IPSC NEWS – 2019


March 11, 2019




With over 1,500 exhibitors from all over the world, IWA OutdoorClassic Show presents exhibitors and products from hunting and shooting sport, as well as a wide range of outdoor equipment and firearms for self-defence and authorities.

International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) made an appearance at the 2019 IWA OutdoorClassics Show 8 – 11 March 2019 in the exhibition centre Nuremberg (Germany).

IPSC delegation consisting of members of the Executive Council and headed by the IPSC President Vitaly Kryuchin presented to international public the ‘Practical Shooting’ sport, successfully held a number of meetings with partners and sponsors, met with athletes and officials from IPSC regions, and attended a number of official events and presentations of the new products for shooting sport.


As part of the IWA exhibition, the IPSC had its own booth in hall 3 of the MESSE expo centre, where participants and visitors could get detailed information about the IPSC, sport of practical shooting, as well as learn how to become a member of a regional federation, and get a memorable souvenir with IPSC and MISSIA logos. The IPSC booth at IWA Show was organized with the support of the Bund Deutscher Sportschützen (BDS) and the IPSC General Secretary Mr. Friedrich Gepperth.

During the IWA show the official logo of the MISSIA was presented for the first time. Those interested who attended IPSC booth could learn about upcoming MISSIA seminars, and get detailed information about the goals and plans for the development of the Master International Shooting Safety Association from the IPSC President and members of IPSC delegation.

The MISSIA laconic logo is an abbreviation and expansion of the association name: M-Master I-International S-Shooting S-Safety I-Instructors A-Association (MISSIA). The star inscribed in the letter A is a symbol, which is inherited from the partner organization – IPSC.

Main colour in the MISSIA logo is bright green. This colour was selected because it is well visible at the shooting range and allows you to immediately identify the instructor from the group of participants. This colour does not cause anxiety on a psychological level, it calms the participants down, and relieves excessive stress from those who handle firearms for the first time.


During the official part of the exhibition, the President of the Confederation attended the presentation of new products of the Czech firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka (CZ), which in 2019 plans to release about 50 new products for hunting, sport and self-defense, and announced together with multiple practical shooting world champion Eric Grauffel a launch of the EG-CZ new shooting academy with more than ambitious goals.

The IPSC delegation held productive meetings with companies such as Beretta, 5.11, RUAG, KAHLES, Umarex and many others to discuss current projects aimed at developing the sport of practical shooting, as well as discussed a number of product innovations that companies are preparing to release in the next few years.


In addition, on March 9, during a visit to Germany, the IPSC Regional directors’ dinner was held. During the meeting, representatives of regional federations from around the world exchanged their views on the current IPSC development, discussed regional issues and shared their views with IPSC President about upcoming major matches and events. It was announced that a new region – IPSC Pakistan successfully joined the Confederation members’ list.

The IPSC President Vitaly Kryuchin personally thanked all the representatives of the IPSC regions for their daily work aimed at the development of sport in the regions and stressed that without their support the development of IPSC and practical shooting sport is simply impossible.


“Thank you for your daily work, you are doing a great job in every IPSC region. Without you there is no practical shooting”, said Vitaly Kryuchin.

He also mentioned about ongoing projects and upcoming big matches, which IPSC is currently developing.

This year IPSC established exclusive pilot IPSC partner program to attract global leaders to join IPSC in its global sport development. It is a brand new opportunity for IPSC partners to support practical shooting sport and to use sport as a vector of their activity to the public. These partners will assist IPSC in global development of youth programs, as well as athletes and teams support projects. IPSC will keep sponsorship programs as well for Level 4 and 5 matches.

He also mentioned that IPSC is paying extra attention for the upcoming matches, and prepare is participation in international sport events to strengthen presence in the international sports arena.

“We are working for preparing for SportAccord convention, which will take place in Australia from 5 to 11 May 2019. We are preparing for European and World Shoot this year. It is not easy to prepare the Rifle World Shoot, but nevertheless everybody works hard toget ready and prepare the Rifle World Championship in Sweden”, mentioned Mr. Kryuchin.

Also, he reported on the new MISSIA program, which got a very successful results following the first year of its operation.

“During the 2018 we visited all continents, and gathered more then 30 programs of IPSC shooters education from different regions. Now we prepare international standard of IPSC Education based on the best experience from all over the world.” told Mr. Kryuchin.

He mentioned, that we must always remember and share our knowledge with the rest of the world, also remember that a gun owner is the most law abiding citizen, because he cannot afford himself to make even a small mistake, because he will lose his license and would not be able to have a gun and compete.



In the end of IWA trip, IPSC President Vitaly Kryuchin talked about progress since he took up office 18 months ago, youth development in IPSC, the GAISF application process and the MISSIA program.

With 18 months in office, how do you feel things are progressing for IPSC?

–             I have no rights to estimate how it is good or not for IPSC, I think shooters, officials will feel it and will estimate themselves. I am doing what I can for IPSC, because I am working full time for the Confederation. During the elections me and my team, we promised to do some changes, and now I am just working by this list.


