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Old May 12, 2012, 03:44 AM   #1
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IDPA question. SSP vs ESP

I am interested in competing in the IDPA and my pistols of choice are either the S&W M&P pro. or the HK P30L. Now could someone please tell me the difference between the SSP and ESP divisions because they booth seem very similar to me. Thank you for your input.
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Old May 12, 2012, 11:42 AM   #2
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If you look at, you will find a link to the current rulebook

Pages 18-22 should answer your question.

The main website also provides a listing of IDPA clubs.

Good luck.
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Old May 12, 2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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Technically, SSP is double action pistols and ESP is single action, but through some quirks, Glock and M&P are SSP while XD and XDM are ESP.

If the H&K is carried cocked and locked, it's ESP. If it's DA/SA, then it's probably SSP. "Probably" assuming that you didn't change anything in the trigger.
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Old May 12, 2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Ok thanks for your input guys. The HK that I have has LEM trigger. basically a hammer fired DAO. I'm assuming that would make it a SSP.
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