Discipline Sections

There is a wide variety of handgun shooting disciplines practiced in NZ, including:
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The 6 ISSF shooting events with pistols (4 Olympic events plus 2 events not included in the Olympics program but contested in World Cups and World Championships).

HMS (Handgun Metallic Silhouette)

Metallic silhouette shooting, developed to loosely simulate hunting, is shooting at heavy animal-shaped steel silhouettes that must be knocked down to score, typically at distances normally reserved for rifles.

IPSC Shooting

Is governed internationally the IPSC, was developed by former police and civilian marksmen, is a variation where the shooter often moves during shooting, and hit scores and shooting time are equally important.

Action Shooting

Is a fusion of IPSC (without the "run and gun"element) and Bullseye Competition, where accuracy under tight timelimits in a number of different simulated scenarios is the basis of thiscompetition.

Cowboy Action Shooting

Similar to IPSC but with Western Cowboy themed props, shot with long guns and revolvers of the same era. Mere act of shooting itself is not enough. Competitors must choose and go by a cowboy nickname or alias and are required to look the part by donning authentic cowboy and cowgirl garments.

Service Pistol

Comes to us from Australia, where it was first adopted as an Australian Nationals Championship event in 1977 and shot with pistols and revolvers in calibres from 9mm to .45 Service Match tests your entire pistol shooting skills in a 90 shot match, and doesn't need a fancy pistol.

Speed Shooting (Steel Challenge)

Is shot on steel plates of differing sizes and placed at various distances and angles to create a variety of challenges. Each shooter shoots each of 8 stages, five times with the slowest time dropped. The best 4 times from each stage are then combined and that time added to the combined times of the other stages for a final match score.

Muzzle Loading

Pistol shooting in New Zealand is shot to the rules of three different organisations. MLAIC for the 13 shot matches, Pistol Australia for the 25M Aggregate and 50M precision matches and Pistol NZ for the Black Powder Cartridge matches. The firearms used range from the 15th century matchlock to the late 19th century percussion pistol and revolver and their modern made replicas with some matches catering for guns with modern sights or purpose built target pistols.

3-Gun and PNZ Multigun


Is a practical shooting discipline where stages are shot with a combination of a rifle, handgun, and/or shotgun. The shooter must move through different stages, and engage targets in a variety of different positions.


Is a practical shooting discipline managed by the IPSC 3 Gun Section that uses a combination of Pistols, Rifles (standard and Carbine) and Shotguns during the SAME stage. The stage is scored by time only, the fastest time (with penalties), wins each stage.

Non-Section Shooting Disciplines

Junior Pistol Shooting

Junior pistol shooting has taken off over the last 2 years, with numbers attending most of the sections shooting events now at a record high. The schools secondary schools programme, the McMillan Cup attracts a high number of shooters every year. PNZ has just introduced a new Secondary Schools Event, the Loveridge Cup which begins in 2016.

For all questions on Junior Shooting contact the PNZ XO.

Dot Shooting

Dot Shooting is a postal Pistol Shooting Competition that was started by Bill Croce in Pennsylvania, USA. Dot shooting targets come in 3 separate calibres, 22, 38 / 9mm and 44 / 45. All matches are shot at 7 yards, all shooting is standing unsupported, freestyle that is you can shoot either one or two handed. Pistols and sights and ammo are all your choice, iron sights or scopes, whatever suits you and your gun.