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Pistol Scores

What is International air pistol?

Shooting has the 3 largest number of events in the 2008 summer Olympics. There are several disciplines of international pistol shooting.  Men's air pistol, women's air pistol, woman's sport pistol, standard pistol, center fire pistol, rapid fire pistol and free pistol.

Competitors fire from a standing position, using only one hand and scopes are not allowed with air guns using .177 caliber lead pellets only.  There are vary stringent rules for  concerning barrel length weight and grips.  Please refer to the links below for a full copy of the rules.

Men's & Woman's air pistol are fired at 10 meters with a minimum of 1.5 minutes per shot.  One, three or five shots may be fires on each target depending upon the match.  Woman only fire forty shots while men fire 60 shots.

Olympic finals procedures are rather complicated and are not used in most NRA sanctioned matches.  Please use the links below for more details.

The NRA and the Olympics

The NRA is not the governing body for Olympic shooting in the USA. According to the Olympic  committee, political originations can not be the governing body for any sport.    The ISSF (see link below) is the governing body for Olympic international shooting.  USA Shooting (see link below) is the governing body for Olympic shooting in the USA; however,  NRA does support international shooting.  In NRA matches the the rules are some what simplified.  In NRA matches Ranges may elect to use slightly smaller targets for 25&50 yards instead of 25&50 meters. Additionally the NRA provides even smaller targets for indoor 50 foot ranges to simulate 25&50 meters.  ISSF rules require all .22 and center fire pistols be fired at 25&50 meters.



“ISSF” international shooting sport federation is the international  governing body of the international shooting sports (not the NRA)


USA shooting is the governing body for Olympic shooting in the USA (not the NRA)


Target talk is a good forum for Bullseye but its main focus is international


 ISSF Technical rules for ALL shooting disciplines

Bullseye Links


This sight has everything you wanted to know about Bullseye but didn’t know you should ask!


The Bullseye forum.  They spend a lot of time discussing not only bullet accuracy and loads but the mental part of the game.  I can’t recommend this sight enough if you’re interested in Bullseye.


Here you will find PDF files for all NRA rule books.

Read’em, know’em, love’em


The United States Army Marksmanship Unit Training Manual


Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brian Zins



Where to Find" Sites In no particular order


Dr. Norman Wong Articles.  Shooting and your vision..


Don has passed away but his knowledge live on here.


NRA Marksmanship program.  Follow the links to the left for each discipline.


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John LaBusier