IPSC maintains its safety and ability to work across multiple regions of language by using one universal language. All regions within the IPSC are dictated to use the same commands in English, regardless of their native tongue. This allows for visiting regions to know and listen to the same commands regardless of the range officer or the competitor.
IPSC is well known for having an excellent safety record for a sport involving firearms. This is due to multiple factors which include the use of protection and a very disciplined and safety oriented ruleset. Eye and ear protection is required for all disciplines (ear protection is not necessary for IPSC Action Air) throughout a match and during practice. Every stage at a match is conducted with one to one supervision between the competitor and the range officer.
In the 1950s, practical shooting kicked off as a sport in California with the goal of allowing the development of handgun skills for defensive purposes. This however quickly evolved into a sport with many aspects that branched it away from it’s original purpose. It is worth noting that the main influencing agent and founding member of the sport we now know as IPSC came from Colonel Jeff Cooper of the United States Marine Corps.