NRC NEWSLETTER – updated 3  December 2018


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November 2018


CATHERINE FETTELL  - Congratulations on election to the ISSF Administrative Council.


SHARON REYNOLDS – Congratulations on re-election to the ISSF Pistol Technical Committee.


WA1500 – The WA1500 Association has instructed that we are not permitted to vary our rules for local competition to assist shooters who may have difficulty safely moving from prone to kneeling.  Instead, any WA1500 competitor may petition the WA1500 Association (through Pistol Australia) to be permitted to shoot in a different position.  The relevant rule number is 13.1.  All requests received will be forwarded to the Association for a decision once all documentation is in order.


SERVICE MATCHES – Rule S/ has been changed as follows

“All projectiles used must comply with local range approved conditions or club regulations”

The printed rule book will not be amended until a further print run is required.  The downloadable version will be updated today.


ISSF– some time ago I raised the issue, on behalf of the ISSF, of experimenting with a single target rapid fire match based on the CISM match.  The intention was that this be shot using a .22 Standard Pistol.  Some people read it to mean we would possibly adopt the CISM event which is shot with a CF pistol and has different timings – I apologise for not being clear enough.  However, it has been brought to my attention that at least one state is restricted to currently approved matches – obviously, if your state or local regulations preclude you from trying new matches then that is the end of it!


WA1500 World Championship - will be held at the Hilltop NSW range in 2019.  The NRC member of the Organizing Committee for this event will be Brian Johnston as his experience of this event is extensive. 


PA/ISSF Nationals– there will be some changes to the jury composition next year.  There will be two Judge Bs invited to work on the jury in order to broaden their experience.  In addition there will be a dedicated discipline juries (i.e. Black Powder, Service/WA1500 and ISSF) with the NRC Director as the overall Jury Chairman.  There will also be a change of personnel between the PA matches and the ISSF matches – this year will be only one change but if successful it is something I hope to expand in future.  The aim is to give as many judges as possible exposure to our top competitions as members of a jury.  This is in line with the recent decision to allow discipline specific Judge A qualifications.


June 2018


It has become obvious that we are running short of active judges.  The fact is we are all getting older and new candidates have not been forthcoming.  At the recent NRC Annual Seminar it was decided to make some changes to the judging structure and training of PA judges that will modernise our approach to training judges.  Judges at all levels will now have the opportunity to specialize in one discipline only, although anyone wanting to do more than one will be encouraged to do so.  Juries at Nationals – particularly the PA/ISSF Nationals – will now include one or two B judges for experience. In brief there will now be 3 judge levels

·         Judge C – effectively a judge B in training and discipline specific.  Pre-requisites will be

o    Experience as a fully qualified (level 2) range officer

o    Participation in a judging workshop – these will be arranged as needed

o    Recommendation from the state referee body

·         Judge B – as currently and discipline specific.  To qualify the candidate will

o    Work with a qualified and experienced judge at relevant competitions

o    In most cases will attend a judge seminar (combined with the regular seminars already held around the country)

o    Be reviewed by the NRC judges review panel (new) who will base their decision on feedback received and recommendations from the state body and supervising judge

·         Judge A – discipline specific (this is new) and will be an experienced judge B who has

o                worked at a national championship ass a line judge

o    been part of a nationals jury as a trainee judge A

o    either formal qualifications or verifiable workplace experience as a trainer

o    been interviewed by an NRC appointed panel (as has been the case previously)


There are some aspects of these changes that will need to be put to the Executive – such as variations to funding arrangements – but the changes to the way we train judges and structure judging in Australia will change immediately.

Plated projectiles – and the debate continues!!  It has come to my notice that some projectiles are being sold as approved by  the NRC of Pistol Australia.  This is WRONG!  Pistol Australian does not endorse or recommend any products. To clarify

1.     PA does not endorse or ban any particular brand of projectiles or ammunition

2.     PA has provided a simple test to assist clubs to decide what they will and will not allow to be used on their ranges

3.     PA policy is, and always has been, that it is the club responsibility and right to decide what they will and will not allow to be used on their ranges.

4.     The PA rules and the ISSF rules specify what ammunition can be used for their matches

a.     Centre fire – “All projectiles used must be made only of lead or similar soft material. Jacketed projectiles are not permitted.”  (extract from rule 8.4.4)

b.    Service matches – “Projectiles must be made of lead or similar soft Material. Jacketed projectiles are not permitted.” (rule */42.7.2)


March 2018


Oops – how time flies!  Apparently I have not written anything here since December – feels like it was just last week.


Following on from my December notes – I have now been advised that the 10m Air Pistol Women event (ditto for junior women) will be a 60 shot match at our June Nationals in Brisbane.  This is a late change to the normal policy around changes to ISSF rules.  This has been brought about by the need to align ourselves with Shooting Australia as all their qualification requirements are around the 60 shot match. 


Please spread the word so that everyone who plans to shoot in the Nationals has plenty of time to train – team members probably already train 60shots, but there will be many who are not yet doing so. 


There have been a couple of things that have arisen lately that may be of interest:

                     Range standards – the requirements for ISSF ranges (including paper target ranges) are all in the rulebook.  Most of the measurements have tolerances and while it would be really nice if every range had exactly the same shooting conditions this is pie in the sky thinking!  As far as possible new ranges should meet all the criteria but practical considerations – such as the terrain, the size of the land available, local restrictions etc. all come into play.  It is that old common sense thing again – do the best you can but if you want to hold a National championship one day make sure the essentials such as the targets, shooting distances and firing point standards, are within allowable tolerances.

