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Rifle Sport Shooting and How To Get Started

Shooting sports don’t always have to mean shooting with a handgun, there are many sports available to new, and experienced shooters for rifle, and shotgun too. In this blog we will be reviewing the most common sports when it comes to competition shooting with rifles. These include the following:

  1. 3 Gun / MultiGun
  2. Airgun
  3. Bullseye
  4. Cowboy Action
  5. Fullbore Target Rifle
  6. Metallic Silhouette
  7. Muzzleloading / Black Powder
  8. Paralympic
  9. Precision Rifle Series (PRS)
  10. Small-bore

3 Gun / MultiGun

This shooting sport is exactly what it sounds like; it puts use to multiple guns such as Rifle, Shotgun and Handgun.

MultiGun matches are similar to IDPA or IPSC in that the shooter has different stages that they’ll move through to engage targets, often times shooting in different positions as well. Targets can include clay pigeons, cardboard silhouettes, steel targets, and more. The goal is to have the shooter hit as many targets in the least amount of time, while also avoiding ‘no shoot’ targets at the same time.

For more information on this shooting sport, read our blog post on Handgun Shooting Sports & How To Get Started or listen to episode 12 of The Silvercore Podcast where Taka Kuwata talks about 3 Gun competitions and how to become a sponsored shooter.

You can also learn more about 3 Gun/MultiGun and find a club that offers this sport visit the 3 Gun Nation website.


You can compete using air pistol, or air rifle. The most common competitions when it comes to airguns are the 10 metre air pistol or air rifle which is an Olympic shooting event thats governed by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).

In this post we will focus on Air Rifle’s, but if you’d like to learn more about shooting with an Air Pistol you can read our blog post on Handgun Shooting Sports & How To Get Started.

Air rifle shooting is shot at a distance of 10 metres and is shot from the standing position. Specialized clothing may be used to improve stability and also prevent back injury that can be caused by stance and weight.

Equipment required for this shooting sport includes the following:

  • Air / Gas Rifle
    • Chambered in .177″ (4.5mm)
    • Weight under 12.13 lbs (5.5kg)
  • Match Diabolo Pellets

To learn more about the Air Rifle visit the ISSF website here.


Bullseye competition shooting can be done using a handgun or rifle and both platforms feature multiple disciplines available to shooters.

There are several disciplines when it comes to bullseye shooting with rifles, these include:

Equipment required to participate will greatly depend on which discipline you plan to get into. So do your research and figure out which one interests you most and then you can make your decisions on what equipment you’ll want based on requirements.

A local club is likely to have one or more of the disciplines listed above for you to get started in the competition shooting, but you can also check online with the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF0)

Cowboy Action

Cowboy Action is a competitive shooting sport which typically features firearms from the mid-to-late 19th century like Single Action revolvers, Lever Action rifles that are chambered to shoot pistol calibre’s. Side-by-side double-barrelled shotguns and Pump Action shotguns with external hammers may also be used.

To compete, you’ll need four guns; two revolvers, a shotgun, and a rifle that shoots a centre-fire revolver calibre that pre-dates 1899.

For more information and finding a club to participate in this sport visit the Single Action Shooting Sport (SASS) website for Canadian clubs.

You can also find more information on what Cowboy Action consists of in our previous blog post; Handgun Sport Shooting & How To Get Started.

Fullbore Target Rifle

Fullbore Target Rifle, also known as TR, or just Fullbore, is a precision rifle shooting sport which is governed by the International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations (ICFRA). In Canada, national level competitions are regulated by the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA).

Believe it or not, this shooting sport is one of the oldest shooting disciplines in the world! Founded by the NRA back in 1860, participants shoot between distances of 300 yards, all the way up to 1000 yards from the prone position.

The goal is to have as accurate a shot on the circular targets as possible. Shooters must focus on their trigger control, position and natural alignment in order to get as close to the centre as possible, all while keeping in mind changes in windage and elevation.

To get into this sport, shooters will need the following basic equipment:

  • Bolt Action Rifle (chambered in 7.62mm (.308″))
  • Iron sights (telescopic sights are not allowed)

If you would like more information on how to get into this sport, we would recommend taking a look at the DCRA website.

Metallic Silhouette

Metallic silhouette shooting started from an old Mexican sport back in the early 1900’s and consisted of live game animals being put out at varying distances and used as targets. Nearly 50 years later metal cutouts were being used in place of live animals.

The metal cutouts are of a chicken, pig, turkey, and ram with the goal being to knock down as many targets as possible out of a total of 40 targets. You’re given a time limit of 2 minutes and 45 seconds for banks of 5 to shoot at and are required to hit 10 shots .

