Handguns must be based on and visibly resemble the classic 1911-genre design. This means a single-stack, once piece metal frame, slide with stirrup cuts, and a dust cover.
Only handguns listed as approved on the IPSC website may be used in Production Division. Note that handguns deemed by IPSC to be single-action only are expressly prohibited.
Standard division hand guns are purposely built competition guns. Modifications to improve the functionality are permitted, however no optical sights or compensatory are to be used and the handgun must meet the size restrictions.
Also known as ‘race guns’, Open guns are the Ferraris of the practical shooting world. Optical sights, compensators & extended magazines (subject to local laws) are all allowed.
Moving away from the semi-automatic style of handgun, revolvers add a different dimension to the sport. Normal Revolver division is a 6-shot handgun with iron sights, however the un-official Open Revolver division caters for up to 8 shot revolvers with optic sights and compensators.