So you’re wanting to take part in IPSC, but you’d like to know what equipment you’re going to require, apart from the obvious (a handgun).

Personal Safety

This is of the highest priority and comes at the least amount of cost.  At a minimum, you will need safety glasses and ear protection.  It is also recommended that you wear a peaked cap – just ask anyone who has had a hot case find it’s way under their glasses!




The ‘Rig’

In IPSC shooting, a competitors equipment is located on their ‘rig’, or belt with a holster & magazine pouches.  Options for this start from the budget end but expect to pay between $400 and $650 for a decent quality, competition ready rig.




Anyone who owns firearms should and must store them in a responsible manner.  Check with your local authority for the relevant standards and keep your sport safe.  A decent safe with sufficient space for a few handguns and associated ammunition will set you back just a few hundred dollars.  One thing to note is if you’re purchasing a safe for the first time, don’t assume that you’re only going to purchase one or two firearms.  Make sure the safe is large enough for your hobby to grow, as you want to purchase more ammunition, and more firearms.   It’s going to be bolted into the ground and the walls, so it’s not simple to just ‘upgrade’ when the time comes.


Reloading Equipment

If you want to be good, you need to practice.  And that means throwing a fair bit of lead down-range.  The most cost-effective way to do this is toe make your own ammunition.  Reloading presses range for completely manual systems costing a few hundred dollars, to fully automated systems costing a couple of thousand.  The level of complexity, ease of use and speed of reloading will be determined by the model of press you purchase, and the amount of rounds you’re wanting to reload.




Apart from the requirement of wearing pants/shorts with a least 3 belt loops, capable of supporting the rig, the choice of clothing is up to you.  Try to pick clothing that cover off these criteria:

  • Closed in footwear that provides decent grip for a variety of range surfaces (concrete, grass, limestone, sand etc)
  • Clothing that is appropriate for the season and is comfortable and affords flexibility in movement
  • A shirt that won’t interfere with the drawing of the gun or magazines from the rig
  • No camouflage or military style clothing/uniforms (this is not optional.  You will not shoot if you wear this)