Shooting Sports

Shooting Sport Organizations



History of Shooting Sports

  • 1831 • First recorded Trap Shooting Match – Cincinnati, Ohio (used live pigeons)
  • 1860 • National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom (NRA) founded
  • 1860 • First recorded Pistol Match
  • 1860 • Glass balls used as targets in Trap Shooting
  • 1865 • Buffalo Bill Cody began Pistol Shooting Exhibitions
  • 1871 • National Rifle Association founded
  • 1876 • first PALMA Trophy Match held at Creedmoor Range, New York
  • 1880 • Clay Birds (disks) invented by Fred Kimble (credited to George Ligowsky)
  • 1885 • First national trapshoot in New Orleans
  • 1892 -1919: Interstate Trapshooting Association
  • 1896 • First modern Olympic Games with nine sports in Greece
     (4 pistol events & 2 high-power rifle events)
  • 1897 • First World Shooting Championships
  • 1900 • U.S. Revolver Association founded
  • 1903 • Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) founded
  • 1904 • One of only Two Olympics where there were no Shooting Competitions
  • 1907 • International Shooting Union (UIT) founded (U.S. joined in 1908)
  • 1907 • First NRA national matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio
  • 1908 • U.S. joined International Shooting Union (UIT)
  • 1909 • First automatic trap machine to launch clay targets
  • 1910 • Skeet Shooting originated
  • 1912 • Jay Graham, 1st American to win gold medal in doubles trap
  • 1915 • American Amateur Trapshooting Association (AATA) founded
  • 1919 • American Amateur Trapshooting Association (AATA) disbanded & absorbed by American Trapshooting Association
  • 1923 • American Trapshooting Association renamed Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA)
  • 1926 • first National Skeet Championship
  • 1928 • National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA) founded
  • 1928 • One of only Two Olympics where there were no Shooting Competitions
  • 1931 • Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA) founded
  • 1933 • National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association
  • 1948 • Olympic Team Shooting contests were eliminated by the UIT.
  • 1948 • first silhouette match that used steel targets instead of livestock was held in Mexico City
  • 1958 • First Women’s Events at the World Shooting Championships
  • 1968 • Tucson Rifle Club introduced silhouette shooting into the U.S.
  • 1970 • National Skeet Shooters Association Hall of Fame
  • 1973 • NRA recognized silhouette as an official shooting discipline
  • 1973 • First National Silhouette Championships 
  • 1976 • International Practical Shooting Confederation
  • 1976 • Margaret Thompson Murdock first markswoman in history to win an Olympic medal (men and women competed against her)
  • 1978 • Amateur Sports Act – provides governing bodies for each Olympic sport
  • 1978 • NRA selected as sole governing body for Olympic-style shooting in U.S.
  • 1978 • NRA’s International Competitions Committee (ICC) founded
  • 1979 • U.S. Olympic Shooting Center begins in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1984 • Olympic has three separate women’s events
  • 1984 • Pat Spurgin first markswoman in history to win Olympic Gold medal
  • 1984 • United States Practical Shooting Association
  • 1985 • Fifty Caliber Shooters Association
  • 1988 • 4-H Shooting Sports
  • 1989 • National Sporting Clays Association
  • 1991 • U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame established
  • 1991 • International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts
  • 1991 • GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) started
  • 1994 • Military Marksmanship Association 
  • 1995, USA Shooting was formed
  • 1996 • International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) founded
  • 1996 • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • 2000 • Scholastic Clay Target Program
  • 2003 • International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations
  • 2006 • Project Appleseed began
  • 2007 • Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

  • William “Bill” Foster
    – co- invented skeet shooting
  • Charles Davis
    – co- invented skeet shooting

 

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