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Shooting Disciplines
As our home page states York Jubilee ARPC is dedicated to the National International and Olympic airgun shooting disciplines of precision shooting with rifle and pistol at a distance of 10 metres.

Air Rifle
All air rifle shooting at the club is done from the standing position. This is recognised as being the most difficult position to master (as opposed to kneeling or lying down/prone).

The shooter is allowed to use a stiff jacket and trousers. Flat soled shooting boots can also be used and a thick glove for the non-trigger hand. Slings, palm grips or other attachments are not allowed when standing. Corrective lenses in special shooting glassses can be used. A variety of head gear to control light may be worn varying from head bands with an opaque "blinder" in front to the non aiming eye to caps with wide brims and side flaps.

Target shooting has a large psychological component as this sport is all about control and consistency. The ability to stay cool under pressure and to pull out the maximum performance when it counts is the mark of the champion.

Air Pistol
This precision event is also shot at 10 metres but on a larger target than the air rifle. Only one hand is allowed to hold the pistol and no clothing that assists steadiness can be worn. Flat soled shoes may be worn but must not support the ankle. As with air rifle corrective lenses and shooting frames can be used and headgear to control light. Target air pistols are now mostly pre-charged like the air rifles and have anatomical grips which can be finely adjusted to fit the shooter's hand perfectly. The rear sights on the air pistol are fully adjustable for windage (left to right) and elevation (up and down) and the rear sight notch can be adjusted for width. Foresights are detachable and come in a variety of widths to suit the desired sight picture of the shooter.

In both air rifle and air pistol, men and women compete together although at higher competative levels there are separate events, men usually firing 60 match shots and women 40. At International, but not Olympic level, there are events for Junior men and women (under the age of 21).

Running Target
This 10 metre air rifle event is shot with a specially adapted recoilless match air rifle fitted with a moving target telescopic sight at a maximum magnification of 4x.
Two air rifle sized targets, but with slightly larger scoring rings are fired at with the target moving from right to left and then from left to right. The leading target on the card is fired at each time. There are slow runs where the target takes 5 seconds to cover a 2 metre gap and fast runs where the target takes only 2.5 seconds to cross the gap.

The shooter must stand with the rifle at 45 degrees and the butt in contact with the hip in the ready position. When the target appears the shooter must mount the rifle to the shoulder, track the target and fire before it disappears behind the "blind". This event is not often encountered in the UK, but has a huge following in Europe.

Originally the target was a picture of a running boar, but because of sensitivities about animals being shot for sport the target was changed to two circular aiming marks . At the Jubilee we still use the old running boar target. Politically incorrect it may be, but most of us know the difference between a picture and the real thing. At Bisley in Surrey, the Mecca of target shooting, the Sporting Rifle Club of Great Britain still shoot the 50 metre event with .22 cartridge rifle and a picture of a boar.

Rapid Fire Air Pistol Normally this is shot with semi-automatic .22 cartridge pistols at 25 metres. However, since British citizens are banned from owning semi-auto cartridge pistols there is also an air pistol equivalent. This is again shot over a range of 10m using a 5 shot air pistol.

In this event the shooter fires at a bank of five rapid fire targets which are larger than the precision 10 metre card. The shooter must move between targets and fire one shot on each target within 12 seconds and then in 8 seconds. In the national version of this competition the shooter fires five shots in ten seconds on a single card. The course of fire is normally 40 shots.

Standard Air Pistol In this event, which again uses the five shot semi automatic air pistol, the shooter fires 60 shots . Twenty shots on the 10metre precision target with each series of five shots being fired within 150 seconds. Twenty shots with each series of five shots fired within 20 seconds and twenty shots with each series of five shots being fired in 10 seconds. The rapid fire series are fired on the larger rapid fire target.

Both of these events make for challenging shooting in which timing and control are of vital importance.