                     Calling the course of fire (Service and WA1500) – there appears to be some disagreement on whether or not the course of fire can be called.  Of course it can be – we are not in the business of discouraging shooters because they cannot recall, in the pressure of the moment, what they need to do.  Generally, the RO will call the course of fire if requested to do so – however, I would like to see it become the norm for the RO to call the course of fire before each series.


With the Commonwealth Games only a fortnight away things are getting busy in Brisbane.  The range is now unrecognizable, with a tent city surrounding the shooting ranges and miles of fencing all over the complex.  Although the “lock down” is not until April 6th the ranges will be open for training from the 25th March.  It will be great to see all the planning and preparation come to fruition.  I admit that I will be glad to get home once it is all over – the Brisbane climate is definitely not my cup of tea.


The NRC will hold the AGM and annual workshop in June – if there are any matters you would like the Council to consider now is the time to get in touch with your state referee director/coordinator.



December 2017


It has been a while since I wrote anything for this website – apologies.  Many of you may know I am temporarily living in Brisbane and working for GOLDOC.  It is much harder getting back into a regular job after being retired than I had anticipated!


It has been an exciting few months with the new Brisbane range (BISC) now up and running with the combined Commonwealth Shooting Federation and Oceania Shooting Federation championships being conducted at the end of October. Billed as an operational trial for the Commonwealth Games this was a very successful competition despite a few, not unexpected, glitches, and just last weekend the SA Open was also successful.   The ranges are well set up with SIUS electronic targets throughout.  We did (and will) struggle with a lack of additional space for things like preparation areas, drug testing and office space but it is manageable.  The ISSF portion of our Nationals will be held at this range next year and I hope to see as many of you as possible there – shooting and working!


I recently returned from the annual ISSF Pistol Section Committee meeting held in Munich.  There will be new rules out shortly (probably late December or early January).  Most of the changes are corrections of errors but there are a couple of things that will affect us if they are approved by the Executive Committee – bearing in mind Pistol Australia will not officially adopt any major changes until after the Nationals.

AIR PISTOL – it is highly likely that 10m Air Pistol Women will become a 60-shot match as of 1st January (also mooted is that Women’s 3 Position Rifle will become 3 x 40 (currently 3 x 20) and Women’s Trap will be the same as the Men’s Trap)

AIR PISTOL MIXED TEAM EVENT – Final - the series time will be reduced to 300secs (5 minutes) and the individual shot time will be reduced to 60secs.  There will also be a procedure for a target failure given there are 10 shooters which means there are no spare targets!

SINGLE TARGET RAPID FIRE – there is a CISM single target rapid fire match that is based on the ISSF Standard Pistol rules but using 10sec, 8sec & 6sec series.  We are being encouraged to try this at club level – using our normal rapid fire timings – and give feedback on how popular or otherwise it may be. 


The Organizing Committee for the PA ISSF Nationals next year have agreed to put on a demonstration final of the Air Pistol Mixed Team event subject to there being time in the program to do so.  Keep an eye out for the “rules” – we will NOT be running a full event – teams will be self-selected and qualification for the demonstration final will probably be calculated using the first 30 shots of the “normal” air pistol match.


Just a reminder that Australia is hosting a Junior World Cup in Sydney next March.  If you would like to be one of the volunteers at this event please register your interest with Shooting Australia (events@shootingaustralia.org )



August 2017


I recently attended the WA1500 World Championships as NRC Director and at PA expense, for the purpose of observing how the competitions are run overseas, and to compare general practice at the top level with practices in Australia.  There have been a series of queries and requests for rule interpretations about these matches so I went armed with a number of questions to ask.


I was able to meet with several of the WA1500 board members and also observed a lot of the competition.  One thing became clear very quickly – the camaraderie and enjoyment of the event shown by all and sundry.  I saw all sorts of equipment being shared between shooters from different nations, help and advice for everyone even it they were competing for the same prize, a general elief that the ‘game’ is for the shooters and that the range officers were there to facilitate a pleasurable albeit a serious event.  Speaking to the WA1500 President it was clear that the intent is that the ‘game’ should be enjoyed and, while the rules must be adhered to, any doubt with interpretation should be resolved in favour of the shooter. 


Gun-check was very efficient.  WA1500 take a sensible view of equipment – if the gun is nominally a 6 inch revolver (for example) then there is no need to measure it, just eyeball it!  The one thing I did notice was that where a trigger stop is specifically not allowed (Distinguished Revolver) the screw had to be taken right out, not just screwed down as far as possible.  Although the rules do say that external modifications are not allowed, this was overlooked in the case of a trigger stop having been added – but by my observation this was the only modification that was allowed.

We have had a lot of angst here about the 158g projectile and the mid-range wadcutter!  As far as the 158g projectile is concerned I was told that if it is nominally (that word again) 158g then that will suffice.  So, if sold as 158g we should accept it regardless of actual lead weight.  There will always be a manufacturing tolerance and we will not be putting a percentage on it – we will trust our shooters!


When I specifically asked about the mid-range wadcutter I was cheerfully told that the term mid-range is “fuzzy” – at which point my heart sank!  Nonetheless, it was made very clear that the intent is simply to preclude the precision wadcutter loads that are used in such firearms as the Hammerli P240 and the S&W Model 52.  The matches are designed for duty guns (police and services) and the ammunition should be suitable for same.  From our point of view the full wadcutter projectile would not be acceptable but there is no problem with the semi-wadcutter styles.


In the end I decided that we do not do too badly in PA events.  Some of our processes are little more formalized but that is because of our background in running the PA Service matches.  What we need to work on is the way we, as officials, approach the competitions.  As many of us come from and ISSF background we are much more used to a comprehensive set of rules – anyone who has actually studied the WA1500 rule book will realize that there are a lot of gaps! 


