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Shooting sports in Canada are practised in various ways across the country. Canadians enjoy the sports at recreational and competitive levels, including international and at the Olympic level. Each province has its own organizations that govern the various disciplines. Many of the disciplines are connected nationally and some are part of larger international organizations.
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The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) is the only pro-firearm rights organization in Canada with an in-house registered lobbyist.https://firearmrights.ca/en/ The Canadian Shooting Sports Associationand the National Firearms Association are Canada's main firearm advocacy associations. They work at the national level to promote and protect the shooting sports. These organizations were created in reaction to increasing laws and regulations governing ownership and use of firearms in Canadian society. They are independent of one another, but share the common goals of promoting firearm culture, education, and safety.
In addition to the three main advocacy groups, Canada has a number of national governing bodies for various shooting sports.
The CCFR is the public relations arm of the Canadian firearms community and the only organization with an in-house registered lobbyist. The CCFR is a national advocacy organization with massive grass roots initiatives. These messaging experts have successfully represented Canadian firearms owners in the media, at Parliament Hill and in the general public. The CCFR boasts a full range of insurance packages for individuals and ranges and clubs. A recent public relations campaign dubbed the Explainer Video Series has given Canadian firearms enthusiasts the tools they need to successfully debate and defend their sport.
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) was formed when the highly respected Ontario Handgun Association (OHA) and the Ontario Smallbore Federation (OSF) joined.The OHA has been a leader in Canada‘s firearms community since 1957 and the OSF has represented smallbore rifle shooters in Ontario since 1959. These two organizations saw the need for all shooters to band together for the protection of their property and sports. Since this early start in Ontario, the CSSA has grown into a national organization with representation and membership in every province.
The CSSA supports, promotes, and sponsors all of the shooting sports. They conduct numerous training courses and grant certification for Range Officers and Safety Officers. The CSSA is also politically active at the provincial and federal levels of government.
The National Firearms Association (NFA)'spriority is defending the firearms rights of law-abiding Canadians. They operate at the national level promoting and protecting all aspects of safe and responsible use of firearms to ensure the shooting sports and related activities continue to prosper in Canada.
The NFA also provides legal information and assistance concerning fair and practical firearm and property rights legislation.
Through their publication, The Canadian Firearms Journal,they offer up to date information on various shooting sports ad related topics around the country. These include safety and legal issues, various events and competitions, marksmanship and hunting articles, and historical information.
The Shooting Federation of Canada (SFC)is the national sport organization for target shooting sports in Canada. The SFC is responsible for the promotion, development and governing of organized, recreational and competitive target shooting in Canada.
The SFC began in 1932 as the "Canadian Small Bore Rifle Association." After the Second World War, the CSBA changed its name to the "Canadian Civilian Association of Marksmen." It used this name until December 2, 1964. Since then it has been known as The Shooting Federation of Canada.
The SFC issues multiple awards every year to Canadian athletes that distinguish themselves in their shooting sport.The SFC similarly hosts the annual National Championships for the disciplines falling under pistol, rifle, skeet and trap shooting.
The Shooting Federation of Canada is part of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
The Canadian University Shooting Federation (CUSF)is a national non-profit organization established in January 2018, which promotes amateur sport shooting for post-secondary students in Canada.
Programs include Smallbore Rifle, Trap and Skeet.To administer these leagues the CUSF works with sporting organizations such as the SFC, NSSA, and ATA, among others. In 2020 there was 19 affiliated clubs at schools across Canada. The organization is apolitical, open to all, and promotes safe and responsible firearms use.
The Canadian University Shooting Federation has an active application for Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association (RCAAA) charitable status.
The National Sporting Clays Association Canada (NSCA Canada)is a country affiliate of the NSCA, the largest sporting clays association in the world and the governing body for the sport in the U.S and Canada. The NSCA Canada keeps records of members’ scores in competition, registers shoots for affiliated clubs and associations, holds a National Championship each year, and provides awards for outstanding achievements.
The Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA) is the national governing body for fullbore target shooting, to promote and support the pursuit of excellence in military and civilian marksmanship as a positive and significant contribution to Canada, to shooting sports and the safe handling of firearms.
The International Defensive Pistol Association Canada (IDPA Canada)is the Canadian affiliate of the IDPA. The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the international governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters.
The International Practical Shooting Confederation Canada (IPSC Canada)is the Canadian affiliate of the International Practical Shooting Confederation.
The Silhouette Rifle Association of Canada is the governing body for Rifle Metallic Silhouette Target Shooting in Canada. S.R.A.C. sanctions the Canadian National Rifle Silhouette Championships hosted each year by one of the participating provincial silhouette associations. The Canadian Nationals adhere to NRA silhouette rules and regulations. )
Due to variations in culture and laws the available shooting sports can vary greatly by province and territory.
Shooting sports is a collective group of competitive and recreational sporting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in shooting — the art of using various types of ranged firearms, mainly referring to man-portable guns and bows/crossbows.
