Welcome to the ISSF Pistol section of the website. For readers new to ISSF, allow me to make an introduction. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) based in Munich controls shooting sports at the Olympic Games all the pistol events at the Commonwealth Games and the Oceanias. The main events are 10 and 50 metre pistol, and 25 metre pistol events which require autoloaders or revolvers.
ISSF is different from all the other PNZ shooting disciplines for two reasons. First, only ISSF shooters compete at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Other disciplines have their internationals as well, but none of those events equal the status of the Olympics or the CWG. The second difference is that everything is done to emphasise the individual shooter and to minimise any technical or other advantages one person might have over another. Everything being equal and constant, the only variable is the shooter- and that person's skill, talent, motivation and determination.
One major development in ISSF is our junior development programme, for high school-college students to take up Air Pistol shooting as a sport. The prize is the McMillan Cup donated by Bruce McMillan, the first New Zealander to represent his country in pistol shooting at the Munich Olympics in 1972, and who went on to win a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch two years later. Nineteen high schools put up teams to try and win the Cup in 2011 and 2012 registrations indicated this number has increased.
If anybody is interested in establishing an air pistol team at their school email me at the address below.
Let's finish this update by extending congratulations to Alan Earle and Greg Yelavich for winning a Silver medal in the Centre Fire Pairs event at the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October. Winning medals at prime international events like the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics is ultimately what ISSF is all about. But we like to have some fun getting there!
Keep an eye on this website for regular updates on Pistol New Zealand's ISSF section activities.