*** International Pistol is Cancelled until further notice
International shooting is becoming more popular.
With the advent of the Olympics and our own Empire State Games, more shooters are switching to the more challenging disciplines of International pistol.
All pistol competitions are performed according to the International Shooting Union, the sponsoring and controlling organization for all authorized International Pistol Matches.
This organization is also known in most other countries as the Union International deTir (UIT) with headquarters in Wiesbaden, West Germany.
All pistol competitions are performed according to (UIT) rules to achieve uniformity in the conducting of shooting competitions throughout the world.
The competitions are included in programs of major international shoots such as the Olympic Games, World and European Championships, and Pan-American and Asian Games.
Because of the uniformity of targets, course of fire, and equipment specifications, competitors can easily measure their achievement against each other.
For the pistol shooter there are five International disciplines:
A competitor may shoot one or more of the disciplines in an International Match.
- Center Fire/Women's Sport Pistol, Junior Sport Pistol
- Air Pistol (Men's and Women's)
- Rapid Fire
Free Pistol is one of the longest-established pistol competitions: it has been included in the Olympic programs from the very onset.
This is the ultimate in precision shooting, demanding a high degree of technical skill and considerable powers of endurance.
The Free Pistol match is shot on the International Precision target at a distance of 50 meters.
Course of Fire
- Any .22 caliber rim fire pistol can be used.
- Only open sights are permitted.
- No part of the gun may be extended or constructed to give support beyond the hand.
- The wrist must remain free when the pistol is held in the normal firing position.
- There is no minimum trigger weight and the dimensions of the grips, barrel length, the distance between the front and rear sights, and the weight of the pistol are without restriction.
The program consists of 60 shots, with an unlimited number of sighter shots.
The time limit, including the sighter shots, is two and one-half hours.
Sighters may only be fired at the beginning of the competition.
It is fired in six series of 10 shots for a possible score of 600 points.
Standard Pistol is a comparatively newcomer to the International Shooting program.
The course of fire closely resembles the 2700 Conventional Match course.
It requires little equipment and is often shot on stationary targets.
Any .22 caliber rimfire pistol or revolver, with the exception of single-shot pistols may be used provided it complies with the general conditions and with the specification detailed above.
The weight of the trigger pull must be at least 2 lbs. 3.2 oz. (1000 grams)
Course of Fire
- The weight of the pistol (including all accessories) must not exceed 3 lbs. 2 oz. (1400 grams).
- The length of the barrel must not exceed 6 inches (153 mm).
- The sight base must be no longer than 8.6 in. (220 mm).
- Muzzle breakers are not permitted.
- No part of the grip may encircle the hand.
- The palm and the thumb rest may be at right angles to the grip only.
- The rear projection of the frame or grip that rests on the top of the hand may not exceed 1.2 inches (30 mm).
The Standard Pistol Match is shot on the International precision target at a distance of 25 meters (approximately 25 yards).
The program consists of 60 shots divided into three courses of twenty shots each.
Each course of twenty shots is further divided into four series of five shots each.
In the first course, the time limit is 150 seconds for each five-shot series.
In the second course the time limit is 20 seconds, and in the third, 10 seconds.
Before the start of the competition, five sighting shots may be fired within a time limit of 150 seconds.
The arm must be in a 45 degree position and cannot be raised to the target until the targets begin to face.
Center Fire Women/Junior Sport Pistol
These two competitions share the same course of fire.
The Center Fire match is by far the most senior of the two, the Women's Sport Pistol being a comparative newcomer.
However, Women's Sport Pistol now forms part of the shooting program of the Olympic Games, its inaugural competition was held in Los Angeles in 1984.
Both these competitions combine elements of slow and rapid fire shooting.
The course of fire is shot at 25 yards for 60 shots divided into two courses of 30 shots each.
Each course of 30 shots is divided into six series of 5 shots each.
The first course is precision fire, better known as slow fire.
This slow fire course is fired in 6 series of 5 shots in 6 minutes.
The second course is a rapid fire course fired in 6 series of 5 shots with each shot fired when the target is faced for 3 seconds.
The targets then face away for 7 seconds.
After 7 seconds the target faces again for 3 seconds allowing you to fire.
The target faces 5 times at 7 second intervals.
Scoring is done after every 10 shots.
Air Pistol is a slow fire event shot at 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) using an air pistol shooting .177 pellets at a 4-bull target (shooting 3 shots / bull).
Men shoot 60 shots in 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Women may elect to shoot 40 shots in 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Unlimited sighters are allowed before the first match record shot is fired.
Rapid Fire Pistol
Rapid Fire is shot with a .22 rim fire caliber pistol.
A Rapid Fire bay has a bank of 5 targets.
The course of fire is shot in 2 courses each of 5 shots in 8, 6 and 4 seconds.
You begin in a READY position (arm is held at a 45 degree position) and upon a signal the shooter raises the pistol and fires one shot in each of the 5 targets in the prescribed time of 8, 6 or 4 seconds.
Itís a lot of fun, especially the 4-second string!
Four seconds goes by quickly and is certainly a challenge!