50m Free Pistol Match
50m Free Pistol
Free Pistol match is shot by men at the Summer Olympics, Commonwealth Games and ISSF World Cups. 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.
Course of fire
Competitors fire 60 shots plus sighters in two hours. Competitors shoot .22 calibre pistols from 50 metres at precision targets with a 5cm 10 ring.
A free pistol is easily identified by its grip, which may completely envelope and stabilizes the shooter’s hand. Regulations require only that it fires .22 calibre long rifle cartridges, has metallic sights and does not lock the wrist. The pistol’s barrel is longer than that of other pistols providing longer sight radius at this longer shooting distance.
Max Score Master Grade A Garde B Garde C Grade D Grade
600 >555 >540 >510 >465 <465
Current world record is held by Jin Jong-Oh of South Korea of with a score of 583 at the 2014 World Championships in Spain