IPSC on a mission to promote safe use of firearms through sport
Founded in 1976, the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is the worldwide governing body for practical shooting. Now, the IPSC seeks to develop its dynamic and exciting sport with a strong emphasis on responsible and safe gun handling.
Practical shooting, a sport which originated from police combat shooting, differs from other shooting disciplines as athletes must shoot on the run with a diverse range of targets. Accuracy and speed are both key, as the winner is determined by achieving the most possible points in the shortest time. No competition course is ever the same from one competition to the next, ensuring that the sport is challenging and fun for both athletes and fans alike.
In everything that it does, the IPSC employs strict rules and procedures to ensure safety with firearms. These include robust firearm safety rules, extensive materials on proper technique and protocols, expertly trained range officials and rigorous measures at all competitions.
In 2019, the IPSC was successfully granted GAISF Observer Status, and continues to go from strength to strength in gaining further recognition from national sports authorities. Additionally, the IPSC holds over 400 Regional International, Continental Level and World Championships every year, with its flagship events, World Shoots, bringing together over 1,500 athletes from around the globe.
IPSC President Vitaly Kryuchin said:
“Since 1976 we have worked tirelessly in building and developing this thrilling and challenging sport. What started with a group of friends wanting to develop dynamic shooting has now grown into an international discipline with almost a quarter-million active members in more than 100 countries… and we are just getting started!
“Our mission is to maintain, improve and promote the sport of practical shooting and share worldwide the safe and recreational use of firearms to make IPSC shooting recognised as the most exciting, challenging, highly skilled and safest shooting sport in the world.”
Looking ahead, to expand the popularity of practical shooting, the IPSC continues to actively present its sport at national and international exhibitions such as the upcoming SportAccord 2021 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Meanwhile, its top athletes continue to promote and showcase the dynamism and skill of practical shooting via their social media channels.
The IPSC is committed to promoting the accessibility of its sport through the Action Air discipline. This discipline uses airsoft handguns, allowing for the sport to be played in countries with firearm restrictions while giving youth an opportunity to enjoy practical shooting and respect firearms in a safe environment.
In addition, the IPSC is actively developing its Partnership Program, a brand-new initiative which will see the IF work with online games developers to introduce its sport to virtual reality and video games.
Find out more about the IPSC and practical shooting here.