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Air Rifle

Air Rifle is shot only from the standing position in an indoor 10m range at circular targets with a bulls eye that measures only 0.5mm in diameter.

Traditionally an air-rifle would used air pushed by a spring loaded mechanisim to propel the pellet down the barrel.  Modern rifles use pre-compressed air to reduce recoil and vibration during the shot release.

Standing is the least stable of the shooting positions and so to achieve a good score the shooter must develop their fine motor skills and sense of balance.

Most air rifles are incredibly accurate and good ammunition (air pellets) is very cheap.  This makes air rifle shooting one of the most cost effective events to get started in and achieve good results.

10m Air Rifle is an ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) discipline and it is contested at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.