About Us

Smallbore and Air Rifle shooting is an International sport; encompassing World Championships in many of the various forms contested by Target Rifle Australia.

The pinnacle of our sport like so many other sports are the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

The sport is enjoyed by thousands of people throughout the world. Age or gender are not dominating factors for success in this sport making Target shooting the ideal sport for all.

Throughout Australia men, women and juniors all participate together in a variety of competitions. This means the whole family can enjoy a sport together. As in many other sports, a grading or handicap system usually exists.

There are clubs in both metropolitan and country areas and most have club rifles and all the other necessary equipment to help visitors and new members get started in the sport.

For advice on visitor regulations and licensing requirements, contact your local club or Police Weapons Licensing branch as regulations vary between states.


Briefly the sport can be divided into the following categories



Events can be either indoors or outdoors depending on the club range and the match.

The most popular event in Australia is the Prone event which is 60 shots at the 50 metre range in the prone (lying down) position. Many clubs also shoot events at 20 metres and these are often indoors during the cooler winter months. 

By far the most challenging event is the Three Position match which is shot in the kneeling, prone & standing positions.

Men shoot 40 shots in each position while women

shoot 20 shots.



Air-rifle is also an Olympic event and is shot indoors, standing, at a distance of 10 metres with a.177 calibre target air-rifle.

Air-rifle is a very challenging sport and is an excellent and cost-effective introduction to the sport.



Smallbore bench rest is quickly becoming a very popular event throughout Australia.

It is shot seated at a bench with the rifle fully supported by rests - hence the name ‘bench rest'.

Many shooters use specialised bench rest rifles, but almost any .22 rim-fire rifle, with a scope is suitable. There are again various forms of this discipline covering those seeking to learn to those wishing to reach World Championship level.

 Also, as it is less physically demanding than other disciplines, it is popular with more senior shooters.


Smallbore and Air Rifle shooting are also enjoyed by disabled shooters. Shooters are classified according to their level of disability in line with the relevant International body.

The rifles used are the same as those used by able bodied shooters. Allowances are then made regarding extra equipment needed to enable shooters to compete.

Paralympic events shot by disabled shooters are 50 metre Prone and 50 metre 3 Position (.22 rim-fire) and 10 metre Prone and 10 metre Standing air-rifle. (.177 calibre).

We have many disabled shooters in Australia who have achieved great success internationally.



As in any other sport we provide training in the areas of Coaching and Technical skills to the International standard required. 

Of course, as in any sport, Volunteers play an important role

The pages on this site are being expanded to better illustrate the many disciplines supported by Target Rifle Australia



Club shooting always takes place under the watchful eye of a qualified Range Official. All new members are coached individually in range safety procedures and firearm proficiency until they are considered competent.

Our clubs have very high safety standards, and safe firearms handling becomes a habit for every member.



Whether you are interested in the sport purely as a social activity or whether you want to meet all the challenges and pursue a goal to represent your state or country, Smallbore and Air Rifle Shooting has something for you.

There is a list of State contacts who can place you in touch with a club in your area at…………