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Centre Fire Pistol Match 

Centre Fire Pistol Match


Centre fire Pistol match is shot at the Commonwealth Games and World Cup by men only. The match course of fire is identical to that of the women’s 25 meter Pistol (Sports Pistol) with the only difference being a .22lr rimfire Pistol is used. Its origin lies in competitions with military-style service pistols, and as such its history dates back to the 19th century.



Course of fire

The precision target has a 5cm 10-ring, while the rapid fire has a 10cm centre. the 60-shot match is divided into 30 shots precision with preparation time of 5 minutes and 30 shots rapid-fire with the preparation time of 3 minutes. 

Precision Stage

Number of shots/time: 30 shots, in six series of 5 shots, each series is 5 minutes. Precision Stage target: 10 ring of 50 mm diameter, each ring increases by 50 mm. After all competitors have completed the Precision Stage, they then fire the Rapid Fire Stage.

Rapid Fire Stage

Number of shots/time: 30 shots, in six series of 5 shots.

Each series consists of 5 exposures of the target, each exposure is for 3 seconds; the shooter fires one shot per exposure.

Rapid Fire Stage target:10 ring of 100 mm diameter, each ring increases by 80 mm.


Centre Fire competitors use “Centre Fire” pistols (revolvers or semi-autos) with an allowable calibre of 7.62mm to 9.65mm (.30, .32, .38 and .357 calibre) to shoot precision and rapid-fire competition from a distance of 25 metres. Minimum trigger weight is 1360 grams and the pistol must fit in a box with a specific size. The most popular choices by far are specially designed sport pistols and revolvers in .32 calibre.  Using a revolver is not a disadvantage because there are no speedy series of shots involved. 


Max Score          Master Grade           A Grade         B Garde        C Garde          D Grade 

600                    >583                      >565             >540            >500             <500

Current world record is held by Christian Reitz of Germany of with a score of 595 at the 2015 European Championships in Croatia.

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