International Practical Shooting Confederation


IPSC shooters need to blend accuracy, power, and speed into a winning combination. Multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty targets, and partially covered targets, along with obstacles, movement, competitive strategies, and other techniques are all a part of IPSC to keep shooters challenged and spectators engaged.

IPSC Motto

The Latin words Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC) meaning accuracy, power, and speed are IPSC's motto and form the foundation for competition. IPSC also emphasizes procedures for safe gun handling and strict adherence to the rules governing the sport.

What is involved in IPSC competitions?

In IPSC shooting, no course of fire is ever the same from one competition to the next. Diversity is encouraged to keep the sport from becoming standardized, and typically competitors do not know in advance what to expect in any given match.

Handgun IPSC targets have a 15-centimeter center representing the "A Zone" or bulls eye. Most shooting takes place at relatively close distances, with rare shots out to 50 meters. Hitting a 15-centimeter zone might seem easy to an experienced pistol shooter, but in IPSC only full power handguns are used (9mm or larger).

Mastering a full power handgun is considerably more difficult than shooting a light recoiling target pistol, especially when the competitor is trying to go as fast as possible. Time is a key factor. Target points are divided by the time taken to achieve them, adding to the challenge. Handgun shooters may enter one of five different Divisions depending on the style of firearm used.

Interesting in attending an IPSC competition?

For more information about IPSC Newfoundland & Labrador, please visit our website at IPSC ( At our website, you can contact us directly by using the “Contact Us” section at the top right of the page. You can also reach us via email at



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