Practical shooting as a sport is the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated "real world" self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in these events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use.
The goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full power handgun. Those three elements - speed, accuracy, and power - form the three sides of the practical shooting triangle. By design, each match will measure a shooter's ability in all three areas.
Competitors move, negotiate obstacles, use cover, run, reload, and engage multiple stationary and moving targets through each course of fire.