How It All Started:
Way back in the early 1960’s the FBI developed a training pistol match which was soon used by civilian shooters in the USA and called the Combat Match.
In the UK they shot a variant of this in the late 1960’s which became Police Pistol Combat. Australia also shot this version early on.
Then Australia changed the match again in 1977 from Police Pistol Combat and adopted what we shot today as Service Pistol Match, that year they ran the first Australian National Championship event and shot with pistols and revolvers in calibers from 9mm to 45 calibers.
Also in 1977 the Australian Match, Service Pistol was approved for club shooting in New Zealand.
In 1982 they added Service Pistol Unrestricted to allow and encourage those with ISSF pistols of calibers down to 7.65 to compete.
Then, with the advent of drawing a loaded pistol from a holster and the huge interest in NRA Action Matches, Pistol Australia introduced the holster draw into Service Pistol, but leaving one division, Service Pistol Unrestricted, in its original form, with this being still shot from the 45 degrees, ready position.
The Service pistol match has under gone many more changes over the years with the adding of more Divisions, Classes & Categories.
It remains today, a match that is only shot in Australia and New Zealand.