Target Pistol is an international discipline 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.
A Brief Description
Target Pistol was introduced into the SSAA’s stable of shooting disciplines in 2005 and is derived from the National Rifle Association (NRA) of America’s ‘Bulls Eye’ Pistol match. So enthusiastic was the uptake of the discipline in Australia that two years later, the SSAA sent a team to the USA for the NRA Nationals.
Competition consists of one primary match and a number of secondary matches shot with five classes of handgun. A second primary match, International Mayleigh for instance, is shot with one class of handgun, such as a .22-calibre pistol, either singleshot or self-loader, or a revolver with any sights using only rimfire ammunition. The basic course of fire is the 30-shot National Match consisting of 10 shots at 50m in 10 minutes. This is followed by five shots at 25m in 20 seconds in two strings of five shots and then five shots at 25m in 10 seconds, again shot twice. Both centrefire and .22 handguns can be used in this match. The 900 Match contains the National Match as described above with additional strings to make up a match of 90 shots. The additional strings consist of two strings of 20 shots at 50m in slow-fire time, 20 timed-fire shots at 25m and another 20 shots at 25m in rapid fire. This match is the basis for the Camp Perry Championship, the annual tournament in the USA.