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Smallbore and Air Pistols


All the smallbore rifle events are shot at 50 metres using .22” calibre rifles and electronics targets. There are separate events for men and women, all of which are the deliberate precision events. The events have differing specifications for the rifles, and also for the position in which competitors fire their shots. The most physically demanding of the events are the three position competitions – prone, kneeling and standing – requiring the shooter not only to be mentally prepared but also physically fit. Targets consist of a black circular aiming mark with a series of concentric rings scoring from 10 (the central ring) downwards.

The four categories are:

  • 50 metre rifle prone (men): using a rifle which the shooter has substantial latitude to tailor to their own requirements within set down parameters, the shooter has unlimited sighting shots and has to fire 60 shots to count within a period of 75 minutes;


  • 50 metre rifle prone (women): using rifle as above but with a lower weight limit, the shooter has unlimited sighting shots and has to fire 60 shots to count within 75 metres;


  • 50 metre rifle 3 x 40 (men): unlimited sighting shots and 40 to count in each of the three positions – prone (time allowed 45 minutes), standing (75 minutes) and kneeling (60 minutes);


  • 50 metre rifle 3 x 20 (women): unlimited sighting shots and 20 to count in each of the three positions – prone, standing and kneeling – within 135 minutes overall.

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The winners are decided in a final when the eight top scoring competitors after the qualifying shoot go head to head in a final shoot off. Using special “decimal” targets, the two sets of scores are added together and any tie is broken on decimal count-out.

Air rifle

Shot at 10 metres with .177” calibre air rifles, this event is shot entirely from the physically demanding standing position. This form of shooting is becoming increasingly popular since it can take place easily and safely entirely indoors, the range and target equipment being very much less than for cartridge rifles. The deliberate precision shots are:

  • air rifle (men): unlimited sighting shots and 60 shots to count (105 minutes);


  • air rifle (women): unlimited sighting shots and 40 shots to count (75 minutes).

Smallbore pistol

The smallbore pistol events using .22” calibre pistols each have their own conditions as to the course of fire and the specifications of the pistol used. They are:

  • 50 metre pistol (men): precision event at 50 metres, unlimited sighting shots and 60 shots to count (120 minutes);


  • rapid-fire pistol (men): shot at 25 metres, consisting of two stages of 30 shots, each of six strings of six shots, with the target exposure decreasing as the competition progresses. First course is two strings – eight seconds exposure; second, two strings – six seconds; final two strings – four seconds. This course is then repeated for a second time giving a total of 60 shots for the competition;


  • standard pistol (men): shot at 25 metres, consisting of four five shot series in a decreasing timescale of 150, 20 and 10 seconds; 60 shots in total;


  • sport pistol (women): shot at 25 metres, two stage competition involving both precision and rapid fire; the precision stage consists of six series, each of five shots, each series to be fired in a six minute period; the rapid fire stage is again six series of five shots, but with the target being exposed for three seconds only with a seven second interval between exposures. Total course of fire – 60 shots.

Centre fire pistol

Open only to men, this competition is fired with centre-fire pistols of a calibre between .30” and .38”. The size, weight and other technical specifications of the pistol are very closely controlled. During the course of fire, the pistol is held in one hand only. It is a popular and demanding event:

  • centre fire pistol (men): shot at 25 metres, a two stage competition involving both precision and rapid fire; the precision stage consists of six series, each of five shots, each series to be fired in a six minute period; the rapid fire stage is again six series of five shots, but with the target being exposed for three seconds only with a seven second interval between exposures. Total course of fire – 60 shots.

Air pistol

As with air rifle, this is an increasingly popular sport that can be shot on a 10 metre indoor range. The air pistol is of .177” calibre, single shot, and the event is a precision shoot:

  • air pistol (men): unlimited sighting shots and 60 shots to count (105 minutes);


  • air pistol (women): unlimited sighting shots and 40 shots to count (75 minutes).

Use this link to access the National Smallbore Rifle Association for more information about smallbore shooting in the UK.

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