WHAT IS IPSC – International Practical Shooting Confederation?
IPSC is an action shooting sport based on the goals of DVC – Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (Accuracy, Power, Speed.) IPSC Alberta currently only recognizes and sanctions the “IPSC Handgun” shooting discipline and matches/competitions
In practical shooting, the competitor must try to blend accuracy, power, and speed, into a winning combination. Targets are 75 centimetres by 45 centimetres with a 15 centimetre center representing the “A zone” or bullseye. Most shooting takes place at close range, with rare shots out to 45 meters. Hitting a 15 centimetre A zone at 45 meters or less might seem easy to an experienced pistol shooter, but in IPSC only full power pistols are allowed (9mm or larger). This power minimum reflects the heritage of this modern sport, and mastering a full power handgun is considerably more difficult than shooting a light recoiling target pistol especially when the competitor is trying to go as fast as possible. Time also plays a factor. In Comstock scored stages, the scores are divided by the time, adding to the challenge. Competitors may enter any one of five Divisions depending on the style of firearm they use.
Multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty carrying targets mixed-in, or even partially covering shoot targets, obstacles, movement, competitive tactics, and, in general, any other relevant difficulty the course designer can dream up all combine to keep the competitors enthusiastic and the spectators entertained. While the rules of IPSC state that the course of fire should be practical and diversity is to be encouraged, to keep the sport from becoming too formalized or standardized. In fact, some matches even contain surprise stages where no one knows in advance what to expect.
Although the roots are martial in origin, the sport matured from these beginnings, just as karate, fencing, or archery developed from their origins.
Now, IPSC shooting is an international sport, emphasizing safety and safe gun handling, accuracy, power, and speed, in major competitions around the globe. The crowning glory for practical shooting is to become the IPSC World Champion.