Disciplines

The SSAA’s shooting competitions - commonly referred to as ‘disciplines’ - are the backbone of the Association. Our disciplines include the use of many different types of firearms such as shotguns, pistols, revolvers and rifles in rimfire, centrefire, air and black powder configurations, and a variety of targets, depending on the discipline and competition concerned.

The SSAA conducts shooting competitions in all Australian states and territories on a club, state and national level. In addition to this, the Association regularly hosts international shooting competitions in Australia and supports member participation in a large number of international competitions around the world.

The SSAA has developed rules for shooting events across a range of disciplines, including the SSAA Standard Rules and other guides. The SSAA Standard Rules are common to all SSAA disciplines and the current version of the SSAA Standard Rules has precedent over the relevant rules in a SSAA discipline rule book. All current SSAA rule books are available on their respective discipline pages and we encourage members and clubs to download, print and refer to these rule books as needed. The  Guide to Disciplines for Clubs and Competitors has been developed to assist clubs and competitors to have a better understanding of the disciplines and how they are managed.  

SSAA 2020 National Championships and Corona Virus (Covid-19) (updated on 30 June 2020)

National Championships Date in 2020 Location   Information 
Action Match 11 – 12 September Bundaberg QLD Cancelled 20 June 2020
Air Rifle Field Target 5 – 8 June Canberra ACT Cancelled 20 June 2020
Benchrest Centrefire 10 – 13 April Canberra ACT Cancelled on 14 March 2020
Benchrest Rimfire & IRB 2 – 5 October Coffs Harbour NSW Cancelled 20 June 2020
Big Game Rifle 16 – 17 May Blue Hills, TAS Cancelled 20 June 2020
Combined Services 1 – 5 October Gladstone QLD Cancelled 20 June 2020
Field Rifle 3P   8 – 13 April Newcastle NSW Next FR & 3P Nationals to be held in 2021
Fly Shoot 6 – 9 March Canberra ACT Nationals already held
Gallery Rifle 25 – 26 July Para SA Cancelled 20 June 2020
Gun Dogs Pointer & Setter Field 27 – 28 June    VIC Cancelled 20 June 2020
Gun Dogs Pointer & Setter Closed 18 – 19 July    NSW Cancelled 20 June 2020
IHMSA 2 – 9 October Canberra ACT Cancelled
Junior Shooting Sports 10 – 12 July Belmont QLD Next Nationals to be held at Belmont in July 2021.
Law Enforcement Activities 20 – 22 November  TBC VIC Cancelled 20 June 2020
Lever Action 3 – 5 October Alice Springs NT Cancelled 20 June 2020
Muzzle Loading 9 – 13 April Wanneroo WA Cancelled.
Rifle Metallic Silhouette 9 – 13 April Little River VIC Cancelled 20 June 2020
Rifle Metallic Silhouette - CLAS 30 October – 01 November Canberra ACT Cancelled 20 June 2020
Shotgun - 5 Stand 16 – 17 May Albury NSW Cancelled on 18 March 2020
Shotgun – Sporting Clays 26 – 27 September  TBA VIC Cancelled on 18 March 2020
Single Action 28 September – 4 October Millmerran QLD Cancelled 20 June 2020
Steel Challenge October – November  TBC SA Cancelled 20 June 2020
Target Pistol 19 – 20 September Alice Springs NT Cancelled 20 June 2020

International Championships to be held in Australia in 2020 hosted by SSAA – Status as at 24 May 2020

Championships Date  Location   Information
World Action Pistol Championships 7-10 October 2020 Toowoomba QLD Postponed to 6-9 October 2021
International Big Game Rifle
Dangerous Game Shoot
12-13 September 2020 Darwin NT Postponed to September 2021

Note: On 18 March 2020 SSAA NSW has postponed all State and National Championships that were to be held on SSAA NSW Ranges

Note: On 18 March 2020 SSAA QLD has postponed all State, Zone and National Championships that were to be held on SSAA Qld Ranges before 1 July 2020.

