Exciting, challenging and fun, IPSC is a dynamic shooting sport where the principles of accuracy, speed and power are balanced in a unique scoring system. IPSC has defined action shooting. It requires competitors to shoot fast and accurately, often shooting on the move and developing techniques and styles to shave off fractions of a second between shots, during reloads and drawing from the holster.

IPSC shooters have to blend accuracy, power and speed into a winning combination

But don’t worry – basically, it is quite simple! Once a start signal sounds, the shooter must complete a predetermined course of fire (COF). This signal is an acoustical peep tone generated by a timer used to measure both the time and the number of shots. The main objective is to shoot at multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty targets or even partially covered targets in the shortest possible time while scoring the highest number of points. In the end, the score is determined by the number of hits divided by the time between the start signal and the last shot.

Safety is the top priority because the shooter is moving through the course against the clock with a loaded firearm. Every competitor is accompanied during the match by a Range Officer (RO). The RO gives the start signal, ensures safe weapon handling and controls rule violations. In consultation with other officials, the Range Officer is also responsible for recording hits. If necessary, the RO is authorized to disqualify shooters from the match; for example when a handgun falls to the ground or something occurs that isn’t in accordance with the safety rules.

The result of points divided by time is called the “hit factor”, which is also the shooter’s score for the respective course. The higher the hit factor, the better the score. The marksman with the highest hit factor is awarded 100 % of the possible points for the course. All other shooters receive a percentage of their hit factor relative to the best marksman. The primary target media used is the “IPSC Target”, a cardboard target.

See the VFGC Calendar for a schedule.

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