Olympic Air Pistol

Olympic Air Pistol
Steyr LP10

London 2012 U.S. Competitors: Jason Turner, Daryl Szarenski

London 2012 Competition Dates: Men, 7/28 (finals at 10:30 a.m. Eastern); Women, 7/29 (finals at 6:45 Eastern)



Pistol: Any .177 caliber compressed air or gas pistol weighing not more than 1,500 grams (3.31 pounds) and with a trigger pull of no more than 500 grams (17.64 ounces). No part of the grip, frame or accessories may touch the wrist, and the heel rest must extend at an angle of less than 90 degrees. The thumb rest must allow free upward movement of the thumb, and the grip must not encircle the hand. Steyr is the dominant make, although you will see some Morini, Pardini and a few other brands.


Range: 10 meters

Scoring: The target is 155.5mm (6.1 inches) wide with scoring rings 1 to 10. The black portion containing rings 7 to 10 is 59.5mm. The 10-ring is 11.5mm (0.45 inch); the inner-10-ring is 5mm.

Course of Fire


  • Men: 60 shots in 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Women: 40 shots in 1 hour, 15 minutes

Finals: The top eight competitors fire 10 additional shots, one at a time, with a 75-second time limit for each. Scores are immediately posted and standings updated after each shot. The top shooter from the qualification round is squadded on point one, the second-best shooter on point two and so on.

Beijing 2008 Medalists

  • Men: Gold — Wei Pang, China; Silver — Jong Oh Jin, Korea; Bronze — Jason Turner, United States
  • Women: Gold — Wenjun Guo, China; Silver — Natalia Paderina, Russia; Bronze — Nino Salukvadze, Georgia

Past U.S. Medalist

Jason Turner, bronze, Beijing 2008

Erich Buljung, silver, Seoul 1988 

Men's Olympic record: 591, Mikhail Nestruev, Russia, Athens 2004

'¢ with finals: 690 (590+100.0), Wang Yifu, China, Athens 2004

Men's World record: 594, Jong Oh Jin, Korea, 2009

'¢ with finals: 695.1 (593+102.1), Sergei Pyzhianov, Russian Federation, 1989

Women's Olympic record: 391, Natalia Paderina, Russia, Beijing 2008

'¢ with finals: 492.3 (390+102.3), Wenjun Guo, Beijing 2008

Women's world record: 393, Svetlana Smirnova, Russia, 1998

'¢ with finals: 493.5 (390+103.5), Jie Ren, China, 1999

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