AURRPC | Adelaide University Regiment Rifle & Pistol Club

What is Black Powder?

The Black Powder discipline exists to provide a practical opportunity for the long heritage of black powder shooting, in all its forms, to continue.

Our competitions are designed to suit the interests of each shooter and be appropriate to the firearm being used. We provide an uncomplicated set of procedures that ensure safe, functional and interesting shooting activity.

Any firearm, in a safe condition, that uses a commercially made black powder as its propellant, can enter into our activities. Our members at various times use muzzle and breech loaders, originals and replicas, sporting and military variants, enjoying the special characteristics and sense of history inherent within them.

We are here to introduce and encourage the uninitiated to this aspect of shooting by sharing technical and historical knowledge. Many people become re-enactors and living historians who delve into the social customs, costumes and equipment of past eras, further adding to their ejoyment of black powder firearm ownership.

Experience and expertise gained from black powder shooting at AURRPC can lead into the more formal related disciplines such as SSAA Black Powder Match, Single Action and Colonial Action. Competition in these matches and others can result in national representation at international black powder shoots.

So...if igniting a brew of 'dead dogwood, pigeon poo and volcano vomit' (a.k.a. charcoal, saltpetre and sulphur) to project plumbum (lead) perfectly from a smoke pole appeals to you...come join us!

By the way, did you notice that the AURRPC logo is a flintlock hammer?

Firearms and ammunition

Black powder firearms permitted in competition:

  • revolver
  • pistol
  • rifle

Club firearm and ammunition is available for use.


The Club strongly recommends the use of:

  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses
  • enclosed footwear


Competition is held on the second Saturday of each month commencing at 1.30pm. The range used is the 25m range.

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