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Shooting with handguns

The origins of IPSC shooting go back to the 1950s. The association "South West Pistol League" in California is considered to be the founder of fast shooting with large-caliber weapons in a form suitable for competition.

IPSC reached international level in 1976: In May, the so-called "Columbia Conference" took place in the US state of Missouri, at which representatives from 14 nations, including Germany, were present. With this conference the "International Practical Shooting Confederation" was founded as a world umbrella organization.

The motto of our sport is:
"Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas" (DVC) in German:
"Precision, power, speed"

The world umbrella organization is based in Canada. There are currently 97 nations,
So-called "regions", from Argentina to Zimbabwe, connected (as of January 2016). In addition to administrative tasks, one of the main tasks is to issue and update an international set of rules. This set of rules is also a binding basis for IPSC shooting in Germany and has been approved by the Federal Office of Administration. However, for reasons of gun law, minor changes have been made in the German regulations in order to have a clear distinction from defensive shooting, which is subject to approval. For example, shooting while running is not allowed, but it is allowed while walking.

Sports law basics
Representative rights for this sport are granted by the umbrella organization worldwide to only one shooting sports association in a region. The rights of representation for the region of Germany lie with the Bund Deutscher Sportsch├╝tzen (BDS).
From this it follows that the first step in exercising IPSC sport is to join the BDS through a club.

IPSC shooting places above-average demands on the ability of a shooter and the safe handling of a firearm. Therefore, the BDS requires shooters interested in IPSC shooting to prove their individual shooting ability and the rules of the game as part of a safety and rule test (SuRT). Upon passing the test, the member receives a confirmation and is only then entitled to take part in IPSC competitions at home and abroad.

In the BDS we have around 9600 shooters who have completed the SuRT (as of 2011).

Objective in a competition
The scoring is always: Hit points scored divided by the time required for a course (exercise, stage). It is therefore important to solve the given task of a course in the shortest possible time with the highest possible hit points.

Target media
In IPSC shooting, paper targets with 3 zones with different ratings and steel targets with a uniform rating are shot. The highest score for a hit is 5 points.

In addition, there are penalty discs and penalty steel targets, a hit on a penalty target is rated with 10 penalty points. A missing hit is also scored with 10 penalty points.

Parcours (stage)
When designing a course, the organizer of a competition is only bound by the rules and the local conditions of the shooting range. A course is set up with the paper targets and possibly also with the steel targets, in which a maximum of 32 hits must be achieved. In practice, the targets are located at a distance of 5 to 25 meters, but occasionally you also shoot targets at a distance of about 2 or 40 meters, if the situation allows it.
Each course is rated separately and the result is included in the overall rating of a competition.

Competitions are divided into so-called "levels".
Level 1 is e.g. a club competition with at least 3 stages and at least 40 shots.

Level 2 is a larger competition, e.g. a national championship, with at least 6 stages and at least 80 shots and at least 50 starters.

Level 3 is e.g. a German championship with at least 12 stages and at least 150 shots and at least 120 starters.

There are also level 4 and level 5 competitions (international championships).

Competitive classes (divisions)
In the early years of our sport there was practically only one weapon that was used: a Colt 1911 A1 in .45 ACP with 7 rounds in the magazine. But sport shooters are inventive and look for their advantages. And a 1911 A1 can't even compete with an STI in caliber .38 Super Auto with compensator, red dot visor and 29 cartridges in the magazine. For this reason, so-called divisions were established to ensure a level playing field.

We have the following classes (divisions):

Production Division
Unmodified trigger pistols (DA), only approved weapons are allowed. In practice: Glock 17, SIG Sauer X-Five, CZ 75 in 9mm Luger caliber

Standard Division
SA pistols with open sights, without compensator and with fixed dimensions.
In practice: STI, H&K in caliber .40S & W

Turret division
Revolver with open sights, without compensator
In practice: S&W model 625 in caliber .45 ACP

Open Division
SA pistols with optical sight, compensator and large grip for magazines with a capacity of up to 29 cartridges. These are tuned weapons that can cost up to 6,000 euros.
In practice: STI in .38 Super Auto

Classic Division
Colt 1911 pistols with a single-row magazine.
This division was introduced on January 1st, 2012.


So-called categories were also created to achieve a level playing field.

Female participants

Participants who are under 21 on the day of the competition

Participants who are over 50 on the day of the competition

Super senior
Participants who are over 60 on the day of the competition

Some peculiarities of IPSC shooting
Each shooter is accompanied by a range officer who gives the commands and ensures that the safety rules are observed.

Guns may only be handled in a safety area or at the direction of the Range Officer. Otherwise they are carried in the holster.

When a target is not fired, the finger is always outside the trigger guard. This is especially true when moving and changing magazines. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

Unintentional firing leads to disqualification.

The weapon must always be pointed towards the bullet trap. In the event of a deviation of more than 90 degrees in each direction, the shooter will be disqualified.