In all classes the maximum allowable airgun power is 240 meters per second/ 800 feet per second (14.976 Joules/ 11.37 foot pounds energy) with .52 gram match pellets. In all classes airgun calibre is restricted to .177 / 4.5mm.
OPEN SIGHT SPRINGER CLASS
Springer airguns with open sights are used. Limited to primary school participants . There is only one age group class and that is under 13 years old. Pistol targets are used
Limited to spring airguns that are NOT manufactured as "Match" grade airguns. Any standard spring piston powered airgun generally available on the market may be used. The airgun including sights and ancillaries must not weigh more than 3.5 kilograms.
No modifications may be made to the airgun, except as provided in the rules. Should any doubt arise, the airgun must be referred to the airgun selection committee whose decision will be final and be given in writing. The airgun must comply with the all the requirement as set out in section 4 of the rules.
Limited to spring airguns that are NOT manufactured as "Match" grade airguns. The airgun may not incorporate recoilless or semi-recoilless technology and gas ram technology. The airgun alone must not cost more than R4500 (this will be adjusted annually for inflation). The airgun including sights and ancillaries must not weigh more than 4 kilograms. The following modifications are allowed within the rules:
- Peep sights
- Weaker springs
- Adjustable trigger
- Extended stock for correcting LOP (length of pull)
- The airgun may be made heavier internally
- Barrel weights
Some examples of springer class airguns:
Baikal MP-512 & MP-512M
Walther LGV Challenger Ultra (with modifications)
SPORTER CLASS - PCP & CO2
Limited to PCP or CO2 airguns that are NOT manufactured as "Match" grade airguns. The following modifications are permitted within the rules; riser blocks (only Air Arms / CZ 200T) and barrel weights.
Only following approved airguns are currently allowed in sporter class. Any airgun that does not appear on this list can be submitted to the Weapons Committee for evaluation:
- CZ200 T
- S400 MPR Sporter
- S200 Target
- AirForce Edge
- BSA Scorpion Cadet
- Crosman Challenger PCP
- Daisy Avanti M853953/753
- Daisy Avanti 888
- Ralph Badenhorst Custom Target Air Rifle
PRECISION CLASS - PCP
Precision class airguns, shooting jackets, shoes and pants are the norm. Participation is strictly according to ISSF rules and regulations. After their school career is over, competitors can participate in airgun class or .22 rifles at World Championships or even the Olympics.
Some examples of precision class airguns:
Steyr LG110 Match
Anschutz 8001 / 8002 Target
The rules and regulations change from time to time so be sure to check in at SANSSU for updates.