Shooting sports are a collective group of competitive and recreational sporting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in shooting — the art of using various types of ranged firearms (handguns, rifles and shotguns).
TARGET RIFLE & F-CLASS
300 Meters to 800 Meters
NSRA’s target rifle and F-class (fullbore) section involves firing centrefire rifles from a prone position.
Target rifle (TR) involves shooting a .223 or .308 rifle, while wearing a jacket with a sling. The rifle has aperture or peep sights. Maximum bullet weight is 155 grains. There are two F-class disciplines – FTR and F-Open. Both disciplines use a rifle scope to view the target. FTR is restricted to .223 or .308 calibres; a bipod is used under the front of the rifle and a rear bag under the butt. F-Open uses a heavier front rest, rear bag, and other calibres, such as 6.5mm, are permitted.
Up to 100 Meters
Shooters may use any caliber pistol or revolver subject to range rules. Shooting can be held at distances of 3 to 100 meters and may involve shooting from various positions and at various targets.
HUNTING / OPEN RIFLE
Generally 100 Meters
The hunting rifle section runs a shooting program geared to the needs of Nova Scotia hunters and recreational shooters. The program allows shooters to practice with rifles and equipment which is suited to hunting. The practice is also open to other shooting disciplines that want to test equipment or get some extra practice. Centre-fire rifle shooting occurs generally at 100 meters and is directed to improving sportsman marksmanship and equipment familiarity.
Up to 100 Meters
Smallbore target rifles are chambered for the .22 Long Rifle calibre cartridge and fall into four categories: Sporting Rifle, Practical (formerly called Hunting) Rifle, Standard or Match Rifle, and F-Class Rifle. The rifles are fired from three positions; prone, standing, and kneeling at bullseye targets.
100 Meters to 800 Meters
Precision Rifle shooting tests both the mental, and to some degree, the physical abilities of the competitors, with various distances and target presentations. Marksmanship, timing, concentration, reflexes and the ability to assess wind and weather conditions are the skills needed to excel at these games.
The targets are relatively small and require accurate compensation for wind conditions and bullet trajectories. Various sized targets, exposure times, and target movements are used in Precision Rifle matches.