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Shooting – Competitive Shooting

June 6, 2011

Shooting sports are competitive sport involving tests of proficiency (accuracy and speed) using various types of guns such as firearms and airguns. Archery is related to shooting sport but the difference is that it makes use of bows and arrows. Hunting is also a shooting sport, and indeed shooting live pigeons was an Olympic event (albeit only once, in 1900). The shooting sports are categorized by the type of firearm or target used.

Over the years, the shooting events have been changed a number of times in order to keep up with technology and social standards. For example, targets that formerly resembled humans or animals in their shape and size have are now a circular shape in order to avoid associating the sport with any form of violence.

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