Information About Air Rifles

November 8, 2012 by  
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An air gun is a rifle (air rifle), pistol (air pistol) that fires projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to a firearm which fires projectiles by means of a burning propellant. Most air guns use metallic projectiles as ammunition. A few use arrows. Air guns that only use plastic projectiles are classified as airsoft guns.

Air guns are used for hunting, pest control, recreational shooting and competitive sports, such as the Olympic 10 m Air Rifle and 10 m Air Pistol events. Field Target (FT) is a competitive form of target shooting in which the targets are knock-down metal silhouettes of animals, with a ‘kill zone’ cut out of the steel plate.

Hunter Field Target (HFT) is a variation, using identical equipment, but with differing rules. The distances FT and HFT competitions are shot at range between 10 and 50 metres (33 and 160 ft), with varying sizes of ‘reducers’ being used to increase or decrease the size of the kill zone. In the UK, competition power limits are set at the legal maximum for an unlicensed air rifle, i.e. 12 ft-lb.

Practice becoming a sharp shooter and you will soon be a crack shot.

10 metre air rifle is an International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) shooting event, shot over a distance of 10 metres (10.94 yards) from a standing position with a 4.5 mm (0.177 in) calibre air rifle with a maximum weight of 5.5 kg (12.13 lb). The use of specialised clothing is allowed to improve the stability of the shooting position and prevent chronic back injury which can be caused by the asymmetric offset load on the spine when the rifle is held in position. It is one of the ISSF-governed shooting events included in the Olympic games.

Olympics shooting: Alin George Moldoveanu wins 10m air rifle gold Alin George Moldoveanu was a surprise winner in the men’s 10m air rifle final at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
The Romanian, 29, recorded a score of 702.1 to beat world number one Niccolo Campriani by 0.6 after regaining the lead in round nine of 10. India’s Gagan Narang won the Olympic bronze medal with a total of 701.1.
Italian Campriani and Moldoveanu, who is ranked outside the world’s top 25, had both set Olympic record-equalling scores of 599 in qualification.
Moldoveanu had led through the first five rounds before a costly 9.9 in the sixth allowed Campriani to edge ahead. Yet back-to-back scores in the nines from the Italian handed the initiative back to the Romanian.
On the third day of shooting competition at the Woolwich venue, Peter Hellenbrand of the Netherlands shot the first maximum but was forced to settle for fifth. British marksman James Huckle had earlier missed out on a place in the final, his total of 593 out of 600 not enough to secure a top-eight finish.
Narang’s bronze provided some consolation for the hundreds of Indian supporters in the rifle range following defending Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra’s failure to progress.
Bindra, who became India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist in Beijing in 2008, finished 16th in qualification.

Analysis from BBC Sport commentator David Oates “What a thrilling competition and what a twist in the tale. Campriani was the favourite but slips on eight and nine cost him. At 24, he still has time on his side. Moldoveanu was the surprise package, but it was a deserved gold after he held his nerve so admirably.”

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