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Shooting In The Commonwealth Games

Shooting is an optional sport in the Commonwealth Games programme. It was first introduced in Kingston in 1966 and after a gap in Edinburgh in 1970, it has been included in every Games since.

The four disciplines on the Commonwealth Games programme are: Clay Target; Pistol; Smallbore and Air Rifle; and Fullbore Rifle.

Scotland has a strong tradition of success in shooting and it is Team Scotland’s fourth most successful sport of all time in terms of number of medals won. It also boasts the most successful male and female athlete in terms of number of medals won.

Shooting has been included in the Commonwealth Youth Games on one occasion when it was part of the sports programme for Pune 2008.

The Commonwealth Games Shooting competition is held in accordance with the rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and under ICFRA Technical Rules for Fullbore Rifle events.


  • Core / Optional Optional
  • Appearances In The Games 13
  • First Games Kingston 1966
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Shooting Medal Count:
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  • Total: 51
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Did You Know?

  • Events were open, until they were segregated by gender in 1994, for pistol and most rifle events and in 2002 for trap and skeet events; whilst the full bore rifle competition remains an open event

  • Scotland's most successful shooter is Alister Allan. His total of 10 medals over five Games appearances also makes him Scotland's most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete of all time

  • With two gold, one silver and two bronze medals, Jennifer McIntosh holds the accolade of Scotland’s top female shooter and Scotland’s most decorated female athlete in Games history – titles previously held by her mother Shirley

  • Scotland sit sixth on the all-time Commonwealth Games Shooting medal table

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Competition Format

All disciplines are delivered in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) except for the Fullbore Rifle events which follow the ICFRA Technical Rules and match conditions of the Commonwealth Shooting Federation.

The rules vary according to the discipline, distance and the types of targets, firing position, number of shots and the time within which the shots have to be fired. Special rules are applied to determine ranking in the event of a tie.

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