London 2012 U.S. Competitors: Keith Sanderson, Emil Milev
London 2012 Competition Date: 8/2-3; finals at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on 8/3
Pistol: Any pistol except single-shot chambered for the .22 Long Rifle weighing less than 1,400 grams (3.09 pounds) with a trigger pull not less than 1,000 grams (35 ounces); compensators, muzzle brakes and similar devices are prohibited. The centerline of the pistol’s bore must pass above the web of the hand when the pistol is held in the normal firing position. The rear of the grip or frame that rests on top of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger may not be longer than 30mm. Pardini is the dominant make, with a smattering of Walthers, IZHs and a few others.
Range: 25 meters Scoring: The target is 500mm (19.69 inches) wide with scoring rings 5 to 10. The 10-ring is 100mm (3.94 inches) ; the inner-10-ring is 50mm. In finals competition, the scoring rings are divided into tenths, with a center 10 scoring 10.9.
Course of Fire: 60 shots total, fired in two identical stages, one each day. Shooters begin in the ready position, with the pistol lowered 45 degrees, and wait for the start signal (typically a green light in most major international competitions), at which point they fire one shot at each of five side-by-side targets within an allotted time limit–8, 6 or 4 seconds. They then fire another five-shot series within that same time limit. So on day one they’d shoot two five-shot series (10 shots) in 8 seconds each, two in 6 seconds each and two in 4 seconds each for 30 shots. The same occurs on day two and the 60-shot total from both days determines who qualifies for the final.
Finals: The six qualifying shooters start at zero after making the final. In the final, scoring is “hit or miss,” with any score of 9.6 or better counting as a hit. After the fourth of eight series—each series consisting of five shots in four seconds—the lowest-scoring competitor is eliminated. That process continues until the bronze medalist is determined. Then the top two competitors fire one the last series to crown the winner.
Beijing 2008 Medalists
Gold– Oleksander Petriv, Ukraine; Silver–Ralf Schumann, Germany; Bronze–Christian Reitz, Germany
Records (note: due to rule changes, there is some discrepancy as to current records in this event)
Olympic record: 583, Keith Sanderson, United States, Beijing 2008
World record: (tie-591) Alexei Klimov, Russia, 2006; Christian Reitz, Germany, 2008
• with finals: (tie-34), Alexei Klimov, Russia, 2012; Christian Reitz, Germany, 2012; Teruyoshi Akiyama, Japan, 2012