History-

Shooting first appeared in 1896. It's been part of most olympic games since, with the exception of 1904 and 1928. There were also many different events for the sport, making it possible for shooters to win many medals in this sport. However, after 1932 there were only two events for this sport, while before then there were many more. Women were allowed to compete in this sport in 1968, but in 1996 the events were separated into two divisions; one for men and another for women, instead of them all competing together.

Rules-

300m Standard Rifle and 10m Air Rifle

The butt plate can be adjusted up and down. The lowest part of the stock or toe of the butt plate having the maximum position of 220mm from the center line of the barrel. It can be offset parallel to the center line of the normal end of the butt plate. It can move left or right 15mm or the whole butt plate can also be turned on the vertical axis, but turning on the horizontal axis is not allowed.

300m Standard Rifle

All 300m rifles must amend with the following restrictions. The minimum trigger pull is 1500g, and it must measure with the barrel in a vertical position.

Trigger weight control checks must be done directly after the last series. There is a maximum of three tries to lift the weight allowed. If the rifle fails the test it will be disqualified.

10m Air Rifle

All types of air and gas rifles must amend with the following restrictions.

The rifle is only allowed to be loaded with one pellet.

If the Rifle is accidentally loaded with multiple pellets.

If the shooter is aware of a situation he must raise his non shooting hand to tell the range officer he has a problem. The officer must supervise unloading of the rifle. No extra time is allowed, but the shooter may continue in the normal way.

If there are two shoots on a target only the highest scoring one will be counted, the other will not be counted.

50m Rifle

All rifles with a rim fire of 5.6mm are allowed if the follow the following rules.

The weight may not exceed 8kg for men and 6.5kg for women with all add-ons used including palm rest and hand stop.

10m Air pistol

Any 4.5mm compressed air or gas pistol is allowed. It may only be loaded with one pellet.

If the shooter is aware of a situation he must raise his non shooting hand to tell the range officer he has a problem. The officer must supervise unloading of the rifle. No extra time is allowed, but the shooter may continue in the normal way.

50m pistol

All pistols with a rim fire of 5.6mm are allowed the pistol must be used 50m Pistol event and loaded with only one cartridge. Hand covers are allowed if they do not cover the wrist.

10m Five Shot Air Pistol

Any 4.5mm compressed air or gas pistol is allowed. Any pistol used in the 10m Five Shot Air Pistol event must have a magazine that can be loaded with five pellets.

Events-

The events for the sport have changed over time here is a list of 2008's events for the sport

Hall of fame-

Shan Zhang

She is known as the women who outshot men. She was the first women to win a mixed sex shooting event. She grabbed the gold medal. After that women were not allowed to be in skeet with men. She placed 8th in the event at the Sydney games.

Karoly Takacs

A Hungarian military sergeant who was also part of the pistol team won a medal using his left hand while he was right handed. His right hand shattered because of a faulty grenade. He then taught himself to shoot with his left hand. In 1948 he won the gold medal in the event. He also beat the world record by 10 points.

 

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Sources used:

"Shooting." The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 2008. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. <http://en.beijing2008.cn/cptvenues/sports/shooting/index.shtml>.