Air Rifle Shooting is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games Sport.
In this sport, the shooter must stand and hold the rifle. They are allowed to use a canvas or leather jacket, as well as canvas or leather pants and special flat soled shooting boots. The target is set at a distance of 10 metres, the skill involved to hit the 10 in this standing position is incredible.
Each competition shot fired can score a maximum of 10 points. In Air Rifle, as the target is so small outward gauging is used to score the target. This means that a small gauge is inserted into the shot target, and depending on the outside position of the gauge as to what the score will be. There are also electronic scoring machines available, there are much faster and more accurate than the manual gauge method.
In Air Rifle there are two types of targets to shoot at, the first is a single target, this is a square piece of cardboard with one target printed in the middle (as below left photo). The second is a strip containing 10 targets. The scoring method is the same regardless of which type of target is used.
A single Air Rifle Target
The shot is close to the 10, but hard to tell if it is a 10 or 9
Once the gauge is inserted and the line outside the gauge is not broken then the shot is in, this shot is a 10
22nd of October - TRV Marathon Match
28th and 29th of October - North East Championships and Jim Brock Memorial
18th of November - South West Games
50m Prone Pennant: 6th February - 16th April
20m Bench Pennant: 23rd May - 31st July
20m Prone Pennant: 2nd May - 7th August
10m Air Pennant: 22nd August - 30th October
10m Air Supported Pennant: 22nd August - 30th October
50m Bench Pennant: 5th September - 13th November