25 meter center-fire pistol
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|Number of shots||2x30|
|World Championships||Since 1947|
25 metre center-fire pistol is one of the ISSF shooting events, and is normally a men-only event. Its origin lies in competitions with military-style service pistols, and as such its history dates back to the 19th century.
25 metre pistol (formerly called sport pistol) is essentially the women's equivalent of this event, the only difference being the smaller rimfire caliber handguns used (often the same models only chambered for the smaller caliber).
The rules specify that matches are to be shot with handgun of any caliber between 7.62 mm (.30) and 9.65 mm (.38), but the most popular cartridge is the .32 S&W Long, because it has good performance characteristics. Many countries also have laws restricting civilian ownership of firearms chambered for cartridges also used by military forces which would not apply to the rather obscure .32 S&W Long.
Using a revolver is not a disadvantage because the "rapid-fire" stage is not as demanding or fast as the true rapid-fire event of 25 metre rapid fire pistol. The current record is set with a revolver (Toz 49). The most popular handgun choices however are larger caliber versions of rimfire semi-automatic pistols originally designed for 25 metre standard pistol. Many of these pistol can be changed from one caliber to the other by simply changing the barrel and magazine. Examples of such firearms are usually from companies specializing firearms for ISSF events like Pardini, Benelli, Morini, Walther and Hämmerli and include:
Course of fire
A center-fire match consists of two parts of 30 shots each, both shot at 25 m:
- A precision stage where 5 shots are to be fired during a 5-minute period.
- A rapid-fire stage where, for each shot, the shooter has 3 seconds to raise his arm from a 45 degree angle and fire.
- As with all ISSF pistol disciplines, all firing must be done with one hand, unsupported.
The score zones of the targets are different for the two stages, but scores are usually similar for the two courses. In the precision stage, the target is the same as in 50 metre pistol (although at half the distance), with a 10-zone of 5 cm diameter, and in the rapid-fire stage, the target is the same as in 25 metre rapid fire pistol, with a 10-zone of 10 cm diameter.
The event has not made it into the Olympic Games, and so gains little attention. It is part of the ISSF World Shooting Championships however, as well as the CISM World Championships. It is also notable for being the inspiration for the 25 metre pistol event, which is an Olympic event for women.
World Championships, Men
World Championships, Men Team
World Championships, total medals up to 2006
Current world records
|Current world records in 25 metre center-fire pistol|
|Men (ISSF)||Individual||595||Christian Reitz (GER)||31 July 2015||Maribor (SLO)|
|Teams||1762||Soviet Union (Ignatiuk, Kuzmins, Pyzhianov)||August 15, 1990||Moscow (URS)|
|Men (CISM)||Individual||597||Yusuf Dikeç (TUR)||2006||Rena (NOR)|
|Teams||1763||China (Gao, Jin, Liu)||2006||Rena (NOR)|
|1947||Stockholm||Torsten Ullman (SWE)||Finland|
|1949||Buenos Aires||Heinrich Keller (SUI)||United States|
|1952||Oslo||Harry Reeves (USA)||United States|
|1954||Caracas||Torsten Ullman (SWE)||Soviet Union|
|1958||Moscow||William McMillan (USA)||Czechoslovakia|
|1962||Cairo||Igor Rakalov (URS)||Soviet Union|
|1966||Wiesbaden||William Blankenship (USA)||United States|
|1970||Phoenix||Rafael Carpio (MEX)||Czechoslovakia|
|1974||Thun||Dan Iuga (ROU)||Soviet Union|
|1978||Seoul||Seppo Mäkinen (FIN)||Finland|
|1982||Caracas||Vladas Turla (URS)||Soviet Union|
|1986||Suhl||Oleg Tkachyov (URS)||Soviet Union|
|1990||Moscow||Sergei Pyzhianov (URS)||Soviet Union|
|1994||Milan||Pål Hembre (NOR)||Russia|
|1998||Barcelona||Park Byung Taek (KOR)||South Korea|
|2002||Lahti||Park Byung Taek (KOR)||South Korea|
|2006||Zagreb||Liu Yadong (CHN)||Russia|
|2010||Munich||Leonid Yekimov (RUS)||Brazil|
|2014||Granada||Yusuf Dikec (TUR)||Ukraine|