What We Offer

Members of the St. John's Rod and Gun Club who are in good standing and have completed Orientation can access our facility 7 days a week daylight to dusk. Members are free to use Rifle/Pistol Ranges A, B, & C, Shotgun Range E along with some SJRGC owned clay target throwers, and Archery Range F. Click the links below for more information on addition range & shooting groups that you may be interested in joining at the St. John's Rod and Gun Club.

Rifle/Pistol Range | IDPA | IPSC | Trap Shooting | Sporting Clays | Youth Programs | Conservation | Archery | Angling

IDPA‭ ‬at the St.‭ ‬John‭’‬s Rod‭ & ‬Gun Club

The International Defensive Pistol Association‭ (‬IDPA‭) ‬was established in the United States in‭ ‬1996,‭ ‬and is the governing body for IDPA competition,‭ ‬a handgun-centric shooting sport based on simulated self-defense scenarios.‭ ‬The format was designed to be enjoyable to all shooters of all skill levels,‭ ‬with a premium put on the social interaction and camaraderie of the members.‭ ‬Today,‭ ‬it is the fastest growing shooting sport in the USA‭ ‬with over‭ ‬300‭ ‬affiliated clubs in all‭ ‬50‭ ‬states hosting weekly and monthly competitions,‭ ‬and with membership from‭ ‬over‭ ‬50‭ ‬foreign nations,‭ ‬including of course Canada.

IDPA involves the use of practical equipment including full charge‭ ‬service ammunition to solve simulated‭ “‬real world‭”‬ self-defense scenarios.‭ ‬Shooters‭ ‬are required to use practical handguns and‭ ‬concealed carry‭ ‬holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use.‭ ‬No‭ “‬competition only‭”‬ equipment is permitted,‭ ‬since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual,‭ ‬not his equipment or gamesmanship.

Established at the St.‭ ‬John‭’‬s Rod‭ & ‬Gun Club in March‭ ‬2010,‭ ‬IDPA Newfoundland‭ & ‬Labrador‭ (‬IDPANL‭) ‬is the‭ ‬affiliated local section of IDPA Canada‭ (‬which,‭ ‬in turn,‭ ‬is the regional representative of IDPA International‭)‬,‭ ‬and the‭ ‬first Canadian provincial club to be organized east of Ontario.

Among other things,‭ ‬IDPANL seeks to promote within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters‭; ‬to promote a better knowledge and appreciation on the part of individuals of the citizens of the safe handling and proper care of firearms,‭ ‬as well as improved marksmanship‭; ‬and to promote the development of‭ ‬the characteristics of honesty,‭ ‬good fellowship,‭ ‬self-discipline,‭ ‬team play,‭ ‬and self-reliance,‭ ‬which are the essentials of good sportsmanship.

Matches‭ ‬typically require the use of a service type pistol or revolver of‭ ‬9x19mm/.38‭ ‬Special or larger caliber.‭ ‬Almost any‭ “‬off the shelf‭”‬ handgun will be suitable for IDPA matches,‭ ‬allowing individuals to participate with minimal investment.‭ ‬Matches are typically held at Range C on every third Sunday,‭ ‬with the regular schedule posted on the SJRGC website.‭ ‬We also conduct‭ “‬three gun‭”‬ (handgun,‭ ‬rifle and shotgun‭) ‬matches on a fairly regular basis,‭ ‬and have also hosted larger annual events such as the Zombie Multi-Gun Shoot,‭ ‬and in this upcoming season,‭ ‬a Cowboy Shoot.

Annual membership in IDPANL is currently‭ ‬$25.00,‭ ‬with a match fee of‭ ‬$5.00.‭ ‬It is also required that applicants obtain and maintain a current membership with IDPA International,‭ ‬which allows participation in all sanctioned IDPA matches worldwide.

IDPANL Website:


IDPANL mailing address:

P.O.‭ ‬Box‭ ‬17004, Stn Kelligrews
Conception Bay South
NL A1X 3H1