In response to a growing demand and interest in Practical Shooting worldwide the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) announces the creation of the Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association (MISSIA). MISSIA was created to establish a structure for the accreditation, recognition and maintenance of International Shooting Safety Instructors. It ensures that IPSC Instructors are the best trained, the
best qualified and the best prepared to establish a uniform worldwide standard for training IPSC sports shooters.
“All international sports should have solid training programs and a coaching structure for the safe and efficient performance of their athletes. Therefore, the decision to create the MISSIA within the IPSC
structure has always been one of our main goals. Our first mission is to develop this within IPSC and subsequently to bring our culture of safe gun handling to the attention of the whole shooting world’’said the IPSC President, Vitaly Kryuchin.
One International Instructor, called a Master International Instructor, will be appointed in every IPSC Region. The Master Instructor will then pass on to the other Instructors and Coaches in his Region the minimum IPSC international training standards.
In IPSC Regions that already have an approved national system for training IPSC shooters, the Master Instructor will ensure that the minimum international training standard is implemented within
the national program.
The International IPSC Instructor for every IPSC Region must meet the following minimum criteria:
§ Must be able to demonstrate reasonably high shooting skills;
§ Must be able to train and certify new members, passing on his knowledge of safe handling and use of firearms, according to the approved training syllabus;
§ Must either be an International Range Officers Association (IROA) or National Range Officers Institute (NROI) member, or become one within six months of the date of passing the MISSIA International Instructors Seminar;
§ Must be willing to teach people IPSC shooting skills;
§ Should be available to conduct IPSC classes during weekends, if it is required;
§ Must train a minimum of 5 new IPSC members each year per Region;
§ Must pass the First Aid Seminar from an approved course provider, or take part in one
within six months of the date of passing the MISSIA International Instructors Seminar;
§ Must speak English.
The new structure requires that, in the future, IPSC Regions must have a strong “Three Musketeers” team comprising the Regional Director, the NROI Chairman and а Master International Instructor. One person can hold a maximum of two positions.
The MISSIA International Instructors Certification Seminars will take place throughout the year and will be organized before each Continental Championship (Level IV match) and World Shoot (Level V
match). The Seminars in 2018 will be conducted by the IPSC President.
In these Seminars, MISSIA will certify Master International Instructors and International Instructors nominated by the Regions.
For MISSIA Seminars, participants need to be nominated by a Regional Director and require firearms: handgun, shotgun or rifle. Participants also need a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition for the handgun and 100 rounds for the shotgun/rifle. There is no fee for attending the Seminar. In 2018, MISSIA Seminars will take place in seven countries: Australia, France, Czech Republic,
South Africa, Jamaica, Sweden and Thailand.
2018 Calendar of MISSIA Seminars:
AUSTRALASIA – May 18 Darwin, Australia
EUROPE – May 25 Chateauroux, France
EUROPE – June 20 Hodonice, Czech Republic
AFRICA – July 9 Polokwane, South Africa
PANAMERICA – July 21 Kingston, Jamaica
EUROPE – August 1 Varmland, Sweden
AUSTRALASIA – September 11 Bangkok, Thailand
The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) was founded in 1976 as a shooting sport and today recognizes
all the main shooting disciplines – Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, and Action Air. The Latin words Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC)
meaning accuracy, power, and speed are IPSC’s motto and form the foundation for competition.
IPSC also emphasizes procedures for safe gun handling and strict adherence to the rules governing the sport. In IPSC courses
of fire the results are calculated by dividing the competitor’s target score by the time taken to complete the course of fire. The
shooter must be the most accurate and fastest to win.
Courses of fire utilize many of aspects not found in the more traditional shooting disciplines such as movement by the shooter, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting challenges presented in the courses of fire. Therefore, competitions are very exciting for competitors and interesting for spectators.
105 countries (IPSC Regions) are members of the Confederation and actively organize IPSC Matches. The number of active IPSC competitors worldwide exceeded 200,000 in 2017 with 351 IPSC national and international sanctioned matches held.