IPSC vs IDPA: 8 Differences of Defense Shooting from Practical

Practical shooting, or Practical shooting, confidently gaining popularity around the world. Now, in almost any dash or shooting range, shooting is organized strictly according to the rules of IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation). Thanks to well-known and experienced riflemen, judges and instructors, this sport is developing and attracting more and more supporters.

Meanwhile, more and more information about the competition according to the rules defense shooting.

We decided to figure out what is fundamentally different. defense shooting, or IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) from practical.

1. Classification of shooters

Arrows compete in categories depending on the level of training. There are categories: beginner, accurate shooter, sniper, expert and master. To determine the class of the shooter, it is necessary to pass a standard classification exercise consisting of 3 stages, a total of 90 shots.

2. Weapons with minimal modifications

In defense shooting there is no such thing as an “open class”. No optics, modular compensators, ports in the barrel and crank weights.

IDPA uses holsters, pouches and belts that can only be used in real life.IDPA uses holsters, pouches and belts that can only be used in real life.

3. Not allowed sports equipment

Only holsters and pouches for hidden everyday wear. The belt can not be wider than 45 mm or thicker than 8 mm and should freely pass through the loops. The shooter can not carry more than two spare stores on the belt. All equipment should be placed in such a way that it cannot be seen from the front, behind or from the side when it is worn, and camouflage clothing is unbuttoned and arms are placed parallel to the ground.

4. Using shelter

Arrows must use all available types of shelter for the exercise. More than 50% of the body should be behind the cover when firing at a target or when reloading. In the presence of a low cover, one knee should be on the ground, with a vertical cover (for example, a wall, an obstacle), 100% of legs and feet should be in cover.

The shooter hits the target only because of the shelter. If this rule is violated, the judge calls out & quot; Cover! & Quot; and can count penalty timeThe shooter hits the target only because of the shelter. If this rule is violated, the judge shouts “Cover!” And may deduct the penalty time.

5. Recharge Rules

Start and finish recharging, as a rule, you need for cover. The arrows can not move from one position to another with a discharged weapon. When recharging, keep the used magazine. You can throw an empty magazine on the ground only in case of emergency reloading, when the weapon is completely unloaded.

6. Priority hitting targets

Goals must be hit in accordance with tactical priorities, unless a different tactical sequence is provided. If the targets are located at a distance of up to two meters from each other, taking into account the distance from the shooter, it is considered that they are of the same degree of danger.

The principle of “cutting the cake” is used – the arrow needs to be issued more and more from behind the cover in order to hit the next target. The distance between the targets determines how much the arrow needs to pop out to hit the targets.

IDPA official target resembles a human figureIDPA official target resembles a human figure

7. Scoring system

Used by vickers account. The peculiarity of it is that for misses, unaffected targets and non-compliance with procedures, penalty time is added, which is added to the time for which the shooter performed the exercise.

8. Targets

Official target IDPA more similar to the contour of the human body, as it has a test area that resembles a head.

Promo video IDPA:

Related Links:
IPSC rules
IDPA Rules


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