The following are general rules and criteria regarding the selection and use of firearms for IPSC matches.
5.1.1 Shooting Divisions
5.1.2 Minimum Cartridge Case / Caliber
5.1.3 Sights / Optics
Types of sights identified by IPSC are as follows.
188.8.131.52 Open Sights
“Open sights” are aiming devices fitted to a firearm which do not use electronic circuitry and/or lenses. Fiber-optic inserts are deemed not to be lenses.
184.108.40.206 Optical/Electronic Sights
“Optical/electronic sights” are aiming devices (including flashlights) fitted to a firearm which use electronic circuitry and/or lenses.
220.127.116.11 Sight Clarification / Ruling
The Range Master is the final authority in respect of the classification of any sights used in an IPSC match and/or their compliance with these rules, including the Divisions in Appendix D.
5.1.4 Trigger Pull Weight
Unless required by a Division (see Appendix D), there is no restriction on the trigger pull weight of a firearm, but the trigger mechanism must, at all times, function safely.
5.1.5 Trigger Shoe Usage
Triggers and/or trigger shoes that extend beyond the width of the trigger guard are expressly prohibited.
Triggers and/or trigger shoes that extend beyond the width of the trigger guard are expressly prohibited. However, rifles and shotguns fitted with “winter trigger/guards” may be used in this mode, provided that this fitting was designed, manufactures and provided as part of the firearm and only when the particular climate or weather conditions dictate their use.
5.1.6 Firearm Safety / Servicing
Firearms must be serviceable and safe. Range Officers may demand examination of a competitor’s firearm or allied equipment, at any time, to check they are functioning safely. If any such item is declared serviceable or unsafe by a Range Officer, it must be withdrawn from the match until the item is repaired to the satisfaction of the Range Master (also see Rule 5.7.5).
5.1.7 Firearm Usage During A Match
Competitors must use the same firearm and type of sights for all courses of fire in a match. However, in the event that a competitor’s original firearm and/or sights become unserviceable or unsafe during a match, the competitor must, before using a substitute firearm and/or sights, seek permission from the Range Master who may approve the substitution provided he is satisfied.
Competitors must use the same firearm, barrel and type of sights for all courses of fire in a match. This includes magazine tubes which must not be changed unless they are changed as part of routine reloading during a course of fire. However, in the event that a compeittor’s original firearm and/or sights become unserviceable or unsafe during a match, the competitor must, beofre using a subsititute firearm and/or sights, seek permission from the Range Master who may approve the substitution privided he is satisfied.
18.104.22.168 Substitute Firearms
22.214.171.124 Substitute Firearm Advantage
In using the substitute firearm the competitor will not gain an advantage; and
126.96.36.199 Substitute Firearm Ammunition
The competitor’s ammunition, when tested in the subsittute firearm, attains the minimum power factor.
5.1.8 Prohibited Firearm Modification / Substitution
A competitor who substitutes or significantly modifies a firearm and/or sights during a match without the prior approval of the Range Master will be subject to the provisions of Rule 10.6.1.
188.8.131.52 Non-prohibited Modification (Rifle Only)
The mounting or detaching of a magwell, barricade stop or vertical front grip is not considered a significant modification of a firearm.
5.1.9 Wearing Firearms At A Match
A competitor must never use or wear on his person more than one firearm during a course of fire (see Rule 10.5.7).
5.1.10 Firearm Stocks
5.1.11 Select Fire Firearms
Handguns and shotguns offering “burst” and/or fully automatic operation (i.e. whereby more than one round can be discharged on a single pull or activation of the trigger) are prohibited (see Rule 10.5.15).
5.1.12 Multi Barrel Firearms