The BRITISH COLUMBIA TARGET SPORTS ASSOCIATION is a registered, non-profit amateur sports organization that is the Sport Governing Body for Target
Shooting in B.C., representing and serving Rifle and Pistol target shooters throughout the province. The membership consists of individuals and clubs interested in furthering the target sports as a safe, recreational and competitive sport and to improve the public acceptance of target shooting sports.
The disciplines we cover are Silhouette, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle and
The sport sets no limits for those who are involved. Some want only an hour or so of recreation per week while others seek Olympic Gold Medals. Youths, adults and the very senior all participate throughout the province.
Target Shooting is a late specialization sport which means that
participants tend to enter the sport in their teenage years and may
attain peak performances as adults.
While most sports rely heavily on physical fitness, size and speed,
shooting remains a contest of skill and precision. Although physical
conditioning plays a large part in success on the shooting range, mental
preparation is the most important factor for shooters, who must remain
calm and completely focused on their targets under the enormous pressure
of competition if they wish to excel.
Male and female able bodied and disabled athletes, all enjoy shooting sports.
Target shooting is a year round recreation sport, outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter with Clubs located throughout the province.
It is a contest of skill and precision. As with most sports today, you can spend a lot of money, but many
shooters invest only a few hundred dollars in equipment and find the cost of ammunition and targets far less than expected. Most clubs have equipment to lend beginners to help them get started.
If you would like to enter a competition, a classification system is used which assures that the thrill of winning is available to everyone,
so you are competing against others of similar and known ability.
This organization is supported by the Province of British Columbia,
Ministry of Community
Sport and Cultural Development and our Junior Athletes are
through the BC Sport Agency program and 2010 Legacies Now.
What the B.C.T.S.A. does for you.
Promotes the safe handling and use of firearms.
Encourages and sponsors Junior shooting programs.
Publishes the quarterly "TARGET SPORTS" newsletter.
Conducts Provincial Championship Tournaments.
Selects, trains and manages B.C. Junior & Senior teams.
Standardizes and coordinates Target Rifle & Pistol Sports in B.C.
Conducts Training and Upgrading Clinics for Coaches and Officials.
Participates in Canada Winter Games competitions
in Air Pistol and Air Rifle.
Provides organization assistance, program ideas & range layout advise to clubs
using LTAD principles.
favourable publicity for shooting and presents the sport correctly to the
public and Government.
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Information About Target Shooting - The BCTSA Way
Throughout history they have been a tool for
survival, a tool of war, and since joining Olympic competition in 1896,
a tool as part of a highly skilled sport. World Championships were held
for the first time in 1897 in Lyon, France and in 1966 Shooting events
were included for the first time in Commonwealth Games at Kingston,
In the Smallbore Rifle events, shooters fire high precision .22 Calibre
target rifles and .177 Calibre air rifles in Provincial, National and
Olympic level competitions. Competitors are required to use standard
metallic sights on their firearms in all events except running target
and some Silhouette events, in which a telescopic sight is permitted.
Standard long rifle .22 Calibre rimfire ammunition is used in all rifle
events except air rifle, which specifies .177 Calibre lead pellets.
Fullbore or Centerfire rifles are very similar in design to the
smallbore guns but the distances shot vary from 100 M to 1000 Yds. and
of course they shoot much larger calibre bullets.
Firearms in target rifle events are outfitted with stocks that may have
adjustable cheek pieces and butt plates to allow a custom fit to the
individual athlete. Air guns used in competition either house a cylinder
to store the compressed air or gas necessary to propel the pellets or
use a cocking mechanism to drive a spring-loaded piston back. When the
trigger is pulled, the piston forces a precise amount of air out of the barrel along
with the projectile.
Competition events are shot as Prone and 3-Position ( Prone, Standing &
Kneeling ) for Smallbore and Highpower while the Silhouette, Running
Target and Air Rifle events are Standing only events. More details on
the different events may be found on various pages in this site.
The six Pistol ISSF shooting events (including four Olympic events)
consist of both precision and rapid-fire target shooting from distances
of 10, 25, and 50 metres always shot from the Standing position. Guns
are generally .22 calibre while Air Pistols are .177 calibre and
are commonly custom fitted to each hand size and shape.
There is also a 3-Position Air Rifle competition which is being
introduced into Canada at this time and there are active groups shooting
this sport in the USA and parts of Europe.
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B.C. Target Sports Association, Box 496,
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5L2