Southern Vales Practical Shooting League Inc.


PO Box  158 Morphett Vale South Australia 5162


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Our Range Complex at Long Gully Road, Mc Laren Vale,South Australia





 new stuff.......

Proposed new Memorial page on our website to honour our recent past members and allow current members to add their thoughts. Also in consideration is for an Honour Board to be set up as a permenant reminder of their contribution to the club. Please submit your proposals to me via email at

Range Sponsors.....The Committee has created the opportunity for Range Sponsors to promote their goods and services. Click here to see more....

Range Building at SVPSL Inc.  - Club President Steve Brown has announced that ranges will commence to be built for the forthcoming 2016 IPSC Handgun Nationals to be held at our range on Easter Long Weekend in 2016. Ongoing preparation work will continue on the ranges and clubrooms from now, right up to the Nationals. Please look out for the Working Bee's that are necessary to get significant work completed by the date. Click here for some new pics

R.I.P. Des Lilley. The sad passing of our  club member, colleague, friend, leader, mentor and fellow IPSC competitor has left a huge hollow  and feeling of emptiness in our hearts. However Des's mark and legacy is well and truly left indelibly in our club  with the many achievements he managed in the club and IPSC at state, national and international levels. The Executive Committee is to consider a memorial for Des as well as our departed members who have influenced the club and IPSC in a significant way. More on that soon.

Executive Committee for 2014/15 Click Here

SVPSL Inc. a responsible sporting organisation in the community......Come and Try - Come & Try visitors to the club who were able to experience handling and shooting Rifles, Shotgun and Handguns, many of them for the first time. Comments about the experience were most positive with emphesis on safety while experienced Range Officers oversaw the day's proceedings. The day culminated in a much enjoyed suasage sizzle put on by the club and the visitors left with a very positive attitude to firearms, particularly about the safety aspects of IPSC competition. Thanks to all who assisted in making the day a complete success.

More recently we hosted 45 like minded young people to enjoy a morning of target shooting with .22 cal rifles as well as a few larger calibres. Click for Photos



About Us

Southern Vales Practical Shooting League Inc. (SVPSL Inc.) was formed in 1986 with some of the original founding members still active in the club today.

Ours is a sporting firearms shooting club which practises the discipline of IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) in handgun, rifle and shotgun and we adhere to the official IPSC International Rule Book. SVPSL Inc. is South Australia's largest club of its type with members from all walks of life, including students, doctors, tradesmen, public servants, business owners, ladies, juniors, seniors and entire families.

SVPSL Inc is affiliated to IPSC (SA) Inc. which is the governing body for the Section of South Australia and comes under the Regional Direction of IPSC Australia Inc. IPSC Australia Inc. is affiliated to the IPSC World Body and is our governing body and the organisation recognised by the Australian Government for the management and regulation of the sport of Practical Shooting in Australia.

Practical shooting is an International competition that is held on all continents of the world, with local, state, national, regional, international and World championships happening on a regular basis. It is controlled Internationally by the IPSC World Body, with national and regional committees organising local membership and competitions.

In Practical competition, a variety of target types are used including paper and steel, stationary and moving. One of the attractions to the sport is that the courses of fire vary constantly with the arrangement of the targets and shooting scenarios.  Stages, or courses of fire are constructed and changed from competition to competition and each week SVPSL Inc. features 5 different courses of fire set up on any of our 16 gazetted shooting ranges.

All participants (male, female, juniors & veterans) compete together over exactly the same stages, with the same rules and the same scoring procedures.

Only one competitor at a time shoots a stage. At all times this competitor is under the direct observation and control of a Range Officer whose primary task is to enforce the match safety rules. Practical shooting is a safe sport, and IPSC rules and procedures will ensure that this continues.

In Australia, Practical hand gun competition is for centre-fire pistols and revolvers of calibres from 9mm to .38. Stages are usually started with the pistol holstered on the belt. The competitor commences the course of fire under the instruction of the Range Officer, often reloading the firearm during the stage. On completion of the stage, the competitor unloads and clears the firearm under supervision of the Range Officer who then confirms the firearm is unloaded and placed safely back into its holster.

IPSC Competition is also held for rifle and shotgun in Standard and Open Divisions and uses a variety of targets from steel "pepper poppers", round and square steel plates as well as paper targets like the one shown below.   Click for a graphic and dimensions of this target



IPSC "Classic" paper target used in Australia

Below are an example of the firearms used in IPSC Competition.

(Click on a gun for a larger view)


            IPSC Open Division " Racegun"                                                                            IPSC " Standard Division" Handgun



                                                                          Typical "Production Division  Firearms                                                             



                            Revolver Standard Division                                                                           CLASSIC DIVISION - 1911A Pistol



                   IPSC  Standard Shotgun DIvision                                                                               Open Rifle Division                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


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