My sincere thanks to Pistol Australia for authorizing and paying for this trip; It was a magnificent chance to experience this discipline at a high level and hopefully will be of benefit to everyone shooting these matches. 



“Plated” projectiles

In recent times there have been advertisements for plated projectiles which indicate that such projectiles are approved for most ranges. However, when an attempt to scratch through the plating is made it cannot be done.   These projectile coatings are thinner than a conventional “Jacketed” projectile but way thicker than a copper wash.  In one case at least the copper, when cut off and flattened, is approximately 5 thousands of an inch thick.

After consultation with a number of interested persons, the NRC has determined that this type of projectile will NOT be approved for use at ranges where jacketed ammunition is not permitted, and would certainly not be approved for any PA Service events or ISSF CF event. 

Although not a full metal jacket they are definitely more than just a wash.  The “scrape” test remains the benchmark at this time. 


May/June 2017


Well, back from 7 weeks in Europe and struggling to find the motivation to pick up all the reins.  I did manage to shoot a black powder match (poorly) this weekend, which is a start.


The first part of the European odyssey was as 25m RTS Jury at ISCH (International Shooting Competition of Hannover).  This is a very busy competition, as it is a WSPS approved event as well as a full international competition for ISSF.  In addition I found myself re-sitting my judge B practical!!  Well, not quite, but we had the ISSF target testing committee on the range for half a day of testing for the Meyton 25m targets.  The shooters ranged from one of the judges to a German shooter with little 25m experience!  My fellow judge and I were given a pile of Incident Report forms and told to find all the appropriate rule numbers and complete the forms as the (scripted) incidents occurred. The most interesting was when the entire range (it is an indoor range) was blacked out – thank goodness for mobile phone torches!  I think the testing went well – and I think we got all the right rule numbers!


The next part of the German trip was the World Cup in Munich.  This is always a busy competition and this year they went overboard on the paperless competition bandwagon.  In the end  it all went well, with very few problems or protests.  A Rapid Fire shooter who was late for his 2nd stage – because he could not find the squadding (new rules) on the website – was allowed to shoot but was later disqualified due to a protest lodged by another nation. 


All this was followed by a 3 week holiday in France.  Hot weather, good food and wine, lots of sightseeing, driving on the wrong side of the road, struggling with very basic French, coffee and croissants every morning.... it was great. 

At the Executive meeting in May the NRC (represented by Bob Lester) had the new ISSF rule book approved.  This is available on the website (link please Spencer) and there will be some printed copies available very soon through the PA office.  Changes to the GTRs were approved but there will be a bit of a delay on finalizing them.  Also approved was the Holster Safety Accreditation course – this is now a Holster Safety course rather than a Holster Proficiency course.  We do not pretend to teach any match rules, just ensure that all candidates can safely handle a handgun when using a holster.  Holster cards will be updated to reflect this change.


March/April (and probably May as well) 2017


As you will appreciate the last 2 months have been busy.  From late January through to mid-March I was busy running judge seminars and also the ISSF EST National course.  One good result was the accreditation of 4 new judges while I was in Brisbane.  What we need now is some younger candidates for Judge B and some keen candidates for Judge A!

Then of course we had the PA ISSF Nationals at Cessnock over the Easter period.  As usual I came away relieved that on the whole it was a very successful event but also aware of some lessons to be learned.  My sincere personal thanks to Lee Scott and Ray Drurie, who made things easy by being not only responsive and obliging but unfailingly cheerful about it as well!


I have been busy collating and studying the new ISSF rules – a new rule book means updating various training materials and often also the range guides.  This time around the changes themselves are not dramatic but some of the rule numbers have changed (aarghh!).  What you will notice is that procedures relating to paper targets are now in a separate section at the end of Section 6.  Once the Executive have approved the adoption of changes the PA print (of sections 6 & 8) will be printed and available via the PA office. 

One change to the PA print of the ISSF Rules will be an addendum to the rules that will consist of approved PA variations.  This has come about because there are now a number of rules that have come into play entirely due to a desire to keep things moving for television, and make it easier for all the media.  Over the past few years there have been a few rules that we have not adopted (such as only allowing 1 malfunction claim, whether allowable or not – PA allows only 1 rerun), but this is now such that it is not fair to expect our officials to remember them all.

As usual, changes to the ISSF rules will result in a few changes to the PA GTRs as well.  They will be posted on the website once approved.  A small number will be printed due to popular request.


On the home front I have to report that the first thing the man of the house (and chief cat sitter) says when I get home is along the lines of “so when are you away again, and where are you going next?”  Yes, it is shaping up to be a very busy year with 3 trips to Germany, several interstate trips and a fair stint in Brisbane at the end of the year.  Thank goodness for email – at least I can still keep on top of the NRC work.  Meanwhile, yes I do sometimes get time to shoot – although my attempt to shoot Rapid Fire on the weekend was a dismal failure (it is the first time I have tried to shoot it in over 10 years).  I think I’ll go back to black powder!


March 2017



Revised to give the 10 minutes Preparation Time – download pdf here>


New PA Judges B

  *   Graeme Banfield              Service                 Tas

  *   Robert Broughall              ISSF                        NSW

  *   Gary Buchanan                  ISSF                        Qld

  *   Kevin Barden                     ISSF                        Qld


2017 ISSF Rules

A ‘corrected’ version of the earlier ‘corrected’ version of the 2017 ISSF Rules.  There are few changes that affect pistol:

·         the hit for RFP has been corrected to the familiar ‘9.7’

·         all the paper target bits have been collated into

The re- corrected version of the corrected version (rule numbers, etc.) titled ‘EDITION 2017 First Print V1.1 03/2017 Effective January 1, 2017’ available here>.