For example, we promised to give a minimum package of slots – 4 for every region, because one slot is like a humiliation. I told about this during the elections. And now we gave for every region minimum 4 slots. Also we promised to approve the new disciplines like PCC and Production Optic, some changes in rifle rules, and we did it. Now we published all combined rules. Also, it is a big job of Rules Committee, a big job of Sanctioning Committee, a big job of IROA, and I can tell, that my job is very small – to join all team’s members together – this is my duty.

What stage has IPSC reached in the GAISF application process?

–             At this moment our application for international recognition accepted by the GAISF, and we are waiting the decision of executive council of this organisation to approve our observer membership. This is not fast process, because they are asking for some additional papers and documents, and we provide, so this is a process that takes some time. But, I am sure that we will get it.

How are your plans progressing in terms of youth development?

–             Of course, we develop program for young people. We need the new shooters – athletes, that’s why we added to our rule book super junior category. I think that action air is a discipline that can give us many new shooters.

Is there anything that you would like to share with our subscribers?

–             I would like to tell that we are developing international instructors’ association. MISSIA – Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association. Because we would like to recognise our instructors, who are working in the clubs, who teach the new competitors. We would like to have the International standard of IPSC Education to keep everything in the right way. Because safe gun handling culture is a very important part of IPSC culture and important part of IPSC further development.



May 13, 2019




The International Practical Shooting Confederation of (IPSC) took part in the SportAccord 2019 and the exhibition held under its auspices. The SportAccord Convention took place from 5 to 10 May 2019 in the Australian Gold Coast.

For the first time the IPSC presented to the international sports community its booth, which reflected the key components of the sport of Practical Shooting, the structure, goals and objectives of the Confederation and its associations – International Instructors and Range Officers, as well as the fundamental principles for the development of the sport of Practical Shooting in the world.

Visitors to the IPSC booth could not only learn interesting facts from the history of formation and development of the IPSC, but also get information about the rules of the sport, the details of holding and participating in shooting competitions in different IPSC Regions.

Within the framework of the SportAccord exhibition, the former UN Secretary-General H.E. Ban Ki-moon, representatives of GAISF and the International Olympic Committee, the official delegation of the Sports Administration of China, as well as high-ranking representatives and leaders of international sports federations visited the IPSC booth.

In particular, working meetings with representatives of the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich, IMMAF- WMMAA top management teams, the International Amateur Muaythai Federation (IFMA) took place at the IPSC booth.

As part of the official program, the delegation of IPSC, led by its president, Vitaly Kryuchin, attended the panel discussions and conferences of SportAccord 2019, as well as the GAISF General Assembly.

President of the International Confederation of Practical Shooting Vitaly Kryuchin held a series of important meetings with the leaders of various sports organizations and senior representatives of the IOC, SportAccord, and GAISF.

IPSC President, Vitaly Kryuchin, met with the Vice-President of GAISF, Stephan Fox, on membership issues. During the meeting, they discussed the membership of IPSC in the status of “observer” and issues of further interaction between the two organizations in various fields of activity. The Confederation has already applied for joining GAISF and is awaiting a final decision after a successful meeting with Mr. Fox.

Following the results of participation in SportAccord 2019, IPSC expresses special gratitude to the Australian Regional Federation and personally to its Regional Director Gareth Graham for the provided marketing and technical support!

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) was founded in 1976 as a shooting sport and today recognizes all the main shooting disciplines – Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, and Action Air. 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. In IPSC courses of fire, the results are calculated by dividing the competitor’s target score by the time taken to complete the course of fire. The shooter must be the most accurate and fastest to win.

Courses of fire utilize many aspects not found in the more traditional shooting disciplines such as movement by the shooter, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting challenges presented in the courses of fire. Therefore, competitions are very exciting for competitors and interesting for spectators.

105 countries (IPSC Regions) are members of the Confederation and actively organize IPSC Matches. The number of active IPSC competitors worldwide exceeded 200,000 with 351 IPSC national and international sanctioned matches held every year.


June 17, 2019




There has been quite some confusion about the legality of the Alien Pistol from Laugo Arms with the IPSC Production Optics Division. The Alien Pistol has been approved in Production Division. Therefore, the pistol can also be used in Production Optics Division. But regarding the mounting of the optical sight in this division, the rule says:


APPENDIX D4a: Production Optics Division

  1. Optical/electronic sights must be mounted on the upper rear of the slide either in addition to, or replacement of, the rear open sight.

  • The crucial point now is what is the slide on the Laugo Arms Alien?
  • Laugo Arms maintains that the fixed part above the moving slide is part of the slide. They call it a “slide rail”, the upper part of the slide. It whilst firing is non-moving, is detachable and can be replaced.
  • Contrary to that the IPSC Executive Council came to the unanimous decision that the slide of a pistol is a ”moving” part which is closing the rearward part of the chamber or carries the bolt which does this. What Laugo arms calls a slide rail is not directly attached to the slide. In the general understanding a slide rail on a pistol slide has to be fixed to or on the slide and is moving with the slide.
  • As a result, the Laugo Arms Alien Pistol can only be used in Production Optics Division if the optical sight is mounted on the moving slide and not on the part Laugo arms calls the “upper part” of the slide which is not moving.


Friedrich Gepperth

IPSC Technical Director