About shooting sports
IPSC - International Practical Shooting Confederation
IPSC shooting is dynamic, challenging, and one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the world today. 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.
The appeal of the sport lies in the diversity of the courses of fire available to the shooter. By offering different courses of fire rather than set types, IPSC shooting continues to challenge the competitor and to improve his skills. There are continually new demands to challenge the IPSC shooting enthusiast.
As in any other popular sport, a wide variety of people enjoy IPSC shooting. IPSC membership spans almost every occupation, from craftsmen to executives. It is not unusual to find husbands and wives and families participating in IPSC activities. All of the people at the competitions are strong believers in safety and safe gun handling as well as good sportsmanship.
SRA - Shoooting sports for Reservist Association
Shooting sports for Reservist Associations (SRA) is a form of safe and active shooting sport. The sport is developed for reservists. The objective of the sport is to provide a shooting environment and rules framework that helps to develop and measure weapon handling and marksmanship skills.
To participate in the sport one must be a member of an association which is directly or indirectly a member of Finnish Reservist Sports Federation (RESUL), or which has been accepted as a collaborative organization by RESUL. The individual athlete must also have passed the ”SRA secure shooter”-course together with the weapon handling and shooting test included in the course which has been approved by the SRA committee. Participants under 18 years of age must, in addition, have with them a signed note containing the participant’s guardian’s consent for participation in the sport.
The SRA-shooting is a shooting sport based on the concept of practical shooting. It originates from Finland. Whole name is sovellettu reserviläisammunta and translates as applied reservists' shooting. It resembles IPSC a lot. The objective of the sport is to develop the weapon handling and marksmanship skills of the athlete.
The rules of the sport are regulated by the Finnish Reservist Sports Federation (RESUL). International Federation SRA is the global governing body of the sport. .
In IPSC it is strictly forbidden to wear any military styled clothes unless competitor is in active service. In SRA military outlook is promoted. Unlike IPSC where guns are divided in different divisions by structure and power, SRA concentrates in firearms and calibers used by military or paramilitary organisations. Main emphasis is on rifles while pistol shooting is primary in IPSC.