The snipe has at least three, and maybe more, vocalizations. Two of the calls are usually heard only during nesting season and are uttered when the bird is safely perched (on the ground, a fence post, or a tree stump). One call is rather pleasant, similar to the pipe of a frog, like a "keek-keek-keek." The second sound they make while perched is harsh, and not as engaging. The latter call is more of a "kuk-kuk-kuk". The bird calls repetitively, in a slow manner, often for lengthy periods of time. The third call is also more harsh than pleasant. The snipe gives a raspy "scaip-scaip", but it is repeated, in an animated manner. This call normally occurs when the snipe is flushed.
The International Practical Shooting Confederation was officially founded at the International Pistol Conference held in Columbia, Missouri, in May 1976.
Type of Organization
The IPSC is a non-political Confederation of non-political participating Regions, whose borders normally, but need not necessarily, correspond to national borders. For these purposes, Confederation is defined as being a league or agreement between two or more independent Regions whereby they unite for their mutual welfare, and the furtherance of their common aims.
The IPSC is established to promote, maintain, improve and advance practical shooting, to safegaurd its principles and to regulate its conduct world-wide in order to cultivate the safe and efficient use of firearms by persons of good character and in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, to achieve such objectives by adhering to the following principles, which are established to define the nature of practical markmanship and are embodied in the following words: - Diligentia- Vis- Celeritas, namely, Accuracy, Power and Speed.