Today, metallic silhouette can be shot with large bore rifles, or large bore handguns, however in Canada it’s just shot with Rifles at this time.

There are a few divisions in the Rifle category of Metallic Silhouette, there are a number of divisions in the USA, and then there are those that are National. The National divisions include the following:

  • IMSSU Silhouette Rifle
  • IMSSU Hunting Rifle
  • IMSSU Silhouette Rifle Small Bore
  • IMSSU Hunting Rifle Small Bore

To participate in this shooting sport, you’ll need a Bolt Action Rifle (.22 is typically used). For more information and to find a competition to participate in near you, visit the Silhouette Rifle Association of Canada (SRAC) website.

Muzzleloading / Black Powder

Muzzleloading sport shooting uses both antique as well as reproduction muzzleloading firearms and use shot using Black Powder which is why you may also see this sport as being reference to as Black Powder rather than Muzzleloading.

Rifles are what is commonly used for muzzleloading, but there are shotgun muzzleloaders as well. Of the muzzleloading firearms, there are Matchlock, Wheel lock, Flintlock, and Percussion. Flintlock and Percussion are typically what are used in shooting competitions or for hunting.

This particular sport originated from the USA in the 1930’s and is now governed by the Muzzle Loaders Associations International Committee (MLAIC), founded in 1971.

To get started you will need the following equipment:

  • Muzzleloading firearm (Flintlock or Percussion)
  • Powder horn or flask (to carry extra powder)
  • Powder measure
  • Ball starter (to get the bullet down the barrel)
  • Pick (to remove residue or debris)
  • Ramrod (to seat bullet against powder charge, and for cleaning)
  • Brushes and Solvent
  • Patches (to create a tight seal in the barrel)
  • Patch puller (to remove patches)

To get started in this shooting sport you can often search the province you are in and then black powder and find either a local club that is offering competitions, or a provincial body that helps to facilitate the sport. In BC this is the BC Black Powder Association (BCBPA)


Para, which was also formerly known as Para-Shooting refers to Paralympic competitions and consists of shooting sports which have been adapted to allow for competitors with disabilities to compete and are open to all individuals with physical disabilities. Since 1976 this sport has been part of the Paralympic games in Toronto with as many as 50 different countries participating in it today.

Competing can include rifle and pistol from distances of 10, 25 and 50 metres. There are 12 Paralympic shooting events, 6 of which are open to men and women, while the other 6 are divided between men and women only equally (3 each).

Para shooting with handguns can be read in previous blog post on Handgun Shooting Sports & How to Get Started. Para shooting with rifles has 9 different disciplines that are split into 2 different classes. The SH1 class allows shooters to support a firearm without a stand, and the SH2 class allows shooters to use a support to shoot for those that require it. The disciplines of each class consist of the following:

SH1 Class

  • 10M Air Rifle Standing (Men)
  • 10M Air Rifle Standing (Women)
  • 10M Air Rifle Prone (Mixed)
  • 50M Rifle Prone (Mixed)
  • 50M Rifle 3-position 3×40 (Men)
  • 50M Rifle 3-position 3×20 (Women)

SH1 Class

  • 10M Air Rifle Standing (Mixed)
  • 10M Air Rifle Prone (Mixed)
  • 50M Rifle Prone (Mixed)

To get started in this sport visit the Paralympic Website here.

Precision Rifle Series (PRS)

Precision Rifle Series, which is also commonly known as PRS, is a shooting sport where shooters compete to collect points from 30 various matches. Focus is typically placed on speed and precision.

Targets may be placed at known, or unknown distances, but are typically somewhere between 10 – 1,000 metres or yards with the primary focus on the long range distance shooting.

The various courses have set maximum times, also known as par time, in which the shooter can be awarded points based on the number of targets that they hit within that time.

Different categories within PRS which you can participate in include the following:

  • Military / Law Enforcement (active)
  • Senior (55+)
  • Junior (18 & under)
  • Ladies
  • International

The basic equipment required to partake in this shooting sport includes the following:

  • Long range sniper-style rifle
    • Must fire bullets no greater than 0.308″ (7.82mm) at muzzle velocities not greater than 3200ft (980m) per second
  • Variable magnification telescopic sights
  • A support bag

For more information on PRS, you can listen to Episode 29 of The Silvercore Podcast!

For further details on PRS and how to get started, we’d recommend visiting the Precision Rifle Series website.


Small-bore is shot with a rifle and consists of firearms that are chambered in .32 or smaller, but is most commonly shot using a .22 Rimfire target rifle.

