Australian Police Service Match – APSM

Australian Police Service Match – APSM

Law Enforcement Activities is a handgun shooting discipline that aims to encourage organised competitive shooting of law enforcement-orientated Australian and international handgun matches.

The matches involve the use of centrefire revolvers and self-loading pistols, which are shot at various targets from various distances and positions.

History

Law Enforcement Activities was established as a discipline in 2014 in Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory to ensure the continued viability of clubs participating in the Australian Police Services Match (APSM) and NRA Police Pistol Combat (PPC) competitions.

Both competitions have more than half a century of history in Australia and the United States and the discipline recognises the advantages for law enforcement members in participating in the relatively new NRA Tactical Police Competition (TPC).

At this time, National Championships have only been approved for the APSM competition by individuals in differing divisions. Conversely, the NRA PPC and TPC competitions (with variations to these rules for targets, classifications and other matters as determined by the SSAA) are approved on a trial basis for those clubs which have the appropriate range approvals.

Classes

Handguns must comply with the state firearms legislation for the state of residency of the member, who must also possess the appropriate handgun licence and registration.

Only centrefire handguns are used in these matches. The respective match rule books set out the handgun eligibility guidelines applicable to particular matches.

At a club level gradings can be established from past performances to enable participants to compete against their peers and provide incentives for improvement.

Targets & Ammunition

The targets used in Law Enforcement Activities matches are outlined in the respective match rule books. For example, in Australia the PPC match will use the target including the X-ring from the APSM rules Annexure A. A shot that touches a scoring line is given the higher value.

The matches permit the use of any ammunition that is allowed by legislation, the specific match rules and that is approved for use at that particular range.

Course of Fire – COF

The Course of Fire for Traditional APSM competition is;

 50M x 24 Shots in 165 Seconds  25M Standing with Support (Barricade)

 

 25M Standing without Support  10M Standing without Support  7M Standing without Support
6 shots – Prone

Target 4

(RELOAD) then move

 

6 shots – Sitting

Target 3

(RELOAD) then move

 

6 shots – Standing

Target 2

Right Handed Right Side of Barricade

(RELOAD) then move

 

6 shots – Standing

Target 1

Left Handed Left Side of Barricade

(UNLOAD)

 

 

 

 

6 shots in 15 seconds

Target 4

Right Handed Right Side of Barricade

 

6 shots 15 seconds

Target 3

Left Handed Left Side of Barricade

 

12 shots in 35 seconds

6 shots

Target 1

Left Handed Left Side of Barricade

(RELOAD)

6 shots

Target 2

Right Handed Right Side of Barricade

Where shooter is left handed, the above sequences shall be shot in reverse.

 

 

 

6 shots in 7 seconds

Target 1

Standing clear of Barricade

 

6 shots in 7 seconds

2 shots

Target 2

 

2 shots

Target 3

 

2 shots

Target 4

Standing clear of Barricade

The above sequence may be shot in either direction, e.g.

2,3, &4 or 4,3 &2

 

 

 

 

 

6 shots in 5 seconds

Target 4

 

6 shots in 8 seconds

Target 3

3 shots

strong hand only then

3 shots

weak hand only

One hand only on firearm while shooting

 

6 shots in 5 seconds

3 shots

Target 1 

3 shots

Target 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 shots in 12 seconds

3 shots

Target 1

3 shots

Target 2

(RELOAD)

3 shots

Target 1

3 shots

Target 2

The above sequence may be shot in reverse and the firearm may be sighted. Feet may not be moved during sequence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Course of Fire for SSPC – APSM competition due to Range Constraints is;

Note differences with traditional in Red

50M x 24 Shots in 120 Seconds  25M Standing with Support (Barricade)  25M Standing without Support  10M Standing without Support  7M Standing without Support
6 shots – Prone

Target 4

(RELOADIn Prone Position

then move

 

6 shots – Sitting or Kneeling

Target 3

(RELOAD) In the position then move

6 shots – Standing

Target 2

Right Handed Right Side of Barricade

utilising Barricade as support

(RELOAD) Behind Barricade then move

6 shots – Standing

Target 1

Left Handed Left Side of Barricade

(UNLOAD)

 

 

6 shots in 15 seconds

Target 4

Right Handed Right Side of Barricade

 

6 shots 15 seconds

Target 3

Left Handed Left Side of Barricade

 

12 shots in 35 seconds

6 shots

Target 1

Left Handed Left Side of Barricade

(RELOAD)

6 shots

Target 2

Right Handed Right Side of Barricade

Where shooter is left handed, the above sequences shall be shot in reverse.

 

 

6 shots in 7 seconds

Target 1

Standing clear of Barricade

6 shots in 7 seconds

2 shots

Target 2

2 shots

Target 3

2 shots

Target 4

Standing clear of Barricade

The above sequence may be shot in either direction, e.g.

2,3, &4 or 4,3 &2

 

 

6 shots in 5 seconds

Target 4

6 shots in 8 seconds

Target 3

3 shots

strong hand only then

3 shots

weak hand only

One hand only on firearm while shooting

6 shots in 5 seconds

3 shots

Target 1 

3 shots

Target 2

 

 

12 shots in 12 seconds

3 shots

Target 1

3 shots

Target 2

(RELOAD)

3 shots

Target 1

3 shots

Target 2

The above sequence may be shot in reverse and the firearm may be sighted. Feet may not be moved during sequence.

 

 

The SSPC Standard APSM course is 90 rounds consisting of the following 5 distance series;

  1.  (1) At 50M there shall be one firing series with a total of 24 shots;
  2.  (2) At 25M there shall be three firing series with a total of 24 shots;
  3.  (3) At 25M there shall be two firing series with a total of 12 shots;
  4.  (4) at 10M there shall be three firing series with a total of 18 shots;
  5.  (5) at 7M there shall be one firing series with a total of 12 shots;


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The SPPC shoot the APSM match on the 1st Thursday of each month so (check the Events Calendar for details).

Does this interest you?   then please contact us for more at info@sspc.org.au