What is Practical Shooting?

Practical Shooting is exciting, challenging and one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the World. Courses of fire involve many aspects not found in other shooting disciplines, such as movement by the shooter, drawing from the holster, moving targets, multiple targets and freedom for the shooter to solve problems presented by the course design.

What makes Practical Shooting unique?

The appeal of the sport lies in the diversity of the courses of fireavailable to the shooter, with ranges from 3 to 50 yards. By offering many different courses of fire, practical shooting continues to challenge competitors to improve their skills in many areas. There’s always something new and unique to challenge the practical pistol shooter.


What is IPSC?


IPSC is the International Practical Shooting Confederation, the worldwide organization for the sport of Practical Shooting, with global representation in over 90 countries or “regions”. IPSC regions are the organizations which promote the sport of practical shooting in their country.

For more information, visit http://www.ipsc.org/ipsc/


What type of matches does IPSC promote?


IPSC matches are based on the principles of ACCURACY, POWER and SPEED. Participants in IPSC matches develop a higher degree of proficiency in the use of the handgun, as well as providing a great means of recreation.


What is IPSC Jamaica?


The Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) is officially recognized by IPSC as the sole accepted and acknowledged national regulatory body for the sport of Practical Shooting in Jamaica (i.e. the “Regional Directorate” or IPSC JAMAICA). JRA is responsible for safeguarding IPSC principles, to regulate its conduct and promote the sport of Practical Shooting in Jamaica by persons of good character. Practical shooters in Jamaica become members of IPSC by either joining the Jamaica Rifle Association (Practical Pistol Group), or through one of the IPSC-affiliated FLA-Approved Ranges in Manchester (MRPC), Clarendon (Woodleigh), Westmoreland (NTSR) or St Andrew (KBTTC).


What are the advantages of being a member of IPSC Jamaica?


–          You will be a member of the organization that is promoting and developing the sport of practical shooting in Jamaica

–          You will be eligible to participate in IPSC practical shooting matches at the local, regional and international levels

–          You will have the opportunity to attend IPSC training seminars to improve your shooting skills and learn how to become a certified Range Officer through NROI Jamaica

–          You will be a participant in the one of the most exciting and challenging shooting sports in the World!


What kinds of People compete in IPSC matches?


Just as in any other popular sport, you will find virtually all types of people at a practical shooting match. Our membership covers just about any occupation you can think of, from craftsman to professional. We are also fortunate to have many women involved in our shooting program. All IPSC shooters are believers in SAFE GUN HANDLING and in GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP.


Is there a place in IPSC for beginners?


ABSOLUTELY! All of those currently competing were once at the beginner stage.

By becoming active in matches hosted by a IPSC-affiliated club you will have the advantage of professional officiating and safety-conscious range personnel. You will also find that most IPSC shooters are pleased to give you a hand in getting started. IPSC has an international classification system that assures each competitor will be facing competition of an equal skill level. A good way to get started is to ask the club contact at an IPSC-affiliated range for assistance.


Is IPSC Shooting an expensive sport?


As in any other recreational activity, there is virtually no limit to the amount you may spend on firearms and associated equipment. However, all that is required is a reliable handgun, suitable holster, ammunition, eye and ear protection and a big dose of enthusiasm. As your skill level increases, you may wish to advance to other equipment or additional items for competition use.

Expenses can be kept to a minimum for Production Division because very few modifications are permitted to the handgun.


What kinds of guns are used for Practical Shooting?


The predominant handguns found in IPSC competition are variants of the 2011 design single-action in 9mm, .38 Super, and .40 S&W calibers, in the Open and Standard divisions. A wide variety of standard handguns from the major manufacturers including CZ, Glock, Sig, Beretta, Taurus etc. are approved for use in the Production Division. The minimum caliber accepted for use in IPSC competition is 9mm Luger (also known as 9x19mm, 9mm Parabellum or 9mm NATO).

It is best to attend a few IPSC matches before purchasing any equipment to get an idea of what will work for you.


What is NROI Jamaica?


The National Range Officers Institute (NROI) is established by the IPSC Region, and carries out the following functions:


–          Conducts Range Officer Training Seminars in accordance with international training standards for certification of national range officers

–          Advises the Regional Director on aspects relating to the safe conduct and rules of competition

–          Maintains a register of all National Range Officials

–          Manages the National Range Official Maintenance Program


Any last questions?


Contact jam@ipsc.org , see you at an IPSC match!