There are three main types of equipment used by the club which fall under the broad headings of
Handguns, Rifles and Shotguns.
Handguns can trace their history back to 13th century China, with the use of the “hand cannon” and have evolved over time to the modern handguns that are seen today. While there are many types of action (the way that a handun operates), the predominant actions that you will see at the club are revolver and self loading, however, there are the “black powder” competitors where you will generally see flintlock and percussion, The “air pistol” where you will see break open and gas operated and “silhouette” where you can see break action single-shot handguns that use rifle cartridges for shooting steel targets at long range. For further handgun history read here
The term “rifle” specifically means a long arm with a rifled bore, however, the term has generally come to mean a long arm of any description (although don’t say that to a smoothbore musket enthusiast). Rifles can be found in all of the same action types as hand guns, however, under Australian Law, automatic rifles are banned and self loading (semi automatic) rifles are strictly controlled, for this reason the predominant types of action that you will use will be bolt action, lever action, straight pull, and recently bolt release, The black powder enthusiast will predominately use muzzle loading longarms. For further rifle history read here
Generally speaking, a shotgun is a longarm that fires shot (the projectile is a group of small pellets contained within the cartridge), Shotguns are predominately smoothbore, although rifled shotguns do exist for firing slugs. Shotguns can also be found with all of the same actions as for rifles and handguns, howwever, under Australian Law shotguns also fall under the same restrictions as rifles. The predominant shotgun type you will see will depend on the competition type that you are participating in, Double barrel (over-under) rules the clay target competition where lever action currently has a high poularity among the practical shooting fraternity For further shotgun history read here