The evolution of practical shooting and its origins.
The milestone was in August 1920 not only for shooting as an Olympic sport but also for the country: Brazilian shooter Guilherme Paraense won the first gold Olympic medal for Brazil, in the 7th Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Advances were made, and accompanied by new ideas. So in the 1950s, the development of Practical Shooting began in Southern California (USA). After this, the sport spread quickly around the world.
IPSC and popularization of the sport
The sport became popular in 1976 during the International Pistol Conference, known as “Columbia Conference”, in the US city of Columbia, Missouri. At the event, athletes from all over the world discussed the structure and organization of the sport. That was when a constitution was drafted and the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) was created, the abbreviation giving name to the modality.
It all began with representatives from nine countries who wished to further, maintain and advance the practice of the modality. Today, more than 60 countries are involved and the competitions have more than 900 participants. As the sport attracted greater interest, the structure and competition environments were being improved.
Evidently, accuracy and speed are the key elements for IPSC practice. At first, matches were a mix of challenges, involving fast draw of the gun, overcoming or avoiding obstacles to be able to see the targets. Now with maturation of the sport, a match consists of several stages. It includes the simulation of different situations and obstacles. The major challenge is to cover the stage in as short as time as possible with the highest points. There are no maximum points. The athlete achieves his own limit.