Quick Guide to the Competition


Competition Quick Guide

This guide provides a snapshot view of the relevant aspects relating to the Competition

(It is still highly recommended that members go through the complete competition guideline - click on the button below)




Who can compete in the competition?


  • Only Natshoot members
  • With firearm/s of competitor/s - legally owned
  • Exception/s are partners, spouses or guardians of juniors may also compete (must be done under supervision)


Firearm categories that may be used


  • All categories of Handguns
  • All categories of all Bolt-action rifles
  • Selected categories of lever Action rifles
  • Selected categories of Semi-Auto rifles
  • Air Rifles and Pistols


Where to shoot and what to do



  • Shoot at any publicly recognised shooting range
  • OR Any NHSA recognised private shooting range
  • Shooting range must conform to specific competition exercise/s that need to be shot.
  • Members can and may make use of these ranges but are not limited to them only.
  • Members are to use their own targets ONLY (downloaded and printed from their member portal).
  • Shooting Ranges may NOT furnish a competitor with a competition target.
  • Range fees are payable by competitors as prescribed by each shooting range for each competition exercise


Who needs to Witness and Sign off on my competition targets?




Public shooting ranges

  • Qualified Range Officer (RO);
  • Shooting Range staff member acting as RO;
  • NHSA Member;
  • Other eye witness with ID and Cellphone number



Private shooting ranges 

  • Qualified Range Officer (RO);
  • Nominated witness approved by NHSA EXCO when registered range
  • NHSA Member;
  • Other eye witness with ID and Cellphone number

Which Targets may I use?



  • Only competition targets downloaded from your member portal.
  • Must be printed in A4 format (Adobe readers document size - set at 100%).
  • Targets relevant to the competition exercises.


Firing Position



  • This can be viewed at each respective competition exercise as entered into
  • Make sure that you understand and follow the rules to avoid disqualification.
  • Only the prescribed firing positions as indicated in the respective Competition Exercise Guidelines may be used.
  • Competitors with disabilities for whom it is too difficult to be accommodated in the above-mentioned shooting positions, may shoot as they can do best.  Please inform the office of such issues when sending your targets and enrolment forms, so that we can also keep record of the situation - also please write such information as might be needed on the relevant target(s).

How do I score a competition target?



  • The target is defined as the entire A4 card or A4 paper on which the scoring rings are printed but shall not include the backing against which the A4 target is pasted.  
    The X-ring on targets = 10 points
    • CLEAN-Shot (indicated as Pure-shot on Target):  A shot, which is clearly inside the specific scoring ring (the shot is then scored in the value of the particular scoring ring) - see the shot holes in the 8 and 9 scoring rings in the example target below where the shot is clearly in the 8 scoring ring and clearly in the 9 scoring ring without cutting any line (those two shots are clean or pure shots)
    • CUT-Shot: A shot that cuts the line between two scoring rings, no matter how minute, is scored as the higher value. See example target below where the indicated cut-8 shot only minutely cuts the line between the 8 and the 9 scoring ring - that score is indicated as a cut-9 shot and counts 9 points.
  • In case of key-holed or tipped shots, the higher value is awarded if the leaded edge of the bullet hole cuts the scoring ring of higher value, no matter how minute, even though the hole is elongated to the bullet's length rather than being a circle of the bullet's diameter.
  • In case of skid shots, the higher value is awarded if the leaded edge of the bullet hole cuts the scoring ring of higher value, no matter how minute, except the value of a skid shot may not be more than one ring higher than the original point of bullet contact with the target.
  • When a bullet enters a target from the back of the target, it will be scored as a miss – thus counts zero.
  • A hit on the outside of all the scoring rings is scored as a miss – thus counts zero.