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Shooting – Rifle Shooting

June 6, 2011

A Rifle is a firearm or airgun with a rifled barrel, but commonly refers to long weapons that usually require two hands to hold and fire steadily. They generally have a longer range and greater accuracy than pistols, and are popular for hunting. Following are the popular Rifle Shooting events:

  • Four position small bore is a popular sport in the U.S.
  • The six Rifle ISSF shooting events (including three Olympic events) consist of long-time target shooting from distances of 10, 50 and 300 m
  • The two Running Target ISSF shooting events consist of rapid shooting at a target that moves sideways from distances of 10 and 50 m
  • Biathlon is an Olympic sport combining shooting and cross-country skiing
  • The CISM Rapid Fire match is a speeded version of the ISSF 300 m Standard Rifle event
  • Muzzle loading and Cowboy action shooting concerned with shooting replica (or antique) guns
  • Gallery rifle shooting is popular in the UK and was introduced as a substitute for many pistol shooting disciplines following the 1997 handgun ban
  • Benchrest shooting is concerned with shooting small groups with the rifleman sitting on a chair (bench) and the rifle supported from a table. Of all shooting disciplines, this is the most demanding equipment-wise
  • High Power Rifle (also known as “Across the Course” or ‘traditional’ High power) in the United States is a format that shoots 3-position (standing, kneeling or sitting, and prone) at 200, 300, and 600 yards. The term “Across the Course” is used because the match format requires the competitors to shoot at different distances to complete the course of fire
  • Fullbore target shooting is concerned with shooting at targets at ranges of 300–1200 yards
  • Field Target is an outdoor air gun discipline originating in the United Kingdom, but gaining popularity worldwide
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