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Pistol target shooting is a very popular recreational activity across Canada and is the source of many competitive target shooting disciplines. Many of these different recreational target shooting events serve as direct pathways to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to long-term sport participation and to Sport for Life.

Pierre De Coubertin, the creator of the modern Olympics Games, was an avid pistol shooter, and target pistol events have been at every summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympics in 1896.

For more detailed information please see the Pistol Ontario page or, the various gateway pistol target shooting disciplines listed below.


In Canada, Olympic-style pistol shooting, colloquially known as   "Bullseye shooting" has been practiced for well over a century in clubs across the country. The most popular disciplines in Canada and on the world stage include  25 metre center-fire pistol and 25 metre standard pistol.

Here are the Official ISSF Pistol Rules. Watch this basic video to get an overview.

Pistol Nationals 2024

August 17-24 - Cookstown / Innisfil, Ontario 

Schedule of Events

The Gateways: Recreational and competitive pistol events

Bullseye shooting (also called Precision Pistol), IPSC and CISM (see below) are the sport target shooting disciplines seen as the gateways to international competition.

SFC runs the popular, introductory Recreational Target Shooting Program and the Coast-to-Coast Championship in this format (relaunching this fall) .

There are many other highly competitive target shooting disciplines not affiliated with the SFC that are enjoyed by Canadians, but each is unique and utilizes specialized sport target pistols. The SFC depends on these sports to identify talent and spot future Olympians.

The Olympic, Paralympic and ISSF World Shooting Championship pistol events

The following events fall under the rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).

Athletes with a disability (AWAD) compete in Shooting Para Sport in Pistol in the Paralympic Games

The following events are also included in the ISSF World Shooting Championships.