Air Rifle


Air Rifle Nationals – March 2022
Mt Eden Range, Auckland



This year we were able to proceed with the Air Rifle Nationals as planned however with Covid still hovering over our heads a few more precautions were needed but it didn’t impact what as a fantastic weekend of shooting.

This year we saw a fantastic number of junior shooters and also a good number of women shooters. This is really promising for our sport.

Saturday was the badge match.

Top scores for the day were Owen 614.6, Jessica 597.8, and Mike 638.0
We also took the opportunity to try out the new ISSF Finals format. Mixed reviews from the
shooters but it got them ready for the real thing the next day.

Sunday, we had the Air Rifle Nationals matches.
Top Scores for the day were Owen 613.7, Jessica 603.1, and Mike 637.5.
Junior top scores were Shaun 587.1 and Piper 582.8

So next to the new finals. It involves 2 relays of 4 shooters. The top 2 from each relay then progress
to the Medal Match. Rather than scores now shooters will earn points for the shots. Shooters will
do 10 individual shots – top score wins 4 points, down to the lowest score getting 1 point. 4 place is
eliminated after 10 shots and then another 5 shots to decide the top 2.


The Medal Match consists of 4 shooters again earning points. 10 shots and 4th place is eliminated,
leaving our 3 medal winners. Another 5 shots and we have our 3rd place bronze medal winner.
Now we start at zero with our last 2 shooters – 2 points for top score and 0 points for lowest score.
First shooter to 16 points takes out the final.


Results from Sunday
Women’s Final
1st Place – Jessica Burgess-Smith
2nd Place – Issy Adams
3rd Place – Stephanie McNair


Men’s Final
1st Place – Owen Bennett
2nd Place – Dom Henry
3rd Place – Shaun Jeffery


PASC would like to thank everyone that came along to shoot, the organisers and Shooting Stuff for
their donation of prizes.
We look forward to seeing you all again at the designated match in October. Keep up the training.


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Junior MEN



ISSF – Air Rifle – format change

ISSF have announced some format changes to 3P and Air Rifle events. The following is a summary of the Air Rifle changes.

Please bear in mind that these changes are for Electronic Targets and some modifications may be required by organisers of competitions using paper targets.

Air Rifle

  • Final 8 consists of 2 semi-finals
  • Shooters ranked 1, 3, 5 and 7 in one semi
  • Shooters ranked 2, 4, 6, 8 in the other semi
  • 10 x 1 shot series are fired
  • Shooters in each semi will be awarded points for each shot (series) - 4 points for top score, through to 1 point for lowest score
  • After 10 shots the shooter with the lowest number of points (in each semi) is eliminated
  • 5 x 1 shot series are then fired
  • Shooters in each semi will be awarded points for each shot (series) - 3 points for top score, through to 1 point for lowest score. These points are added to the points already achieved.
  • After 5 shots (15 shot in total) the shooter with the lowest number of points (in each semi) is eliminated. The remaining 4 shooters shoot in the Medal Match
  • The Medal Match all points are zeroed and the format of the semi-final is repeated
  • After 10 shots – 4th place is determined
  • After the next 5 shots – 3rd place is determined. The remaining 2 shooters compete for Gold and Silver
  • The Gold/Silver Match all points are zeroed
  • Single shots are fired until a winner is determined
  • Top shot gains 2 points; lowest gets no points. For a tied shot (same score) – each get 1 point
  • First to 16 points is the winner


TSNZ 2021 Air Rifle Challenge - December

December Results and Overall Results

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TSNZ 2021 Air Rifle Challenge - November

Well-done to everyone who has been shooting the Air Rifle Challenge and to those that shoot a match in November. There is one mouth to go, so good luck to the shooters.

A reminder that four months worth of matches are needed to be eligible for the Challenge, so remember to shoot the December match if you need a 4th score.

Also, well done to all those that participated at the Totara Road and Awapuni Air Rifle Champs earlier this month. It was great to see some new shooters as well as the regulars.

Keep up the training and have a good Christmas.


TSNZ 2021 Air Rifle Challenge - extension

Due to the August Covid-19 lockdown period the due date for the August Air Rifle Challenge match has been extended to 30 September.  
This means that TWO match scores can be sent in by the end of September.


TSNZ 2021 Air Rifle Challenge - Month 1 Results

It's been great to see the first month's scores come in for this new Air Rifle Challenge Match.   Many of the shooters took advantage of the match shot on electronic targets at the Manawatu Open to log their first scores - to do this at any competition the shooter only needs to tell the Range Officer in advance of shooting that the match will be for this competition as well as whatever event they are competing for at the time.

