines for my CZ pistol that are different capacity and use different base pads/plates. First is an OEM 14-rd compact magazine with a steel base plate. Second is an OEM 14-rd compact magazine with an OEM rubber base pad (standard when you buy the P-01). Third is an OEM full size 16-rd (really 17-rd) with a factory plastic base pad/spacer that covers the gap between the bottom of the pistol frame and the bottom of the magazine. I carry one or more of these magazines on my person at any given time, so it made sense to me to weigh all of them. The rule book does require the heaviest and largest magazine to be measured that you are going to compete with. I did measure my pistol with the #3 magazine inserted since it is the longest of the three. I came in well within the box limits required for CCP.

Did you notice that the steel base plate magazine weighed 0.10 oz. more than the rubber padded base pad? No, my scale is not broken and there was not a fat thumb on the scale. It was weighed on two different scales with the same result. Honest! I was curious and pulled the magazines apart and did not notice a difference in the internals of either magazine.

Grips

Recently I purchased a pair of fine VZ grips for my pistol, as I have been running the OEM rubber grips since I have had the pistol. I normally run VZ grips on my competition pistol as I have found that the VZ grips reduce the felt grip profile and allow me to get a better handle on my pistol while shooting. I have medium-sized hands and I chose these examples since they were the only ones I had access to at the time. There are other options out there such as aluminum grips with grip tape added, and nice wood grips also. Whatever your modifications or upgrades, use your division checklist to keep those pistols legal, and keep on competing.

This post is not intended to replace the IDPA Rule Book, but is simply a guide to help the interested shooter become more familiar with the pistol rules. All competitors are responsible for reading, understanding and following all IDPA rules. If you have any further questions about your pistol, please feel free to call or email your local IDPA club contact, Chief Safety Officer, Match Director or Area Coordinator to help you with answers to your questions. We have the knowledge and ability to guide you through the rule book so you will have a fun experience with the sport and want to continue to further your shooting abilities.
Jason C Armstrong
Temple Gun Club IDPA CSO / Match Director
Owner of Hammerdown Sports Gunsmith Services

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