Competitive shooting practice with airguns
Tanfoglio’s spitting image .177 caliber Gold Custom Semi-Auto
Putting your gun and gear together
By Dennis Adler
Pistol shooting, solely for the sport of shooting, although not uniquely American in origin has roots firmly entrenched on U.S. soil. However, outside of the historic Camp Perry shooting competitions that have been held since 1907, there were not many formalized national shooting organizations in this country until 1976, the year when the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) was formed. In 1984, the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) was organized as the U.S. Region of IPSC. This was followed by the IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), with competition specifically for production guns, being established in 1996. However, there was another shooting competition rapidly growing in popularity across the U.S. that had begun five years before the USPSA was created. It was founded by renowned holster maker John Bianchi.