The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) was organized in 1976 at Columbia, Missouri, USA by some forty-five representatives of nine countries where the practical shooting sport was fast becoming popular. This meeting eventually came to be called the "Columbia Conference" and Colonel Jeff Cooper was elected as its first President. The Conference drew up a constitution, 41 shooting rules, 12 concealed carry rules, and elaborated on the five basic principles of practical shooting as defined by Col. Cooper.

The intention of the conference was to form an administrative body that would develop and regulate worldwide rules for the practical shooting, and to sanction the conduct of international shooting matches. As the IPSC grew, member nations developed their own national sanctioning bodies to administer matches in their respective countries, or what the IPSC terms as the individual "IPSC Regions".

Today, the IPSC consists of more than 70 Regions divided into six distinct zones, i.e., Africa, Australasia, Europe, Pan-America, North America and South America. The Philippine Region - which is embodied by the Philippine Practical Shooting Association, is included in IPSC's Australasian Zone.