Pistol shooting has rapidly become one of the more popular forms of shooting for fun and there is tremendous popularity for competition. There are 2 distinct types of sighting and 2 distinct forms of competition so 4 sets of results!
Pistol targets are either paper set out at 10metres or knockdowns anywhere between 8yds and 25yds, the much lower energy of a pistol requires dedicated targets and even when hit there are groans as the shooter’s pistol doesn’t have quite enough energy in the pellet to knock it down. Scores are like HFT; 2 points for a knockdown, 1 for a plate and the 0 for a miss.
There are 2 common sighting systems, Open and "Red Dot" Scopes.
All pistols are required to pass a chronograph test (Max 6 ftlbs) just like the rifles - safety is just as important, if not more so, since a pistol is very manoeuvrable and all too easy to point in the wrong direction.
Fixed paper targets at 10metres, safely put out and recovered using a pulley system. Benches to ensure safe loading and placement of the pistol whilst handling the targets. Scores are based on the target rings and everyone tries to hit the centre! Terrific first shot, Ian, now how about the others?
This is similar to Air Rifle HFT but offers plenty of scope for imaginative target designs and gallery style rows.
Targets are shot standing with no support in hunting environments usually two-handed.
Scoring is 1 for hitting just about any part of the target (dink! sounds) but 2 points if it falls over e.g. the yellow top or head will cause the entire target to fall back.
The pellet energy is limited and a groan of “I hit that!” gets no more than a “1 point!” and hence there are a variety of pistol designs, CO2 cartridge, PCP, pump lever (single and multi-stroke) all trying to achieve accuracy with minimal recoil and “wobble”!
It is a challenging sport but one where even moderately priced pistols can achieve great scores and those with top of the range pistols designed for classic indoor 10m must prove their worth!
Of course it is not mandatory to compete, just plain old plinking is a safe, sociable time enjoyed by many!
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