Targets are typically shot between 15 – 25 yards if indoors, and when shot outdoors they can be between 50 – 100 yards.

To get into small-bore sport shooting you will need a rimfire target rifle that is chambered in .32 or smaller.

To get into a small-bore shooting competition, you can search for a local club that is offering competitions near you, or visit the BC Target Sports Association (BCTSA).


Keep in mind that there are many other shooting sports available out there and some which will depend on where you live. So if you didn’t find the shooting sport you were looking for, do some reading online and you’re likely to find what you’re looking for.

The Silvercore Club provides 10 Million in North American wide liability insurance for all your hunting and shooting related activities. For only $49/year you get insurance, an ATT for any restricted firearms you may own, member discounts, and so much more.

If you are looking to get into shooting with a handgun, be sure to check out our other blog post; Handgun Sport Shooting & How To Get Started and keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post on Shotgun Sport Shooting & How To Get Started.

Silvercore Podcast Ep. 16: Firearms, Optics and Equipment for New Hunters

In this episode of The Silvercore Podcast Travis Bader sits down with Silvercore pro staffer and hunter extraordinaire, Paul Ballard to discuss gear for new hunters. There are so many options to choose from it can be overwhelming, particularly to someone starting out. We cut through the clutter and explain what you need, what you don’t and where your money is best spent so that you can have a productive and enjoyable hunt.

We also discuss the Vortex Apparel Package, the Silvercore Club Shoot, and a number of other ongoing promotions and giveaways that you don’t want to miss out on! Listen to the podcast to learn how to enter for free and and check out our website for full details.

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You can listen to episode 16 of our podcast on Podbean, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, and Google Play. All you’ll have to do is search for ‘The Silvercore Podcast.’ 

If you have any feedback or questions that we can address, please reach out to us via social media or at 1-855-771-5837 or Finally, don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast, and while you’re at it, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Travis Bader

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Summary of Rules

  • To enter Silvercore Advanced Training System’s (hereafter “Silvercore”) “Vortex Apparel Package Giveaway” (hereafter the “giveaway”) Go to a Social Media Channel (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) and comment with #SilvercoreVortexgiveaway to enter.
  • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted between the event dates of April 2 – 16 2020. By April 22 we will have gathered participating entries and one (1) recipient of the “draw gift” is picked randomly from all collected post entries. As entries will be closed on April 16 2020, any received thereafter are voided.
  • The “draw gift” recipient will be announced in the newsletter and via Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and will require a response from the recipient within 4 weeks of the announcement. If Silvercore does not receive a response within these 4 weeks or if the recipient doesn’t meet the requirements to be able to receive the gift, a new recipient will be drawn by Silvercore from the entries collected in that same period. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.
  • The giveaway can be entered as many times per person as they’d like. .
  • Silvercore staff members are excluded from entering the giveaway.
  • Silvercore retains the right to cancel the giveaway or change the giveaway rules and draw gift at any time without prior notice.
  • Some draw gifts will require the recipient to be in the possession of a valid PAL license and/or be aged 18 years or older. 
  • Draw gift(s) may not be exactly as shown in the images portrayed on advertisements for these giveaways. Draw gift(s) have no cash value, and are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other items or courses.

How do I renew my firearms license?

Over Silvercore’s many years of experience in teaching, training, and certifying a countless number of instructors, students, and otherwise, we’ve realized some tips and tricks which may aid those in the process of renewing their firearms license, PAL, to achieve a faster renewal.

So in this blog, we are discussing tips that may make your renewal go from tedious and lengthy to easy and renewed in no time at all! These are our Pro Tips for Renewing your Firearms License.

Renew Early

Renew before your PAL expires. Why? Because if you let your PAL expire, the application process to have it reinstated is much longer. In fact, it’s the same process as when you first applied- including the 28 day waiting period! Take it from us, renew early and save yourself both time and stress.

Another item worth mentioning is that if your licence is expired and you need to renew, you will need to present a copy of your course reports. If you do not have a copy of your course reports, which articulate you went through the required training for your PAL, you may have to retake the CFSC/CRFSC training.

Renew Online

The good news is that you can easily renew online via the RCMP’s website, which can be found here. Online renewal ensures that your renewal gets to the RCMP promptly, but also gives you peace of mind knowing that it won’t get lost in the mail. Another bonus- you also save postage! 

In possession of restricted firearms? Have your proof of membership handy!

As a restricted firearms owner, you need a membership from a club or range to have the Long Term Authorization To Transport or ATT. This allows you to purchase, possess and transport your restricted firearms.

