4 June 2016

NOTE!  The information on this page relates to ISSF and IPC-Shooting Pistol events conducted under the authority of Shooting Australia and/or the ISSF/IPC-Shooting.



At events conducted under Pistol Australia authority (e.g. PA and PA-affiliate Nationals:

·         ‘Australian Conditions’ as approved by PA can apply where electronic targets are not available,

·         PA Constitution and General Technical Rules apply.

·         More information here>


May 2016 Rule Interpretations & Guidelines>

posted  by ISSF 2 June 2016 (NEW)


The competitions that are conducted to ‘international’ rules

Shoe flex testing (includes ISSF Pistol)

Clothing and other dress requirements



# ISSF MQS & Quota Places information for Rio 2016



The competitions that are conducted to ‘international’ rules include:

  • AISL Australia Cups (at SISC)
  • Oceania Shooting Federation Championships
  • ISSF World Cups and World Championships
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Olympic Games


ISSF MQS & Quota Places information for Rio 2016

The ISSF has released the MQS and Quota Place information that will apply for the 2016 Olympics.  The document can be viewed here>>

In summary:

  • 390 shooting places (pistol rifle and shotgun)
  • 50m Pistol (21 places/MQS=540), Rapid Fire Pistol (18/560), Mens Air Pistol (28/563), Womens 25m Pistol (23/555), Womens Air Pistol (29/365)
  • (corrected) Quota Places available at 2015 Oceania Championships; one each in all IOC pistol events.


Shoe flex testing (includes ISSF Pistol)

Shooters and volunteers at the 2011 World Cup, Sydney will be aware that there is a new flex testing ‘machine’ for testing footwear (pic to right).


The ISSF has released an ‘interpretation’: in typical ISSF website ‘design(?)’ it is almost to provide a direct link to the ISSF’s document so here is a link that works.

Background (Rifle):

For some time the ISSF has been looking at some way to remove the ‘penguin walk’ of Finalists as they come on to the FoP for 10m and 50m 3P Finals: while part of the problem comes from the rifle clothing, much of it is due to the type of boots worn by the rifle shooters.

Background (Pistol):

Formerly, the only restriction on footwear for the Pistol events relates to the height at the ankle (  However, it is noticeable that some) pistol shooters (including some in the AISL squad* have shoes that comply with, BUT are so stiff in t6he sole that the can not walk normally!

*My comment is that the shooters (and coaches) concerned have only themselves to blame!

Solution (all ISSF disciplines):

While the rifle clothing is being dealt with separately, the footwear for all disciplines is subject to various restrictions ( and the ISSF has approved a footwear flexibility device.  The footwear is clamped to the machine and the hinged plate (red arrow on the left in the picture) is raised using a torque wrench: the plate must reach a given angle before the torque limit is reached.

This is in force at all ISSF sanctioned competitions after 1st May 2011 and will be applicable at AISL AusCups!


Clothing and other dress requirements

At ISSF and IPC sanctioned competitions, the IOC Eligibility rules apply!  All clothing must comply with ISSF Eligibility and Sponsorship Rules regarding the display of manufacturer and sponsor marks.


  • These rules apply on-range to training (in any form), competition and ceremonies,
  • The rules require shooters to wear their start/bib number during any training (in any form) and/or competition on the ranges.  If you are not clearly wearing (IPC, displaying) your issued start/bib number, the range personnel are completely within the rules to deny you permission to uncase a firearm on the range.
  • It is the responsibility of the competitor to appear on the ranges dressed in a manner appropriate to a public event: ISSF Rule

No athlete will be permitted to participate in a qualification or final round competition while wearing inappropriate or prohibited clothing.

  • Changing clothing must be done in designated areas and not on the field of play.
  • During award or other ceremonies, athletes are required to be dressed in their official national uniform or national tracksuits (tops and bottoms of training or warmup uniforms including sport shoes). For teams, all members of the team must wear the same national uniforms: Rule
  • Pistol competitors must comply with Pistol Clothing Regulations described in Rule 8.4.5 and elsewhere.
  • Headwear must comply with: Front and/or back only for country, national federation emblem, ISSF emblem or emblem of an ISSF competition organizer
  • Clothing - hem of skirts and shorts no higher than 150mm above the centre of the kneecap


Eyewear Side Blinders (either or both sides) attached to the hat, cap, shooting glasses, or to a head band, not exceeding 40 mm deep (Rule 9.12.4, 60 mm for Shotgun athletes) are permitted (A). The front edge of a side blinder must not extend further forward than the center point of the forehead, when viewed from the side. The lower edge of the side blinder must not extend down more than 20 mm below the centerline of the eye.

Front Blinders to cover the non-aiming eye that are more than 30 mm wide are not permitted (B).


NOTE: at PA competitions, is not applied!



It is the shooter’s responsibility to prominently wear their accreditation:

  • FoP accreditation only give you access to the applicable FoP – it does not allow you access to any FoP unless you are there as a competitor for that particular event/stage.

FoP accreditation does not allow you access to any other FoP for shortcuts, spectating, whatever.



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