BC Target Sports Association
Most international pistol shooting takes place at 25 meters distance. The two exceptions are Air Pistol  (10 meters) and Free pistol at 50 meters.
 
50 M Pistol (formerly Free Pistol) - is one of the ISSF shooting events. It is free of restrictions regarding weight, trigger pull and sight radius but it must have open sights (no scope or dot or laser). The pistol must be of .22 Long Rifle calibre and may only be loaded with one round at a time. This is the ultimate slow fire precision event, with 60 shots fired over a two hour time period at a 10-ring that is just 50 millimetres in diameter.   50 M Pistol is one of the oldest shooting types, dating back to the 19th century and only having seen marginal rule changes since the 1930s. Currently, at the International level, competition in this event is open only to males. ( More Information )

25 M Rapid-Fire Pistol - is one of the ISSF shooting events. If you think of Free Pistol as the marathon event then Rapid-Fire is the sprint event for men. Five targets, arranged side-by-side, face the competitor, who must fire one shot at each of the targets within a specified time interval. There are three time intervals. The event begins with a sighting series of five shots fired in eight seconds. After that, two five-shot series are fired, each in eight seconds; then another two series, but each in six seconds; and finally, two series, each in four seconds - for a total of 30 scoring shots. All this is repeated a second time for a grand total of 60 shots for score (and ten sighting shots).
Up until the 2004 Athens Olympics, this event typically was fired with a pistol chambered for the .22 Short cartridge. However, beginning 1 Jan 2005, the rules were changed and now the pistol must comply with the Standard Pistol specifications - which requires that the .22 Long Rifle cartridge be used, rather than the .22 Short - but the time intervals and the targets remain the same. This, too, is a men-only event at the International level. ( More Information )

25 M Pistol (formerly Sport Pistol) - is both an ISSF and an Olympic shooting event. This is a women's event, which started in the 1960s. It was first introduced to the Olympic scene in 1984. It is a 60-shot match fired at 25 meters distance and is essentially the same as 25 M Center Fire Pistol, with the exception that the gun used must conform to the Standard Pistol specifications (.22LR, 1000-gram trigger, etc). While at the International level, 25 M Pistol is still shot only by women and juniors, (men have Center-Fire Pistol instead), in many countries there is also male participation at the national level and below. ( More Information )

25 M Standard Pistol - is one of the ISSF shooting events, introduced at the World Championship level in 1970. It has its roots in the NRA conventional pistol competitions. This event combines elements of precision and rapid fire. Any pistol which conforms to the rules (.22 cal., 156mm barrel, 1000gms trigger pull ) can be used.
The course of fire is 60 shots, which are fired in 5-shot series. The match is broken into three stages, each with a different time limit. It actually begins with a sighting series of five shots in 150 seconds, but these shots do not count for score. The sighting series is followed by four 5-shot series, each of 150 seconds duration; then four 5-shot series, each in 20 seconds; and finally, four 5-shot series, each in ten seconds. The 20-second and 10-second series begin with the shooter in the ready position, with his arm at or below 45 degrees from the horizontal and not resting on any support.
Although Standard Pistol is not an Olympic event, it enjoys widespread popularity - from the club level upwards to the international level. It is shot at the BC Provincial Championships and the Canadian National Pistol Championships. In 1970, Standard Pistol was also a womens event, but since then, at the international level, it is restricted to men. ( More Information )

10 M Air Pistol - is an ISSF and an Olympic shooting event for both men and women, but they shoot different matches. Men fire 60 scoring shots over 105 minutes and women fire 40 scoring shots in 75 minutes. An unlimited number of sighting shots are permitted within the time period, but only prior to the competitor firing his/her first competition shot. Consequently, shooters must manage their time to ensure that they complete the match in the allotted time. The pistol has a maximum allowed weight of 1500 grams. It fires a 4.5 mm (.177) calibre lead pellet propelled by compressed air or carbon dioxide (CO2). The trigger pull must be at least 500 grams. There are other restrictions on shape and dimensions and the pistol must be capable of fitting into a box of 420 x 200x 50 mm. Only open sights are permitted. The match is shot, single-handed, in the standing position at a distance of 10 meters. The centre of the target, the ten-ring, is 11.5 mm in diameter. ( More Information )

B.C. Shooters Commonwealth Games Success

2006 - Kim Eagles

Silver - 25M Pistol
Bronze - 25M Pistol Pair
Bronze - 10M Air Pistol
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2002  -  Kim Eagles

Gold  -  Air Pistol Pair
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1998  -  Kim Eagles

Bronze  -  Sport Pistol
Last Reviewed: January 25, 2017