Background to who we are

The SPA was formed in 1964 as the Governing Body for Pistol and Gallery Rifle Shooting in Scotland. The initial aim of the association was to get a fair hearing for Pistol Shooters in selections for Scottish International Representation to the Commonwealth Games.


To achieve this aim the SPA set up a calendar of competitions, open training days and Championships to provide shooters with the opportunity to compete and train to improve their abilities, leading to the overall development of the sport of Target Pistol Shooting in Scotland.


Since 1964 we have developed with a much wider remit and responsibilities.


The modern aim of the SPA is to promote all forms of Pistol and Gallery Rifle Shooting (not just the ISSF disciplines), from grass roots level right through to international standard. We have an active Gallery Rifle Squad in addition to the National Pistol Squad.


The SPA is run by a Committee, all of whom are voluntary workers elected annually at the AGM.


The committee are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the association, organise all of the Competitions, Championships and training of the National Squads, Range Officials and Coaches.


We are a member of


  •        Scottish Target Shooting
  •        The Scottish Sports Association
  •        We are Supported by SportScotland and
  •        Affiliated to the National Rifle Association
  •        Affiliated to the National Small-bore Rifle Association and
  •        Affiliated to the Muzzle Loaders’ Association of Great Britain
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