Action Match is a fast-paced pistol shooting discipline requiring the use of self-loading pistols or revolvers to shoot at various targets. It includes four firearm classes (Open, Open Modified, Metallic Sight and Production) and consists of four competition ‘stages’ or events (Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plate).
Benchrest shooting is a rifle sport where the competitor attempts to score as accurately as possible utilising wind indicators, mirage boards and solid rests to extract the ultimate performance from the equipment. Competitors sit at a solid bench and rifles are fired from rests which comprise a front rest to support the fore-end of the rifle and a rear sandbag to support the butt. There are a number of classes of rifle and events for both group shooting and score shooting. Flyer
BIG GAME RIFLE
The Big Game Rifle Club began in Victoria in 1983 by a small group of Melbourne enthusiasts. A few years later, groups in Queensland and New South Wales were also established. Western Australia is the most recent state to establish a club. The disciplines charter is to foster the collection, preservation and use of classic big game rifles. The rifles in the discipline are hunting rifles and the courses of fire attempt to simulate various hunting conditions. Many of the members are active hunters and participation allows them to practise their accuracy as well as rifle handling skills. Safety is paramount, with the emphasis placed on offhand shooting, rapid fire, rapid reloading and the use of open sights. No slings are used. Scopes can be used; however, in most events a small handicap applies. Flyer
CLAS- COWBOY LEVER ACTION SILHOUETTE
In 2006, the SSAA Rifle Metallic Silhouette discipline was approved to run the NRA Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette Rifle match as a national event. The match utilises Lever Action Rifles with traditional sights (no scopes) contested at various ranges up to 200m. The intent of this discipline is to establish a match for common hunting carbines and other lever-action rifles. This event follows closely the NRA rules and will therefore open opportunities to compete internationally. Flyer
Combined services rifle shooting initially commenced in the 1980’s. Combined services rifle has up to 15 events that can be shot, with more events emerging all the time. It is shot mainly with standard military service rifles with iron sights. No spotting is allowed during the individual events, shooters need to develop a rapport with their rifle in order to depend on it and their own ability. The event stages are finalised before scoring. The 3P core is the principal event that is shot within the discipline and is shot with a standard rifle to establish a competitor’s grade. Several events are shot as graded events, while others are contested as open. There are also events for modified and scoped rifles. Flyer
SSAA Field Pistol is a WA Based event with an interesting, varied and challenging discipline that provides variety and satisfies the needs of shooters in a wide variety of shooting challenges, from speed events to the more challenging long range events there is something for everyone. People of any suitable age can enjoy this discipline and it attracts a large spectrum of the shooting community, from young people to families and seniors, everyone is in there with a chance. Field Pistol courses of fire are wide and varied and each is designed to challenge a different aspect of the shooter’s abilities. Flyer
FIELD RIFLE AND 3-POSITIONAL
Field Rifle and 3-Positional matches have been around since 1970 and have a large following at SSAA clubs all throughout Australia. Field Rifle is a match designed around the most commonly utilised hunting positions simulated under rifle range conditions and is a great event to improve your hunting ability.
3-Positional Rifle is a precision match which is more target orientated and more testing of the shooter’s ability. Both events are shot with rimfire and centrefire rifles. Flyer
HANDGUN METALLIC SILHOUETTE
The sport of Handgun Metallic Silhouette is one in which pistols are used to knock down metal targets at a variety of distances. It originated in Mexico in the early 1950s and by the early 1980s, competitions were being organised around Australia. Handgun Metallic Silhouette offers a variety of calibres, firearms, distances and shooting positions depending on the category and competition. Flyer
LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Lever Action Rifle shooting was originally started to simulate hunting in the field and as such the majority of the targets designs are of feral animals, rabbit, fox, boar, goat and so forth. Most of the match is unsupported, off the shoulder shooting with interest being maintained by the use of turning and moving targets. Flyer
Within the SSAA, muzzleloading involves competitive shooting with firearms used during Australia’s colonial days. Many of the excellent replicas available are exact in every detail and it surprises many people just how accurate these firearms can be in the hands of proficient shooters. Being in touch with the guns the early settlers, farmers and bushrangers used transports you back in history. Flyer
PRACTICAL HUNTING RIFLE
Practical Hunting Rifle is based on a South African discipline involving life size targets of various animals with realistic colours and scoring zones that win or lose points. It tests your ability to judge distance, help you understand your and how to judge the influence of the wind and weather on the bullet’s trajectory. In addition, it will give you the ability to shoot from various positions, shoot within time constraints and with correct shot placement. Flyer
Practical shooting is one of the fastest growing shooting sports in Australia. A high-speed, high-energy and quick-thinking discipline, it is intended to offer challenging and active shooting matches that test the capacity of the competitor and their equipment. Practical Shooting began in WA in the early 70’s as a state handgun sport, but it has since been expanded and is now recognised nationally. Each country that conducts International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) shooting usually runs a national equivalent, and Practical Shooting is the SSAA’s equivalent. The discipline is suitable for a variety of firearms and is sure to offer a category, event and match for everyone. Flyer
RIFLE METALLIC SILHOUETTE
Hit and knock down a series of full sized metallic silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams at various distances. The discipline offers a variety of firearms, calibres and shooting positions. Rifle is for handguns except the distances are much greater. Caters for centrefire and rimfire rifles, but air rifles, service and black powder rifles may be used in some competitions. Flyer
SHOTGUN 5- STAND SPORTING CLAYS
5 Stand Sporting Clay competitions are the fastest growing of the shotgun disciplines. One such discipline is 5-Stand Sporting Clays. It is designed to simulate field shooting of waterfowl and other game in a natural setting. A typical 5-Stand layout of six to eight traps can be set up in a relatively small area. In this sport, shooters move between five firing points or ‘stands’ in the layout and are presented with five targets at each stand. 5-Stand trap placement and target trajectory can be varied from course to course; no two 5-Stand grounds are the same or have the same targets. Flyer
Single Action Shooting (SAS) is sometimes referred to as a concept shooting discipline with shooters taking on the role of a character and their persona with period costumes in the spirit of the sport. Having evolved more than 25 years ago in the USA, SAS has grown into one of the fastest growing shooting competitions in the world today.. Matches are conducted using the International Rules of Single Action Shooting as promulgated by SASS. Flyer
STEEL CHALLENGE (sub discipline of Action Match)
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. 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.
Target Pistol is an international discipline (NRA affiliate) in which handguns of various calibres and categories are shot in a variety of matches to hit paper targets placed at 25 and 50m with varying time restrictions. There are six main events in Target Pistol, with each based around the class of the handgun. Three main matches are shot at the national Target Pistol level.
WGAA –WORKING GUNDOGS
WGAA (WA) is the West Australian branch of the SSAA’s working gundog national discipline. The WGAA was formed to promote and encourage the working heritage of all breeds of gundogs and to promote the use of working gundogs in game management and game conservation. WGAA WA conducts regular training days, field trials, and other activities for all gundog breeds and all abilities. Flyer