Rapid Fire

Rapid Fire


This match is shot by men at the Summer Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and ISSF World Cups.

Rapid Fire pistol has been an Olympic event since the first modern Games in 1896. Shot with a .22 calibre pistol from 25 metres, competitors have eight, six, or four seconds to fire one shot at each of five adjacent targets. As an added difficulty, pistols must be held downward at a 45 degree angle until the targets rotate from edge on to face the shooter.

The 10 ring on this target is 10cm wide.

The pistols

Rapid Fire pistols shoot .22 cartridges with a minimum velocity of 250m/sec, minimum bullet weight of 39gr. from a five-shot magazine and is essentially the same pistol used for the Standard Pistol event.

Course of fire

60 rounds are fired in two courses, sometimes over consecutive days. Each 30 round course is made up of

  • two five shot series in eight seconds, 
  • two five shot series in six seconds
  • two five shot series in four seconds 

Sighters consist of 5 shots in eight seconds prior to each course. Only one malfunction is allowed in each series

Perfect match score

600 is a perfect score, with 592 being world class.


Shot every second Saturday, with a monthly Feature Day handicap match.