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Target Pistol is an international rimfire and centrefire revolver and self-loading pistol shooting discipline.
There are six main classes and several side matches, with each based around the class of the handgun and ammunition used and many having their roots in different eras and types of service pistol shooting. 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 Target Pistol Matches shot at SSAA Para
National Match Course
The National Match Course comprises one string of 10 shots slow-fire at 50m/yards in 10 minutes, two strings of five shots timed fire at 25m/yards with 20 seconds per string, and two strings of five shots rapid-fire at 25m/yards with 10 seconds per string. This course of fire is applicable to all firearm classes, except International Mayleigh.
900 Match Course
The 900 Match Course is the basis for National Championships and comprises two strings of 10 shots slow-fire at 50m/yards with 10 minutes per string; the 30 shots from the National Match Course; four strings of five shots timed fire at 25m/yards with 20 seconds per string; and four strings of five shots rapid-fire at 25m/yards with 10 seconds per string, making 90 shots in total. This course of fire is applicable to the Any .22-calibre Pistol or Revolver and Any Centrefire Pistol or Revolver firearm classes.
International Mayleigh Match
The International Mayleigh Match is based on an international postal match, which has been running for more than 50 years and is shot as a side match at National Championships. It permits the use of the same handguns as used in the Any .22-calibre Pistol or Revolver class and comprises three strings of 10 shots slow-fire at 50m with 10 minutes per string.
Short Course Match
The Short Course Match comprises the same course of fire as the National Match Course and 900 Match Course, except the slow-fire stage is shot at 25m/yards on a greatly reduced size B-16 target. The Short Course Match has the same value for grading purposes as the normal distance matches.