Rapid Fire Pistol
|Imagine an event where the entire
scored firing is completed in 72 seconds. That's right,
just over a minute total for all sixty shots! Of course
it's not quite as simple as stepping to the line and
being finished two minutes later. In fact, it can be
quite complicated to the new shooter, and is one of the
more challenging of the shooting events.
Let's move back to the basics. The match is fired with .22 caliber rimfire handguns and .22 Long Rifle ammunition (see below). The competition is fired as twelve, five shot strings, in varying times at five separate targets, placed 25 meters from the firing line. The shooter must fire in stages and the format is as follows:
First Stage (half of match):
Second Stage (half of match):
The basic (or "Qualification Program") portion of the match is completed. If you notice, the total scored, fired shots for each half was (8+8+6+6+4+4=) 36 total seconds. But, of course, there's more to it. To begin with, the shooter advances to the line and is given the command to load after which he has one minute to load the magazine with five rounds, insert it into the firearm and prepare the gun to fire. He then adjusts his stance, etc., and brings the gun to a ready position, angled downward at forty-five degrees to the target and awaits the fire commands, which include a countdown:
"Attention! ... for paper targets, the targets are
turned away; for Electronically Scored Targets (EST) the
red light comes on
At World-class or Olympic level, a "Finals" is fired by the top six competitors from the Qualification round. Each shooter fires 4 strings of 5 shots in 4 seconds. Each shot is evaluated to one-tenth of a point for a possible total of 218 additional points to add to the basic possible score of 600, for an overall possible score of 818 for a perfect match.