SSAA Para Sections (Disciplines)


The SSAA’s shooting competitions - commonly referred to as ‘disciplines’ - are the backbone of the Club and 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.

SSAA Para conducts shooting 16 shooting disciplines across its 9 ranges and has had many members represent  us at  interclub, state, national and international level. We encourage visitors, new members or experienced shooters to participate in with our sections as it is an excellent way to improve your skills and meet new people.

Please read through our section pages to find a match that suits your interests.

(Links Below)
Air Rifle
Friday Nights, 7:30pm Start. Matches vary to cover, Olympic Air Rifle, Scoped Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Rifle Silhouette. Excellent match for families and juniors, and a great way to fine tune your skills.  Match usually lasts 2 to 3 hours. (Club Firearms available). 

Air Rifle Field Target 
Our newest section starting in January 2020, is a simulated field scenario on reactive metal targets using an air rifle. 

Matches for Rimfire and Centrefire, ranging in distance from 50m to 300Yds. Matches are based on shooting the smallest possible group size or shooting for score.  Match usually lasts 3 to 4 hours.

Collectors Club
This section meets once a month usually on a Sunday. The collectors club collect all sorts of firearms from the first ever made to the most modern.  The collectors club is not limited to firearms as many members also collect ammunition, badges, medals, patches, caps, swords and blades. To start collecting a separate collectors license is required.  The section can help you acquire this licence. (Club Firearms available).

A excellent match to use the .303 that is sitting in your cupboard.  This section is broken up into Rifle and Pistol matches. Matches are based around using firearms used in the service departments (police / military). Pistol distances vary from 50m to 7 yds, and rifle matches extend from 50m to 300yds. (Club Firearms available).

Cowboy Silhouette
This is a silhouette match using lever action rifles. Different matches are available to shoot Rimfire, pistol caliber and centrefire rifles.  (Club Firearms available).

Field Rifle
Designed around the four most used field positions (rapid fire, off hand, standing post and sitting post), over a variety of distances for both Rimfire and Centrefire rifles. Participation in this event will improve a hunter's marksmanship under range conditions and also teach the shooter limitations and capabilities of their equipment. Matches are usually shot Sunday Morning and some Thursdays and last approximately 2 to 3 hours. (Club Firearms available).

Field Shotgun
Based on a simulated field, whereby a shooter shoots at clay targets being launched from a variety of angles. This is an excellent shoot for a beginner shotgun shooter, or someone who wants a bit more variety from standard Olympic trap shooting. (Club Firearms available).

Gallery Rifle
SSAA Para also shots the Lever Action Gallery Rifle Match. 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 based around scoped and iron-sighted tubular magazine lever-action rifles in .32-20, .38-.357, .44 and .45 pistol calibres. Gallery Rifle matches require the competitor to load and shoot very quickly either at stationary paper or reactive steel targets. Matches are usually shot twice a month and last between 2 and 3 hours.
Handgun Silhouette (IHMSA)
This section uses handguns to shoot steel silhouette targets. Matches are available for nearly every type of handgun. Target distances range from 50m to 200m for centrefire to 25m to 100m for Rimfire and field pistol. The section also has an Air Pistol match available and is shot at the same time as the Rimfire match. (Club Firearms available).

ISU (Olympic) Pistol
This section is a variety of matches linked to the Olympic Pistol shooting. Usually it is shot on Sunday Mornings at 10:00am and runs for approximately 2 to 3 hours.  As the section is affiliated with SARPA there is an additional membership fee. Please speak to the section about this.  (Club Firearms available).

Lever Action
Matches for all forms of lever action rifles (Rimfire, Pistol Caliber, and Centrefire). Matches are shot from 25m to 100m, on animal targets (foxes, rabbits, crow ect) using a variety of positions. Time limits vary from 10 seconds to 5 minutes.  Match usually lasts 4 hours. (Club Firearms available).

This section is broken up into three forms of shooting – Rifle Pistol and Shotgun. Different matches are available for different forms of black powder firearms. Different types of black powder firearms include, cap and ball revolvers, matchlocks, flintlocks, percussion, cartridge. Matches usually last 3 hours, (Club Pistol available). 

Practical Pistol (IPSC)
Practical shooting, is based on a blend of accuracy, power, and speed. The shooter moves around a course and shoots a set number of targets as quickly as possible. Shoot last approximately 2 to 3 hours. (Club Firearms available).

Rifle Scoped Silhouette
This section is similar to the Handgun Silhouette. However scopes are used on the rifles so the targets are a lot smaller. Targets vary in distance from 25m to 100m, and are shot from the standing (Off Hand Position). Matches last between 2 to 3 hours (Club Firearms available).

Single Action
This section is based around the pioneering days of the 'Old West'.  Varieties of firearms are used including single action revolvers, lever action rifles, and side-by-side shotguns. Shoots are based on stages and last between 2 & 4 hours. (Club Firearms available).

Single Shot Rifle
Based upon the Single Shot Rifle Association in America. This match is a mixture of Rimfire, centrefire and black powder matches shot a distances of 50 foot to 200 yds. The matches are a mixture of Benchrest, Off hand and sitting post.  Matches usually last 3 to 4 hours. 

 NRA Target Pistol
 Target Pistol is an international rimfire and centrefire revolver and self-loading pistol shooting discipline.  The discipline includes four main matches: National Match Course, 900 Match Course, International Mayleigh Match, and Short Course Match, and competitors have varying time restrictions to shoot single-handedly in the standing position at paper targets placed at 25 and 50m.

 (NRA and SSAA)
 This rifle match is based on three positions: prone, standing and kneeling/sitting. This match is a great event for improving fine accuracy and refining shooting skills. Matches are usually shot Sunday mornings and lasting approximately 2 to 3 hours. 50m for rimfire and 100m for centerfire. (Club Firearms available).