·         Extracted Section 8 (General Technical) here>

·         Extracted Section 6 (Pistol Technical) here>

·         Extracted Paper Targets section here>

Note that the above rules are current only for international ISSF competition.  For PA competitions, the changes are not in force until adopted by PA (some time after the Cessnock Nationals)



February 2017

From the NRC Director

Two issues are at the forefront of my mind at the moment.


First and foremost is the issue of the hammer block on the Thompson Contender black powder pistol – IT MUST BE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.  There is a very good guide on how to check it properly on this website (link>).

However, it brings into play the fact that all safety features on your firearms must be present and in good working order.  Those shooting the service matches already know this (rule 2.3).  From others I have had it put to me that if it is not in the rules we cannot enforce it – really people!?!  This is a basic safety matter and should not even be up for debate.  The next rewrite of the PA GTRs will address this but in the meantime be assured we will be checking your firearm safety mechanisms are “present and correct”.


Second is the issue of lead and lead poisoning.  How many of you have even bothered to have your lead levels checked?   I have and no, I don’t have a problem – but then I don’t reload and I don’t actually shoot as much as I would like.  There are a number of basic precautions that ALL of us should follow

·         After shooting (whatever you are shooting) – wash your hands thoroughly.

·         Never handle or consume food while shooting – you will transfer lead from your hands to the food and from there into your body.

·         If a live fire range is an indoor range be aware that extraction units are not 100% effective (some are better than others) – so if you are concerned you should wear a mask.  Better to feel a bit silly than to get lead poisoning!

·         If you are handling a lot of lead – e.g. reloading, clearing out bullet catchers, digging out the mound etc - use disposable gloves and wear a mask

These are basic precautions – lead poisoning is nothing to laugh about.

I found two very good articles on the ‘net – the links are


Issued by the Michigan State University Department of Medicine this is an excellent information sheet for those who reload.  I urge you to download and read it.


This one is a fact sheet from the Victorian government  and is specific to shooters – it is worth a read.

Finally - for the ISSF shooters – the 2017 rulebook is now available on the ISSF website.  The PA print will not be finalized or issued until after the PA/ISSF Nationals.  There will be some PA variations to the ISSF rules (as has been the norm for the past few years).


Added to the rules index> is the ISSF 10m Supported Rest Shooting>> (pdf).  NOTE that this is included to enable club shooters to be introduced to precision shooting (I.e. a great aid to club coaches), and to provide for older, or injured. or whatever club members to continue to shoot at club 10m competitions – for this latter group it is a matter of club policy.

No! there is no intention to add ISSF 10m Supported Rest Shooting to the PA Nationals programme.



Happy New Year to All – may you shoot only 10s this year!!!

Well – what a debacle!

In the rewrite of the Service Rules a rule crept in that should never have been there.  The CORRECT version of this rule is as follows.

S25/  If a competitor places less than the number of rounds in their pocket required for that stage, they are NOT permitted to make up to the required number of rounds.  Doing so will incur a 10point penalty for each round so added.

The website pages have been updated and the printed books will have the amendment in them – and all that is left to thank Lindsay Jones.  His original request was for an interpretation but it soon became obvious that there was a bigger problem and eventually he realized, and alerted me to the fact, that this was not an existing rule but a new one that had not been marked up as such.  

What this has all highlighted is the importance of understanding the intent of the rules – in this case I was able to go to the man who wrote the original rules to check that we were all on the same page.

I will never again criticize the ISSF for errors in their rulebooks ( well, maybe never!).

With the help of a number of shooters I have updated the Range Guides for Service matches, WA1500, Black Powder matches and ISSF Finals.  They should be available on this website very shortly (if they are not there already).  The ISSF match guides will not be updated until after the 2017 Nationals as no changes – other than adoption of the Finals – will be adopted until then.

The biennial Judge Update/Refresher Seminars begin next weekend in Melbourne and will keep me busy for the next three months.  We also have our NRC Meeting in mid-February so if there is anything you want to raise with the judges please let me know so I can add it to our agenda.




From the Director


Where does the time go?!!

The last three months have been busy with trips to Italy and to Munich – and a few days in hospital with a bout of pneumonia.  I’m blaming the Italians for that – came home with a cough but ignored it and bingo! – into hospital I went.  All better now and ready for the next twelve months.


At the ISSF World Cup Final in Bologna, Italy we ran the 25m Pistol Final to the new 2017 format and it was well received by all.  The athletes agreed that it is a much fairer final, although they will need to train for it as the gold and silver medallists will need to shoot 10 RFS series (plus any extra series for shoot-offs).  From an organization and officiating point of view it is wonderful!  We also used this new format at the recent Shooting Australia Youth Championship – and again it was well received.


As you know the ISSF has now released the Ad Hoc Committee recommendations regarding matches for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.  LET ME STRESS that we will continue to support 50m Pistol at Pistol Australia competitions.  As for the Air Pistol Mixed Team event – at this stage it is only a recommendation and we have no official course of fire / format / final etc. for it.  This will be trialled at the World Cup in Delhi (watch it on ISSF TV) and will be officially presented to the IOC for approval in April or May.  Until it is officially approved we will not be adopting this event.


I had a question recently about using a holster to carry the unloaded firearm between stages for the Service Unrestricted and Service 25 yard matches.  Rule 2.4 certainly allows this – however, the user MUST have a current holster accreditation.


