IEACS, l’Institut Européen des Armes de Chasse et de Sport (European Institute of Hunting and Sporting Arms), is a non-profit association which was founded in 1976 by national associations of manufacturers of sport shooting firearms from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain.

In 1980, the Institute was awarded the qualification of “International association with scientific aim” by the Belgian Government and soon afterwards, it was recognized by the European Community as the spokesperson for the Industry.

Later on also Great Britain joined the group.