New Shooter?

  • Are you new to IPSC?
  • Never competed in IPSC before?
  • Never succuessfully completed the Black Badge Course?
  • Are you interested in getting started and becoming a member?
  • Want to compete?

Here the 5 simple steps on how to get started!

Step 1. Obtain the Restricted PAL

Obtain a Restricted Possession and Acquistion Licence (RPAL)

The first, mandatory step that should be accomplished in the process towards becoming an IPSC shooter and competitor is to be a holder of a valid, Canadian Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (RPAL).

The handguns used in IPSC divisions are deemed as “restricted” firearms by Canadian law.

You must be in possession of a valid Canadian RPAL in order to purchase (acquire), own (possess), travel with, shoot and compete with your restricted firearm in IPSC matches. For all information pertaining to completing the restricted Firearms Safety Course and obtaining the RPAL, please contact the RCMP CHIEF FIREARMS OFFICER (CFO).

That said, it is possible to attend and participate in the IPSC Black Badge Course (and IPSC matches for that matter) without an RPAL. However, the Law with not allow you to “own” that firearm and arrangements must be made with someone else to possess the restricted firearm and bring it to and from the range for your use, while supervised during the course or match. This process, while possible, is impractical so we do recommend that you begin by obtaining you own RPAL.

Step 2. Watch an IPSC Match

Come out and watch an IPSC match

While we are fairly quiet in the winter, the spring and summer season (May through to October) reveals an active IPSC match calendar. Typically IPSC Manitoba will run two IPSC match-weekends per month. Invariably there will be a match going on sometime soon near you during the spring and summer (May through to September).

If you find your interest is piqued in the quiet winter months and you want more information immediately, try contacting some of the organizers of the various IPSC league nights that may be operating in your zone.  These informal training and practical shooting sessions can be found on the website’s IPSC LEAGUE page.

You may have already watched the various online videos that highlight and demonstrate the exciting sport of IPSC, however try to endeavor to come out and physically check out a local IPSC match in your area in order to get a “real feel” for the sport. It will be a great way to meet some people in person: your Zone Rep, a couple of shooters and check out the equipment at some of the vendor trailers/tables at the match.


All of this new information can be a bit overwhelming, so having the opportunity to talk to people, face-to-face about equipment, firearms and divisions will surely help. Shooters are always more than willing to pass on valuable advice learned from their own experiences and lessons.

All you need is a pair of safety glasses (eye protection approved for the shooting sports) and some hearing protection. We’ll then be able to get you up close to the action when you come out and watch a match.

Step 3. Determine your Division and Necessary Equipment

Determine the division, firearm and associated equipment and gear that you will need

Decide which DIVISION you wish to shoot/compete in and this will help steer you in the direction in which to better determine the required, associated firearm and EQUIPMENT that you will need.

If you already possess a handgun that you wish to use in IPSC, be sure that the firearm conforms to the rules of the DIVISION you wish to shoot/compete in. The rules governing equipment and firearms for your chosen division are highlighted in the DIVISIONS section of this website and are laid out in detail in the IPSC HANDGUN RULEBOOK (in various chapters and appendices). Of note, if your chosen firearm does not conform to the rules, then you cannot use it in your chosen division. If you wish to compete in Production Division, be certain that your firearm is approved and published on the IPSC PRODUCTION DIVISION LIST.

If you have not yet purchased a handgun for use in IPSC competition, be sure to consult with your Zone Rep or any IPSC member for advice on what you would like to use. The vendors at our local matches can also be a valuable source of information, as is the Provincial Training Officer.

Step 4. Attend a Black Badge Course

Attend and successfully complete the 2-day Black Badge Course

The PROVINCIAL TRAINING OFFICER will be able to advise you on the location, date and timings of the next Black Badge Course.

The course outline, expectations, required equipment and other details regarding the Black Badge Course are available on this website in the BLACK BADGE COURSE section.

Step 5. Shoot In and Successfully Complete a Match

Successfully complete your first IPSC Match in Manitoba

Once you have successfully completed the 2-day Black Badge Course you will become an IPSC Manitoba member.

Welcome to IPSC Manitoba and to the exciting sport of IPSC Handgun!