Update/refresher seminars (all disciplines) have now been put in place in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.  If you have not heard anything about these one day seminars you should contact your State Referee Council Director to find out about it and to discuss attendance.  Although primarily for our PA Judges I have advised that experienced and interested Range Officers are welcome (subject to space being available).


For those of you hoping to get a position at the Commonwealth Games 2018 (shooting will be in Belmont, Brisbane) I suggest you pre-register at https://www.google.com.au/#q=GOLDOC+volunteering. The volunteer portal will open on 6th February 2017 and you will have only 4 weeks to apply for specific roles – by pre-registering you should receive an email from GOLDOC once the portal is available. 


I wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017.




From the Director


As a result of their performance over the past 12 months I am very pleased to


LES CLARK – JUDGE A for Action Match

BRIAN BLAKEY – JUDGE A for Action Match


The highlight of the past couple of months was the very successful Action Match Nationals in Darwin.  The club put on an excellent competition with all the ranges well prepared.  This was a marathon effort by a small number of locals – but as usual all the competitors were willing to step in and help as needed.  The warm weather was great – quite a contrast to Melbourne!


As a result of discussions in Darwin there are now a number of judges in training – 3 for Action, 2 for ISSF and 1 each for Service and Black Powder.  This is in addition to the candidates partway through their training in Queensland and Victoria.  Now to find more potential Judge As!


I suffered a fractured vertebra a week before heading for Darwin – I was very careful NOT to use a walking stick around the ranges (didn’t need it actually).  However, Murphy was in evidence and when the Carol, Graham and I visited the Mindil Beach markets – with stick – I think we saw mainly shooters in the crowd!  So much for pride!

Several of the states have now run the new Level 1 Range Officer course and everyone seems to be quite happy with it.  This is an excellent introduction to officiating and will hopefully encourage some members to go the next step and do the full RO course in their chosen discipline(s).


We are currently planning the next round of refresher/update seminars – with new ISSF rules due in January and the recent changes to the Service and Black Powder rules, this will be an opportunity to make sure we are all on the same page going forward.


JUNE / JULY 2017




There are a few minor corrections to the text and numbering of our GTRs>.


From the Director


How time flies when you’re having fun!!  June for me was busy, with the highlight being the ISSF World Cup in Baku.  The usual response to that is “where’s that!?”  It is in Azerbaijan – and if you don’t know where that is, Google can give you the answer.


In recent times a number of things have occurred and have been dealt with.  However, a couple of things have been highlighted, not least the fact that we can all make a mistake.  Even judges are human (although some might question that!).

In my opinion if a problem occurs, is brought to notice and is then addressed for the future then that should suffice.  Occasionally it is possible to go back and fix an issue; in other cases such action may cause even more problems.  Once something is dealt with that should be it – endless discussions and “witch-hunting” will get us nowhere. 


A reminder to everyone, whatever the role you have at the time - we all shoot with our friends, we all tend to know each other, and open competitions are a fine chance to catch up and socialize with people from around the state.

We must remember that some people take their shooting seriously – even “officials”.  Do try to be aware of this and take a bit of care in what you say to people before a competition.  It might be half an hour before the competition for you; it is probably some mental preparation time for the shooter.

The other issue is discretion - by all means discuss current issues but do be sure you are not hurting others by raising things that have been dealt with and should now be in the past.


On a more positive note, a number of trainers recently went to Launceston – brrrr! – and qualified

             7 Service / WA1500 Range Officers

             2 ISSF Range Officers

             2 Club Range Officers (the new, non-discipline specific course)

             2 holster examiners

Congratulations to all of the successful candidates.  Hopefully this will be the start of big things in Tasmania! 


August sees the Action Match Nationals in Darwin – NT is ready for the competition and I am ready for some warm weather!


MAY 2016


The new BP and Service rules are revised 3/5/16: DELETE earlier versions


From the Director


THE NRC has developed a new Club Range Officer course. 

The course has been issued to all State Referee Councils.  It is a non-discipline specific course aimed at accrediting people who can safely run a range using the Range Guides to conduct the matches.  There is a separate ‘module’ for those wishing to also gain accreditation to run Black Powder events at club level – this is due to the specific safety issues around the use of black powder.

This course is not intended to replace any of the current range officer courses – it is a Club Range Officer course and concentrates on safety and basic running of a match.  There is provision to tailor the course to suit local conditions.


There are updated rules for the Service matches and for the Black Powder matches. 

PA is organizing printed copies of the rules – meanwhile they can be downloaded from this website and also from the PA website (under Officiating / Rules).  The majority of the changes are simply tidying up the current rules and expanding the index.  A short summary of the changes is as follows

Black powder> revised 3/5/16: DELETE earlier version

                    Renumbering of some rules and a new index

                    Clarification of the rules around misfires and breakages, including reshoots in 25m RFS

                    Changes to Appendix A – recapping rules have been changed

                    Inclusion of rules relating to eye and ear protection, target specifications, protest time an physically disable shooters

                    Removal of pre-event administration and conduct of PA Championships – this information is available in the PA General & Technical Regulations & in the Guide to Running a National Championship document.

Service Matches> revised 3/5/16: DELETE earlier version

                    Renumbering of some rules and a new index

                    Notes have now been incorporated into the rules

                    Inclusion of rules relating to eye and ear protection, target specifications, protest time an physically disable shooters

                    Crouch position is now called the “Unsighted” position

                    Spectators may now go to within 5 metres of the line of shooters while targets are being scored.

