International Style Shooting
This air pistol qualification course is designed to introduce shooters to the challenge of air pistol beginning with the two-handed standing position then progressing to the one-handed standing International Air Pistol position. Air pistol events are for all ages and enjoyed by everyone at their home range and at the Olympic and Paralympic events.
NRA International Pistol Rules will apply, except where specific exceptions are made.
Any safe .177 caliber spring, pneumatic, or CO2 gas pistol or revolver may be used.
Only open sights are permitted.
Except for the Pro-Marksman and Marksman rating, all shooting is done from the standing position using one hand; no support is allowed.
Two-Handed position: Shooter must shoot from a standing position, with the pistol held in both hands. No artificial support is allowed; and the shooter’s arm must be fully extended, with sights at eye level. The shooter’s non-firing hand may be used to provide support for the firing hand.
Target and Distance
The official B-40 target is used at 10 meters (approximately 33 feet).
Shots Per Bullseye
Five or 10 shots per bullseye can be used for beginner ratings. The number of shots fired per bullseye is optional and should be altered if scoring becomes difficult. (At elite levels of competition, only one shot is fired at each bullseye).
The required number of shots must be fired in the same session to qualify as a completed course of fire. The number of times the course must be repeated does not have to be fired consecutively.
- International Air Pistol Patch
- Skill Rockers
- Parchment Certificates
Courses of Fire
|International Air Pistol Qualification|
|Rating||Position||No. of Shots||Req/Possible Score||Repetitions|
|Basic Practical||This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during a NRA Basic Pistol Course.|
|Pro-Marksman||Standing - two handed||10 shots||50/100||4 times|
|Marksman||Standing - two handed||20 shots||110/200||4 times|
|Marksman 1st Class||Standing - one handed||30 shots||190/300||4 times|
|Sharpshooter||Standing - one handed||40 shots||290/400||6 times|
|Expert||Standing - one handed||40 or 60 shots||326/400 or 485/600||6 times or 4 times|
|Distinguished Expert||40 or 60 shots, 348/400, 522/600 or better 10 times, or 335/400, 503/600 or better in two NRA sanctioned air pistol competitions. (See Witness Requirements)|