Acronyms be gone


how difficult would it be to actually spell out the divisions here alongside the acronyms? New shooters would appreciate not being required to have a rule book out and be looking up these to see where they fit. It’s not like electrons cost anything.

Hi Ron,
Well, the sanctioning body stipulates how the divisions are listed.
If you are a match director you may go in and change the descriptions of any of the divisions. But if you are sending match results in for say, classifiers, I imagine it would get bounced back because your division listings won’t match corporate.

If you don’t want your new shooters having to go look in the rulebooks, you can always had the division names underneath the list of acronyms.

I’m just a guy trying to figure out what division I want to shoot in and seeing a bunch of acronyms is not making it easier. Especially when they are all rather similar. I expected that a practicscore webmaster might be able to adjust this.

@Ron_Micjan if you aren’t sure which division is right. Pick any. Then ask the match staff when you arrive at the match. I’m sure they will be able to guide you.

The PractiScore does not run matches it provides a service to match directors and shooting sports to assist them with running matches.

As DJ said, these acronyms are what the IDPA sport is commonly using and this match registration form is just using the official naming.

If you aren’t sure what to pick, CDP, SSP, ESP, etc - having full names like Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol or Stock Service Pistol aren’t that helpful.

You need to check the rules for the sport and see what division your equipment comply with. See this page for more details and a link to the rulebook and equipment/division appendices IDPA Match Rules - International Defensive Pistol Association

thanks for the info, actually the spelled out names are quite helpful, they allow me to disregard several of the divisions and then take the time to look up the ones that are closest. My point to this entire post is to get the organizers to understand how opaque many of the acronyms are for new(er) shooters. I have shot one IDPA match 6 months ago and this week I had to go back and review a couple hours of rules etc to figure out what gun I want to bring and what division it fit into. The very first time I decided to shoot IDPA I was completely lost, now I’m only mostly lost. There are still things I don’t know for tomorrows match: How many magazines will I need? How many rounds are expected to shoot? How many rounds do I load in each magazine? Will there be reloads mandatory? What if I don’t have a holster? If I have a small concealed pistol like a P365, but it has an red dot, do I get bumped into Carry Optic division? I’m sure you all know the answers to these questions, but I can’t find the answers anywhere I look. I don’t even know if I am in the right place to ask these questions. But I started with support on the page I was signing up for the match on, (PS) just asking what all the acronyms mean and why the whole description wasn’t simply there. Thanks

You are making assumptions.

The PractiScore is not the organizer of the events. The match directors are. Also the match directors for many established shooting sports are operating under stipulations of the sport’s governing bodies.

The rules of the sports are published by the sport’s body and all competitors are expected to be somewhat familiar with them when participating in the events. Some clubs also offering some kind of orientation courses for those sports and you can always contact match directors for the event you are signing up to. The contact info is linked on the match signup page on PractiScore.