Folks, those of us that are fans of the 1911, like practical shooting and are NOT based in the United States or anywhere where USPSA is active, have a reason to smile these last few days.
In a meeting that took place on the 17th of October, the IPSC’s ruling council approved, among other things, the replacement of ‘Modified’ by a new division, called ‘Classic’ – during discussions lasting well-over a year, this new division had been referred to as ‘Single-stack’. This change will take place from 2012 onwards.
Please note, this change affects IPSC, not USPSA, which has had such a division for a while now. Also, the rules for IPSC Classic Division do not exactly mirror those of USPSA SS.
- Only single-stack, 1911-style pistols need apply.
- Railed frames are not permitted.
- Dustcovers extending forward beyond the normal length, are not permitted (max. 75mm from the front of the dust cover to the rear of the slide stop pin hole).
- Magwells are permitted, but can't be wider than 35mm. In practice, this means that magwells can't extend beyond the grips, laterally.
- No compensators.
- No optical sights.
- No slide rackers, thumb rests and slide-lightening cuts.
- Gun must fit in IPSC box.
- Holster rules mirror those of Standard Division.
Also, shooters in Major Power Factor cannot load more than 8 rounds in their magazines. Minor PF pistols may have 10 rounds in the magazine.
All in all, I think this is great news. I have some friends that will miss Modified, but I think that the introduction of Classic Division will please more shooters.