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Service Pistol

res serThis is a challenging Centre fire match in which drawing from the holster and a minimum power factor of 120 is involved. Competitors must undertake a competency and holster safety test before being permitted to compete in the Service Pistol event. NO optical sights are permitted in these matches and the weight of the trigger pull must be at least 1360 grams. Self-loading pistols or Revolvers are permitted, with minimum barrel length being 100 mm for revolvers and 120 mm for self  loaders (semi-autos).
There is a less rigorous version of this match known as Service Pistol Unrestricted, and this is the more popular version. The Unrestricted match may be shot from the 'ready' position, and there is no restriction on power factor. Shooters without holster qualifications must shoot the Unrestricted match.

Course of Fire:
This event consists of ninety rounds divided into a number of timed sequences and over various distances. (Note that the distances are quoted in ‘yards’ not ‘metres’).
The targets are the old ‘oval’ Rapid-Fire targets, with each shooter having four targets, numbered one to four (left to right) to fire at. The 10 ring is 10cm wide by 20cm high, with the entire target scoring out of the 6 ring, and measures 45cm wide by 80cm high.





There will be a Service Pistol postal match in February, we will shoot it on the 16th of Feb.
You can shoot Service Pistol (Holster Qualified shooters), service unrestricted, service .22, service auto.
There is a $10 cost per shooter, but you can shoot as many matches as we have time for , number of shooters will dictate how many matches we will have time to shoot.
The fee covers the medals.
8am start on range 1
Be there a bit early if you can help to set up.
If you wish to shoot this, please get back to Matt
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Service (22/04/12)

Judging by the photo’s, my engineering skills leave much to be desired!
A few weeks ago I built the wooden frame for service pistol targets and Syd and I shot a match which we were told was the March postal service match, however, it turned out that there was not to be a postal match in March and it would be held in April. So with a little more interest shown, I tacked together a steel frame and 5 of us gathered on Saturday morning to shoot the April service postal match.
(This was advertised in the clubrooms)
A postal match is a national competition whereby any shooter wishing to compete can shoot at their home club and the results are sent in to the national section director. Score cards must be filled in and signed off, by two committee members. The idea is that, to make it more accessible to more shooters, the postal match is run over the nominated month, you have the whole month to shoot your match and get the results in. Not only does this save travel costs, but also the difficulties of travelling with pistols.
We had a fun morning at least, and our results were, well, interesting.
Service is a difficult match comprised of shooting at different ranges using different positions and both left and right handed stages.
There are two postal matches each year for centre fire service pistol and in an effort to grow this section, there is also a .22 series which has been running over the last year. Two .22 postal matches will be held each year as well.
This match is my preferred discipline within the sport, so I am doing my best to promote it at Awakeri and as future postal matches are announced I will endeavour  to make it known through the club. They are also mentioned in the Bullshooter and on the PNZ website.
We may also have a regular service shoot at the club for training and practice, depending on interest this may a Sunday.
My advice and observations so far, practice with your speedloaders if you shoot a revolver! its amazing how simple they are to use, but with the clock ticking they are surprisingly tricky! If you shoot a semi, make sure you have 4 mags, or someone to load them for you, the semi auto is a good idea for the rapid fire series, 6 shots in 4 seconds, and are easier to reload for the stages that require a mandatory reload. Don’t panic, there’s enough time! learn to reload fast and there’s plenty of time for the shooting! oh! and check your ammo, know what your shooting, a couple of time’s we lost sight of one of our shooters due the impressive clouds of black powder smoke!
Judging by the good time we had on Saturday and the level of interest so far, I can see this section being popular at Awakeri, If anyone else is keen to shoot it, or to learn more about it, feel free to flick me an email, I’m always keen to go out and have a practice ....
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Service (04/03/12)

After shooting the Service .22 postal match in Taupo last weekend, I have decided to shoot the service postal match for March.
We will shoot on Saturday the 17th March,  09.00 at the range. Anyone who wishes to shoot or watch, welcome. Min cal is 38/9mm. It is a 90 round match, so bring enough ammo!
See below for details of my Taupo shoot, and watch out for the next Bullshooter for the whole article….

.22 Postal Service Match – Taupo, Feb 26.

I have to admit, that until today I have never shot a pistol lying down, sitting or while being intimidated by a length of errant timber! I have attacked  a few things, mostly with baked beans on the label, from 50 yards, but without much success.  So all in all, I was reasonably pleased with my 50yd results, a total of 190 from 240! I guess as the years rush by, the time spent getting up from a prone position will lengthen!

I scored 305 from 25 yards, not  a bad result even when having to force myself not to close the wrong eye!  And having to be wary about catching hot brass in my right hand! Moving forward and shooting at 10 yards gave me a stage total of 174, which I was quite pleased with, considering the mess that was to follow.

I’ve always been pretty particular about keeping gear clean, and this habit runs true with my firearms. I did a reasonable job of cleaning and lubricating my Smith & Wesson .22A before the weekend,  It does however now seem improbable that a mass produced rim fire gun of any parentage will zap through 90 rounds without so much as a minor hiccup, and minor is all they need to be!

I had one misfire in the first string at 50 yds, but it was the last shot, unfortunately, my next fail was the first shot at the 7yd range. First round went into the 8 ring, stovepipe with one in, racked the slide and jammed the next one up its bum, dropped the mag, reloaded, got 3 off at the last target before the bell rang, but blazed the last 3 in defiance, not being too aware of the penalty rule! I got them all on the target! But it cost me 30 points for late shots.

So all in all, an OK first time score of 730, minus the 30 I was penalised. Without the malfunctions and late shots, a realistic 800, well within the top few of the day.