rapid fire pistol

25 metre rapid fire pistol

25 metre rapid fire pistol is one of the ISSF shooting events. The event has been a part of the Olympic program ever since the beginning in 1896, although its rules changed greatly before World War II, after which they were only slightly changed until the two major revisions of 1989 and 2005. The latter restricted the event to sport pistols, thereby banning .22 Short cartridges as well as encircling grips and low trigger-pull weight. This caused a decline in results: the pre-2005 world record was 597, while the present world record is 591.

Instead of dropping specialized rapid fire pistols, manufacturers designed new pistols, such as the Walther SSP and the Benelli MP 90 S World Cup 22 gauge, conforming to the standard pistol requirements, but optimized for the rapid fire event.

Course of fire

Traditionally, RFP competitions use paper targets that are able to turn 90 degrees to appear to the shooter and then turn back to disappear when the shooting time is up. During the last few decades, these targets have gradually been replaced by electronic devices which use red and green lights to indicate the beginning and the end of the shooting time, and which automatically handle late shots. As these systems are expensive, they are normally only used in international competitions.

A series (or string) consists of five shots fired at one target each within a limited time. The targets stand next to each other at a 25 m distance from the shooter. When the targets appear, the competitor must raise his arm from a 45 degree angle, and fire his five shots. If a shot is too late, it will score as a miss.

There are three different time limits for the series: 8 seconds, 6 seconds, and 4 seconds. A stage consists of two series of each type, and a full course of fire comprises two such stages, or a total of 60 shots. Since the targets are divided into concentric score zones with 10 being the most central part, the total maximum score is 600.

In major competitions, the top six shooters qualify for a final round of four additional 4-second series, using decimals of points. The results of the qualification round and the final are added together, and any ties are broken by firing an additional 4-second series.

Current world records

Current world records in 25 metre rapid fire pistol
Men
Junior Men

World and Olympic Champions

The dominant shooter of the event has been Ralf Schumann of Germany with a total of five major worldwide championship titles. He is also the only shooter overall who has won three individual Olympic titles.

A rare double is that between this rapid fire event and its direct opposite 50 metre pistol; this has only been accomplished by Alfred Lane (completed in 1912), Torsten Ullman (1939), Huelet Benner (1952) and Pentti Linnosvuo (1964), with Lane and Linnosvuo using only Olympic titles. Benner, on the other hand, is the only shooter with two titles in both events.

Year Venue Individual Team
1896 Athens
1900 Paris
1912 Stockholm
1920 Antwerp
1924 Paris
1932 Los Angeles
1933 Granada
1935 Rome
1936 Berlin
1937 Helsinki
1939 Luzern
1947 Stockholm
1948 London
1949 Buenos Aires
1952 Oslo
1952 Helsinki
1954 Caracas
1956 Melbourne
1958 Moscow
1960 Rome
1962 Cairo
1964 Tokyo
1966 Wiesbaden
1968 Mexico City
1970 Phoenix
1972 Munich
1974 Thun
1976 Montreal
1978 Seoul
1980 Moscow
1982 Caracas
1984 Los Angeles
1986 Suhl
1988 Seoul
1990 Moscow Juniors
1992 Barcelona Individual Team
1994 Milan
1996 Atlanta
1998 Barcelona
2000 Sydney
2002 Lahti
2004 Athens
2006 Zagreb
2008 Beijing

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