Competitions

Normal Saturday competition is based on a handicap system so that all members have a chance of winning. There are also annual handicap trophies presented at the end of year break-up.


50 Metre Pistol (previously called Free Pistol):

A precision match consisting of 60 shots in 2 hours. The handguns normally used are long barrelled 0·22 Long Rifle single shot handguns, but there is nothing to stop you using any 0·22 Long Rifle handgun. 50 Metre Pistol shooting is an excellent way of learning how to shoot handguns, as there is no time pressure to hurry through the match.

Standard Pistol:

The Standard Pistol match is shot at 25 metres with a 0·22 Long Rifle semi-automatic. The match is divided into;

  • Four series of 5 shots, in 150 seconds,
  • Four series of 5 shots in 20 seconds and,
  • Four series of 5 shots in 10 seconds.

    The 20 and 10 second series start with the shooter’s arm at 45 degrees to the horizontal. The handgun used in this event must have a barrel no longer than 150mm and a trigger no lighter than 1000gm. Recoil handling characteristics are important in a Standard Pistol, especially in the 10 seconds series.

Centre Fire:

The Match consists of two separate 30 shot stages of fire. One is the “precision” stage with five minutes allowed for each 5 shot series. The other is the “rapid fire” stage that is shot on turning targets. One shot is fired with each exposure of the target as it turns toward the shooter for 3 seconds and away for 7 seconds, with the shooter lowering his arm to 45 degrees between each exposure of the target. Any centre fire calibre from 0·32 to 0·38 can be used in a revolver or semi-automatic, with a barrel no longer than 150mm and a trigger pull no lighter than 1360 gms. Many target grade handguns are available for this match, mainly in 0·32, 0·38 Special and 0.357 Magnum. The heavier trigger pull specified for Centre Fire requires firm control of the handgun in both the precision and rapid fire stages, and this coupled with the recoil of the centre fire ammunition makes this quite a difficult event for the new shooter, although one that is universally popular.

25 Metre Pistol (previously called Sport Pistol, and Junior Sport Pistol): Go Top

This match is identical to the Centre Fire match except that the handguns are 0·22 Long Rifle semi-automatics that comply with the Standard Pistol specifications. Some manufacturers make special lightweight versions of their Standard Pistols for these matches.

Black Powder: Go Top

There are two Black Powder matches, the Aggregate Match and the 50 Metre Match. Cap and ball revolvers must be used in the Aggregate match, while single shot handguns are permitted in the 50 metre match. The calibre is restricted to 0.46 maximum and projectiles must be round balls or conical bullets. The Aggregate match is identical to the Centre Fire match except that it consists of 20 precision shots, and 20 shots rapid fire. The 50 Metre match consists of four series of 10 shots, fired in 2 hours on an NRA 50 yard target which has a larger ten-ring than the standard 50 metre target. The 50 metre match can be shot with revolvers, but some interesting hybrid single shots have been put together by black powder enthusiasts out of single shot cartridge handguns like the Thompson Contender.

Air Pistol: Go Top

The Air Pistol match is a slow fire match demanding similar levels of precision to 50 Metre Pistol except that it is shot at 10 metres on a target with a 12mm ten-ring. The match consists of 60 shots in the Men’s and Junior Men’s events and 40 shots for Ladies and Junior Ladies. Air Pistol is a great teacher of handgun shooting fundamentals, as the highly accurate handguns, with their minimum allowable trigger weight of 500 grams are easy to control and have no recoil. They are also very economical to shoot and are noiseless compared to cartridge firearms. Most Air Pistol ranges are indoors, and this offers shooters the advantage of shooting of an evening and getting plenty of low cost practice.

Rapid Fire: Go Top

The match is shot on five turning targets, spaced 75cm apart. It consists of four series of five shots each in 8 seconds, 6 seconds and 4 seconds. The course of fire is in two 30 shot stages of two series in each time sequence.
The shooter must wait with the shooting arm at 45 degrees to horizontal until the targets start to turn. Rapid fire handguns must comply with the same specifications as the Standard Pistol.

