10m Air Pistol

10m Air pistol are ISSF events shot by both men and women, at all levels of competition up to and including the Olympics and Paralympics.

Caliber: .177”, 4.5 mm air pistol – compressed air or gas or spring operated.
Minimum trigger pull: 500g.
Number of shots/time: 60 shots for Men & Junior Men in 105 minutes
                                   40 shots for Women & Junior Women in 75 minutes
Target: 10 ring of 11.5 mm diameter, each ring increases by 16 mm

Air Pistol Metallic Silhouette

In Air pistol metallic silhouette shooting the competitor uses any 4.5mm (0.177) air pistol that conforms to ISSF criteria and specifications. The match is shot over 18m with chicken silhouettes set at 10m, pigs at 12m, turkeys at 15m and rams at 18m.

25m Standard Pistol

25m Standard Pistol is one of the ISSF shooting events introduced at the World Championship level in 1970.

Caliber: .22 long rifle rimfire
Minimum trigger pull: 1000g.
Number of shots/time: 60 competition shots, fired as four stages of 20 shots.
Targets: 10 ring of 50 mm diameter, each ring increases by 50 mm

The 60-shot match is divided into 5-shot series with different timings:

  • 4 series of 5 shots within 150 seconds for each series
  • 4 series of 5 shots within 20 seconds for each series
  • 4 series of 5 shots within 10 seconds for each series

25 m Pistol (Sport Pistol)

Formerly known as Sport Pistol, 25m Pistol women’s event was introduced in the 1960s. Internationally 25m Pistol is only shot up to and including the Olympics by women, and up to and including the Paralympics by men and women, and by juniors at the World Championships, In Australia the event is also shot by men at many State & Club competitions.

25m Pistol combines both precision and rapid-fire, in two stages each of 30 shots

Caliber: .22 long rifle rimfire
Minimum trigger pull: 1000g.

Precision Stage
Number of shots/time: 30 shots, in six series of 5 shots, each series is 5 minutes
Precision Stage target: 10 ring of 50 mm diameter, each ring increases by 50 mm

After all competitors have completed the Precision Stage, they then fire the Rapid Fire Stage.

Rapid Fire Stage
Number of shots/time: 30 shots, in six series of 5 shots.

Each series consists of 5 exposures of the target, each exposure is for 3 seconds; the shooter fires one shot per exposure.
Rapid Fire Stage target: 10 ring of 100 mm diameter, each ring increases by 100 mm.


25m Center Fire Pistol

Other than the caliber used, the Center Fire event is exactly the same as the 25m Pistol Women, and Men's Sport Pistol events.

The 25m Center Fire match is shot with a handgun of any caliber between 7.62 mm (.30”) and 9.65 mm (.38”). The most popular choices by far are specially designed sport pistols and revolvers in .32 caliber. Using a revolver is not a disadvantage because there are no speedy series of shots involved.

The name Center-Fire comes from the ignition system of these calibers as opposed to the Rimfire of .22 cartridges.

25 m Rapid Fire Pistol

In 25m Rapid Fire Pistol competitors use semi-automatic pistols in .22 caliber (5.6mm) at all levels of competition up to and including the Olympics. A series (or string) consists of five (5) shots fired, one at each of five target within a limited time.

Five targets stand next to each other at a 25m distance from the shooter. When the targets appear, the competitor must raise his/her arm from a 45 degree angle and fire his/her five shots. If a shot is too late, it will score as a miss.

Caliber: .22 long rifle rimfire
Minimum trigger pull: 1000g.
Number of shots/time: 60 competition shots, fired as two stages of 30 shots.
Targets: 10 ring of 100 mm diameter, each ring increases by 100 mm

There are three different time limits: 8 seconds, 6 seconds and 4 seconds for the series.

A stage consists of two series in each time, and a full course of fire comprises two such stages.

50 m Pistol

Formerly known as Free Pistol, the 50m Pistol event is shot at all levels of competition up to and including the Olympics and Paralympics using .22 caliber single-shot pistols.

Caliber: .22 long rifle rimfire
There is no minimum trigger pull specified for this event.
Number of shots/time: 60 competition shots in a total competition time of 2 hours
Target: 10 ring of 50mm diameter, each ring increases by 50mm

In this event the pistol may only be loaded with one round of ammunition at a time and must be operated with only one hand, which cannot be supported in any way.

There are practically no rules for the pistol itself, trigger force may be as low as the competitor chooses, the grip may be designed in any way provided it does not give support beyond the wrist, and there are no restrictions on size and weight of the pistol.

50m Pistol is described as the purest form of precision shooting amongst the pistol events, which has undergone minimal rule changes over the past 75 years.