PA General and Technical Regulations>

                    Changes to the approved matches at National Championships

                    Inclusion of reference to the PA Code of Conduct

                    Inclusion of equipment control procedures and infringements for ISSF matches

                    Other changes to bring the GTRs in line with the updated rules for Service and Black Powder


Updated Range Guides, incorporating common irregularities and infringements have been prepared and will be available on this website shortly.  Thanks to Spencer for proofing them for me.


APRIL 2016


From the NRC Director


Well, the PA/ISSF Nationals are done and dusted and thanks are due to all the officials, range staff and support people who worked hard to make it a success.  Now it is time to start planning for Cessnock in 2017 – at the rate time is going these days It will be Easter before we have time to blink!  Before that of course there are the Action Nationals in Darwin and the Metallic Silhouette Nationals at Toogoolawah.




MARGARET BAKER – joint winner of the Shooting Australia “OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR” award

Well done  to both.


The Black Powder Rules, Service Rules and PA GTRs (General Regulations and General Technical Regulations) have been reviewed and updated.  They have been submitted to Management for approval and adoption.  There are not major changes – mostly clarifications and tidy ups.  The vote will be taken at the Executive Management meeting at the end of April.

Congratulations to all the PA members who have been nominated to the Olympic Team for Rio 2016.  Best of luck and may all your shots be tens.




From the NRC Director


As part of the lead up to the ISSF/PA Nationals I recently visited the Whiteman Park range in Perth.  Everything is progressing well and the range is in very good condition.  Entries are a little lower than previous years but with cost and time required for travel to Perth this is not unexpected.


The NRC AGM and discussion forum was held a couple of weeks ago.  The main topic of discussion was ongoing training of range officers and judges.  It has been agreed that we will resurrect the Club Range Officer qualification (Level 1 RO) and a workbook is being developed.  The intent is to produce training package that will be non-discipline specific and will concentrate on running the range safely and using range guides for the match commands.


The Black Powder rules have been reviewed and have been updated with some clarifications and minor changes.  A summary of the proposed changes will be circulated at the nationals for comment – once finalized and accepted by PA they will be posted on the website.  Service rules have also been reviewed with no significant changes needed.


I look forward to catching up with those of you travelling to Perth for the Nationals next month.




Happy New Year to all.

Now that I am mentally refreshed after four weeks of very cold weather – which was absolutely wonderful – I thought I should perhaps write about more serious matters!  Things obviously slowed down over the holidays but are back in full swing now. 


Range Officer refresher papers for both ISSF and Service/WA1500 have been issued, and new range officer “licences” are being issued once they are completed.  If you haven’t seen an update paper yet, please contact your state Referee Council Director. 


The majority of holster examiner accreditations have now been updated and renewals issued – if you have not been issued with a new card (and probably with an updated examiner number) please contact your state referee director for further information.

Remember that the PA holster regulations are now in full force –PA Holster wear requirements> to refresh your memory if necessary.


Chronograph procedures for PA Service events and ISSF Rapid Fire have been developed and are also on the website, here>.  Note that results are no longer averaged which should eliminate the issue of a one off “poor” result that would be considered abnormal.

These procedures do not apply to Action Pistol as those procedures are set out in the NRA rules and work well at PA competitions.




From the NRC Director


It has been a couple of months since I wrote anything and I am amazed Spencer has not been chasing me!!!

There have been some questions about the use of snap caps during competition.  There is nothing to prevent the use of snap caps for dry firing during training and practice.  HOWEVER, if you wish to use snap caps during the preparation time for a match YOU MUST HAVE THE PERMISSION OF THE RANGE OFFICER.  This is a basic courtesy as the RO is responsible for what is happening on the range – seeing someone load a pistol before load would probably cause some concern?!  Under no circumstances are snap caps to be used once the match has started.  Any snap caps used should be a distinctive colour (I am told they are usually red).

The other issue doing the rounds at the moment (although no-one has actually approached me about it directly) is the testing of ammunition with a chronograph.  A standard operating procedure for the testing and use of a chronograph is being developed and will, with a bit of luck, be ready for discussion at the PA Executive meeting later this month.  I am still collating feedback on the matter and we are also conducting extensive testing of the NRC chronograph in a number of different light, temperature and humidity conditions.

And now a bit of a whinge – if you have an issue that you think the NRC should address the email addresses are nrc@pistol.org.au (comes to me) or secretarynrc@bigpond.com (goes to Bob Lester, who is the NRC secretary).  I prefer to open a dialogue directly rather than find out by default that the NRC is copping flak for something we have either not been aware of or are already working on!




Call for Jury/Volunteers for Oceania Shooting Federation Championships – info>>, form>> (closing 9th October)

2016 - Sydney (AUS) - ISSF Junior Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun announced – more>>



31 May 1938 – 2 Sept 2015


On 22nd August at the PSQ Judges’ Refresher Course in Brisbane, Dale collapsed and was taken to hospital: he remained in a coma until his death.



From the NRC Director


Just back from a couple of days in warm and sunny Darwin – which beats cold and miserable Melbourne hands down. It was a successful trip, as a result of which we have 3 new Judges B.

Congratulations to:






The next few months is going to be very busy – first is the IPC Judges course and IPC World Cup in Sydney, the Metallic Silhouette Big Bore Nationals in Canberra, the PA Action Nationals in Adelaide, and to round off the year the Oceania Championships and the Shooting Australia Youth Nationals at SISC.


For those who hold a current ISSF Judge licence (International) the application form to apply for a 2016 World Cup jury position are on the website (ISSF letter>, Application Form>) – you have nothing to lose by applying and if you are fortunate enough to get a position you will have a wonderful opportunity to learn heaps.


JULY 2015

From the Director


Firearms Handling:

First – a clarification – and a lesson in proof reading for me. 