So, if you’re renewing your firearms licence and you currently have restricted firearms in your possession, one of the best things you can do to speed along the process is to include your proof of membership with
your renewal application to the RCMP. This saves time because then they don’t have to send you a letter telling you that they need that proof of membership for the ATT.

If you don’t have a valid membership and need one for your renewal, you can join the Silvercore Gun Club to meet the ATT requirements. Bonus: this membership not only comes with 10 Million in North American wide liability insurance, but it also has some pretty great perks, including annual members-only events with brag-worthy grand raffle prizes.

Include the right fees

Effective March 31, 2020, the Canadian Firearms Program has updated its service fees for firearms licences for individuals and businesses. The fees for each licence are as follows:

  • Individuals upgrading from PAL to RPAL $40.88
  • non-restricted firearms (PAL) $61.32
  • restricted firearms (RPAL) $81.76

Keep in mind that if you’re applying for your RPAL, this includes your PAL, so the total fee for both the non-restricted and restricted firearms is $81.76.

Check, check, and check again!

Be sure to review your application form, more than once. This will ensure that you haven’t missed any crucial details. Leave the form for a day and return to it on a new day. Fresh eyes tend to see new things, and likewise, tired eyes can miss details.

Unsure about details on your application form? Contact us! We can provide you with the information and advice you need to complete your forms and be on your merry way in no time!

Below are links referenced in this post that will help you with your firearms license renewal endeavours:

PAL application form: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Application Form

PAL application form for Aboriginal Peoples: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Application Form for Aboriginal Peoples

PAL renewal form: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Renewal Application Form

Online application status check: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Application Status

A membership for those with Restricted Firearms that require an ATT: Gun Club Membership

Captain of the Hunt

Silvercore has several contest and giveaways running right now and here is a reminder to check out the website to learn more about the current Glock gear giveaway as well as the postal match which is free to all Silvercore members across Canada with prizes which include firearms, steel targets, accessories, courses and more. Full details on the website.

If you are enjoying the Silvercore Podcast, please do us a favour and consider subscribing, liking, commenting and leaving a review. Likewise, if there is content that you would like to see featured on a future Silvercore podcast, let us know. You can also check out the Silvercore Club Facebook page and join in the conversation.

Today I sit down with long time friend Marshall Lowen as he recounts growing up in rural Manitoba and his adventures and misadventures while hunting and trapping across Canada.

Marshall spent over 44 years serving his country as a member of the Canadian armed forces, he is a firearms instructor, hunter education instructor a proud member of Metis society and served as Vice President of the Vancouver Metis society for many years and now sits as an elder who has been bestowed with the honour and responsibility of being selected the Captain of the hunt.

You can listen to episode 14 of our podcast on Podbean, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, and Google Play. All you’ll have to do is search for ‘The Silvercore Podcast.’ 

If you have any feedback or questions that we can address, please reach out to us via social media or at 1-855-771-5837 or Finally, don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast, and while you’re at it, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Travis Bader

The Silvercore Podcast Ep. 12: Intro to 3 gun and How to be a Sponsored Shooter (From

In this episode, sponsored 3 gun shooter Taka Kuwata takes you through the sport of 3 gun competitions as well as how to become a sponsored shooter and the duties and responsibilities surrounding sponsorship. Taka speaks about exercise and the diet that he adheres to in order to stay competitive as well as pro tips on how to properly bring your firearms across the border for competitions.

This weeks episode is brought to you by Gearpack is a subscription based mystery box. Gearpack has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the business to bring you top quality products, delivered to your doorstep every month. Knives from esse, Spyderco, SOG and Kershaw stoves, backpacks, watches, optics. What’s awesome, is if you can show proof of a valid Silvercore Club membership, you receive 30% off your first order. Check out for full details. At the bottom are the links and dates which were referenced in this podcast.


Travis Bader


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AML Abbotsford Multigun League
4161 Lakemount Rd, Abbotsford
Instagram: @abbotsfordmultigun
For match updates and Newsletters email: to be added to the distribution list.
Match registrations available on Practice Score, Search for Abby Multigun League
2020 Competition and Practice Schedule:
  • Saturday February 22 Practice
  • Sunday March 29 Match
  • Sunday April 19 Practice
  • Sunday May 31 Match
  • Sunday June 21 Practice
  • July Drop In (To be announced)
  • Sunday August 30 Match
  • Sunday September 27 Practice
  • Occasional Evening Practices (Stand by for updates on Social Media)
Taka Kuwata’s Instagram: @Taka_3gun
Team White Rice Instagram: @teamwhiterice  
Below is a list of sponsors for Team White Rice: 
Milburn Mountain Defense
Timber Creek Outfitters
Campro Bullets
Tactical Performance Center




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