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Practical Shooting is a quick and energetic discipline that caters to rimfire and centrefire pistols, revolvers and rifles, and shotguns, with each having their own classes.

Most matches comprise a minimum of three stages and the courses of fire are designed to offer challenging and active scenarios that test the capacity of the shooter and their equipment. The targets are mainly paper or steel, and the competitor is scored on their accuracy and time in comparison with all the scores and times shot on the day.

The Para Practical Shooting Club operates under the auspices of SSAA (Para Branch Inc.). It conducts its activities within the guidelines and rules as stipulated by SSAA and we also shoot under IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) rules on occasions.

For further information please contact the Practical Shooting Secretary at  

We also provide Holster Proficiency training for club members who wish to participate in Practical Shooting. 
Our instructors are all SAPOL and SSAA accredited instructors as well as accredited Range Officers.

If you would like to participate in Practical Shooting you will be obliged to attend the Holster proficiency training.  If you want to
know more about our training, please contact our Training Coordinator at


Most Practical Shooting matches comprise a minimum of three stages, with each stage differing from the last to push the competitor’s abilities and firearms to their limits. The competitor is scored on the accuracy and time taken around a stage. This is then measured against the top competitor of the day and the competitor’s score is counted as a percentage. All competitors are reviewed regularly to decide the grade level in which they participate.

Courses are designed to test accuracy, speed and power, and are constantly changed to pose challenges and avoid any pattern becoming routine. The courses may be published, where full details are made available prior to competition; semi-surprise, where competitors may view some details or a pictorial layout prior to commencement; or surprise, where competitors start the match with little to no information other than that required for safety.

The targets used in Practical Shooting are mainly paper or steel and may include the SSAA paper or cardboard targets; steel plates that fall, overturn or swing when hit; frangible targets such as clay targets and tiles; and miscellaneous targets such as bullseye and wooden post targets.