SSAA Mackay Branch Inc - Q17


This club caters for a number of disciplines as follows: 

Each Discipline has a Shoot Captain. Contact details for Shoot Captains are HERE.

  • 200/500M Fly Shoot

    History and information about the 200/500M Fly Shoot

    Fly Shoot Rule Book

  • Action Pistol

    Action Match is a fast-paced pistol shooting discipline requiring the use of self-loading pistols or revolvers to shoot at various targets. It includes four firearm classes (Open, Open Modified, Metallic Sight and Production) and consists of four major competition ‘stages’ or events (Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plate). There are sixteen different ‘stages’ available for match organizers.

    History and Description of Action Match

  • Air Rifle

    Air Rifle Field Target History and Description

    Scoped Air Rifle

  • Benchrest

    Benchrest is shot with both Rim-Fire & Centre-Fire Rifles at ranges from 50m to 1,000m.

    Traditional Benchrest is where a competitor tries to place 5 shots into the smallest possible group. It is shot between 50 metres to 200 yards.

    Hunter-class Benchrest is a score based shoot. It is shot at a target with six scoring rings, one of which is a sighter target on which you can shoot as many shots as necessary in the time provided. One scoring shot is placed on the other five targets. This is also shot from 50 metres to 200 yards.

    International Rimfire Benchrest or I.R.B, is shot with rimfire rifles and is only shot at 50 metres or 50 yards. The target has 25 scoring targets within it which is very challenging.

    Long Range Benchrest is getting more popular but is restricted to ranges that can accommodate 300 to 1000 yards. Targets vary in size and colour and results are usually a combination of score and group size on the one target.

    More about Benchrest disciplines from SSAA here.


  • Big Game Rifle

    Big Game Rifle involves using vintage and modern replica large-calibre rifles to shoot at targets in a number of rifle categories and shooting events.

    The main aim of this discipline is to foster the collection, preservation and use of classic big-game rifles.

    However, many Big Game Rifle shooters are also active hunters and participation allows them to practise their accuracy and rifle-handling skills.

    More about Big Game Rifle here.

  • Combined Services - Pistol

    Service Pistol, previously known as Military Pistol, is part of the Combined Services Discipline, which also includes Service Rifle.

    Service Pistol is contested at club, zone, state and national levels.

    The Service Pistol competition consists of the 3-Position Core Event (12 rounds each at 7, 15 and 25 metres) and several other Supplementary Events shot in various postures and positions at distances from 7 to 50 metres.

    The 3-P Core Event results are used for grading purposes, Proficiency Award claims and also for annual State and National Postal competitions. There are Grand Master, Master, A, B, C and Junior grades, as well as Gold, Silver, Bronze and Junior proficiency awards to earn.

    Detailed information about Combined Services Rifle and Pistol can be found here.

  • Combined Services - Rifle

    Service Rifle, formerly known as Military Rifle, now comes under the umbrella of Combined Services. The Service Rifle competition is formed from basic marksmanship training used around the turn of the 19th century. SSAA Service Rifle competitions are organised at club, state & national levels with the 3P Core Event as its base.

    Service Rifle 3P Core events are shot with standard as-issued (unmodified) rifles, this ensures that all shooters compete on an equal footing insofar as equipment is concerned. All shooters are graded, Grand Master, Master, A, B or C grade with an additional category for Junior shooters.

    There are also events for other classifications of rifle from Training Rifles, Modified or Accurised Rifles & various Long Distance Rifles.

    Detailed information about Combined Services Rifle and Pistol can be found here.

  • Conservation & Wildlife Management

    Conservation & Wildlife Management Queensland is a Division of SSAA Qld (Inc). The group works with landholders, state and local government, natural resources and conservation organisations in the control of pest animals for conservation purposes.

    Mackay Branch SSAA now has an active group of accredited members who participate on various projects throughout the state. Accreditation Courses and practices sessions are conducted locally and details are on our Club calendar.

    Queensland Conservation & Wildlife Management here.

  • Field Rifle

    Field Rifle and 3-Positional have been around since 1970 and have a large following at SSAA clubs throughout Australia.

    Field Rifle is a match designed around the most commonly utilised hunting positions simulated under rifle range conditions.

