Indoor Smallbore Shooting - .22 calibre over 20 yards or 25 yards
TSNZ Members can shoot at a social, club, association, representative, championship or national level every week during the Indoor Season - between 1 March and 30 September. Most of the ranges in the North Island are 25 yards long, while the South Island has mainly 20 yard ranges, and target sizes are slightly different at each of these distances so that results are comparable. Ranges can vary from city ranges with 20 mounds, to small country ranges with 6, from purpose-built facilities to temporary ranges in community halls, and everything in between.
All NZ indoor ranges currently use paper targets for Smallbore shooting. 11-bull targets are used, with the centre dot being uncounted sighting shots, and the other 10 dots scoring a maximum of 10.1, for a perfect score of 100.10. Matches may be 10 shots in 12 minutes, or 20 shots in 22 minutes.
Indoor Smallbore Shooting is done from the PRONE position - shooters lie on the ground. Shooters are graded at the end of each Indoor Season, and can move either up or down depending on how they have shot that year. Grades are D (up to 89.99), C (90.00 - 93.99), B (94.00 - 96.49), A (96.50 - 97.74), and Master (97.75 - 100.00). New shooters will usually enter at D Grade.
Indoor shooters can participate just at Club level only if they want to, shooting once a week (or less) at their local range, or can compete in a variety of different events both locally and around NZ:
Many of the Clubs around NZ have their own equipment they can let new shooters use, so initially there is very little cost to having a go at Smallbore shooting. Clubs are able to set up Social Group or Business House shoots, and there is no need for a firearms licence to go along to one of these. Once a shooter decides to continue they usually will buy their own equipment - and there is now a HUGE variety of equipment available both locally and internationally for those who want to invest in their sport.
Indoor Smallbore Rifle Shooting is not a Commonwealth or Olympic event. Shooters need to shoot Air Rifle indoors, or move to Outdoor 50m Prone or 3 Position shooting for these higher levels of competition.
Air rifle is shot over 10 metres, from a standing position, on indoor ranges with set lighting standards. Targets may be paper on a pulley system or electronic targets, depending on what the range has available. The air rifle match consists of a 60 shot event for men and a 40 shot event for women using a .177 calibre target air rifle weighing no more than 5.5kg.
In international competitions, such as the Olympic Games, there are separate Air Rifle events for men and women, although both genders jointly contest many of the events in New Zealand. Air Rifle is an inexpensive way to get into shooting, and it is a particularly appropriate way to introduce juniors to shooting.