(Currently quarantined to “current practitioners” i.e. QPPC Belmont, APS SSAA Canberra)


SSAA Law Enforcement Activities is a handgun shooting discipline creating an opportunity to take part in a widely inclusive competition environment which values the principles of law enforcement shooting. Matches are based on competition as part of training for law enforcement and involve skills in safe and effective handling, with timed positional shooting from the holster.

Matches use service-based equipment and are shot on paper targets, at distances from 3m to 50m. Shoots are timed from the holster and include reloads and changing position within time limits. Skill in safe and effective handling is required for change hand drills and target to target drills. Positions include standing unsupported, left and right barricade, sit/kneel and prone


In 2014 SSAA Law Enforcement Activities Discipline (LEAD) was established in Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory to facilitate this type of shooting.

In the early 1960’s the NRA in USA developed a training/competition course (PPC)

In the mid 1960’s Australians further developed this course to include multiple targets and further handling skills. (APS)

NRA USA further developed their PPC to three courses, Open 150, Distinguished 60 and Duty 48

The latest NRA USA course is TPC, a scenario-based exercise, very limited in Australia



Australian Police Service, a 90-round match from 7m, 10m, 25 m and 50m including handling and positional shooting skills. In SSAA APS, NRA Pistol Divisions of Open Distinguished and Duty apply.

PPC Open, a 150-round match from 7m, 15m, 25m, 50m, 25m, 7m, 25m, 50m, and 25m. Includes the above positional skills and less handling with more time. An NRA “Open” pistol may be modified and have up to 6” heavy barrel and sight rib added.

PPC Distinguished, a 60-round course from 7, 25, 50 and 25. An NRA “Distinguished” pistol is a 6” revolver or 6” s/load, no alterations, as from the manufacturer

PPC Duty, a 48-round course, single hand at 3m and then 7, 15 and 25m. An NRA “Duty” pistol is a 4” revolver or 5” s/load, no alterations, as from the manufacturer

TPC is the latest scenario-based course of the NRA USA, for the duty weapons currently in use for LE, pistol, rifle and shotgun. Although we can use this match, legislation creates limited application in Australia.

These matches are shot as close as possible to their parent matches, so the shooting rules are mirrored. This facilitates international and national competition under the same conditions

A Match Notice outlines the current Rules, Conditions and Conduct

NRA USA PPC gun divisions of Open, Distinguished and Duty are applied to APS under LEAD to enable equipment level parity in competition. To encourage entry level competition, LEAD values Duty as the primary division in hierarchy.

Rules for APS 90 are on the SSAA web site for disciplines

Rules for NRA PPC are on the NRA USA web site, NOT under Competitions



Eye and ear protection, outdoor, active clothing, sun and insect screen. Service type equipment is used generally. Centrefire revolvers/self-loading pistols, with holsters, reloaders and pouches of service type. Ammunition of service type (equivalent), 9mm and 38spl most common Targets, paper, scoring rings, see SSAA catalogue APS, is Service Match, PPC is Gallery Rifle.

Further Information

  • Discipline Chairman:
  • Clint Russ
  • Phone:
  • 0412 671 967

Rule Books*

* May be shot Subject to Range Approval. Approved firearms must still comply with Qld State Laws & Regulations.



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