The intent of the article in the Bulletin (June 2015) was not that this only applies to a loaded pistol but that it applies when moving from prone with a pistol.  The word ‘loaded’ was a mistake for which I apologise.  The question arose in Action Pistol first but also arose in the context of WA1500 in terms of where the pistol points even though it is not loaded.  My intention was to show that in such a case the rule about anything on the ground being ‘dead’ was being ignored with the permission of the ROs/officials.  Thanks to those who actually read the article and brought this to my attention.

I am currently in PNG at the Pacific Games – by the time I get home I anticipate that the final version of the holster course will be ready for release.  We have taken on board a lot of the feedback and I believe we now have a workable holster safety accreditation course.


Placing a pistol on the ground (Service Events, Action Pistol, WA1500):

First, a clarification – and a lesson in proof reading for me.  Thanks to those who actually read the ‘Bulletin’ article and brought this to my attention.

In the paragraph re placing a pistol on the ground in the NRC article in the Bulletin (June 2015), the use of the word ‘loaded’ was a mistake for which I apologise: the intent of was not that this only applies to a loaded pistol but that it applies when moving to, or from, prone with a pistol (loaded or unloaded).

The question of ‘where the pistol points’ even when not loaded arose in Action Pistol first, but also has been asked in the context of Service Pistol and WA1500 in terms.

 My intention was to show that in such a case the rule about anything on the ground being ‘dead’ was being ignored with the permission of the ROs/officials – the pistol MUST be in a safe direction!


Update to PA Holster Course

I am currently in PNG at the Pacific Games – by the time I get home I anticipate that the final version of the PA Holster Course will be ready for release.  We have taken on board a lot of the feedback and I believe we now have a workable holster safety accreditation course.


Renewal of PA Judge Licences:

We have recently completed the renewal of the Judges A licences and will soon be doing the ISSF Judges B licences.  Other disciplines will follow, as will the Range Officers.  This is a mammoth task and will be done in collaboration with the State Referee Directors.


PA Judge Renewals:

The NRC has recently completed the renewal of the PA Judge A licences and will soon be doing the ISSF Judges B licences.  Other disciplines will follow, as will the Range Officers.  This is a mammoth task and will be done in collaboration with the State Referee Directors.


JUNE 2015


From the Director

June already!  Life has been busy since Easter and doesn’t look like being any less busy before the end of the year.  By now I hope you have all seen the updated holster regulations – if you haven’t then here is the link PA Holster Regulations>. 

Also on the NRC website are the revised PA GTRs> – please make yourselves familiar with them.  The PA GTRs are as much a part of our library of rule books as are the discipline specific rulebooks.

I have come to realize that there will always be someone ready to pick on the wording of any rule or regulation.  PA officials are trained to interpret rules and apply them in the spirit in which they are written.  Sometimes this is not an easy task but I am confident that our PA judges are capable of using their judgement and common sense when working on the line.  The old saying about a camel being a horse designed by a committee is certainly apt when writing regulations and rules!!

I will be heading to Sydney next week for the final takeover from Spencer – and sincere thanks to Paula for helping him reduce the amount of paperwork!!  I’m told she has been dealing with it inches at a time – and for the young ones out there a ream of paper is a little over 2 inches – and is 5.5cms!! The Tweedie’s recycling bin is being very well used at present.


MAY 2015


PA Holster regulations>REVISED and in force

PA GTRs> REVISED and in force


From ISSF World Cup, Ft Benning, USA

Q – Did Klimov have a disallowed malfunction during his first two 8 second series? His target shows a 5 shot score of 50. (RFP Results>>)

AKlimov had an illegal lift in his 8 second series. He was creeping up. He was yellow carded and had to repeat the series. However, he did not understand the jury and when it came time to repeat the series, he neither loaded or fired the series.

The jury member involved determined that since Klimov did not understand, he should have an opportunity to repeat the series. He shot another 50 on that series.

Now, along comes the German coach and protests the additional series on the basis of rule 8.1.2 - All athletes, team leaders and officials must be familiar with the ISSF Rules and must ensure that these Rules are enforced. It is the responsibility of each athlete to comply with the Rules.

The protest was not upheld, so the German coach took it to the Jury of Appeals. The Jury of Appeals sided with the German coach, so the extra series was disallowed.


APRIL 2015

From Sharon

As the “new” NRC Director I have been commanded by the “old” NRC Director to write something for the website!  So here it is.

I took over as NRC Director following the PA AGM at Easter.  It is quite a challenge to follow in the footsteps of someone who ran the NRC for 23 years - and you can be assured that I am not planning to match or exceed that record!!  While my background is ISSF I do shoot 25m Black Powder (love that smell!!) and have been seen on a Service range with a (big) gun in my hand - even if getting up and down is somewhat inelegant. 

The Council has identified several matters that need attention, however, as I do not want to be the “new broom that sweeps too clean” slow and steady will be the motto for now.  We have already, under Spencer’s guidance, made a start on revamping and updating all our training courses.  Feedback on the holster course is being reviewed and an updated, and hopefully final, version will be available soon.

As the NRC Director I am only too happy to receive suggestions and feedback for anything that comes under the NRC banner.  Nonetheless, for many issues your first point of contact will be your State Referee Director.  This is certainly the case for people interested in progressing to Judge B – and as we desperately need more Range Officers and Judges B, in all disciplines, please take the time to make that contact.

The NRC Secretary for the foreseeable future will be Bob Lester.  Bob trained me as a Range Officer and then compounded it by mentoring me for Judge B.  So it is all his fault! 


Congratulations to Cheryl Moore

Accredited as a PA Judge A at the Adelaide Nationals!


