Frank's IPSC Page
Hi, I used to have enough free time to participate in this great sport wich I love very much. For now this is my tribute to the over 3 years I was an active shooter.
IPSC Stands for International Practical Shooting Confederation. If you want more detailed/technical information regarding this sport please click on the IPSC logo.
IPSC is the governing body of the sport of Practical Shooting which basically consists in the use of high power handguns to engage many targets which are arranged in non specific positions taking the least amount of time. As you see the three key aspects of this sport are Power, Precision and Speed. I'm not an active shooter now, but was very into the sport a few years back.This is a fun sport which requires very good hand eye coordination, high speed thinking abilities and a some physical condition. The handguns used can be pistols or revolvers in the following caliber's: 9mm, 10mm, 38cal, 357cal, 40cal, 45cal, etc.
The Power of the load is calculated by multiplying the bullet weight by the muzzle speed which gives the Power factor. There are two categories of factors which are minor and major. This is important since the points awarded by non center hits on the targets get scored differently depending on the factor you are shooting.As a reference any off the shelf 9mm or 38cal round is a minor as opposed to any 10mm round which is major. Of course almost 95% of us reload our ammo for two reasons: economy and Power factor control, which means we can basically load any round starting from 9mm as either a minor or major round (safety precautions taken of course). Nowadays if you can build or buy a decent handgun you should be shooting major loads. I started shooting minor since I only had a Glock 19 9mm pistol which is not safe for shooting major loads. Later I built a Paraordnance 1911 also chambered to 9mm but with a modification in the chamber which allowed the use of 9mm major loads which are simply a standard 9mm case with a lot of powder and a heavy bullet. The chamber modification is required so the extra long bullet can fit correctly inside the chamber and consists in removing a few millimeters of the strands just in front of the chamber.
Precision is very important as with all shooting sports, but not the most important factor. The targets used are basically two types: cardboard and metallic. The cardboard targets are divided in four zones and the metallic targets only require knocking them down to achieve full score. The scoring on the cardboard targets is done accounting only the two best hits and with a minimum of two hits per target. If only one hit is present on a target you will be penalized 10 points on it for the miss besides losing a posible 5 points for an A hit (more on this later).
These are the official IPSC targets:
As you see, the A hit scores 5 points for both power factors but other hits punish the use of minor by subtracting one point for each hit.
Speed is the third aspect of our sport since the score achieved on a stage is then divided by the time taken to complete it which gives you your stage factor. This means that, for example, a stage shot with 100 points in 20 seconds gives you a 5.0 factor and the same stage shot with 90 points in 15 seconds gives you a 6.0 factor which means the second shooter wins even though he did not have as good precision as the first. So this is the heart of this sport. You must balance accuracy and speed in order to achieve the highest stage factor. On some stages you can press on speed and lose some accuracy while in others you must do the contrary. This depends on the stage layout and your personal abilities.
This is a very good example of a match:
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