Air Rifle


SAARA is the official and only national Controlling Body for Air Rifle shooting in South Africa as recognised by the South African Shooting Sport Confederation (SASCo), the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA).


At SAARA we are shooting a number of disciplines. The key air rifle event is the 10m Standing event as defined by the ISSF rules and this is the event that is shot at the Olympic Games and other official ISSF matches. We therefore often refer to this event as the 10m Olympic events for men (60 shots in the standing position – AR60) and Women (40 shots in the standing position – AR40).

All air rifle events are shot indoors over a distance of 10m at standard ISSF air rifle targets using 4.5mm ammunition.


In order to allow a cheaper entry into the shooting sport SAARA offer the following classes:

Sporter Class
Sporter Class

Sporter Class – This is a more advanced target PCP type target rifle. The make and models that may be used must be approved by SAARA with no internal modifications. The most popular rifles are the Air Arms MPR and the CZ 200T. No special shooting clothing that provides additional support is allowed.





Precision Class
Precision Class


Precision Class – This is the top class as shot at the Olympic games. The rifle is a dedicated target air rifle (mostly PCP type rifles) that allows many adjustments to fit the individual shooter. Special shooting clothing and shoes as defined in the ISSF rules are allowed. This allows some support to the shooter.



At SAARA we shoot two events:

10m (Standing) – This is the normal air rifle event where the entire event is shot from the standing position, 60 shots for men and 40 shots for women.

3P (3 Position) – This event is a mixed event (men and women combined) with 20 shots in the prone position, 20 shots in the standing position and 20 shots in the kneeling position.


The ISSF makes provision for Junior and Senior age groups. An athlete becomes a senior in the year that he / she turns 21.

SAARA allows for the following junior sub age groups:

U/14 – Athletes who will be under the age of 15 on December 31st in the year of the competition.

U/16 – Athletes who will be under the age of 17 on December 31st in the year of the competition.

U/20 – Athletes who will be under the age of 21 on December 31st in the year of the competition.

SAARA Western Province produces several Western Province Shooters annually that competes in the SAARA National Championships.

SAARA National Championships
SAARA National Championships

SAARA Western Province has also produced 2 Junior Protea Shooters the past 2 years. They proudly represented South Africa recently at the 13th African Shooting Championship in Cairo, Egypt.


Junior Protea Shooters
Junior Protea Shooters

One of our shooters (Adriaan de Beer) won the Junior Men Competition. He is thus the current Junior African Champion. By winning this competition, he also secured the quota place for South Africa at the Youth Olympics in 2018.

Junior African Champion - Adriaan de Beer
Junior African Champion – Adriaan de Beer