Standard Pistol

The Standard Pistol match is shot at 25 metres with a 0.22 Long Rifle semi-auto on a standard Precision target with a 50mm 10 ring, in timed series of five shots on turning targets. Four series, each of 150 seconds, four series each of 20 seconds and four series each of 10 seconds are fired for a total of 60 shots. Each series starts with the shooter’s arm at 45 degrees to the horizontal. The handgun used in this event must have a barrel no longer than 150mm and a trigger no lighter than 1000gm. Recoil handling characteristics are important in a Standard Pistol, especially in the 10 seconds series.

The original Standard Pistol match was conceived to allow shooters to have an event to shoot with the standard sporting 0.22 semi-auto’s that were available. Ruger, S&W, High Standard, Browning, Margolin and others make appropriate handguns that fit the original concept and are popular for use at club level. Standard Pistol is a challenge to old and new shooters alike, as a momentary lapse in concentration in the faster series can see many points disappear from the score. The Standard Pistol match combines both precision and rapid fire techniques in its course of fire, and the mixture of both guarantees an interesting match.

25m Standard Pistol is one of the ISSF shooting events introduced at the World Championship level in 1970.

Distance:25 metres
Calibre: .22 long rifle rimfire
Minimum trigger pull:1000g.
Number of shots/time: 60 competition shots, fired as four stages of 20 shots.
Targets:10 ring of 50 mm diameter, each ring increases by 50 mm

The 60-shot match is divided into 5-shot series with different timings:

  • 4 series of 5 shots within 150 seconds for each series
  • 4 series of 5 shots within 20 seconds for each series
  • 4 series of 5 shots within 10 seconds for each series

There is no Final round for the Standard Pistol event.

In Australia this event is also shot by women at most competitions.

The Target


This target is 55cm by 55cm and is at a distance of 25m.