    3-Positional is a precision match which is a bit more target orientated and more testing of the shooter’s ability.

    Field Rifle Information here

  • Lever Action

    Lever Action Match is unique to the SSAA. It is an exciting and popular event Australia wide.

    • Lever Action matches fall into two categories

    • Classic Calibre: Essentially requires a centrefire rifle as issued by the factory having a two-piece wooden stock, traditional open-type iron sights and chambered for any centrefire cartridge factory produced prior to the end of 1938. Wildcat cartridges are not permitted in Classic Calibre. Shooting with the traditional open sights is difficult, but is a great way to improve one’s shooting skills and to understand the various techniques required to shoot accurately.

    • Open Calibre: Divided into two separate events at the National Championships level, with these being Centrefire and Rimfire, where competitors need two lever-action rifles. At the state and club levels, it is permissible to use either, as only one event is shot and is referred to as the Open event. .

    Lever Action Information here


  • Muzzle Loading (Black Powder)

    Within the SSAA, muzzle loading involves competitive shooting with replicas of firearms used during Australia's colonial days. Many of the excellent replicas available are exact in every detail and it surprises many people just how accurate these firearms can be in the hands of proficient shooters.

    More about Muzzle Loading from the SSAA.


  • Practical Pistol & IPSC

    Practical shooting is an International competition that is shot on all continents, with local, state, national, regional and international championships happening on a regular basis.

    In Practical competition, a variety of target types are used (both paper and steel, stationary and moving, scoring targets and penalty targets). There is no set way these targets are arranged, nor even how many targets are used in a single match. A competition organiser creates a number of “stages” (conforming to a set of IPSC design rules) each using different numbers and arrangements of targets, to create a shooting challenge that the competitors have to solve as accurately and as rapidly as possible.

    In Australia, Practical competitions are most often for centre-fire pistols and revolvers of calibres from 9mm to .38. Stages are started with pistols holstered on the belt, and most often will require the competitor to perform reloads of the pistol during the stage. Occasionally, competitions are also held for rifle and/or shotgun.

    SSAA Practical Shooting Page

    IPSC Official Rulebook

    (Reference: June 29, 2010)

  • Shotgun

    Shotgunning is one of the original SSAA disciplines with the original set of rules established in 1988. With the increasing popularity of Sporting Clays or Simulated Field events SSAA developed and adopted versions of 5-Stand and Sporting Clays to promote as SSAA matches. In January 2006 a new Shotgun Rule Book was approved with rules for these matches together with rules for High/Low Field Shotgun events.

    More about Shotgun here.


  • Silhouette Pistol

    The sport of Handgun Metallic Silhouette is one in which pistols are used to knock down metal targets at a variety of distances. It originated in Mexico in the early 1950s and by the early 1980s, competitions were being organised around Australia.

    Handgun Metallic Silhouette offers a variety of calibres, firearms, distances and shooting positions depending on the category and competition. Handgun Metallic Silhouette is one of only two competitions in Australia, which allow calibres greater than .38

    More about Handgun Metallic Silhouette here.

  • Silhouette Rifle

    Broadly speaking, Rifle Metallic Silhouette (RMS) is a sport in which rifles are used to knock down metal targets at a variety of distances. Matches cater for Centre fire, Rimfire and air rifles. The sport originated in Mexico in the early 1950s and arrived in Australia in the late 1970s. RMS is a sanctioned discipline of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA).

    More about Rifle Metallic Silhouette here.


  • Single Action

    Single Action Shooting (SAS) evolved more than 25 years ago in the USA. Participants attracted to the discipline have one thing in common - they all have an interest in the pioneering days of the 'Old West'. The firearms used today are single action revolvers, lever action rifles and side-by-side shotguns.

    For more detailed information

  • Steel Challenge

    Steel Challenge is a pistol shooting Action Match competition shot from a stationary position at five static steel plates per stage. Competitors shoot each of the eight stages five times and add their best four times to become their stage score. The lowest score is the winner. The eight stages shot in the Steel Challenge match are Accelerator, Five to Go, Outer Limits, Pendulum, Roundabout, Showdown, Smoke & Hope and Speed Option. Each stage is unique in its design and offers a different challenge to the shooter.

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