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25 Meter Standard Pistol

This is one of the newest matches in the International program. It was first shot in
Australia in 1968. It requires both precision and timed fire skills. The 25 & 50m
Precision target is used for all stages (same as 50m Pistol Target). It was originally
designed as a competition event for everyone as a normal, "standard" .22 cal. pistol
could be used without the need for competitors to buy expensive specialised guns.
While there are now some very special and expensive "standard" pistols available, this
is still a match where success can be achieved with a good quality, simple .22 cal. semi
automatic pistol. These pistols can also be used for the "Free Pistol" and even for the
"Rapid Fire" match. In fact, there are special Free and Rapid Fire matches designed for
those who wish to use their "Standard Pistol" for these other events. Excellent practice,
great fun! The World Record stands at 584 points.

PISTOL: Any .22 calibre (5.6 mm.) rim fire pistol chambered for the long rifle
cartridge may be used, except for single shot pistols. The weight, size, dimensions and
trigger pull weight of the pistols are limited by the rules for the match. No “muzzle
brakes” are allowed.

AMMUNITION: Any .22 cal. rimfire ammunition may be used.

COURSE OF FIRE & TIME LIMIT: The program for the event is 60 competition shots,
divided into 3 stages of 20 shots each (4 series of 5 shots each). At the start of the
match the competitor may fire 5 sighting shot within the time limit of 150 sec.

Stage 1: Time limit of 150 seconds for each five shot series.
Stage 2 Time limit of 20 seconds for each five shot series.
Stage 3: Time limit of 10 seconds for each five shot series.

 

25 Meter Centre Fire Pistol Match

This match is for male competitors using centre fire pistols or revolvers. The
course of fire, targets and distance are the same as for the SPORT PISTOL
event for female competitors, with a few restrictions in the pistol specifications.
Centre Fire is NOT an Olympic event but is very popular and is contested at
World Championships, Continental Championships and at other major
competitions. The World Record is 590 points.

PISTOL:

AMMUNITION: Centre Fire ammunition in calibres from .32 - .38 may be used
(7.62– 9 mm in metric terms).
COURSE OF FIRE: The 60 shot match is shot in two stages; the 30 shot
Precision and the 30 shot Rapid Fire (Duelling) Course. Five sighting shots may
be fired at the commencement of each stage.

TIME LIMIT: Precision: 6 minutes for each 5 shot series.
Timed Fire: During each 5 shot series the target is shown 5
times for a 3 second period each time. The time between each
appearance is 7 sec. in the "edge on" position. One shot must
be fired during each exposure. The shooter must lower his arm
into the "READY" position after each shot, and wait for the
target in this position.

50 Meter Pistol (Free Pistol)

Free Pistol is the "Classical" event of the pistol disciplines, and considered by
many as the most difficult. It is a precision event for men, using .22 cal rimfire
ammunition, with single shot pistols. The scoring rings on the 25 & 50m Precision
Targets used for this competition from 7 through 10 are black and the 10 ring
measures 50 mm. The same target is used for the 25m Standard Pistol, and the
Precision part of the Centre Fire and Sport Pistol events. To reach the very high
scores required for winning top level international competitions, shooters use
highly specialised pistols designed for such competitions, with the appropriate
degree of mechanical precision and extremely light trigger pulls. Self discipline,
self control, steady hold, and perfect sight alignment are necessary for shooting
this match well. The World Record is 581 by the Russian Melentev, set at the
Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. (Scores around 565 points are considered as
world class results.)

PISTOL: The term "FREE PISTOL" refers to the lack of mechanical restrictions in
the rules. There is no weight restriction except that the gun must be held in one
hand, without any other support. The calibre must not exceed 5.6 mm (.22 cal.)
with rimfire specifications. The rules permit the use of other pistols equipped with
a magazine but it may be loaded only with one cartridge at a time. Some of these
auto loaders are quite accurate and in the hands of a good shooter can produce
very good scores.

AMMUNITION: .22 cal (5.6.mm) LR rimfire ammunition is to be used.

COURSE OF FIRE: The competition is 60 shots, scored as 6 x 10 shot series. 5
shots are fired on a target. The final is 10 shots and the final score and
competition score are aggregated to produce the overall result.

TIME LIMIT: 2 hours
Final: 75 seconds per shot

25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol

The international RAPID FIRE MATCH has been an Olympic event since the
first modern games in 1896. It is another "rimfire" event, shot with a .22 cal pistol
from 25 metres. Until recently it was fired using .22 short cartridges because
absolutely minimum recoil is demanded for quick but very accurate shooting in a
smooth, even cadence as the pistol and aim is moved from one target to the
next in the short time allowed for each series. From 2005, the rules were
changed and Long Rifle .22 ammunition must now be used. The maximum
score is 600 points and the standards of this match are still high despite the rule
changes with the World record set at 589 points from the possible 600.
Rapid Fire is a very interesting, spectacular and enjoyable match, but to shoot it
well it requires a LOT of practice with top international competitors firing 300
shots in a training session. The competitors are given 8, 6 and 4 seconds to fire
one shot on each of five neighbouring targets. Pistols must be held down at a 45
degree angle until the targets turn (or the green lights turn on when using
electronic target systems). The ten ring (“worth” 10 points) is 10 cm in diameter.

PISTOL: Similar to those used for the “Standard Pistol” match.

AMMUNITION: The same as in the other .22 cal Rimfire Pistol events.

COURSE OF FIRE & TIME LIMIT: The competition consists of 60 competition
shots, divided into two 30 shot courses, each of them consisting of two x 8 sec,
two x 6 sec and two x 4 second series of 5 shots. (Before each 30 shot course,
the competitors may fire one series of sighting shots.) At National and
International Championships, the first 6 shooters will go to the “final” competition
to determine the medal winners. The 20 shot final is shot at 4 seconds in 4
series of 5 shots.

Sport Pistol

The 25M Pistol Match is an Olympic and World Championships International event for women. The challenge in this event for competitors is achieving mastery in the different techniques required for the precision (shot on the 25 & 50m Precision Target) and duelling (shot on the 25m Rapid Fire target) stages of the event. When duelling, the shooter must lower her arm into the "READY" position after each shot, and wait for the target in this position. Once the target appears, the shooter has only 3 seconds to fire the shot and even internationally shooters have been late in releasing the shot losing 10 points from their score. In Australia men and women may shoot this as an "open" event as it is great practice and a good introduction to the "Centre Fire" event – the international match for men. The world record stands at 594 points.

PISTOL: Any .22 calibre (5.6 mm) rimfire pistol chambered for the long rifle cartridge
may be used, except for single shot pistols. The weight, size, dimensions and trigger pull
weight of the pistols are limited by the rules for the match. No “muzzle brakes” are
allowed.

AMMUNITION: Any .22 cal. rimfire ammunition may be used.

TARGET: Same as for the "Centre Fire Match" match.

COURSE OF FIRE: The 60 shot match is shot in two stages; the 30 shot Precision
stage and the 30 shot Rapid Fire (Duelling) Course. Five sighting shots may be fired at
the commencement of each stage.

TIME LIMIT: Precision: 6 minutes for each 5 shot series.
Rapid Fire: During each 5 shot series the target is shown 5 times for a
3 second period each time. The time between each appearance is 7
sec. in the "edge on" position. One shot must be fired during each
exposure.
Final: 4 x 5 shots fired as per the Rapid Fire stage