International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)
Practical shooting is a truly international discipline that is practiced in over 52 countries worldwide with local, state, national, regional and international championships happening on a regular basis.
The sport of practical target shooting is different to most other forms of target shooting.
In other forms, a single type of target is used (most often a round paper target with concentric scoring zones and a “bulls eye” in the middle).
Also the rules for target engagement are specific, and so the shooting match is conducted in exactly the same manner match to match.
This allows competitors to practice the exact same competition itself over and over again until perfected.
This is Not so in IPSC!
In IPSC, a variety of target types are used (both paper and steel, stationary and moving, scoring targets and penalty targets).
There is no set way these targets are arranged, nor even how many targets are used in a single match.
A competition organiser creates a number of “stages” (conforming to a set of IPSC design rules), each using different numbers and arrangements of targets, to create a shooting challenge that the competitors have to solve as accurately and as rapidly as possible.
Only one competitor at a time shoots a stage and at all times this competitor is under the direct observation and control of a trained Range Officer whose primary task is to enforce the match safety rules.
Practical shooting is a safe sport, and IPSC training, rules and procedures will ensure that this continues.
In Victoria, IPSC competitions are for centre-fire pistols and revolvers of calibres from 9mm to .45 caliber.
Stages start most often with pistols holstered on the belt however, may also require a start from a barrel, seated and or with your hands loose by your sides, clasped above your head and most stages will require the competitor to perform reloads of the pistol during the stage.
IPSC is dynamic in nature and a multitude of basic handgun skills must be combined in almost perfect symmetry in order to be successful.
Rifle / Shotgun
Occasionally, competitions are also held for rifle and shotgun that allow for multi-discipline competition.
Course of Fire
Practical shooting competitors do not train by shooting the same, set competition over and over again.
There is no set competition.
Instead they practise the skills that are required to fit them to engage whatever stages a match organiser may throw at them.
These can include cardboard “IPSC Standard” and mini IPSC targets, steel “Poppers” and many apparatus based targets that include swinging, dropping and turning, disappearing and “clam shell” or peeping targets.
All of these combined ensure that a significant shooting course is presented to the shooter where their Accuracy, Power and Speed are tested and challenged in each stage being shot.
All shooters in IPSC with SSPC must must be Holster Qualified to be able to compete at a club level and, a current member of IPSC Australia via IPSC Victoria if competing outside SSPC.
All new shooters not yet holster qualified who want to shoot IPSC at SSPC must attend a minimum of 3 competitions and start from 45 degree safe position before being eligible to attend the Holster Qualification Course.
This ensures that the new shooter has exposure to, and is aware of, the shooting environment and how IPSC runs as a discipline before being put into a competition environment.
New shooters to IPSC at SSPC have the option to use a selection of club owned handguns and equipment in order to confirm that the sport is right for them before investing in their own firearm.
When attending one of the SSPC IPSC club competitions, it is mandatory for the new shooters attire have suitable belt loops on trousers or shorts so that a firm (and therefore safe) fit of the equipment belt rig can be obtained before competing.
It is also HIGHLY recommended that any new shooter to IPSC at SSPC come in and attend one of the competitions as an observer in order to see how the competition operates and the dynamic, fun filled environment that exists within this area of the club.
The SSPC IPSC Group meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 5.00pm on Ranges 3 and 4, and the 4th Sunday in each month from 8:00am.
Check the Aus National IPSC website HERE
Check the Vic State IPSC website HERE
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