Congratulatons to the Top Placings, and good luck to everyone for their August Match.  Shooters can still enter this competition as only 4 scores are needed by the end of the year, so if you've missed July, don't worry, just get your entry in now.  Scroll down for the Entry Form.

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TSNZ 2021 Air Rifle Challenge 

All TSNZ Air Rifle shooters are invited to compete in this new Postal event.  The competition runs over 6 months (July - December), with one match being shot each month.  Only 4 matches are needed to compete, so even if you've missed a month or 2, you can still get involved.  For those who shoot 5 or 6 months, their lowest scores are discarded, leaving the top 4 in the match.


Sections are Men, Women, Junior Men, Junior Women, and New Shooter (started Air Rifle after 1.10.20).


There are awards in each Section for the Top Shooter, Top Single Match Score, Top 10-Shot String, and Most Improved.  

Shooters who enter will have their scores input into all sections they qualify for, and scores will be shared here monthly

Manawatu Air - 23-24 July 2021 - Palmerston North


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It was great to see this match being shot on ELECTRONIC TARGETS in the upstairs Air Rifle Range in Palmerston North.
There was a good crowd in the range for the Finals, and with shots being seen instantly, the clapping and cheering made for an exciting event.

Congratulations to 2021 Mens Champion Owen Bennett, and Womens Champion Jess Burgess-Smith




AIr Rifle Postals 2020-21

There were very few entries to this Postal match this year, with only 2 Women competing and no Men.  Congratulations to Jess Burgess-Smith for the win.

Click here for 2020-21 Air Rifle Postal RESULTS



New Air Rifle Champs in Marlborough

Marlborough RSA held a new Air Rifle Champs match in Blenheim on Queen's Birthday Weekend - 5th June.

This added to a great weekend of shooting which includes the Indoor Champs already held in Blenheim on 5th June, and Nelson on 6th and 7th June.


CLICK here for the Marlborough RSA Air Rifle RESULTS



2021 Air Rifle Nationals ** -  Parafed Auckland - 17 - 18 April 2021 


After a postponement due to Covid-19 travel uncertainties, the 2021 Air Rifle Nationals got underway at the Mt Eden Range on the weekend of the 17th & 18th April.  Despite being light on numbers the shooters certainly were not light on enthusiasm.  Two days of shooting saw some shaky starts for some and personal best scores for others.  3 Men and 4 Women shot the Badge Match on Saturday and 4 Men and 4 Women for the Designated Match on Sunday.

Top scores on Saturday went to Owen with a 614.2, Jessica with a 597.1 and Mike with a 637.3.  Top scores on Sunday went to Owen with a 605.7, Jessica with a 609.1 and Mike with a 640.2.

We also had over the weekend a great turn out from our WSPS shooters. Open Prone on Saturday saw 6 shooters battling it out. Congratulations goes to the newcomers of the group that fought hard against the regulars.  A couple of our WSPS shooters are vying for Paralympics spots and required qualifying scores from the weekend.

A National record in the WSPS Standing was smashed on Sunday – congratulations Mike for your score of 640.2.  The previous record was 624.3, set by Grant Sharman at the 2017 Air Nationals.

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PASC would like to thank every one that came along to shoot, the organisers, and Shooting Stuff for their donation of prizes.We look forward to seeing you all again at the Designated Match in October.  Keep up the training.

Julie Wills
Parafed Auckland Shooting Club




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Sius Electronic Targets at Manawatu

Thanks to NZSF and the ISSF Development Fund, a 10-lane Sius Hybrid Score 10m Air electronic target range ihas been set up at the MSRA range in Palmerston North.  This equipment, which is owned by NZSF and to be shared between TSNZ and Pistol NZ, was used for the first time to run the Manawatu Designated Air match on 30th January, and provided a fantastic experience for our shooters.  Going by the number of PBs shot there, our Air Rifle shooters will be looking forward to using this equipment for future matches.


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Results to come soon


Matches noted ** are TSNZ Designated Matches for International Selection


Manawatu Open Air - 18 July - RESULTS

North Island Air (Palmerston North) - 19 Sept - RESULTS

Auckland Air **   /  Mt Eden Air **   - 3 - 4 October - RESULTS

Marlborough Air ** (Blenheim) - 25 October - RESULTS

Totara Rd Air **  /  Awapuni Air **  (Palmerston North) - 5 - 6 December - RESULTS

Manawatu Air ** (Palmerston North)  - 30 January 2021 - RESULTS

Air Rifle Nationals ** (Auckland) - 17-18 April 2021 - RESULTS



Auckland / Mt Eden Air - 3-4 October 2020

Although the numbers were down on previous years the enthusiasm of the shooters was not.  Great shooting by all that attended.

Because of the lighter numbers the shooters decided to have a mixed final each day rather than a separate Women’s and Men’s which made for some great results.


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