History of the Conference


The Tactical Conference and Polite Society Match originally began as a major mid-winter indoor pistol match. It started as a major IDPA event in 1998, but within a couple of years the format was changed to use more realistic, mannequin-type targets and actual carry gear.

It soon became obvious that the attendees were more self-defense oriented than purely competitive shooting oriented. Also, a number of self defense trainers were in attendance. It occurred to us that if we could have those trainers present blocks of instruction during the match, the attendees who were not busy shooting could be learning useful skills. At the same time, the trainers could showcase their teaching skills to an interested group of potential students. The Tactical Conference was born!

The Conference started out at Tom’s former pistol range in Memphis. The event has moved a few times since then, first to the Memphis Police Academy and then to the United States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, OK. From 2012 to 2016, we returned to our roots, holding the Tactical Conference in Memphis.  Then in 2017, we moved to our current location: the Direct Action Resource Center in Little Rock, AR. The year 2018 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Tactical Conference. Click here for more information on the 20th Anniversary festivities.


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