Black Badge Certification
Successful completion of the IPSC Black Badge course is a prerequisite in order to participate in shooting competitions known as IPSC, whether in Quebec, Canada or anywhere in the world.
The IPSC Black Badge training course is a combined 2-3 day course. It contains:
- explanations of shooting methods and safe handling in a dynamic environment such as that of an IPSC match (drawing from the holster, reloading on the move and IPSC commands),
- the rules of IPSC,
- written exams, dry and real shooting exercises.
Black Badge training takes place on a variable schedule. Typically there will be a 4 hour theoretical part followed by a written exam and two days of live fire.
Once the student has successfully completed the training, they will be given a "yellow card". He will be authorized to join IPSC Quebec and participate in sanctioned IPSC matches. The candidate will have 12 months to complete 2 competitions without being disqualified.
Equipment and skills required for the Black Badge course
You should be able to pull off a series of good group shots from 15 yards, with a 9mm caliber weapon that you are familiar with how it works.
You must have adequate equipment including:
- a safe weapon,
- a holster which must hide the trigger and retain the weapon when moving,
- a minimum of 4 magazines (semi automatic) or speed loader (revolver),
- a belt that goes through at least three belt loops on the pants,
- 500 rounds of ammunition for the two days of training.