The first ever Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association (MISSIA) Training Seminar took place in Darwin, Australia on Friday, May 18. The one-day session was led by Vitaly Kryuchin,
the IPSC President.
The Seminar, developed under the auspices of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), is aimed at teaching and implementing international standards for safe gun handling and IPSC coaching skills to the Regional Instructors. The MISSIA structure, sequence of training topics (handgun, shotgun, rifle), safe groups teaching methods, removal of the main mistakes made by shooters and the testing system for competitors and Instructors were the main topics of the Seminar. The Seminar was open for discussion and the sharing of knowledge. Every participant needed 200
rounds handgun ammunition and 100 rounds for shotgun/rifle (required for the participants wanted to pass the shotgun and rifle International Instructors Tests). At the end of the event, the certification of
Instructors took place.
There were participants from Australia and Papua New Guinea. The average level of IPSC skill of the participants was rather good! It is why many of them have been certified by the Police department in
their countries as Shooting Instructors authorized to teach handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting skills.
The Australia Region is in a very difficult situation because athletes cannot use semi automatic shotguns and rifles by law. .40 and .45 pistol calibres are also forbidden. Despite these difficult conditions, IPSC Australia (led by The Regional Director Gareth Graham) manages to run a good
number of Level I to III matches each year! Australian Region has a very good Program for training new shooters joining IPSC. It is called “Safety and Holster Proficiency Cours”.
During the MISSIA Professional Shooting Level I Test all the participants showed very good results. with 6 out of 7 passing the Test. All of them were presented with certificates after the Seminar. Those
who passed the Test will get MISSIA ID. All who didn’t pass the Shooting Test have the chance to pass it one more time at any official MISSIA event during the year.
At the end of the year we’ll combine all the Regional IPSC training programs with all the information from the MISSIA Seminars and publish the International Standard of IPSC Safe Gun Handling Skillsfor new shooters who would like to join our sport. Next year we’ll publish an IPSC manual covering
the training of handgun, shotgun and rifle skills.
MISSIA Professional Shooting Test for Level I Seminar will be sent to the Regions soon.
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 IROA or 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 MISSIA Seminar Level I was the first of its kind in Australia. The next MISSIA Seminar is going to take place on May 25, 2018 in Chateauroux, France.The Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association (MISSIA) was created within the IPSC structure for the accreditation, recognition and maintenance of International Shooting Safety Instructors and to establish international standards for safe gun handling classes and IPSC coaching skills. 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.
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 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.