The Match

How does an IPSC match work?

IPSC matches are made up of a number of stages.  Each stage is unique and presents challenges that may be solved in a variety of ways, depending on the competitor.  The targets are either made of paper/cardboard and require a minimum of 2 scoring shots, or are made of steel that only require 1 scoring shot (and usually must fall over to score).  Paper targets are divided into 3 scoring zones; A, C & D (the B zone was part of the metric target but does not appear on the classic target).  Paper targets are scored depending on the power factor of the competitor’s ammunition:

  • A – 5 points
  • C – 4 points major, 3 points minor
  • D – 2 points major, 1 point minor
  • Steel – 5 points

Besides scoring targets, there are a variety of penalties that competitors may also incur, resulting in a loss of points.  The full intricacies are too deep for this page – for more information, have a look at the rules.

The competitor starts on an audible signal and the time starts counting, only stopping after the last shot is fired.  The competitor’s score is added up and then divided by the time taken in seconds to derive a score known as the ‘hit factor’.

So what does it all look like?  Well the below video was filmed by one of our IPSC WA members shooting at the Pine Valley Pistol Club.