Fullbore Target Rifle (including Service Rifle)
Centre-fire (fullbore) target rifles and Service Rifle usually fire .308 Winchester, .223 Remington however, other calibers such as .303 British caliber may be used in specific categories. A demanding sport which stresses marksmanship skills, mental conditioning and the ability to interpret wind and light conditions. Fullbore target shooting can lead a competitor to Bisley England for the NRA (UK) championships, to the Commonwealth Games or to the world long range championship Palma Matches and F-Class Championships. While target rifles are fitted with adjustable target sights and may be fitted with a shooting sling, F-Class rifles are fitted with Optical sights and rests or bi-pods. Service Conditions Rifle has a focus on practical marksmanship from differing shooting stances like prone, sitting, kneeling, and standing where a participant uses a service rifle, most typically AR-15s
The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is a dynamic shooting sport where the principles of Accuracy, Speed and Power are balanced in a unique scoring system. IPSC has defined Action Shooting. It requires competitors to shoot fast and accurately, often shooting on the move and developing techniques and styles to shave off fractions of a second between shots, during reloads and drawing from the holster.
International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is the governing body of Olympic and World Championship Handgun competitions. Generally using .22 caliber pistols ISSF shooting disciplines focus on accuracy. There are at least two open matches - NSRA 50m Free Pistol Match and the NSRA Standard Pistol competitions that fall under the ISSF format.
There are also other Bullseye matches, PPC and cowboy action matches as well as recreational handgun shooting taking place around the province.
While shotgun disciplines vary they are generally grouped under three headings of Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays with both Trap and Skeet appearing in the Olympics
In Sporting Clays almost anything goes with the targets thrown in varying elevations, trajectories, angles, speeds and distances resulting in an almost infinite variation.
In Trap targets are thrown either as a single or doubles from one or more traps 15m in front of the competitor, and are generally thrown away from the firing point at varying speeds, angles and elevations.
In Skeet targets are also thrown as a single and doubles from 2 trap houses 40 metres apart, at opposite ends of an arc on which there are seven shooting positions. The clay targets are thrown at fixed trajectories and speeds.
Smallbore Target Rifle
Smallbore target rifles are chambered for the .22 Long Rifle calibre cartridge and fall into four categories: Sporting Rifle, Practical (formerly called Hunting) Rifle, Standard or Match Rifle, and F -Class Rifle. The rifles are fired from three positions; prone, standing, and kneeling at bullseye targets. Sporting and Match rifles are fitted with adjustable, aperture (peep) metallic target sights and the Match rifles are fitted with slings. Practical class rifles can be any .22 rifle which is not, and never has been, a target rifle, any action and any type of sights (including optical) can be used - many current high quality field / hunting / varmint / plinking .22's are in this category. Telescopic sights, bipods, and rear bags are permitted with F-Class rifles. All F-Class shooting takes place in the prone position. Smallbore Rifle matches are part of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Airguns are available as pistols and rifles. They usually fire .177 or .22 caliber lead pellets and unlike other pistols and rifles, use compressed air or CO2 to propel the pellet. Airgun target shooting is a demanding sport which stresses marksmanship, concentration and physical and mental conditioning. Airgun shooting can lead a competitor to the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, International Competitions, National, provincial and regional and local competitions. These competitions are generally all shot at a distance of 10m in the standing position. The air pistol is shot one handed. Air rifles are used by the Army, Air and Sea Cadets. Air pistols are used by Pony Clubs in their Tetrathlon events.
Black Powder refers to those shooting sports that use a black powder cartridge firearm. These firearms come in a variety of forms including cap and ball, flint lock, match lock or more commonly a metallic cartridge containing black powder. These are frequently single-shot firearms except in the case of cap and ball and metallic cartridge which can be found as single action revolvers.
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