FEB 2015

2015 Easter Nationals

In the lead-up to the Easter Nationals, Sharon and I inspected the ranges on 28th Feb and things are progressing well. 

The Senior and IPC categories of Air Pistol will be held at the SATRA range at Wingfield, and the other events (including Junior Air) will be at the Adelaide PC range at Korunye.

The SATRA range (about 42km from Adelaide PC) has 20 bays of Meyton electronic targets – the Adelaide range’s small capacity for Air Pistol would not have coped with the number of entries.

Two of the 50m ranges have been converted to targets-on-rails for WA1500 and the 90-shot Service events.


Holster Accreditation Renewals

If your Holster Card is out of date, there is a generic Application form for Renewal> available.  Applications for renewals go to your State Association.


Holster Examiner Renewals

If your Holster Examiner Card is out of date, the Application form for Examiner Renewal> should be completed and forwarded to your SRC Director.


NOV 2014

More PA Judges B

Following a course in Sydney 22-23rd November, the following Judges B were accredited for Service Pistol/WA1500:

Karl Friehe (WAPA)

Lindsay Jones (NSWAPA)

Cheryl Moore (NSWAPA)


PA Holster Accreditation

A workshop to update the PA Holster Accreditation course was held at Oakleigh PC over the weekend of 15-16th November.  The course has been updated to fully include WA1500 aspects.


OCT 2014

PA Judges B

Following a course in Adelaide 18-19th October, the following Judges B were accredited for additional disciplines:

Brian Dunn;                        Black Powder

Pamela Harding:               Black Powder

Carl Tooth:                          Black Powder, Service/WA1500

James Walford:                 ISSF

Lorraine Walford:             Service Pistol/WA1500


JULY 2014

ISSF 2013 2nd printing

PA edition of 2013/2nd printing available

The changed rules are underlined in the pdf download> and the hardcopy version from the PA Office.

What’s changed in the 2nd printing?

I have done a fairly comprehensive summary of the changes between the 1st and 2nd printings (an interesting! exercise), covering Sections 6, 7 and 8.  The pdf file can be downloaded here>

25m Malfunctions

In the 2nd printing the wording for the procedures for the scoring of Allowable Malfunctions has changed; but the procedures used on paper targets (i.e. most of, most of the time) remains the same.

A fuller explanation is on the ISSF information pages>.


JUNE 2014

PA Judges’ Stamps

Sharon has been mailing out PA Judge stamps to those who requested them.

The number on the stamp is the register number in the NRC database.

Please use the stamp and add your signature whenever you are signing off on results – too often in the past those reading the results can not decipher the signature of the authorising Judge (this includes the signature of the NRC Director!).


MAY 2014

PA Adopts ISSF 2013/2nd Printing

At the PA ECM Meeting 10th May, the Executive adopted sections 6 and 8 of the ISSF 2013/2nd printing. As usual there are ‘Australian Conditions’ to accommodate the use of paper targets.

The Range Officer Guides> have been updated, but the information in the ISSF pages> is currently being edited and will be posted ASAP



To put it politely, this was a pretty hot topic at the Cessnock Nationals: AND there were already concerns relating to chronographing (or more particularly, the lack of it) at some PA Selection competitions.

Chronographing for Power Factor is an inherent part of Action Pistol and two of the PA Service events; it is also now  part of ISSF 25m Rapid Fire Pistol.

At the April 2014 PA ECM it was resolved to NOT accept scores for selection for Action Pistol unless the chronographing was properly conducted (the discussions were more involved than this, but this sums up the outcome).

If your club is holding a sanctioned competition and chronographing is part of the event/s, make sure the chronograph to be used is working properly and reliably.


Holster Accreditation

(see also PA Holster Accreditation>)

There are three types of PA Holster Accreditation:

·         PA Holster Accreditation – needed by every shooter competing in PA Service Pistol, PA sanctioned Action Pistol, or WA1500.  These are issued by your PA Affiliate.

·         PA Holster Examiner Accreditation (has a number PAE####) – for those people authorised to qualify/assess shooters for PA Holster Accreditation.  These are issued by the NRC.

·         PA Holster Assessor (has a number PAA####) – for those people authorised to qualify/assess Holster Examiners.

Make SURE your Holster Accreditation is current.  If it is PA Holster Accreditation, contact your Affiliate Office – if Examiner or Assessor (was ‘Train the Trainer’) photocopy both sides of your out-of-date card and forward the copy to your State Referee Council Director.

Yes – candidate can complete the Holster Accreditation course using a .22LR firearm.

The NRC is currently revising the Holster Course, but Examiners should use the existing course until further notice.



New printing of ISSF rules

The ISSF has released

Note that there are variations to the ISSF rules for PA competitions




13-shot Black Powder RO Guide

Following a number of requests, a PA RO Guide for 13-shot Black Powder event has been added to the ‘collection’



Thompson Contender Hammer Block

An NRC Information Sheet> has been added that covers the inspection of the hammer block and Interlock Safety.  Thompson Contenders are used in both Metallic Silhouette and 50m Black Powder.  All safety mechanisms must be operational and these items are to be checked by Equipment Control



‘Plated’ Projectiles

In recent times there have been advertisements for plated projectiles which indicate that such projectiles are   



Air Pistol Cylinders It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that any air or CO2 cylinder is still within its validity date. This may be checked by Equipment Control.

An NRC Information sheet is being prepared to cover this matter at PA competitions.


Chamber Clear Indicators>

The use of CBIs/CCIs will not only make the Range Officers’ task of clearing pistols a lot easier, they will make the fact that the pistol is ‘clear’ obvious to anyone on the range…



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