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Extreme Pistol Shooting (IPSC)


What is Extreme Pistol?

EXTREME PISTOL (IPSC) is an enjoyable and dynamic handgun shooting sport. Hitting the targets is easy but still challenging.

Tell me more!

As an IPSC shooter, you will use your handgun safely in a recreational atmosphere that will bring you together with others who enjoy the sportsmanship found in handgun ownership and competition.

EXTREME PISTOL (IPSC) is the most exciting shooting sport in the world.

For those of you about to start out, this is how a major match is born. I hope you then realize the effort put out on behalf of the shooters by those who put these events on. This is probably the best done video of an IPSC match being born that I have seen. The visuals and production of this video expertly set the mood for the viewer and takes them on a journey for an inside look at a tremendous event. Congrats to everyone involved! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmzyqaoWy0g&hd=1

Take the Extreme Pistol (IPSC) Training Certification Course (TCC)

Before you can shoot Extreme Pistol, you must take a minimum of 16 hours of training. This training will teach you to compete safely with your pistol in Extreme Pistol competitions.

You must meet these requirements before you can take this training course. If you need pistol lessons, see my handgun training page. (See Joe S's comments in the red bar on the left side of this page.)

During the course you will learn how to safely:

  • draw a centrefire handgun from a holster and shoot it
        - with two hands
        - with right hand
        - with left hand
  • speed reload; move & reload
  • shoot around a barricade
  • shoot both kneeling and prone
  • move and shoot
  • shoot on the move
  • shoot reactive steel targets
  • and much more!

Cost and Materials

The IPSC Training Certification Course ("Black Badge") fee is $280 and includes:

  • an IPSC BC membership for the current IPSC season
  • 16 hours of instruction by IPSC Canada co-founder and longest certified Training Course Instructor
  • scoring supplies (targets and tape) and all range equipment
  • If you are not a member of the host club, Abbotsford Fish & Game Club, there will be a $10/day Day Card fee
  • there is a $50 cancellation fee, without notice on reasonable grounds, 72hr before the first day of the course to offset expenses incurred

You will need to bring:

  • Your own pistol, holster, magazines, and magazine pouches. This Extreme Pistol Equipment Checklist will help you sort it out. (If necessary, I can supply you with all the equipment you need and give you direction on getting ammunition. Call me to discuss at 604-889-3822 between 8AM and 6PM please.)
  • Ammunition (min 350 rounds)
  • Any applicable range fees (i.e. day card fees)
  • Refreshments, appropriate clothing to the weather, etc.

Payment and Pre-work

You are required to pay for your course with cash at least 7 days before the first session.

On payment, you will receive your course materials and a receipt for payment. You will need this time to pre-read the course material and complete the Open Book exam that will be marked the first day.

The Open Book exam is 50 questions that will help you learn the rules you need to be successful at IPSC. All of the answers are in the material you will receive when you register.

You MUST complete this exam BEFORE the first day of the course. This exam can take up to 1.5 hours to complete. You may find it helpful to use this searchable online copy of the course materials so you can search for keywords.

Training Certification Course ("Black Badge") Schedule

Typically, each course is conducted over a weekend, from 9AM to 4PM although special arrangements can be made, see below. To register, confirm that you meet the requirements, then call me at 604.889.3822.

2017 Weekend Schedule
  • Sat/Sun Aug 26/27
  • Sat/Sun Sep 16/17
  • Sat/Sun Oct 14/15
  • Sat/Sun Nov 18/19

In addition, the Abbotsford Fish & Game Club has been generous enough to allow me to teach mid-week classes this year. Here is the tentative schedule for those who may benefit from this. Times are the same, days are:

2017 Midweek Schedule (run on two consecutive Tuesdays 9am-5pm each day)
  • Tues Aug 8 and Tues Aug 15
  • Tues Sep 26 and Tues Oct 3

Please register at least one week before the course date. Dates subject to change without notice.

Want to Know More About IPSC?

For more information about IPSC, visit the IPSC provincial, national, and international sites by clicking on the logos below.

