Netherlands International Shooting Competition


Each year the Reserves Shooting Committee of the Dutch armed forces organizes the Netherlands International Shooting Competition for reserves (short: "NISC"). This annual shooting event celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 and has earned international recognition as one of the great remaining shooting competitions for reserves in northern Europe.

NISC takes place in the autumn (usually mid-October) and hosts up to 150 reserves of many NATO countries and partners at the Harskamp infantry shooting ranges. Participants compete in teams of three marksmen for individual and team prizes on 3 weapons, typically pistol (Glock 17) and rifles Diemaco and Colt. During the day competitors move between the different ranges and have ample opportunity to socialize and meet fellow military of other nations.

At the evening of the competition day a gala buffet crowns the efforts of all present: competitors, range assistants and NISC staff. In this stylish yet informal setting the prize ceremony rewards the efforts of all and indicates which marksmen are the best of Europe's reserves. Speeches of NISCs supporters, among which the Dutch armed forces, give words to the feelings of comradeship and connection between the forces and their reserves.

The NISC cannot exist without the cooperation of numerous volunteers of the Dutch reserve forces who act as range officers, logistic support and score bureau.