Cochise Defensive Pistol Match
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

**NOTE The workshop for May has been cancelled due to the holiday weekend.  

The Cochise Defensive Pistol Match is open to the public and is sponsored by the Cochise Gun Club in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Shooters at all levels are welcome,  including beginners, ladies and teens. This is a fun match, no trophys, awards or prizes are given, just "bragging rights". In August and February, a "qualifier" stage is run to help the shooters measure their performance.

Matches are held on the the first Saturday of each month at the Sierra Vista Range. 

We will accept on-line registration at the PractiScore Web Site.  On-line registration closes the Friday before the match at 7:00 PM MST.  Search for Cochise Defensive Pistol Match.

 Physical Sign in starts at 8:30 a.m on the day of the match.  The mandatory safety briefing starts at 9:00 a.m, and the match continues until around 1:00 pm.  

Cost:  $10.00.

Watch this video to get see a sample of our stage designs.  April 2015 Match  

The stage designs are posted to the results page after each month.


November will be the annual Zombie Match practice your head shots


Format for Defensive Pistol Match:

  • Scoring based on time and accuracy
  • Stock service pistols or revolvers firearms suitable for concealed carry (no race guns)
  • Minimum recommended caliber is 9mm due to target activators.  .22 will not knock over the "poppers"
  • Stock service holsters only, IWB or OWB worn on strong side hip centered on leg seam.
  • At least 2 magazines or two speed loaders will be needed.  Magazine pouches will be helpful.
  • Revolver friendly (typically magazine change are required on each stage for autos)
  • Normally 4 stages primarily using IDPA targets for scoring, steel targets and reactive targets may also be used.  

  • Score is total shooting time, plus penalties for hits in -1, -3 (1 or 3 seconds)  additional penalties Miss  = 5 sec each , Hit on a non-threat =5 sec each , Failure to nuetralize 5 sec ( miss on required head shot or all hits in the -3 zone) and procedural  = 3 sec (not following a rule).  
  • Bring 100 rounds of target ammunition, typical round count is about 50 per match .
  • Eye and ear protection required
  • Typical shooting distances: 3 to 15 yards, 25 yards maximum
  • Shooters will be classified based on their shooting ability and compete against others who have the same skill level.  Shooters will strive for a balance between speed and accuracy, so shoot accurately and fast and have FUN!
  • Safety rules will be covered at the beginning of every match

Four Basic Rules of Gun Safety

  • The gun is always loaded. 
  • Never point a gun at something you are not prepared to destroy.
  • Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target