General questions about the courses

  • You are between 18 and 65 years old. (65+ on request, from 16 years with active participation of a legal guardian)
  • You are physically and mentally fit enough to complete a 3 or 5 hour course .
  • You have not convicted of offenses against life and limb .
  • On the day of the course you will have a current criminal record extract that not older than 3 months online here ) or your weapon acquisition license (WES).
  • You have private liability insurance of at least CHF 5 million.
  • If you are a sole citizen of Albania, Algeria, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey, you unfortunately cannot take part in the courses. (see Swiss Weapons Act , TSB Birmensdorf provision ( see Terms of Use 1.1.1 ).
  • If we consider you unsuitable for the courses in terms of character or mentality, we will not admit you to the courses.
  • If you would like to participate with your personal 9×19 pistol , write the make and model in the notes field when registering for .
  • All pistol module courses train with the pistol holster. If you take your personal pistol with you, you will need your own belt holster and magazine pouch . (Speed ​​holsters are not permitted). If you rent a pistol for the course, I will provide you with a belt holster.

If you don't have any personal equipment yet, we will provide you with almost everything.
For the pistol modules you absolutely trousers with belt loops and a trouser belt , solid). We provide you with hearing protection and safety glasses

Clothing should be appropriate for the occasion. Sneakers, comfortable trousers such as jeans, outdoor or cargo trousers, a top that is “closed” at the neck area, i.e. no blouses, shirts or tops with a V-neck. Hot shells could fly in and you definitely don't want that ;o).

In the winter months it can be cool to cold in the shooting hall. Therefore, dress warmly. But be careful: no jacket , as this is very cumbersome during the pistol module courses and therefore poses a safety risk.

You can find out more about the equipment in the resources under Media & Downloads !

No !
You can use a pistol or e.g. for the duration of the course.
Sometimes you can also rent other weapons. If you would like to participate with your personal 9x19mm pistol, you will need your own pistol belt holster and magazine pouch.

If the content corresponds to our courses, generally yes. contact me and we'll look into it together.

 You will receive a course confirmation (course ID card) for every module/shooting course.

I'm not doing a test due to time constraints. However, you can find the HST-30 shooting test for the pistol under Media & Downloads . You can practice this for yourself. You then have the opportunity to take the shooting test several times a year.

Questions about pistol courses

In order to be able to participate in all modules, the first three modules form the basis .
These are constructive and mandatory .

You are then free to choose which module you would like to attend. tutorial videos first .

Both are beginner courses .

The charging bank takes 3 hours and the module 1 takes five hours. In the loading bench course, the pistol is on the loading bench in front of you and in module 1 you wear a holster in which the pistol is. In Module 1 you also learn the manipulations of changing magazines and reloading.

Basically yes !
Please contact me
before the course Basically, low-emission (Nontox) 9x19mm ammunition is included in the course price.
You have to get other calibers yourself and are responsible for them.

Questions about the IDPA

IDPA stands for “International Defensive Pistol Association” and is a shooting sports organization that focuses on realistic self-defense scenarios. Here is a simple explanation of IDPA shooting sports:

1. Goal of IDPA shooting sports

IDPA aims to mimic realistic self-defense scenarios to prepare shooters for potentially dangerous situations.

2. Course and scenarios

The shooters complete various courses (called stages) on a shooting range that simulate real situations. These could be, for example, house robberies, car thefts or similar scenarios.

3. Equipment

The shooters use standard pistols, holsters and magazine pouches suitable for everyday use. The equipment should be realistic and correspond to everyday conditions.

4. Rating

The shooters are evaluated based on their shooting performance. Not only precision but also speed is taken into account. Penalty points are awarded, for example, for missed targets or security violations.

5. Security

Safety is the top priority in IDPA shooting sports. Strict rules apply to avoid accidents. Shooters must adhere to clear safety regulations.

6. Categories

Competitors are divided into different categories depending on their experience, the caliber of weapon used and other factors. This allows for a fair competition environment.

7. Training and community

In addition to the competitive aspect, IDPA places great emphasis on training and community. Shooters can improve their skills, exchange experiences and network with like-minded people.

To take part in IPDA competitions, you definitely need an IDPA-compliant IDPA pistol, revolver or PCC. Under the next section “…document on the IDPA shooting?” The various divisions are listed in the appendix. In the IDPA, the pistol must not exceed a certain weight and size.

Additional equipment includes hearing and eye protection, an IDPA-compliant belt holster and magazine holster for two reserve magazines. Last but not least, a concealed carry vest.

Youtube videos

Here are a few explanation videos (in English) for you.

IDPA Fundamentals Part 1: Gear
IDPA Fundamentals Part 2: Scoring
IDPA Fundamentals Part 3: Tactical Priority
IDPA Fundamentals Part 4: Reloads
IDPA Fundamentals Part 5: Divisions & Classifications
IDPA Fundamentals Part 6: Rules of the Game

You can find the official documents for IDPA shooting under the following links:

  • IDPA Match Rules – The directory with important information about matches, classifications, divisions, times etc.
  • Become an IDPA member – In order to be able to participate in the IDPA, you need the IDPA membership
  • IDPA Rulebook (202 3 ) – This set of rules contains all the rules that the IDPA shooter must adhere to.
  • IDPA Equipment Appendix – This appendix contains the rules for weapon divisions
  • IDPA Classifier (Standard Method ) – The globally standardized classifier will determine which performance category you fall into. This classifier is completed during the IDPA intro course, which you can attend with me.
  • IDPA 5×5 Classifier Pre-Test . If you currently don't have the opportunity to shoot in a dynamic shooting range or don't have an IDPA target to practice with, then I have a modified 5×5 classifier here that you can easily practice.

Once you have completed the IPDA intro course, shot the classifier so that you are classified, and have an active IDPA membership, you can take part in IDPA matches worldwide.

The matches are usually posted on Practiscore.com . You also register for the matches via this.