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WHAT IS PRACTICAL SHOOTING?

Practical Shooting IPSC UKPSA

IPSC & UKPSA

Sometimes described as IPSC shooting, (International Practical Shooting Confederation). this is the governing body for Practical Shooting, and applied in UK under UKPSA, (United Kingdom Practical Shooting Association).

UKPSA shooting is dynamic, challenging, and one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the world today. 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.

UKPSA matches are based on the principles of accuracy, power and speed. The matches are varied and based on the safe use of firearms.
Participation in these matches will develop a high degree of safety and proficiency, as well as providing an exciting means of recreation.

Tools of the Trade

  • .22 Rimfire Rifle – popular choices include AR15 type rifles or the Ruger 10/22
  • Section 1 Shotgun – allowing a magazine capacity greater than 2
  • Long Barrelled Pistol or Long Barrelled Revolver
Practical Shooting

Selection of firearms for Practical Shooting

Best .22 rifle for Practical Shooting

AR styled rifles are hugely popular in the sport

Practical Shooting Taurus Long Barrelled Revolver

Taurus Long Barrelled Revolver – Designed to meet stringent UK firearms laws

THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF PRACTICAL SHOOTING

Mini-Rifle | LBP/LBR/UL

Under UKPSA competitions different calibres of firearms are used to best challenge the competition element. Courses for ‘Practical Rifle’ will involve the use of a .22 semi-automatic rifle, but this same course can usually also be shot with Underlever, Long Barrelled Pistol or Long Barrelled Revolver.

The competitions will usually involve multiple timed stages which will include elements of movement, different shooting positions and reloading as part of the competition. Good safety discipline and ‘muzzle awareness’ are critical elements in any course of fire which requires movement.

It’s a combination of adaptability, speed and accuracy. As such you will often hear the phrase ‘shooting rig’. This is usually as simple as a shooting belt with tailored magazine or shell holders attached to it which enables the shooter to carry and quickly reload during the competition or practise. This is particularly important to keep the speed element up, and when you consider the difference between a winning run and second place can me seconds – this is a major consideration to take into account.

UKPSA(Specific authorisation via the individuals FAC is required to obtain, hold or use a Long Barrelled Pistol or Revolver)

View some UKPSA Courses of Fire HERE

Or you can download a sample UKPSA course of fire from 2016 direct from our website HERE

Multi Gun

‘Multi Gun’ is a course of fire involving movements and different shooting positions using more than one firearm.

This may involve for example starting with a PSG course then moving onto MR and ending the final course with a pistol.

The shooter will need to carry and load different ammunition from their shooting rig to enable them to reload the different firearms determined by the course of fire.

PSG – Practical Shotgun

This is using a section 1 Shotgun firing Fibre Wad Birdshot, usually at steel targets at ground level. PSG is very dynamic and involves movement and loading ‘on the run’. Good safety discipline and ‘muzzle awareness’ are critical elements in any course of fire which requires movement.

You may start for example @ Point C and have to shoot plates, whilst avoiding others purposely put in your way, then move to another point whilst reloading to prepare for the next stage.

It’s typical that there will be 4-5 stages, and that each is different and with a different starting position.

View some UKPSA Courses of Fire HERE

Or you can download a sample UKPSA course of fire from 2016 direct from our website HERE

Target Shotgun

It’s exactly what it says on the tin – shooting solid slug through a S1 Shotgun at paper targets, usually from 15-25 yards away.

(Specific authorisation via the individuals FAC is required to obtain and hold a S1 Shotgun and or SLUG ammunition)

View some UKPSA Courses of Fire HERE

Or you can download a sample UKPSA course of fire from 2016 direct from our website HERE

REMEMBER: Any courses of fire must be approved by your own club’s safety officer in advance

WANT A HOLIDAY WITH A DIFFERENCE?

Czech Tactical Pursuits offers formal and informal shooting at our range facility based in the Czech republic. A comprehensive selection of Section 5 semi-automatic firearms are available to use and try.

Our instructors are ex-police and military with years of relevant experience to share. We will ensure that you have a safe, informative and enjoyable experience. Catering for individuals, groups and corporate clients, CTP offers a range of tailor-made experiences ranging from the novice, to the more advanced shooter, up to ‘operator’ level. This includes formal courses ranging from foundation ‘weapons handling’, advanced pistol and carbine training, all the way up to certification for UK Maritime Armed Security.

Team Red Flag highly recommend this experience. See Dave and Craig at the British Shooting Show this weekend, and don’t forget to tell them Team Red Flag sent you.

Czech Tactical Pursuits
6th & 7th May 2017
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