Any citizen of the United States, who may legally own firearms or use them under the supervision of an adult, may become a member of this organization on vote of the Board of Directors and payment of the Defensive Shooters Fellowship of West Broward’s annual dues.
All officers must be 21 years of age or older. Junior members may be enrolled and participate in club activities under the supervision of adult members.
New Member Process
The DSF has a defined process for admitting new members. This process is outlined below.
- Perspective new members are invited to come out and observe a match.
- Opportunity to observe a match, see Courses of Fire
- Learn “Cold Range” procedures, safety procedures
- Learn equipment requirements, review IDPA rule book
- Meet current members and ask questions
- Observe set-up and breakdown of club props and equipment
- Perspective new members are invited to shoot a match as a guest
- Practice safe gun-handling
- Practice drawing from holster
- Practice use of cover garments
- Participate in set-up and breakdown of club props and equipment
- The Board of Directors extends an invitation to join the DSF
- Based on DSF goals of maintaining a safe, fun, and affordable club the Board of Directors we look to ensure that members are safe shooters and work to keep the club fun.
- New member completes paperwork and arranges payment of dues.
- Based on DSF requirements completion of necessary forms
- Based on DSF requirements proof of Florida Concealed Carry License (copy required), or member is in process of obtaining
- Based on DSF requirements proof of NRA membership, or member is in process of obtaining membership
Defensive Shooters Fellowship of West Broward
an International Defensive Pistol Association Affiliated Organization
- To encourage organized shooting among citizens of the United States residing in our community with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship.
- To forward the development of these characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundations of true patriotism.
- To maintain and affiliation with the International Defensive Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association.
The Defensive Shooters Fellowship of West Broward applied for affiliation with the NRA in May of 1998.
The Defensive Shooters Fellowship of West Broward was founded by a group of dedicated shooters who discovered the IDPA and set about to create a local IDPA affiliated club for the purpose of practical shooting and the advancement of the IDPA. From early on the club goals were determined to be those of “fun”, “safe” and “affordable” shooting.
Early on the DSF held its matches with a fellow IDPA club, and once enough members were recruited and a suitable place to hold matches was located the club has grown and continued to provide a venue for a diverse group on individuals to practice the safe use of firearms in real-world tactical shooting scenarios.
Later in the club’s existence it was determined that members would be done a disservice if they were not given the opportunity to practice with firearms other than pistols for personal protection. Most firearms owners know that firearms are nothing more than tools. As a screwdriver can not do the job of a hammer, firearms owners may have a variety of “tools” for different purposes. The opportunity to practice and be confident with various firearms is important to the overall knowledge of today’s practical shooter.
On occasion monthly matches will contain courses of fire that include firearms other than pistols. Both shotguns and tactical carbines are available for personal protection and this allows members to gain confidence in their use.
Members who own these various firearms are always willing to share their use with other club members. This leads to a greater familiarity with different firearms and a greater base of knowledge with which to provide for ones own personal protection.
Defensive Pistol Shooting
What is Defensive Pistol Shooting?
Defensive pistol shooting as a sport is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in Defensive Pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No “competition only” equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his or her equipment or gamesmanship.
Why do we need another shooting sport?
Prior to the formation of Defensive Pistol, there was no place to compete and hone one’s skill with equipment designed for and suitable for self-defense. Other shooting sports are just that, sports that have no relevance to self-defense. Defensive Pistol offers an exciting new forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and course of fire are mandated. Prior to Defensive Pistol there was no place at all to compete with common service pistols such as the Beretta, Glock or Sig. Nor was there a shooting sport where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap. When you come to a Defensive Pistol match you cannot only use your duty/CCW equipment, you can be completely competitive with it! Other shooting sports have become equipment “races”. Defensive Pistol will not. If you’re interested in using truly practical pistols, drawn from practical holsters to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then Defensive Pistol is the sport for you.
What are the goals of Defensive Pistol?
- To create a level playing field for all competitors to test the skill and ability of the individual, not their equipment or gamesmanship.
- To promote safe and proficient use of guns and equipment suitable for self-defense use.
- To offer a competition forum for standard factory produced service pistols such as the Beretta 92F, Glock 17, etc. (Stock Service Pistol Division) for popular single action 9mm/.40 pistols which have been modified for carry (Enhanced Service Pistol Division), for 1911 style single stack .45’s which have been modified for carry, not competition (Custom Defensive Pistol Division) and for service revolvers such as the popular Smith & Wesson 686 (Stock Service Revolver Division)
- To provide the shooters with practical and realistic course of fire that simulates potentially life threatening encounters or test skills that would be required to survive life-threatening encounters.
- To offer practical shooting sport that is responsive to the shooters and sponsors, with unprecedented stability of equipment rules.
- To offer practical shooting sport that allows competitors to concentrate of the development of their shooting skills and fellowship with other like minded shooters.
What types of matches does Defensive Pistol hold?
The Defensive Pistol headquarters has developed a comprehensive course of fire book which is supplied to all affiliated clubs and is also available for a nominal fee to individual members. These course fall into two categories: Self-Defense scenarios or Standard exercises.
For more information please call Charles Kasprzak at 954.415.2428