International Shooting Sport Federation

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International Shooting Sport Federation
Logo ISSF.png
Sport Shooting Sport
Jurisdiction International
Founded 1907
Headquarters Munich, Germany
President Olegario Vázquez Raña

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is an organization that governs some international shooting sports. While not the only such organization, it is the only one recognised by the International Olympic Committee via its membership of ASOIF[1] and administers the Olympic shooting events. Not all ISSF shooting events are Olympic however. For instance the 10 metre running target event was removed from the Olympic programme after the 2004 Olympic Games, but is still contested at the World Shooting Championships. The organization, with 154 national member federations, has its headquarters in Munich, Germany.[2] Its current President is Olegario Vázquez Raña and its Secretary General is Horst G. Schreiber.[3]


Federations founded the union, soon to be called Union International de Tir (UIT) (French for the International Shooting Union and sometimes referred to in English as the ISU).[4] This was the name until the current name was adapted in 1998.

Over the years, the ISSF has distanced itself from connotations of non-sportive uses of guns. This has included changing over from human-shaped targets to circular ones. The only official ISSF target still depicting a live creature is the wild boar image used in 50 metre running target.[5] Following this path, in 2000 the ISSF issued a decree, prohibiting any ISSF members from "cooperating" with the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and from participating in any practical shooting activities.[6] Regarding, contrary to the IPSC's own view, practical shooting as closer to combat training than actual shooting sports, the ISSF has also discouraged accepting the IPSC into the Olympic movement, in part because in the opinion of the Secretary General of the ISSF, IPSC "rivalled the activities of the ISSF.[6]

Competitions and records[edit]

The ISSF recognizes the following competitions as ISSF Championships:

These are the only competitions that have direct supervision from ISSF committees, and the only competitions where world records can be set. This leads to many national records in fact being higher than the world records.

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