What is IPSC Shooting?

IPSC shooting is dynamic, challenging, and one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the world today. Courses of fire utilize many aspects not found in the more traditional shooting disciplines such as movement by the shooter, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting challenges presented in the courses of fire.

IPSC stands for International Practical Shooting Confederation. You will sometimes hear the sport referred to as USPSA shooting. USPSA is the USA region of IPSC, however they do also have their own rule book, creating a competition, which better suits it's own membership. However the fundementals of USPSA , is the same as IPSC.


YouTube video - Introduction to USPSA practical shooting.


What makes IPSC shooting unique?

The appeal of the sport lies in the diversity of the courses of fire available to the shooter. By offering different courses of fire rather than set types, IPSC shooting continues to challenge the competitor and to improve his/her skills. There are continually new demands to challenge the IPSC shooting enthusiast.


What type of matches does IPSC promote?

IPSC matches are based on the principles of accuracy, power and speed. The matches are varied and based on the safe use of the handgun. Participation in these matches will develop a high degree of safety and proficiency, as well as providing an exciting means of recreation.


What kind of people compete in IPSC matches?

As in any other popular sport, a wide variety of people enjoy IPSC shooting. Our membership spans almost every occupation, from craftsmen to executives. We are also fortunate to have many women and families involved in our shooting programs. It is not unusual to find husbands and wives and families participating in IPSC activities. All of the people at our competitions are strong believers in safety and safe gun handling as well as good sportsmanship.


YouTube video - Maria Gushchina - Thailand IPSC 30years Anniversary Champ.


Is there a place in IPSC for beginners?

Absolutely! All of those currently competing were once at the beginner stage. By becoming active in matches hosted by an IPSC club you will have the advantage of qualified range officials and courteous range staff. You will normally find IPSC shooters are pleased to give a helping hand in getting you started. By using the ICS classification system shooters can be assured they will be facing an equal skill level.


Is IPSC shooting an expensive sport?

As in any other recreational activity there is virtually no limit to the amount you may spend on firearms and associated equipment. However, to get a solid start in IPSC shooting, all that is required is a reliable firearm, suitable equipment, ammunition, eye and ear protection, and a big dose of enthusiasm.


What kinds of guns are used for IPSC shooting?

You will see standard stock firearms as well as exotic custom guns in IPSC competitions. We recommend that you determine what is the best choice as you begin to compete.


Is it just pistol shooting?

In short, no.  IPSC shooting, in addition to pistol, also has rifle and shotgun divisions. Competitions, which include all three of the IPSC firearm types, is referred to as 3 Gun.


YouTube video - Warkworth IPSC Rifle Match.


YouTube video - New Plymouth IPSC Shotgun Match.



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