Service Pistol: Go Top

The course of fire is shot at ranges from 50 yards down to 7 yards and consists of 90 scoring shots. Shooting is done on turning targets and throughout the course of fire competitors are required to shoot prone, sitting, standing from a barricade position with both right and left hand, left and right hand only, and from the “unsighted” position where the handgun must be held below shoulder level. Time sequences are as short as 4 seconds and several stages require reloading during the time allowed. As all series are in 6 round sequences, revolvers are equally well suited to the match as semi-auto’s. The Service Pistol match is split into Service Pistol, and Service Pistol Unrestricted categories. The course of fire is identical with the main differences being that the Service Pistol course requires that the match be shot from the holster rather than from the 45 degree “ready” position, and that the ammunition used is of a minimum power determined by multiplying the bullet weight in grains and the velocity in feet per second. This “Power Factor” must be no less than 120,000. Double action revolvers are very popular for this match, which combines precision, control, speed and timing.

Service Pistol 25 Yards (previously called Short Barrel Match): Go Top

Is similar to the Service Pistol Unrestricted match, but is only shot at 25, 10 and 7 yards. Barrels are restricted to 105mm maximum for a revolver and 125mm maximum for a semi-automatic. The match was started in Victoria in 1992 and is growing in popularity throughout Australia.

Practical Pistol: Go Top

Practical Pistol shooting originated in the USA and is a freestyle shooting competition with no set courses of fire. Originally conceived as a training course for combat style shooting without the rules and regulations of the more formal handgun shooting disciplines. Practical courses are generally divided into two segments: the standard exercises, where the shooter remains stationary and engages a number of nominated targets, and the Comstock course, where the shooter moves around the course and engages nominated targets, some of which may not be visible at the starting position of the course.
The emphasis in practical shooting is speed, with some matches scored against the clock rather than over a set time. Rapid reloading and multiple shot capacity make semi-automatics the preferred handgun for the match. All shooting is done from the holster, and the most stringent requirements applied in the match are the operation of the handguns safety and the security of the holster. The courses of fire are designed on the day to present shooters with a set of shooting conditions that will differ for each match. There is a power factor requirement for the ammunition used, and outer scoring rings are scored lower if lower powered loads are used.

International 1920 Match (previously Action Pistol): Go Top

This match has been adapted from the Bianchi Cup type matches that are very popular in the USA., it consists of 4 matches totaling 192 shots. These consist of the falling plate match, moving target match, and 2 matches similar to the Service matches. All matches are shot from the holster, and optical sighting equipment is permitted. Double action revolvers are the most popular because of their reliability and the ease with which they can be fitted with a scope. Ammunition must comply with the 120,000 Power Factor minimum limit (there is also a division for 0·22 Rimfire).

1500 Match: Go Top

This match only recently introduced, consists of 150 shots at distances up to 50 Yards. It is derived from the National Rifle Association of America P.P.C. rules and is very similar to the Pistol Australia Service Match. The match has been adopted in a number of countries and is governed by the World Association 1500, this provides for international competition and a World Championship.

Rifle Competition: Go Top

As with the handgun competitions, the normal Saturday competition is based on a handicap system.
There are three divisions;

  • Stock Rifle: This is for military rifles with iron sights.
  • Open Rifle: This is for any rifle with iron sights that do not fit the criteria for Stock Rifle.
  • Scoped Rifle: This is for any rifle with telescopic sights.

    Rules:

Centre fire rifles can only be used with lead projectiles at sub-sonic speed (less than 1,100fps).
No loading devices are permitted.

Course of Fire;

50 Yards:

  • Stage 1. Prone position. Rifle to be on ground with action open. Load and fire 5 shots on target 5 in 60 seconds.
  • Stage 2. Sitting or kneeling position, loaded. Fire 5 shots on target 4 in 30 seconds.
  • Stage 3. Standing, loaded, rifle in a horizontal ready position (waist height). Fire 5 shots on target 3 in 30 seconds.
  • Stage 4. Prone position, loaded (5). Fire 5 shots on target 2, re-load and fire 5 shots on target 1 in 120 seconds.

25 Yards:

  • Stage 5. Standing, loaded, with rifle in a horizontal ready position (waist height). Fire 5 rounds on target 5 in 3 second exposures.
  • Stage 6. Standing, loaded, with rifle in a horizontal ready position (waist height). Fire 5 rounds on target 4 in 20 seconds.
  • Stage 7. Standing, loaded, with rifle in a horizontal ready position (waist height). Fire 5 rounds on target 3 in 20 seconds taking rest off barricade.
  • Stage 8. Standing, loaded (5), with rifle in a horizontal ready position (waist height). Fire 5 rounds on target 2, re-load and fire 5 shots on target 1, in 60 seconds.