  • Upload Event Notices

    To have your Discipline Event published on this website and in the Australian Shooter please fill in the form below. *NATIONAL AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND EVENTS ONLY* You will receive a confirmation notification if form submitted successfully

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Action Match

    Action Match is a dynamic handgun shooting discipline catering to revolver and self-loading pistol shooters. While international rules dictate that the firearm’s calibre must be at least 9mm, due to Australia’s handgun regulations, Action Match competitors can use either a .38 Super or 9mm Parabellum self-loading pistol or a .38 Special/.357 Magnum revolver. The discipline...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Air Rifle Field Target

    Air Rifle Field Target is a simulated field-shooting discipline that caters to springer and precharged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle shooters. The discipline includes five firearm classes: Open Air Rifle, Open PCP, Open Springer, International PCP and International Springer, with shooters aiming to hit reactive ‘fall-when-hit’ targets of various sizes at often unknown ranges from...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Benchrest

    Benchrest is a precision rifle shooting discipline where shooters aim to put five or 10 shots into the smallest possible group on paper targets placed at 50m, 100, 200 and 300 yards. Groups are measured from the centre to the centre of the two widest shots in a group. Rifles are fired from rests, comprising a front rest to support the fore-end and a rear sandbag to support the...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Big Game Rifle

    Big Game Rifle is a rifle shooting discipline that aims to foster the collection, preservation and use of vintage and modern classic large-calibre big-game rifles, particularly those of British origin, including black powder and early Nitro cartridge firearms. The discipline includes eight categories of matches and the courses of fire within these are largely determined by rifle...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Combined Services

    Combined Services is a rifle and handgun shooting discipline that aims to encourage organised competitive shooting with a view towards a better knowledge of the safe handling and proper care of military or service firearms. The discipline encompasses more than a dozen Service Rifle and Service Pistol classes in which competitors use original or faithful reproduction rimfire,...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Field Rifle, 3-Positional, Scoped Air Rifle and NRA Any Sight

    Field Rifle & 3-Positional is a rifle discipline that aims to improve hunting marksmanship under rifle range conditions, while teaching them the capabilities and limitations of their equipment. Field Rifle uses rimfire and centrefire rifles and is designed around the four most used field shooting positions of rapid fire, standing, standing post rest and sitting/kneeling post...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Fly Shoot

    Fly Shoot is a shooting discipline that caters exclusively to rifles. The discipline includes Rimfire and Centrefire matches generally shot at 200 yards and 500m respectively. Each match comprises five targets, with the target having a ‘fly’ 30mm in size as the X-ring and scoring rings around it. Fly Shoot is a unique discipline as both the size of the groups and scores count...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Gallery Rifle

    Gallery Rifle includes short- and medium-distance shooting events for rifles and pistols chambered in pistol-calibre cartridges. The international rule book comprises four main events: Gallery Rifle Centrefire, Gallery Rifle Smallbore, Long Barrelled Revolver and Long Barrelled Pistol, though the SSAA principally supports Gallery Rifle Centrefire at a national level. This event is...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Handgun Metallic Silhouette International

    Handgun Metallic Silhouette is a rimfire and centrefire revolver and pistol shooting discipline where competitors aim to knock down metal animal-shaped targets. The targets are placed on steel stands in banks of five and set at a variety of known distances, with the competitors having a certain amount of time to knock as many down as they can. The firearms used must fall into one...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Junior Sports Shooting

    Sports shooting requires a great deal of dedication, concentration, consistency and above all else, practice. These attributes are just some of the life-skills junior may gain when they participate in sports shooting. The SSAA’s focus on supervision and safety creates a nurturing environment for young people to develop while also helping to build their confidence. Most...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Law Enforcement Activities

    SSAA Law Enforcement Activities is a handgun shooting discipline offering an opportunity to take part in a widely inclusive competition environment which values the principles of law enforcement shooting. Matches are based on competition as part of training for law enforcement and involve skills in safe and effective handling, with timed positional shooting from the holster....

