QTS Shooting Disciplines
50 Metre Prone
The 50 Metre Prone Rifle Event is shot by both Men and Women. However, at Olympics only men participate in this event. Some International events cater for both Men and Women, however they participate in separate events. In Queensland both Men and Women participate equally in all events.
Disabled shooters are able to participate in the 50 Metre prone event, either shooting from a wheel chair or if able to may shoot from the prone position.
Competitors fire 60 shots over 50 metres using a .22 target rifle. The shots are fired from the prone position in a total time of 75 minutes. There are local variations which include 20 Metres and 90 Metres.
50 Metre Three Position shooting is divided into two categories. They are the 3 x 40 which is the men’s event and the 3 x 20 which is the women’s event. Internationally these events are shot at all levels of competition. In Queensland we allow both men and women to enter these events equally.
Disabled shooters are able to participate in the 50 Metre Three Position event, however they shoot from a wheel chair using the International Disabled Rules.
- Free Rifle 3 x 40. Competitors fire 120 shots over 50 metres using a .22 target rifle weighing no more than 8 Kg. 40 shots are fired from the prone position, 40 shots are fired from the Standing position and 40 shots are fired from the kneeling position. The match takes over four hours to complete. Internationally this is a men’s match
- Sport Rifle 3 x 20. Competitors fire 60 shots over 50 metres using a .22 target rifle weighing no more than 6.5 Kg. 20 shots are fired from the prone position, 20 shots are fired from the Standing position and 20 shots are fired from the kneeling position. The match takes over two hours to complete. Internationally this is a women’s match
Air Rifle is also an Olympic event and is shot over a distance of 10 Metres, in the standing position.
Competitors fire a 60 shot men’s and a 40 shot women’s event over 10 metres using a .177 calibre target air rifle. The events are shot in the standing position usually on an indoor range. In international competition, there are separate events for men and women, although both genders regularly contest the same events in Australia.
TRA Benchrest shooting is shot with a .22 cartridge rifle from a sturdy bench over a 50 metre range. A front rest is used, and a rear sand bag to support the rifle.
Many shooters use specialised bench-rest rifles but any small-bore rifle with a scope is suitable. Unlike the disciplines of air rifle and prone, bench-rest rifles have magnifying scopes fitted which make the target image appear larger and clearer.
Rifles are often custom built, and winning in this discipline requires top notch equipment, well matched ammunition, and a different skill set from the above disciplines.
Metallic silhouette shooting is a 40 or 80 shot competition, shot in the prone position over distances up to 90m. The goal is to hit and knock down metal targets in the shape of animals over varying distances.
This fun competition is conducted with small-bore sporting rifles with telescopic sights. This competition is very popular with shooters of all ages and a satisfying “clunk’ is heard when a shot is accurate!
Competitions are held regularly and often result in a tense “shoot off” to decide the overall winner!