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Holster Accreditation

Artificial Support

25 Yd Service Pistol – Shooting Vests

Serv 25 – changed grade break scores

Grip Safeties

Loading at 45.70m



Preparation Time for 25 Yards Service Pistol

PA adopts changes to PA Service Pistol rules for disabled shooters

PA adopts changes to pistol specifications for the 25 yards Service Pistol event

Definition of ‘Muzzle’

Shooting Positions – an illustrated guide


PA Service Pistol Rules>


Updated 23 August 2015

From the Director


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 article in the ‘Bulletin’ 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 Holster regulations – REVISED and in force


There are clear requirements for holster belt wear and a few other clarifications – read it here>


PA GTRs – REVISED and in force


PA Management have approved the 2015 edition of the PA GTRs,  The GTRs cover all PA competitions and take precedence over the discipline rules - they are available as a pdf file>


Preparation Time for 25 Yards Service Pistol


Rule S25/ 6.2.1 Before the 22.85 m stage, the competitor is permitted to occupy his shooting station for a minimum of three minutes prior to the commencement of the competition, for the purposes of arranging equipment. Before the beginning of each subsequent stage the competitor must be allowed sufficient time to arrange his equipment (See Note10)



PA adopts changes to PA Service Pistol rules for disabled shooters ß


Following an electronic vote in December, PA has adopted provisions for disabled shooters in the PA Service Pistol events.  Effective immediately.


6.1.12 Physically Disabled Shooters Physically Disabled Shooters

A shooter who because of a physical disability cannot fire from one or more of the prescribed shooting positions outlined in these Rules, or who must use special equipment or gloves when firing, is privileged to petition PA for permission to assume a special position or to use modified equipment, or both. This petition will be in the form of a written request from the person concerned to PA outlining in detail the reasons why the special position must be assumed or the special equipment must be used. The petition must be accompanied by pictures of the shooter in the position for which approval is sought and, if special equipment is required, the pictures will show how this equipment is used. The petition and all pictures must be furnished in exact duplicate. The petition must be always accompanied by a medical professional’s statement if the physical disability is not completely evident in the pictures submitted.


(a) Each petition will be reviewed by PA. The officials may require additional or supplementary statements, medical information or pictures.  If approved, PA will issue a special Authorisation Certificate to the individual concerned. Such Certificates must have necessary pictures attached.


(b) Shooters with special Authorization Certificates are required to carry them when competing in competition governed by these rules, and to present them when requested by officials of the competition.


(c) In the event of a protest involving the position or the equipment used by such a shooter, the Jury will compare the questioned position or equipment with the certificate and photographs presented by the shooter. If the shooter’s position or equipment does not, in the opinion of the officials, conform to that authorized (or if the shooter has no Authorized Certificate and pictures), the protest will be allowed and the shooter will be required to change immediately to the position or equipment which has been approved or to an otherwise legal position or equipment.


(d) Should a protest be carried beyond the Jury, the original protest will be endorsed by the Jury  Chairman to show the action he/she has taken and will be forwarded to PA.


(e) National Records may not be established by use of scores fired in special positions or with special equipment as may be authorized according to this rule.


(f) Two types of authorizations are issued: temporary and permanent. Permanent authorizations are issued to competitors who are permanently handicapped. Temporary Disability: Substitute Positions

Any shooter who has a temporary physical disability which prevents the shooter from using a specified position as defined in these Rules, may assume a more difficult substitute position.  Any substitute position must conform to the rule which defines it. The Jury must be informed of the substitute position, and may require that the substitute position be demonstrated so that the Jury  may be certain that it meets the definition of the appropriate rule.


PA adopts changes to pistol specifications for the 25 yards Service Pistol event ß


Following an electronic vote in December, PA has adopted changes to the pistol specifications for 25 yards Service Pistol.  This will allow a number of semi-automatic pistols that previously were slightly outside the maximum barrel length to be used for this event.  Effective immediately.


S25/ 4.1.1            The weight of the pistol with all accessories including balancing weights, case catchers and unloaded magazine, must not exceed 1300 (was 1250) grams.


S25/ 4.1.7            Maximum barrel length;

             Semi-Auto 130 (was 125) mm,

             Revolver 105 mm.



Barrel length is measured in an automatic pistol from the muzzle to the breech face (barrel plus chamber); in a revolver the barrel only (excluding cylinder).


Serv 25 – changed grade break scores ß


From the NCC Director:

The new grades for service 25yds were approved by PA Management at their meeting on the 7th August 2010 and became effective on the 1st October 2010.


Any competitor who was in master grade (the old grade) as at the 1st October but has not recorded a score of 630 or better in the previous 12 months should be automatically down graded to A grade by the club.


