Fast and Furious IPSC
“Cowboy is the two step; IPSC is rock ‘n roll!” exclaimed Rick Parker. While the clock ticks away the seconds, IPSC shooters face staged “real-life” scenarios that include swirling and sliding targets. Imagine… 25 targets, 50 rounds, 5 shooting positions, 2 reloads, no misses… all in 18 seconds! That’s what Joe DeSimone did in a recent practice session using his Strayer-Voigt .38 Super race gun. “You have to find a way to shoot proficiently, so you’re not wasting any time,” explained Joe, “…it’s 99% mental.”
IPSC matches are held the third Sunday of each month at an average cost of $20.00 per shooter. Practice sessions are often held on Tuesdays. These sessions are free to MRC members; $3.00 for non-members. All activities are located in the MRC Action Bays.
IPSC is an action-packed game. In one scenario a shooter may begin by lying in a make-shift bed and then spring to life to face more than a dozen intruders. In another he may run across a bridge and dodge behind a vehicle, shooting would-be attackers all the way. “The (IPSC) game is based on speed and accuracy,” clarified Lisa Munson, IPSC shooter of 13 years. IPSC scores are calculated using a formula that factors in the shooter’s score divided by his time.
Before a shooter is qualified to “play” IPSC, he/she must participate in a safety check with an IPSC range officer. The shooter is taught the range commands, IPSC regulations, and overall handling of the firearm.
Common calibers used in IPSC included .45 ACP and .38 Super in stock or Limited class. The .40 Smith and Wesson is often the caliber of choice. All shooters must wear holsters, as fast draws are common.
IPSC originated in Southern California at the Southwest Pistol League in the mid-1970’s. Jeff Cooper, founder, began with quick-draw matches that developed into the IPSC game of today.
For more information about the MRC IPSC activities, contact the IPSC Discipline Chairman, Gary Wall at (360)629-3964 or email him below.
Spectators are welcome at IPSC activities. Please bring eye and ear protection.
For shooters who might like more information about IPSC and some handy suggestions for score improvement, please refer to the links section to the right.