CGPSA is affiliated to SAPSA and IPSC. All competitions hosted by CGPSA are governed by the IPSC Rules.

Shooting Disciplines:

  1. Handgun
  2. Shotgun
  3. Rifle

More information on "Firearm Divisions"


  • You will need to join a CGPSA Affiliated shooting Club
  • You will need a licensed firearm, a minimum of 9mm x 19mm, at least 3 magazines.
  • You will be required to undergo induction training which will include safe gun handling and sport shooting etiquette.
  • Once you have been deemed safe by the training officers you will be permitted to commence competing.


Competitor Equipment 

Appropriate Dress

The use of camouflage or other similar types of military or police garments other than by competitors who are law enforcement or military personnel is discouraged. The Match Director will be the final authority in respect of what garments must not be worn by competitors.

Eye and Ear Protection

All persons are warned that the correct use of adequate eye and ear protection is in their own interest and of paramount importance to prevent injury to vision and hearing. It is strongly recommended that eye and ear protection be worn at all times by all persons while on the range premises. Host organizations may require the use of such protection by all persons, as a condition of attendance and while present on the range premises. If so, Match Officials must make every reasonable effort to ensure that all persons wear adequate eye and ear protection.


Firearms are regulated by Divisions, but courses of fire must remain consistent for all Divisions.

The minimum cartridge case dimension for handguns to be used in IPSC matches is 9x19mm. The minimum bullet diameter is 9mm.

Types of sights recognised by IPSC are:

  • "Open sights" (Iron sights) are aiming devices fitted to a firearm which do not use electronic circuitry and/or lenses.
  • Fibre-optic inserts are deemed not to be lenses.
  • "Optical/electronic sights" are aiming devices (including flashlights) fitted to a firearm which use electronic circuitry and/or lenses.

Holster and Other Competitor Equipment

Carry and storage – handguns must be carried unloaded, in a case or bag of a design intended or suitable for the safe carriage of firearms, or in a holster securely attached to the competitor’s belt.

Competitors arriving at an IPSC match in possession of a loaded firearm must immediately report to a Range Officer, who will supervise unloading of the firearm.

Handguns carried in a holster must have an empty magazine well, and the hammer or striker must be de-cocked. Violations will incur a warning for the first occurrence.

Handling – Except when within the boundaries of a safety area, or when under the supervision and direct command of a Range Officer, competitors must not handle their firearms. The word "handle” includes holstering or un-holstering a firearm, even if it is concealed by a protective cover, and/or adding or removing it to/from the competitor's person while it is wholly or partially holstered.

The belt carrying the holster and all allied equipment must be worn at waist level. The belt or the inner belt or both must be either permanently sewn at the waist, or secured with a minimum of three belt loops attached to shorts or trousers.

Spare ammunition, magazines and speed loaders should be carried in retention devices specifically designed for that purpose.

Where a Division specifies a maximum distance that a competitor's handgun and equipment may extend away from a competitor's body, a Range Officer may check compliance by measuring the closest distance between the competitor’s torso and the centre of the longest dimension of the handgun grip and/or any reloading devices.

Competitors will not be permitted to commence a course of fire wearing: A shoulder holster or "tie-down" rig (visible or otherwise); A holster with the heel of the butt of the handgun below the top of the belt, A holster which permits the muzzle of a holstered handgun to point further than 1 meter from the competitor's feet while standing relaxed; A holster which does not completely prevent access to, or activation of, the trigger of the handgun while holstered.