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.
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.
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).
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.