The course of fire is 60 shots within 105 minutes for men, and 40 shots within 75 minutes for women. During this phase a maximum of 10 points are awarded for each shot. The top eight shooters follow this with a final 10 shots – each scored to a maximum of 10.9 – with the cumulative score determining the winner. The maximum of 10.9 is derived from an additional set of 10 rings within the center 10 point circle, increasing in 0.1 point value as the rings approach the center.
Scores in 10 m Air Rifle have improved rapidly during the last few decades and today top competitors sometimes achieve maximum results ("full marks") for the initial phase (600 for men and 400 for women). The majority of these full marks were achieved at non directly ISSF supervised international and national-level matches and championships, where official ISSF recognized world records can not be set. This leads to many national records in fact being equal to the world records.
The occurrence of full marks scores is mainly due to the continuous development of the employed match air rifles from spring-piston type designs into single-stroke pneumatic and pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) designs. Modern PCP match rifles from the leading manufacturers combined with good match pellets produce a consistent 10 ring performance, so a non maximal result during the initial phase can be attributed to the participant.
|Current world records in 10 metre air rifle|