“Target Rifle Shooting”, commonly referred to as ‘TR” is a very traditional style of shooting dating back to the days when local militia groups gathered to practice “Target Rifle Shooting”, commonly referred to as ‘TR” is a very traditional style of shooting dating back to the days when local militia groups gathered to practice their skills and compete for honors with the rifles of the day. TR has developed over 100 + years into the modern competitive sport we see today.
Target Rifle (TR) shooting due to it’s military origins, restricts shooters to .308 Win (7.62 NATO) caliber or .223 Rem (5.56mm). All shooting is done prone (laying down) with the rifle supported entirely by the shooter using a sling.
TR is shot at set distances from 300 yards to 1000 yards. A typical days event or practice would involve relays at shorter ranges, (300 to 600 yards) in the morning and longer ranges (800 to 1,000 yards) in the afternoon. This can, of course, vary depending upon the available range facilities.
The targets used are of the round ‘bulls eye’ design and get larger at the longer distances. The scoring rings are sized so that the average good quality bolt action rifle and ammunition could shoot a perfect score.
The rifles used must conform to some regulations including a minimum trigger weight of 0.5Kg and only iron ‘aperture’ sights are allowed. As TR participants are classified according to ability this is a game where everyone can do well from the beginner or “green-shot” to the “master”. TR shooting is all about accuracy, consistency and marksmanship and in the master class the levels of achievement are very high.
TR shooting can be compared to golf. You need to learn a technique and apply it consistently and then you have to learn to read the range and adjust for all the challenges of wind. It typically takes about 3 years practice to progress from beginner to ‘Expert’ grade.
The ORA offers a full and comprehensive range of Target Rifle events, from basic practice facilities, local “club” matches, through to the prestigious Provincial Championships. At the Provincial Championships the best are selected to form teams to represent Ontario at the National Championships. Also individuals are selected to represent Canada in international competitions both here in Canada and all over the world. Ontario Rifle Association shooters also compete to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games and at the ‘Palma’ World Long Range Championships.
The ORA follows the DCRA rule book with few exceptions.