ASSRA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We are a nonprofit, national and international organization, dedicated to the responsible use, collection and study of single-shot firearms. Although our primary focus in on original and reproduction single-shot designs of the 19th and early 20th centuries, we also embrace all other single-shot rifles except bolt action types. The ASSRA sponsors national shoulder-to-shoulder matches at its official Beeson Range near Etna Green, Indiana, and at other affiliated clubs across the United States. Any ASSRA member is welcome to participate in these events. Matches at the Beeson Range are held three times a year, usually over the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. The ASSRA also publishes a bi-monthly magazine called Single Shot Rifle Journal. A subscription to SSRJournal is included with every membership. This magazine is the oldest and most highly respected magazine in the U. S. devoted to single-shot rifles, classic shooting, its history, technology, equipment and techniques. It features color covers and 56 pages of topical information and advertising geared to the classic shooting enthusiast. The SSRJournal's audience stretches far beyond North America to Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The ASSRA also maintains the renowned ASSRA Archives: One of the world's greatest repositories of firearms related books, magazines, videos, shooting artifacts and memorabilia. Access to the Archives is a privilege of ASSRA membership. This includes the at-cost loan or photocopy of Archives materials as well as information research requests. What's more, the ASSRA has hundreds of affiliated clubs in which members can participate. These are located near you, around the U. S., Canada and the world. Finally, the ASSRA is a friendly and congenial organization, founded and built on trust, mutual respect and sportsmanship. We welcome all those who can enjoy and contribute to such an atmosphere.
Our organization was formally established in 1948 by a small cadre of riflemen who collected "antique" single-shot rifles, and relished the possibility of shooting them once more. They also wanted to revive the matches and competitions that made single-shot rifles famous in American history. All this was achieved through creation of the American Single Shot Rifle Association. Initially, shoots were held near Michigan City, Indiana, but were moved to the present Beeson Range, near Etna Green, in the mid 1980s. Our founding fathers included the celebrated gunsmith, A. O. Niedner as well as the original editor of Gun Digest, John T. Amber.
We have thousands of members. They live in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. What's more, ASSRA is growing every year, thanks to the allied popularity of black powder cartridge silhouette and cowboy action shooting as well as a heightened interest in traditional hunting with classic firearms.
First off, ASSRA isn't just about Schuetzen shooting. We do a lot of it, but we also support black powder cartridge events that include both silhouette and long range competitions. much in the spirit of western frontiersmen and buffalo hunters. Schuetzen is an offhand rifle sport that originated in Germany and Austria, moved to the U.S. with Germanic immigrants, and was especially popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In Schuetzen, the competitor fires lead bullets at paper ring targets that are placed at a distance of 200 yards (originally 200 meters). In this game, single-shot rifles are used exclusively. Early German and American Schuetzen rifles are one type of single-shots that our founders were interested in collecting and shooting. Today, the ASSRA supports modern Schuetzen matches at clubs and ranges around the country. In fact, 200-yard Schuetzen is especially adaptable to ranges that have limited shooting distances available.
Yes! Most of the rifles we celebrate were originally developed for black powder cartridges. And you can shoot black powder in ANY event that ASSRA holds. We also have dedicated black powder events regularly scheduled all around the U. S. In addition, the Single Shot Rifle Journal contains a wealth of black powder shooting information in every issue.
You bet. Something like a Ruger No. 1 or No. 3 single-shot is a great starting point. Or, choose an old Remington rolling block or antique Martini if you prefer. Any of these rifles can be found for $500 or less and are welcome in virtually any ASSRA event. So relax. You don't need a full-blown "collectable" single-shot to shoot and have fun in ASSRA. Add a proper bullet mould for your rifle, a set of reloading dies, etc. and your total investment can still be kept well under $1000. Of course your enthusiasm for single-shots will soon grow. And, most likely, so will your budget. and gun collection. You should also remember that you don't have to participate in ASSRA matches to get a reward from ASSRA membership. The SSRJournal will enhance your enjoyment of classic shooting whether you shoot to compete. or just to have fun on your own.
Sure. We have plenty of events for .22 rimfire only. Both at 50 and 200 yards. And even more .22 RF matches are available through ASSRA affiliated clubs around the country. Check out the listings on this web site.
Get rid of that thought right now. Anyone who visits an ASSRA national match or affiliated club match will be thoroughly welcome. You'll also find our shooters and Schuetzenmeisters most congenial and willing to explain all the match procedures, safety rules and anything else you'd like to know. The ASSRA exists to preserve and promote the shooting sports through understanding and participation. One visit to a match will convince you of that.
The majority of ASSRA members are not Camp Perry champions either. But they are competent marksmen who got that way by shooting, shooting, shooting. And as they shot, they realized that there was as much fun to be had behind the firing line as on it. In fact, many of us "talk guns" almost as much as we shoot. What's more, at national ASSRA events you score your own targets. so no one has to see how you shot. In addition, most events are "re-entry" matches. That means that if you didn't do as well as you liked the first time, you can re-enter the match and shoot it again. "Matches" are also shot on a personal basis. You buy a match target, then shoot it at any time of the day you want. It's all very ego-friendly. And fun.
That's easy. Just go to the membership section of ASSRA.COM. There, you can print out the membership application and send it in.