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Lever Action

    Lever Action is a shooting discipline that caters exclusively for lever-action rifles. The discipline includes two categories: Classic Calibre for as-issued rifles in any centrefire cartridge produced up to 1938; and Open Calibre for rifles in any factory, handloaded or wildcat rimfire or centrefire cartridge. Lever Action aims to improve hunting marksmanship skills and includes...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Long Range Precision

    Long Range Precision is a handgun, rifle and black powder rifle discipline that aims to refine and develop the accuracy of firearms, ammunition and equipment for shooting at extreme distances. The handgun events vary from rimfire to centrefire calibres and are shot up to 500m, while the rifle events cover .22LR to .50 BMG calibres and are shot up to 2000m. The core matches require...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Muzzleloading

    Muzzleloading is an interactive discipline that caters to the original and replica rifles, muskets, handguns and shotguns that were used during Australia’s colonial days. The firearm categories are very detailed, with each having its own classes and subsections. The rifle events are shot from the offhand, cross-sticks/prone, bench rest and sometimes kneeling/sitting positions,...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Practical Shooting

    Practical Shooting is a quick and energetic discipline that caters to rimfire and centrefire pistols, revolvers and rifles, and shotguns, with each having their own classes. Most matches comprise a minimum of three stages and the courses of fire are designed to offer challenging and active scenarios that test the capacity of the shooter and their equipment. The targets are mainly...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Rifle Metallic Silhouette

    Rifle Metallic Silhouette is an air, rimfire, centrefire, service and black powder rifle shooting discipline where competitors aim to knock down metal animal-shaped targets. The targets are placed on steel stands in banks of five and set at a variety of known distances, with the competitors having a certain amount of time to knock as many down as they can. The various competitions...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Shotgun

    Shotgun permits the use of any smoothbore shotgun up to 12-gauge to shoot clay targets. The discipline includes four main competitions. Sporting Clays is usually held in a bush setting, with competitors shooting from six or seven stands and traps throwing targets to simulate hunting. 5-Stand has five stands separated by a couple of metres each, with traps throwing single or double...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Single Action

    Single Action is a multifaceted discipline that uses original or replica firearms that were commonly used in the Old West period of 1800 to 1899. This includes single-action revolvers, lever-action and slide-action rifles and carbines, lever-action and pump-action shotguns, and side-by-side shotguns without automatic ejectors. The targets are generally reactive and vary in shape...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Target Pistol

    Target Pistol is an international rimfire and centrefire revolver and self-loading pistol shooting discipline. There are six main classes and several side matches, with each based around the class of the handgun and ammunition used and many having their roots in different eras and types of service pistol shooting. The discipline includes four main matches: National Match Course,...

    Read more

  • {desc}

    Working Gundogs

    Working Gundogs is a shotgun discipline that promotes the use of trained gundogs for hunting and retrieving in the field. The discipline conducts training, trials and competitions at various levels to provide owners with a guide to improving the abilities of their dogs. The four main Working Gundogs disciplines include Retrieving; Hunt, Point and Retrieve; Spaniel; and Pointer and...

    Read more

  • International

    New Zealand will host the seventh Pacific Regional Shooting Championships in Tokoroa, Rotorua and Nelson from November 9-20, 2018. The disciplines being shot this year will be Benchrest (centrefire and rimfire), Rifle Metallic Silhouette (air rifle and smallbore), Scoped Rifle (NRA 3P any sights and SSAA 3P centrefire) and Combined Services. This year’s event will be organised...

    Read more

National E-newsletter

The SSAA National E-newsletter is a subscription email service available FREE of charge to SSAA members. It includes current and upcoming news, views and events about firearms ownership, sport shooting and recreational hunting issues, important SSAA news, special offers and time-sensitive news.

Facebook Feed

National Membership

[email protected]

+61 (0) 2 8805 3900

PO Box 282, Plumpton NSW 2761