In all grades other than master the competitor must apply to the club scorer to be down graded if they have not achieved a score equal or better to the grade they are currently in during the previous 12 months. This has always been the practice as per PA grading policy.



Definition of ‘Muzzle’ for PA 25 Yards Service Pistol


There would appear to be some confusion in the minds of a few shooters as to the definition of the word ‘muzzle’; particularly when it comes to some strange and/or optimistic interpretation of the applicable rules in this event.

Additional information


Artificial Support


An explanation and some illustrations can be found at ‘Artificial Support


Grip Safeties


At the October 2006 Executive / Management Meeting was resolved that:

·          “the NRA rule changes with respect to grip safety be enforced as of 1 January 2007.” and

as the PA Service rules for holster have followed the NRA Action Pistol / International 1920 Match rules

·          “’all standard features of guns must operate properly’ be applied to all PA Service, Service Unrestricted, Service 25 Yard matches and the WA1500 Match as at 1 July 2007.”


For the PA Service matches this specifically relates to Note 02 – Safety Mechanisms which previously provided “Where a grip safety is the secondary safety, it may be disabled by pinning.”

From 1 January 2007 this will change to:


Equipment Control, Rules 2.3, S/, S/, 10:


The proper functioning of all safety mechanisms applicable to the type, make and model of pistol are to be checked at Equipment Control, e.g.

             transfer bars as fitted to revolvers,

             a grip safety may not be disabled.


The type of holster/belt combination is to be inspected at Equipment Control.

 “…retain during”; experienced Equipment Control personnel can normally verify this by checking the ‘feel’ of the pistol in the holster.

S/ “…unsafe holsters. 

Match Officials are required to prohibit the unsafe use of any holster by any competitor”.  The type and style of holster and position is to be checked at Equipment Control.  Additionally, the Range Officer/s have responsibility for this once the shooter is under their control.


25 Yd Service Pistol – Shooting Vests


Following the completion of this event at Belmont, a ‘shooters meeting’ was held to discuss the match and some interpretations of its rules.  This meeting was well attended and a few points are noteworthy:


Shooting Vests for 25 Yards Service:

While not all shooters at the nationals used ‘shooting vests’ for this event, there was seemingly unanimous agreement that they should be allowed within the intent of the 25 Yards Service Pistol rules, provided:

·         The vest did not provide artificial support, and

·         The pocket used for carrying the ammunition for each series was ‘normal’.  I hope that we do not get into a process of defining ‘normal’ (some attempts at reinforcing and shaping the top of the pocket to facilitate loading, and sub-pocket sections to hold five-rounds ready for the next series have already been detected).


Many shooters (myself included) typically shoot the PA Service events in a pair of jeans and a knit-weave polo top, neither of which are all that conducive to carrying 25 rounds in a pocket.  A shooting vest is a convenient solution - the use of vests is there for the convenience of the shooters, not to provide an advantage by fudging the intent…


S25/         All ammunition necessary for a stage must be carried loose in a pocket (one pocket only) at the beginning of the stage…

Again, there was unanimous agreement that carrying ALL ammunition for a stage in one pocket was the way to go.  Although there is no real advantage to a shooter in loading the first five shots other than from a packet (e.g. an ammunition tray), this rule keeps it ‘simple’.


Loading at 45.70m (Service Pistol & Service Pistol Unrestricted)


One important observation that came from the rules revision related to the procedures for loading for the 45.70 stage for Service Pistol and Service Pistol Unrestricted.  The ‘old’ rules covering this aspect were written in the context of PA National Championships, i.e. the two matches were not conducted concurrently. 

The reality of most club-level shooting has both Service Pistol and Service Pistol Unrestricted shooters side-by-side at the firing line – often there could be SPU shooters at the firing line to load while SP shooters could be back 2m to load the pistol.  Even allowing for the separation between ‘service’ shooting bays, this was not a ‘good thing’.


To ensure that all shooters on the 45.70m line are not only safe, but also ‘appear to be safe’, all loading for 45.70m is at the firing line:

·         For Service Pistol, LOAD, and HOLSTER at the firing line, then retire the 2m.  If for any reason the shooter needs to remove the pistol from the holster before the command “START” this may only be done at the firing line.

·         For Service Pistol Unrestricted, LOAD at the firing line and place the pistol on the ground, then retire the 2m.

If this procedure is followed there will be no other shooter forward of them while they are loading a pistol.


For Service Pistol:

At 45.70m: After the completion of preparation time the Range Officer calls "165 SECONDS LOAD".
The shooters stand at the firing line and,

-          Load their pistols,

-          Ensure that their pistols are in the appropriate safe condition for their type,

-          Holster the pistols,

-          Retire approximately 2m behind the firing line, and

-          Assume the start position


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