27. January 2014 · Comments Off on Steel Challenge · Categories: Disciplines

Steel Challenge is a pistol shooting competition. It is exciting to participate in, as well as observe. With the targets being made of steel, the immediate visual affect to spectators is obvious. Like the many Metallic Silhouette competitions, the instant feedback regarding a ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ ensures that these matches are what appeals to both competitor and spectator alike.

In early 2009, SSAA National signed an agreement with the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) to manage the pistol competition of Steel Challenge. Beginning with the 2009 SSAA NSW State Championships in June 2009, the sport is prepared to establish itself as one of Australia’s premier shooting matches. New South Wales Blacktown Pistol Club President Craig Ginger will manage the SSAA Steel Challenge matches throughout Australia. “It will be great for Australian handgun shooters,” said Craig. “Through the large SSAA membership base, we are now able to enhance the capacity of attracting large numbers of sporting shooters to this exciting event.”

Steel Challenge is a pistol shooting Action Match competition shot from a stationary position at five static steel plates per stage. Competitors shoot each of the eight stages five times and add their best four times to become their stage score. The lowest score is the winner. The eight stages shot in the Steel Challenge match are Accelerator, Five to Go, Outer Limits, Pendulum, Roundabout, Showdown, Smoke & Hope and Speed Option. Each stage is unique in its design and offers a different challenge to the shooter.

Steel shooting offers a port of entry to the pistol shooting sports and is an excellent starting place for young or beginner shooters. It also provides a ‘soft’ way for those who have begun to suffer the problems associated with aging to remain involved in the shooting sports. All this provides an alternative for those who might otherwise be lost to shooting. Regardless of your shooting background or skill level, all shooters walk away smiling after shooting Steel Challenge. This competition is a level playing field for shooters of all backgrounds.

27. January 2014 · Comments Off on Service Pistol · Categories: Disciplines

This is a challenging Centrefire match in which drawing from the holster and a minimum power factor of 120 is involved. Competitors must undertake a competency and holster safety test before being permitted to compete in the Service Pistol event. NO optical sights are permitted in these matches and the weight of the trigger pull must be at least 1360 grams. Self-loading pistols or Revolvers are permitted, with minimum barrel length being 100 mm for revolvers and 120 mm for self loaders (semi-autos).

There is a less rigorous version of this match known as Service Pistol Unrestricted, and this is the more popular version. The Unrestricted match may be shot from the ‘ready’ position, and there is no restriction on power factor. Shooters without holster qualifications must shoot the Unrestricted match.

27. January 2014 · Comments Off on Metallic Silhouette · Categories: Disciplines

Metallic Silhouette shooting is a series of target shooting matches that involve shooting at metal cutouts of rams, pigs, chickens and turkeys cut to different scales and set at varying distances from the competitor depending on the specific match.

Targets are set up in groups of 5 known as “Banks” with a silhouette’s width between each. Banks are laid out at the required distance for each specific match and each bank must be shot in 2 minutes in order from left to right. If the competitor is required to shoot 10 targets in a relay then he/she must shoot 2 banks of 5 silhouettes. Similarly if the competitor is required to shoot 15 targets in a relay then he/she must shoot 3 banks of 5 silhouettes etc. When the competitor has finished shooting the first bank, the silhouettes are reset and a second bank of the same animal is engaged. Most ranges in Australia accommodate two banks of the same 5 targets at each distance and the targets are reset after the two banks are shot.

In Big Bore Metallic Silhouette shooting, chickens silhouettes are set at a distance of 50m, pigs at 100m, turkeys at 150m and rams at 200m. In Rimfire and Field Pistol, chickens silhouettes are set at a distance of 25m, pigs at 50m, turkeys at 75m and ram at 100m.

27. January 2014 · Comments Off on IPSC · Categories: Disciplines

IPSC shooting is dynamic and challenging, and one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the world today. Courses of fire utilize many aspects not found in the other more traditional shooting disciplines, such as movement by the shooter, drawing from the holster, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting problems presented by the stage design.

The appeal of the sport lies in the diversity of the courses of fire available to the shooter. By offering different courses of fire, rather than set types, IPSC shooting continues to challenge the competitor to improve his skills in many different areas. There are continually new demands to challenge the IPSC shooting enthusiast.

What about beginners? Absolutely! All of those currently competing were once at the beginner stage. By becoming active in matches hosted by an IPSC club you will have the advantage of qualified range officials and courteous range staff. You will normally find IPSC shooters are pleased to give a hand in getting you started. By using a classification system for all competitors, you can be assured that you will be facing competition of an equal skill level. A good way to get started is to ask for assistance. We’ll always help.

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