SADPA - The Home of Defensive Sport Shooting


South African Defensive Pistol Association is a sport shooting organisation registered with the SAPS Central Firearm Registry (CFR) since 2004. Sport1300029 (8 December 2004) SADPA has it’s own sport shooting rules and regulations.
The organisation is comprised of individual clubs who affiliate with SADPA and those club members then pay membership fees to SADPA. This enables paid-up members to attain Dedicated Sport Shooting (DSS) status and/or get their firearms endorsed for licensing purposes.

SADPA event rules makes it possible for members to use most types of firearms in a shooting event suited for that firearm e.g. handgun events, shotgun events, rifle events or any combination there off.
The founders developed the sport so that practical gear and practical guns may be used competitively. An interested person can spend a minimal amount on equipment and still be competitive.

The main goal is to test the skill and ability of the individual, not equipment or gamesmanship. “Competition only” equipment is not permitted in this sport.

Shooters compete against and with similar skilled competitors.
Shooters are classed by like-skill levels with progression from:

  1. Novice (NV)
  2. Marksman (MM)
  3. Sharpshooter (SS)
  4. Expert (EX)
  5. Master (MA)


Becoming a member of the South African Defensive Pistol Association (SADPA) offers a unique opportunity for both new and experienced shooters to develop their firearm skills through fun and challenging competitions. New shooters can start off with basic gear during a New Shooter Orientation (NSO) to ensure safe participation.

With SADPA, members don’t need to worry about administrative tasks related to their shooting activities as clubs submit member attendance to official SADPA shoots. Members need only to know their SADPA number and complete an average of five club shoots to maintain their dedicated sport shooting status (DSS).

Clubs are required to hold a minimum of six Tier 1 events (Club events) per calendar year, with SADPA encouraging clubs to also host Tier 2 events (Inter-club events) to strengthen competition and membership. SADPA also hosts Tier 3 matches (Regional events) and a Tier 4 match (National event), awarded to clubs who meet the necessary criteria.

Joining SADPA provides an opportunity to compete at a level comfortable to each member, be it at club, inter-club, regional, or national competitions. With a focus on developing firearm skills through competition and practice, becoming a member of SADPA is an excellent choice for those looking to improve their shooting abilities.

SADPA Sport Shooting

A summary of SADPA defensive sport shooting activities and different events.

More about SADPA events.

SADPA Rules and Constitution

The event rules and a summary of the important part of the SADPA constitution.

More about the rules.

Sign up to become a member

SADPA members all belong to SADPA affiliated clubs.

More about membership.

SADPA affiliated Clubs

All club ranges are NRCS registered with each club hosting a minimum of 6 SADPA events a year.

More about the clubs.