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.
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.
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:
Cost and Materials
The IPSC Training Certification Course ("Black Badge") fee is $325 and includes:
You will need to bring:
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 IPSC Rule Book 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.
2019 Weekend Schedule
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.
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
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.
Stephen S. from BC:
I just wanted to pass on a small thank you for 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 start… (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.
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.
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