Any air rifle using compressed air, gas, pump or spring type air rifles can be used. Air rifles of .177” (4.5mm) calibre are designated for indoors events, however .22” calibre may be used for silhouette. Any sight type, aperture, partridge or scope sight is permitted, and there is no limit on the weight of the rifle. Shooting gloves, coats, pants and rifle slings are also permitted.
As far as rifles go a new expensive rifle is not necessarily needed. There are many second-hand target and semi-target air rifles on the market if you look around. Air rifles retain their accuracy and an older second-hand rifle will shoot just as accurately as a new expensive one and be more accurate than most can shoot at 10 metres.
Some pellets shoot more accurately in some air rifles than in others. Just as you would with a rimfire or centrefire rifle, it is important to try as many different brands and weights of pellets as you can get your hands on. Don’t be afraid to experiment as there is almost and endless variety of pellet weights and style available. Benchrest testing is recommended.
Competitions are graded and a shooter moves to a higher grade when the grade level score is equalled or exceeded on three occasions. Proficiency awards are also available.
The Firearms & Matches
Metallic Silhouette Air Rifle
Shot from the standing unsupported position at steel targets.
Course of fire 40 shots, each 5 shot series 2 ½ minutes. Chickens, ten targets at 18.2m (20yds). Pigs, ten targets at 27.4m (30yds). Turkeys, ten targets at 32.9m (36yds). Rams, ten targets at 41.1m (45yds).
Shot from the standing unsupported position, one shot per diagram, worst edge scoring.
Course of fire 30 shots in 30 minutes at 10m.
10 Metre Scoped Air Rifle
Shot from the standing unsupported position on 10 metre air rifle targets.
Course of fire 40 shots in four relays of 10 shots in 15 minutes at 10m.
10 Metre Three Positional Scoped Air Rifle
Shot from prone, kneeling and standing positions at 10 metre scoped air rifle targets.
Course of fire 60 shots, 20 shots in 30 minutes from each postion at 10m.
International Air Rifle (Any Sight))
Shot from the standing unsupported position on International air rifle targets.
Course of fire 60 shots in six relays of 10 shots in 15 minutes.
Where to Start?
Most SSAA ranges have an active Air Rifle Section which shoot one or more of the Air Rifle matches. If you are interested in shooting Air Rifle, Please contact one of the club section captians.
Major Field Rifle & 3 Position Shoots:
- National Field Rifle, Air Rifle & 3 Postions Shoot: held every Easter on a roster system around Australia, where ranges are available. All classes are contested over five days.
- State Field Rifle, Air Rifle & 3 position Shoot: held around April on a roster system around South Australia, where ranges are available. All classes are contested over 3 days.
- National Junior Training Camps, Usually held in July School Holidays.
National Air Rifle Dicipline Page - National Hall of Fame, Scores, Up Coming Shoots, Posters and much more.
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