I.P.S.C. (International Practical Shooting Confederation)

Steel ChallengeIPSC grew from the early combat matches that were started to test self defense skills with a hand gun and was started in 1976 and is shot in approx. 60 countries around the world and close to 400 clubs in the United States. The governing body in the U.S. is the U.S.P.S.A. (United States Practical Shooting Association).

IPSC includes pistols that are purely stock to purely competition use, full powered 9mm or larger calibers.

Pistol Classes

  1. Open – This is the “anything goes Race Gun” can have Optical sights, compensated barrels and high capacity magazines. The only limitation is magazines cannot be longer than 170 MM. (these will hold 28-30 Rds)
  2. Limited – Iron sighted uncompensated, magazines are limited to 140-MM length (these will hold 19-20 rounds in .40 cal).
  3. Limited 10 – This class is for the classic 1911 in 45 ACP but you can shoot other guns, limited to 10 rounds.
  4. Production – Double action auto pistols (Glock, Beretta, Sig, Ruger, HK, etc.).
  5. Revolver – This is for 6 shot revolvers (S&W 686, Ruger GP-100, etc.).   Shotgun and Rifle – IPSC Shotgun and Rifle disciplines are similar to Handgun but differ in many details. Only minor differences are found in the competition rules.  At times these are utilized along with the pistol at FSC, or even as a side match of interest.

Typical Equipment – a pistol as described, a safe Holster and at least 3 extra magazines in holders, eye and hearing protection.  As a match can range from 4-6 stages using 6-30+ rounds, it is suggested to bring an applicable amount of ammunition.

Targets and scenarios range from paper to steel at varying distances, and you are timed on how long it takes to clear your targets.

Rules, range commands, procedures, Stage scenario setups, and equipment information can be found at: http://www.ipsc.org/