SERVICE PISTOL and SERVICE PISTOL UNRESTRICTED match has a course of fire shot at ranges from 50 yards down to 7 yards and consists of 90 scoring shots. Shooting is done on turning targets and throughout the course of fire shooters are required to shoot prone, sitting, standing from a barricade position, with both right and left hand, left and right hand only, and from the 'unsighted' position where the handgun must be held below shoulder level. Time sequences are as low as 4 seconds and several series require reloading during the time allowed.

As all series are in 6 shot sequences, revolvers are equally well suited to the match as semi-autos. The course of fire is identical in Service pistol and service pistol unrestricted, with the main difference being that the Service Pistol course requires that the match be shot from the holster rather than from the 45 degree "ready" position, and that the ammunition used is of a minimum power determined by multiplying the bullet weight in grains and the velocity in feet per second. This "Power Factor" must be no less than 120,000.

Double action revolvers are very popular for this match, as they are highly reliable, and once the double action and speed loading techniques are mastered, give nothing away to the semi-autos. ------------------------------------------
Colin Hancock enjoying Service Pistol.