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How is the practical shooting IPSC scored

How is the practical shooting IPSC scored?

Taking into account all factors, which do not allow practical shooting IPSC to become a really widespread and popular sport, I think that one of them is certain difficulty in understanding the scoring system. Although this difficulty is absolutely legitimate, since WinMSS outputs the result successfully by combining the criteria such as “time”, “weapons power”, and “shooter’s precision”, this makes it a bit confusing to the public.

So, let’s try to explain the basic principles of scoring in practical shooting without much detail.

We have:

  • three participants: A, B, C.
  • Exercise with 10 metal plates. One plate is 5 notches. Accordingly, if you hit all the plates, you get 50 notches. Note, 50 notches, not 50 points, just 50 notches.
  • We also have the indicators of time for which the shooters hit all targets. Shooter A performed the exercise within 5 seconds, B within 10 seconds, and C within 12.5 seconds.

If the competition consists of this exercise only, WinMSS will score as follows.

The main parameters determining the end result is a hit factor and points. If you understand what it is, you will certainly understand the rest.

Hit factor.

The basis for scoring is the so-called hit factor, i.e. notches divided by time. The higher the hit factor the better.

 Let’s suppose our shooters (A, B, C) hit all the plates, then each scored 50 notches.

 Not we calculate the hit factor (HF).

HF = notches / time

Shooter A 50 notches / 5 seconds = 10.

Shooter B 50/10 = 5.

 Shooter C 50/12.5 = 4

So, Shooter A showed the best result, as his HF = 10. 


Now let’s determine how many points every shooter score in this exercise.

Points are scored to the shooter based on the results of each exercise, and if there are several exercises, they will be summed up and the match result will be the sum of these points.

So, let’s count the points.

 First, we take the shooter who scored the highest HF for the exercise. This is shooter A. He is scored 100% points, equal to the maximum number of points for the exercise. Shooter A scored 100%, or 50 points.

 Now let’s determine how many points were scored by shooter B. To do this, let’s first determine the percentage of his HF versus shooter A’s HF.

 Shooter A’s HF = 10

Shooter B’s HF = 5.

 Hence, Shooter B’s HF is 50%, but because he is scored 50% of the points scored by shooter A. Thus, shooter B gets 25 points.

 In the same way, let’s define the points of shooter C. For this, again, we define it as a percentage of his HF versus HF of the best shooter in the exercise, i.e. shooter A.

 Shooter A’s HF = 10

Shooter C’s HF = 4.

 So, shooter’s C HF is 40%, and therefore he is scored 40% points of shooter A. Therefore, shooter C receives 20 points.

 If the content includes several exercises, all the points scored by the shooter during the match are summed up and this sum determines the participant’s position in the score table.


The end result is as follows:

 1st place. Shooter A: 100% – 50 points.

2nd place. Shooter B: 50% – 25 points.

3rd place. Shooter C: 40% – 20 points.

It’s basically all important information on scoring. Try to understand it, and you will never have any question about this. In the next article, we will discuss some additional nuances of practical shooting IPSC scoring policy (penalty targets, failures, procedural violations, major, minor, etc.).