The Precision Rifle Series (PRS) is a multi-stage, long-range, practical shooting competition. During a shoot, competitors engage steel targets (widely referred to as gongs) at ranges of between 90 and 1200 metres from a variety of unconventional positions. Each stage is timed and on average competitors usually shoot between 6 and 10 stages per day, with between 6 and 12 rounds per stage. The total round count for a single day of shooting is usually between 60 and 80 rounds.
The sport had its origins in the United States but has since grown internationally and there are now PRS competitions in Australia, Canada, France, Norway, Spain and of course South Africa. There are now well over 2000 competitive shooters worldwide.
PRS is challenging and to be successful, shooters need to be incredibly familiar with the handling of their rifle, comfortable with ballistics and have a better than average ability to read wind and weather.
According to International PRS rules, the rifles used in PRS competitions may not exceed .308 calibre fired at a maximum muzzle velocity of 3200 feet per second. These rules were established to prolong both target and barrel life.
Both bolt-action and gas-operated reloading rifles can be used and there are sperate divisions to accommodate these shooter preferences.
Bolt Action Rifles are divided into three divisions – Production, Tactical and Open.
Gas Guns are divided into three divisions – Tactical Heavy, Tactical Light and Open.
In South Africa shooters predominantly compete with bolt-action rifles in both the Open and Tactical divisions.
PRS in South Africa
On the 22nd of February 2018 PRS-SA was recognised by PRS USA (World Body) as the recognised PRS Association of South Africa (Confirmation of Affiliation to PRS-USA). PRS-SA was the first affiliated country outside of the USA to be officially recognised as a stand-alone PRS Association.
PRS started in South Africa with Tac Driver (Rob Ramsden & Steve Cox) running the first official PRS recognised event in November of 2016. Since then it’s grown into 5 provinces (Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga) with five International Points Race matches, seven match venues, over 20 club matches a year… and growing rapidly.
On the 8th of February 2019 the South African Practical Precision Rifle Federation (SAPPRF), incorporating Precision Rifle Series – South Africa, was recognised by the South African Shooting Sports Confederation (SASSCo) as an official Shooting Sport within South Africa.