Items not manufactured by the OFM, and/or bearing identifying marks of a different OFM.
Aligning the barrel of a firearm at targets.
[H] Magazines, speed loaders and/or their respective retention devices (including
The period from issuance of the Start Signal to when the competitor indicates that he has
finished shooting, in response to Rule 8.3.6.
[R] A device fitted to a firearm, the primary purpose of which is to increase stability on
a barricade or another prop while firing shots.
A raised structure of sand, soil or other materials used to contain bullets and/or to separate
one shooting bay and/or COF from another.
[S] Types of ammunition cartridges used in a shotgun which contain multiple pellets
(see Appendix E1).
[H-R] The projectile in a round intended to strike a target
[H-R] The diameter of a bullet measured in millimeters (or thousandths of an inch).
[S] A casing containing propellant and shot or a slug; a round of ammunition.
[H-R] The main body of a round, which contains all component parts.
A brightly colored device, no part of which resembles a round or any part thereof. The flag
must be incapable of being inserted into a firearm which has a loaded chamber and must,
while fitted, prevent a round from being inserted into the chamber. The flag must have an
integral tab or ribbon clearly protruding from the firearm.
A device fitted to the muzzle end of a barrel to counter muzzle rise (usually by diverting away escaping gasses).
The general area of a stage, shooting bay or range, where the muzzle of a firearm may be
safely pointed during a course of fire and/or where bullets are intended or are likely to
[H] The act of removing a handgun from its holster. A draw is deemed to have ended
when the handgun has cleared the holster.
The activation of the trigger and/or action of a firearm which is totally devoid of
Includes practice or training rounds, blanks, snap caps and empty cases.
Firing a shot at a target. Firing a shot at, but missing, a target is not a “failure to engage”.
The malfunction of a firearm or a round which prevents a shot being fired, is deemed to be
a “failure to engage”.
The competitor’s face, chest and toes are all facing uprange.
Beginning an attempt at a COF prior to the Start Signal (see Rule 8.3.4).
A target, such as a clay pigeon or tile, capable of being easily broken into two or more
pieces when hit.
A handgun retention device, worn on a competitor’s belt.
A firearm having a live or dummy round in the chamber or cylinder, or having a live or
dummy round in an inserted or fitted magazine(s).
A geographical place within a course of fire.
People who have an official duty or function at a match, but who are not necessarily qualified as, or acting in the capacity of, Match Officials.
Entirely optional. (No, not the month of year)
Target(s) that incur penalties when hit.
The rule or requirement does not apply to the particular discipline or Division.
Original firearm manufacturer.
The part of a round which causes a detonation or a shot to be fired.
Items, other than targets or fault lines, used in the creation, operation or decoration of a COF.
A firearm in a configuration which is not in mass production and/or is not available to the general public.
A country or other geographical area, recognized by IPSC.
The person, recognized by IPSC, who represents a Region.
A competitor’s subsequent attempt at a course of fire, authorized in advance by a Range
Officer or an Arbitration Committee.
[S] (Also “shotshell”) A cartridge of ammunition used in a shotgun.
The physical presentation of a person’s body (e.g. standing, sitting, kneeling, prone).
Optional but highly recommended.
Aiming at a target without actually shooting at it.
[S] A single projectile in a shotgun cartridge or shell intended to strike a target.
(Also “spring cap”) A type of dummy round.
[H-R] Any part of a round lodged inside the barrel of a firearm and/or a bullet which exits the barrel at extremely low velocity.
[S] A defective cartridge resulting in one or more projectiles and/or the wad failing to exit the barrel, or exiting the barrel at extremely low velocity.
The physical presentation of a person’s limbs (e.g. hands by the side, arms crossed etc.).
The location, shooting position and stance prescribed by a COF prior to issuance of the Start Signal (see Rule 8.3.4).
[H] The hand a person uses to initially grip a handgun when drawing it from a holster attached to their belt (the weak hand is the other hand). Competitors with only one hand can use that hand for both Strong and Weak Hand stages, subject to Rule 10.2.10.
Pointing the muzzle of a firearm at any part of the competitor’s body during a course of fire when a handgun is held or touched while not securely holstered, or when a long gun is held while a chamber safety flag is not inserted (see Rule 10.5.5).
A term that can include both scoring target(s) and no-shoot(s) unless a Rule (e.g. 4.1.3) differentiates between them.
A collection of approved targets that can only be seen from any single location or view.
[H] A holster where the lower portion is secured to a competitor’s leg by a strap or other means.
A firearm which is totally devoid of any live or dummy rounds in its chamber(s) and/or in an inserted or fitted magazine(s).
A vantage point available at a location (e.g. one of the ports, one side of a barricade etc.).
[S] Incorporated within a shotgun cartridge or shell to create a gas seal and which may also hold the shot together (not necessarily intended to strike a target).
[S] Fiber wads or plastic wads designed to start opening and separating from the pellets immediately on exiting the barrel. Conventional wads have slits cut from the front of the wad and the resultant petals open up from the front. They do not protect the pellets in flight after exiting the barrel.
[S] Wads designed to encapsulate and/or surround the pellets and after exiting the barrel remain in place during the early part of the flight to hold the pellets together. These wads do not usually have slits cut from the front of the wad.