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I would like to take part in TAR

and I have some questions...

What is TAR?

The abbreviation of TAR stands for “Tir aux Armes Règlementaires” or, in English,  Regulated Weapons Shooting. It is a discipline organized by FFTir, in co-operation with the National Union of Reserve Officers (UNOR) and theNational Federation of Reserve NCOs (FNASOR). Its purpose is to maintain and use regulation military weapons of the different armies around the world in a sporting spirit of security and authenticity.

It is, therefore, a military-inspired activity practised with a regulation weapon (post 1886) that was not designed or improved for competition.

Who can practise TAR?

TAR is a discipline open to all, regardless of age or gender, even with his father's weapons if the shooter is a minor.

It is complicated?

Not at all; it is straight-forward in its organization and practice. It does not require the same level of intense concentration as ISSF shoots. A match consists of 25 shots: 5 practice shots; 10 precision shots and 10 shots at speed.

With what weapons do we practise it?

TAR is only practised with basic regulation weapons, used initially for arming troops after 1886, so can be described as “weapons of the troops”.

Why only regulated weapons?

The philosophy of the TAR is that selection must be made on the qualities of the shooter and not on the armament and, in particular, the development of the qualities of adaptation to the imposed conditions and of responsibility in the use of the weapons. The shooter must assume responsibility for dealing with his own incidents during events and trust his luck.

I like rifles; which can I use for practice and in matches?

(It is wise to check with current TAR rules regarding your specic weapon)

1.     Manual repetition weapons, original version, 1st or 5th categories, not equipped with either diopter or telescope.
Some examples: - Lebel 1886/93 & R-35, MAS 36, Springfield 1903-A1, Mauser Gewehr 1898, Mauser: Gewehr 1898, Mossine-Nagant 91/30, etc..

2.     Semi-automatic weapons, original version, 1st and 4th categories, caliber other than .222 and .223 Remington.
Some examples: MAS 49/56, FAMAS, AR-15, Tokarev SVT-40, StG 44, etc..

3.     Semi-automatic weapons, calibres .222 and .223 Remington (5.56 NATO).
Some examples: AR-15, Colt C-7. Current makes and models (duly listed) are allowed.

4.     Modified weapons (categories 1 and 2) that have been legally approved. Weapons (categories 1 and 2) that have been modified by the addition of diopter, sighting scope, match sights, etc.

4.1     Repeating or semi-automatic rifles modified with optics.

"Modified rifles with optics" are weapons that have been equipped with a regulatory bezel (or its correct replica, including mounting) whose magnification is indicated.
Some examples: Springfield 1903 A1 with Unertl x7.8, Mauser 98 K with ZF 39-x, 4, Mossine-Nagant 1891/30 with PU 42-x3.5, Garand M-1D: M 84-x2,2, etc.

4-2     Rifles with metal sights for military matches.

"Modified rifles with metallic sights" are weapons that have been equipped with a metallic military match sight.
Some examples: MAS Mle 1949/56 with Riser and handlebars MSE, Schmidt-Rubin K-31 with dioptres and handlebars Waffenfabrik & Wyss, Mauser Mod. 1896: with Elit diopters, etc.

How is a match conducted?

A TAR rifle match is shot at a distance of 200 meters at a target model C 200/1975 - type Old Weapons.

However, at P.T.S. or where there is only one 100 meter stand, you will only be able to shoot at 100 meters, at a C 50 target.

It comprises 25 rounds in the “prone” position
- 5 test shots – duration 5 minutes.
- 10 shots (in 2 series of 5 rounds) for precision shooting – duration: 7 minutes.
- 10 shots (in 2 series of 5 rounds) for speed shooting – duration:
                                                            1 minute for semi-automatic rifles.
                                                            3 minutes for repetition and modified rifles.


Yes, but I only have a 22 LR rifle ...

There is also a 22LR rifle match.
These rifles must have been used as regulation training rifles in any army around the world and recognized as such.
Some examples: MAS 45, Falke, Mauser 45, Anschütz Mod. 54, Mossine-Nagant Vz 48, Lampagyar, Norinco 33-40, All re-barelled manual repetition guns  such as Schmidt-Rubin K-31, MAS 36) etc.

Do we shoot as with the large-caliber rifle?

No, the event is shot at a distance of 50 meters.
It comprises 25 rounds in the “prone” and "standing" positions at a C50 target.
- 5 test shots in the "prone" position – duration: 5 minutes.
- 10 shots in the "prone” position – duration: 7 minutes.
- 10 shots in the "standing" position – duration: 5 minutes.

I have a semi-automatic .22LR that looks like a USM1, can I shoot with it?

There is a match for Semi-Automatic 22LR Rifle (rifles classified in 4th category). It is a test of ability where all .22 LR semi-automatic rifles with the appearance of a military weapon are allowed.

The event is shot at 50 m at a target composed of five rocking targets, type "biathlon". with a visual of 11.5 cm in diameter.

It commences from a position with the rifle shouldered at 45° to the ground:

- 1 set of 5 test shots in 20 seconds.
- 2 sets of 5 shots in 20 seconds each (for precision).
- 2 sets of 5 shots in 10 seconds each (for speed).

At PTS, we do not practise this discipline.

Yes, but I prefer shooting handguns...

Yes, it is possible. The concept is a little different to using rifles as, unlike rifles, the rank-and-file soldier is not armed, with a few exceptions, with a handgun.

Simply, it is essentially for handguns in their standard version, with a fixed and open sight of a regulation size between 7.62 and 11.60 mm (eg: 7.62 Tokarev, 9mm para. 38 special, 45 ACP and 455 Webley) and provided with original or similar grips.

Do I need a pistol or a revolver?

Both are eligible, provided that they meet the rules referred to above (they are actually a little more complex).

Some examples: Historic weapons include the Lahti L35, Mac 50, Tokarev TT33, Lûger P08, Colt 1911 or S and W Mle 1917.
Modern manufactured weapons include,the GLOCK 19, Kimber 1911 or Manurhin MR73 "Police" etc.

There are two matches for these weapons.

So what events can I shoot in?

1 - The Pistol & revolver event combined: Distance 25 meters

    - 5 test shots at 25 meters, 1 or 2 hands at C50 target – duration: 3 minutes


    - 10 shots (2 series of 5 rounds) for precision,
              1 handed at C50 target – duration: 7 minutes
    - 10 shots (2 series of 5 rounds) on metal gongs (size 20 cm x 20 cm) for speed,
              1 or 2 handed (Duration:    first 5 rounds in 20 seconds,
                                                      second 5 rounds in 10 seconds.

2 - Military Speed Trial: Distance 25 meters

    Targets used: 25 meter speed target

    - 5 test shots in 20 seconds with 1 or 2 hands


    - 2 sets of 5 shots in 20 seconds with 1 or 2 hands
    - 2 sets of 5 shots in 10 seconds with 1 or 2 hands

Are there competitions or meetings?

There are official competitions: Departmental, Regional and National Championships.
There are also inter-club meetings that bring together shooters who are primarily passionate about TAR, even if the matches provide a final ranking.

As far as we at PTS are concerned, there is the Challenge des Mousquetaires initiated by the Club d'Artagnan. This challenge is shot in four rounds at: Artagnan, Eauze, Caussens and Plaisance du Gers. It attracts many shooters sometimes coming from afar, attracted by its friendliness.

Where can I get more information?

From the President or Vice-President who deals more particularly with this fascinating discipline and, of course, by visiting the FFTir website.

Many thanks to Max BERGES for this information and to Rod Haselden-Nicholls for his kind translation.

Downloadable FFTir document below:

Challenge des Mousquetaires

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