The following new rules and regulations have been adopted, effective immediately

  1. Special Technical Rules for the Service matches - Service Rules May 2016.pdf
  2. Rules for the Black Powder matches - Black Powder Rules May 2016
  3. Pistol Australia General and Technical Regulations - PA GTRs May 2016.pdf
  4. ISSF General and Specific Pistol Rules with PA variations  PA version - ISSF Rules 2017  (NOTE - these are the current rules - there is a misprint on the cover page where it reads 2016 instead of 2017).


This is a summary of the changes - the full rules are available for download and printed copies will be available in due course.


Due to an inadvertent error Rule was added and is WRONG.  The version on this page is now correct.  The correct wording of this rule is

S25/ If a competitor places less than the number of rounds in their pocket required for that stage, they are NOT permitted to make up to the required number of rounds. Doing so will incur a 10point penalty for each round so added.

As NRC Director I apologize for this error and also thank the Service Judge B who, in querying the interpretation, actually alerted me to the fact that it was new and was wrong.


  1. Renumbering of rules and an expanded index
  2. Misfires, Breakages and Reshoots – this section has been clarified
  3. Shoot offs (RFS) - will now consist of a sighting series plus one scoring series (instead of 2 series)
  4. Misfire in sighters (RFS) – will now complete the sighters in a repeat series
  5. De-capping – Appendix A has been expanded and amended to allow for recapping after 2 attempts, or immediately with RO approval.
  6. Score Protest Time is 15 minutes after posting of final scores
  7. Organisation and Conduct of PA Championships now refers to the “PA Guide to Running a national Championship”
  8. Pre-Event Administration now refers to the PA General and Technical Regulations
  9. Inclusion of rules relating to the requirement for eye protection and hearing protection
  10. Inclusion of all target specifications (previously omitted in error)
  11. Inclusion of rules relating to physically disabled shooters, with reference to the PA GTR
  12. Expanded index



  1. Inclusion of all target specifications (previously omitted in error)
  2. Score Protest Timeis 15 minutes after posting of final scores (this was inadvertently omitted in the 2013 printing).
  3. All the notes from previous versions have now been incorporated into the rules proper.
  4. When moving downrange as a spectator or team official the minimum distance to be maintained behind the shooters is now 5 metres (previously was the next distance back).
  5. Reference to the Cameron scoring system has been included
  6. Inclusion of rules relating to physically disabled shooters, with reference to the PA GTRs
  7. Renaming of the “crouch” position to the ‘unsighted’ position
  8. Preparation time across all 3 matches is now 10 minutes.
  9. Change to the rules on scoring shots fired out of sequence.
  10. Inclusion of a rule allowing random sampling of ammunition in addition to normal sampling.
  11. Expansion of the index



  1. Centre Fire will now be available only as a senior match, for men only, at PA Championships (note that junior males may enter as seniors but there is no separate junior event).
  2. Inclusion of rules relating to beginning a match with an unapproved pistol for ISSF events (this is no longer in the ISSF rules due to the voluntary EC rules)
  3. Expansion of the rules relating to pre-event administration (removed from the STRs for each event)
  4. Inclusion of reference to the PA Code of Conduct
  5. Inclusion of rules about reporting for shoot-offs – this is no longer applicable for ISSF but will apply to BP and Service shoot-offs.
  6. Change to the terminology around the WA1500 gear up areas.

ISSF Rules 2017 - PA Version

  1. All rules specific to paper targets will be found at the end of Section 6
  2. Rules that are not enforced at Pistol Australia competitions are highlighted - the PA version of that rule will be found in the addendum at the front of the book
  3. There will no longer be any shoot-offs for ISSF matches - all done on X count