Air Rifle and Air Pistol

Air Rifle

10 metre air rifle is an International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) shooting event, shot over a distance of 10 metres (10.94 yards) from an unsupported standing position with a 4.5 mm (0.177 in) calibre air rifle with a maximum weight of 5.5 kg (12.13 lb). It is shot by both men and women. Most rifles use compressed air (sometimes CO2 gas) to propel the pellet to the target.

For the 10 metre air rifle and air pistol disciplines match diablo pellets are used. These pellets have wad-cutter heads, meaning the front is (nearly) flat, that leave clean round holes in paper targets for easy scoring.

4.5 mm (.177 in) match air gun pellet

4.5 mm (.177 in) match air gun pellet


The skills required for this sport are so close to those of smallbore and fullbore shooting that many athletes use the Air Rifle as an indoor winter sport to practice for the outdoor seasons. Air Rifle is shot at 10 meters distance using a target with a 10 ring of 0.4mm (approximately the diameter of a pin head) and the 9 ring is just slightly larger than the .177″ diameter of the pellet.  Because the target is so small, only 1 shot is fired at a target during a competition.


Air Pistol

10 metre air pistol is an Olympic shooting event governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). It is similar to 10 metre air rifle in that it is shot with 4.5 mm (or .177) calibre air guns at a distance of 10 metres (11 yards).