Practical shooting is one of many shooting disciplines which are not only very fun but also very competitive for those who want to be. The sport challenges speed, accuracy, and power throughout every match (consisting of multiple stages). Practical shooting is supported by many organisations, most notably the International Practical Shooting Confederation and its supporting regions (countries).
In regards to the laws and legislation in the United Kingdom, it can be fairly difficult to start practical shooting disciplines especially with firearms being restricted with licensing and safety requirements. So how does one get into shooting practical without having to work towards firearms ownership?
Action Air IPSC is a mirror imitation of Handgun IPSC with all the same fundamentals and applications, however swapping firearms for gas blowback airsoft replicas, which emulate handguns realistically. An Airsoft gas blowback pistol shoots six milimetre plastic ball bearings using gas propellant which expands to both propel the bb out of the pistol, and cycle the action in a realistic manner.
The ownership and handling of an Airsoft pistol are not licensed or prohibited which allows anyone to try practical shooting at their local club from day one with little commitment or preparation beforehand. This ease of access allows for a very quick and easy introduction to practical shooting and the potential to expand to other disciplines involving firearms in the future.
Purchasing an Airsoft replica in the UK
Unless you have a valid defence, it can seem difficult to purchase a replica Airsoft toy for the purpose of Action Air IPSC, however this is not the case. You are legally allowed to purchase a replica Airsoft toy from a retailer as long as you are over 18 and the product is coloured in a two tone pattern. Many Airsoft products already meet these requirements however retailers also offer the service of painting the product for you if required.
Action Air is a fast growing discipline in IPSC that is prominent in many regions where firearms are severely restricted and has shown to transfer skills across disciplines with slight variances such as the firearm and the stages themselves. Action Air is not only accessible but cheaper in comparison to Practical Shotgun and Mini-Rifle. That being said, it is not difficult to spend more on the sport if you are more committed to it.
If you’re interested in Practical Shooting but aren’t sure where to start, try Action Air IPSC.