Irish Olympic target shooting

UCESSA 10m Air Pistol Postal 2010 – Rounds 2-4

Thanks to the inclement weather (ie. the range hitting -16C at one point), I simply couldn’t get to the range for most of December;  thankfully, the UCESSA made allowances in its rules for those of us who didn’t see that coming and so I’ve been able to catch up to where I should be over the last fortnight by shooting a round every time I went to the range for training. Things aren’t going too badly, the scores have been fairly consistent and the overall group for the past four rounds doesn’t have too many fliers or wierd patterns overall:

Composite (Rounds 1-4)

A little off-center to the high right. With lots of shots fired like this, this pistol target diagnosis chart is now of use:

Pistol shooting diagnosis chart
Pistol shooting diagnosis chart

So I guess I’m pulling the trigger a bit rather than pushing it straight back; but it doesn’t seem to be that pronounced, certainly not compared to the overall wobble in my hold. That wobble basicly just requires muscle tone and practice to fix; but to be honest, I’m not sure that’s something I’ll be doing – I do pistol for fun, I don’t really want to train at it as much as I do for rifle. A little shaving off the pistol grip under the pad at the base of my trigger finger might help a lot with the triggering – I notice I have to bend my finger back with my left hand to settle the pistol into the grip every time, and that can’t be right!

Anyway, here are the target scans and scores:

Round 2

38 + 45 + 42 + 38 + 49 + 34 = 246

Slight whoopsie on card 5 here, put in six shots in error. ISSF rules say that’s allowable twice in a 60-shot match, so I just shot four shots into card 6…

Round 2 Card 1 (38)

Round 2 Card 1 (38)

Round 2 Card 2 (45)

Round 2 Card 2 (45)

Round 2 Card 3 (42)

Round 2 Card 3 (42)

Round 2 Card 4 (38)

Round 2 Card 4 (38)

Round 2 Card 5 (49/60)

Round 2 Card 5 (49/60)

Round 2 Card 6 (34/40)

Round 2 Card 6 (34/40)

Round 3

44 + 43 +45 + 40 + 41 + 40 = 253

Best round to date…

Round 3 Card 1 (44)

Round 3 Card 1 (44)

Round 3 Card 2 (43)

Round 3 Card 2 (43)

Round 3 Card 3 (45)

Round 3 Card 3 (45)

Round 3 Card 4 (40)

Round 3 Card 4 (40)

Round 3 Card 5 (41)

Round 3 Card 5 (41)

Round 3 Card 6 (40)

Round 3 Card 6 (40)

Round 4

42 + 46 + 43 + 43 + 39 + 36 = 249

A bit of a let-down at the last two cards there, caused by fatigue and low energy levels. Oh well.

Round 4 Card 1 (42)

Round 4 Card 1 (42)

Round 4 Card 2 (46)

Round 4 Card 2 (46)

Round 4 Card 3 (43)

Round 4 Card 3 (43)

Round 4 Card 4 (43)

Round 4 Card 4 (43)

Round 4 Card 5 (39)

Round 4 Card 5 (39)

Round 4 Card 6 (36)

Round 4 Card 6 (36)

2 Comments

  • marc
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 03:02 | Permalink

    Interesting diagnostic tool you have there. Does one like that exist for air rifles?

    • Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:44 | Permalink

      There are a few dozen of those charts for pistol out there, all of which look roughly the same; I’m not even sure where I found this one originally, it was just in my records from a few years back. But for rifle? If there is a chart like this out there, I’ve never found one. I think the different positions for rifle and pistol probably mean you wouldn’t get something so simple for rifle because the mechanics of the position mean there are more variables for rifle. Pistol is simpler in that respect (though simple, as any chef will tell you, means harder to do perfectly 😀 ).

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