Notes from the IPSC

Just returned from the opening round of the 2010 International Practical Shooting Confederation’s 2010 Pan American Shotgun Championship.

Nick Noble is hosting the international gathering at the Rockcastle Shooting Center near Park City, Ky. Noble and his business partners own Park Mammoth Resort, which includes the shooting range.

It was an interesting gathering; 135 or so shooters from 14 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand and the United States.

Interestingly, the European shotgunners generally see themselves as athletes; the Americans more as amateurs and hobbyists.

Regardless of the self classification, the competition was friendly but fierce with some fine talent on display.

Egos? Sure. Skill and talent? Plenty.

Matching the demographics of the general shooting public, the competitors were mostly white men. But a few women were on the range, including 15-year-old up-and-commer Katie Harris, from Georgia.

Who will win is anyone’s guess but I wouldn’t bet against any of the women. Girls can shoot.

The event concludes Sunday. There is no cash prize but the top shooters in each division (Open, Standard and Standard Manual) will be awarded the coveted IPSC President’s Medal.