IDPA Rule Changes Summary

2015 to 2017 Rulebook Change Summary as of 1/15/2017

1.2 “Cover” now refers to a position where a shooter can engage targets with a portion of their upper and lower body behind an object such as a wall. (Forget everything you once knew about 100% of lower body and 50% of upper body.)
2.2 Intentionally firing rounds at something other than a target or an activator is a DQ.
2.9 Muzzle safe exclusion zones on doors. DQ is only issued if gun enters the exclusion zone while a hand is touching the door knob or handle.
3.11 Shooters may try out IDPA 3 times before being required to join IDPA.
3.2 Tac Priority only. Tac Sequence not allowed.
3.2.7 May re-engage targets from other shooting positions if not breaking a muzzle safe point.
3.4 Any IDPA legal reload may be done anywhere anytime, stopped or moving as long as you are not exposed to un-engaged targets.
3.5.6 When running the gun empty in the open, reload and continue engaging targets if desired.
3.6 Feet and Fault Sticks only will be used to determine “in cover” instead of called cover based on an invisible line.
4.0 One Second Per Point Down scoring.
4.12 Disappearing target examples removed.
4.12 New head box circle added to the target.
4.3.1 ncomplete stage, method B was removed.
5.2 New Flagrant PE for times when the shooter gained more than 3 seconds worth of advantage.
6.6.12 Maximum distance for shooter movement under their own power is now 20 yards.
6.6.2 Maximum head shot distance now 15 yards on standards.
6.6.23 No mandating reloads. Reloads as necessary.
6.6.4 Maximum distance to target on a standard stage is 50 yards.
6.6.5 No memory stages. If you can see a target you can shoot it.
6.6.6 Only one paper target in a stage may have a different number of required rounds than the others.
8.1.2 and 8.2.10 Specialty Divisions (mostly undefined right now, need Match Admin book which will come out soon.)
8.1.4 Bug Revo 5 rounds.
8.2.2 ESP relaxed restrictions, notably full length dust covers allowed, and other stuff.
8.2.4 and 8.2.7 Smaller box for BUG and CCP and weight changes. No more full sized guns with short slides.
8.3.2 Chronograph is now done with the competitor’s firearm only.
9.3 A single semi-auto classifier level applies to all semi-auto divisions. Applies to new classifiers shot after 1/1/2017.

At IDPA.com=>Rules, there are new, easier, classifier stages, and new time brackets.
Removed: Disappearing targets must be last target.
Removed: FTN.
Removed: Tac Sequence.
Removed: Receiving more than one FTDR in a match is a DQ.
Removed: Plate Racks not allowed.
There is now an index at the back of the book.