IPSC_Provincial     IPSC_National     IPSC_International



Want to Improve your Practical Shooting Scores?


Learn to Go Prone for Long Shots

At a winter IPSC Training Course, DOC demonstrates what the prone lesson could lead to in your future. The target is at 25m, first shot at 2.50 sec and last shot approximately 5.0; 4 Alpha, 2 Charlie. Note that the gun is kept well away from the weak hand as the weak hand goes to the ground to cushion the drop as the shooter extends to the full prone position. For our friends in Eastern Canada, you will also notice that there is...wait for it...SNOW! Yes, occasionally, up in the mountains, we allow some snow to fall so our ski industry can thrive:)


Don't Let the Course Design Cheat You of a Victory!

View this clip from Prince George in 2005 and then read this strategy article: Don't Let the Course Design Cheat You of a Victory!





GREAT BOOKS FROM SAUL KIRSCH

$38

The Mental Question is not What the heck am I doing? No high tech reading skills involved. Just drop it into the DVD player, hit play and watch your scores rocket up to Grand Master...well, maybe not QUITE GM but it can't hurt ya!

for either book $33

Perfect Practice and Thinking Practical Shooting

For those of you who have mastered the fine art of reading, these are great books. Everyone should know by now that practice does NOT make you perfect. Perfect practice makes you perfect and this book will lead you in that direction.




How To Practice Effectively (For Just About Anything) by Annie Bosler and Don Greene

This video link came from one of my assistants on the TCC, Rob C. Take some time to watch it. When you take the TC, it will make more sense.

This less than 5 minute "TED Ed" video reinforces everything we tell students about practice, dry fire and visualization.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2O6mQkFiiw




  


Stephen S. from BC:

I just wanted to pass on a small thank you for the last two years.

When I first became interested in handguns and then in IPSC, you were there with an amazingly friendly and humble attitude.

After I passed my Black Badge course (which you taught), you were still interested in my progress and would always offer a tip or two.

Over the last two years I have grown to love this sport and only wish I had been interested in it earlier.

I want to thank you for being such a great ambassador for IPSC and also for being an amazing mentor to me over the last two years.




Jerry S. from BC:

The dust settled down and I have reviewed the IPSC Training Black Badge Course in Nanaimo... I have a long way to go but now I feel that I know where to startů (I guess :) The course was awesome, exceeded my expectation, I feel I have the ground to build on. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and knowledge, and for your patience.


Joe S. from BC:

I wanted to write you to provide some feedback on the recent Black Badge Course I took with you. The course was a great experience. With your instruction my skills improved markedly and I had a lot of fun.

The only improvement I could think of would be in my own preparation. It is possible to meet the prerequisites with extremely poor technique. I spent time on the range making sure I could hit a 7" by 11" target with the wrong grip, sight picture and stance. Knowing what I know now, I would have taken a one hour course on basics including grip, sights and trigger and then gone to the range to practice the learning (prior to the Black Badge). This approach would have enabled me to meet the Black Badge prerequisites much quicker, while consuming far less ammunition in the process.

Having said that, it has been a pleasure working with you and I look forward to learning more about the sport of IPSC!


Wally from Ontario:

Wow! Great web page. I am new to IPSC I found the info on your site a great read. I love the article on stage strategy. It helped me out at the Ontario Provincials a couple of days ago. I also love the spreadsheet for scoring my stages (major / minor).

I never realized that there is so much to IPSC strategy. I have had my Black Badge for less than a month and have shot a Level II and a Level III. I really believe your article on stage strategy helped me out a lot at the Provincials. I just always assumed that if the targets were there I am supposed to shoot at them.


Extreme Video Clips


(This clip is on YouTube.)


2011
PORT COQUITLAM, BC


(These clips use the QuickTime Viewer.)


2010
PORT COQUITLAM, BC


2010
PORT COQUITLAM, BC


2003
PORT COQUITLAM, BC


2003
PRINCE GEORGE, BC


2002
HALIFAX, NS



    

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