Dr. Susan "Sue" Marie Nattrass, is a Canadian trap shooter and medical researcher in osteoporosis. She was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Competing at an elite international level from the 1970s through the 2010s, Nattrass has had multiple appearances, in one or both of trap or double trap, at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Pan American Games. Nattrass is a repeat World Champion and repeat medalist at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Pan American Games. She was the flag bearer for Canada at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Practical shooting, also known as dynamic shooting or action shooting, is a set of shooting sports where the competitors are trying to unite the three principles of precision, power, and speed, by using a firearm of a certain minimum power factor to score as many points as possible during the shortest amount of time. While scoring systems vary between organizations, each measures the time of which the course is completed, with penalties for inaccurate shooting. The courses are called "stages", and are shot individually by the shooters. Usually the shooter must move and shoot from several positions, fire under or over obstacles and in other unfamiliar positions. There are no standard exercises or set arrangement of the targets, and the courses are often designed so that the shooter must be inventive, and therefore the solutions of exercises sometimes varies between shooters.
Trap shooting is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The other disciplines are skeet shooting and sporting clays. They are distinguished roughly as follows, with variations within each group:
Metallic silhouette shooting is a group of target shooting disciplines that involves shooting at steel targets representing game animals at varying distances, seeking to knock the metal target over. Metallic silhouette is shot with large bore rifles fired freehand without support out to 500 meters, and with large bore handguns from the prone position with only body support out to 200 meters. Competitions are also held with airguns and black-powder firearms. A related genre is shot with bow and arrow, the metal targets being replaced with cardboard or foam. The targets used are rams, turkeys, pigs, and chickens, which are cut to different scales and set at certain distances from the shooter depending on the specific discipline.
The National Smallbore Rifle Association, the NSRA, is the national governing body for all Small-bore Rifle and Pistol Target Shooting in the United Kingdom, including Airgun and Match Crossbow Shooting.
The Swiss Shooting Sport Federation, German: Schweizer Schiesssportverband (SSSV), is an association for sport shooting in Switzerland. It was founded in its current form in 2001, but has roots as far back as in 1824. It is associated with the International Shooting Sport Federation and the European Shooting Confederation.
The Dominion of Canada Rifle Association(DCRA) was founded in 1868 and incorporated by an Act of Parliament 63-64 Victoria Chapter 99, assented to July 7, 1900, to promote and encourage the training of marksmanship throughout Canada.
The SRA-shooting is a shooting sport based on the concept of practical shooting. It originates from Finland. Whole name is sovellettu reserviläisammunta and translates as applied reservists' shooting. It resembles IPSC a lot. The objective of the sport is to develop the weapon handling and marksmanship skills of the athlete. The weapon types used in SRA are rifle, pistol, shotgun and sniper rifle, with emphasis on rifle and pistol.
Dynamic Sports Shooting Norway (DSSN), NorwegianDynamisk Sportsskyting Norge (DSSN), is the Norwegian association for practical shooting under the International Practical Shooting Confederation. It was constituted in 1979 as Norges Forbund for Praktisk Skyting (NFPS), and changed its name to Dynamisk Sportsskyting Norge in 2013.
Gun cultures are found around the world, and attitudes toward guns vary greatly among places such as the United States, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Yemen, and Pakistan. Among the most studied and discussed global gun cultures is that of the gun culture in the United States.
International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) is an association of gun rights organizations, with over 29 member organizations.
Shooting targets are objects in various forms and shapes that are used for pistol, rifle, shotgun and other shooting sports, as well as in darts, target archery, crossbow shooting and other non-firearm related sports. The center is often called the bullseye. Targets can for instance be made of paper, "self healing" rubber or steel. There are also electronic targets that electronically can provide the shooter with precise feedback of the shot placement.
Multigun, Multi Gun or Multi-Gun, often also called 2-Gun or 3-Gun depending on the types of firearms used, are practical shooting events where each of the stages require the competitor to use a combination of handguns, rifles, and/or shotguns Multigun has a lot in common with ordinary IPSC/ USPSA single gun matches, and matches generally have courses of fire where the shooter must move through different stages and engage targets in a variety of different positions.
The Finnish Shooting Sport Federation, FinnishSuomen Ampumaurheiluliitto (SAL), was founded in 1919 and is an umbrella organization for sport shooting in Finland, representing many international shooting sport organizations in Finland.
The French Shooting Federation (FFTir), FrenchFédération Française de Tir, is the umbrella organization for sport shooting in France. It was founded in its current form in 1967, but has roots as far back as 1866.
Jamaica Rifle Association was founded in 1896 and is the umbrella organization for sport shooting in Jamaica, being a member of the international organizations:
A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a women-only gun club introducing women and girls to pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting. The league is designed to "help ladies feel more comfortable when talking to instructors and handling a firearm."
Shooting competitions for factory and service firearms refer to a set of shooting disciplines, usually called service rifle, service pistol, production, factory or stock, where the types of permitted firearms are subject to type approval with few aftermarket modifications permitted. The terms often refer to the restrictions on permitted equipment and modifications rather than the type of match format. The names Service Rifle and Service Pistol stem from that the equipment permitted for these types of competitions traditionally were based on standard issue firearms used by one or several armed forces and civilian versions of these, while the terms production, factory and stock often are applied to more modern disciplines with similar restrictions on equipment classes.