Air Rifle: Event Details

Air Pistol

The pistol is held with one hand.  Participant is standing unless injury has impacted balance, stability or strength in the lower extremities.  For those participants, a wheelchair or other seat may be used (such as a stool).  Open and SH1 only.    

Air Rifle Prone

  • SH1 – Participants will use a sling to support the weight of the rifle. The participant will be seated and may rest both elbows and lean the torso against the table on the firing point for stability.

  • SH2 – If the participant is unable to support the rifle due to injury, the rifle will be supported by a spring stand (detailed rules on the ISCD website). The participant will be seated and may rest both elbows and lean the torso against the table on the firing point for stability.

  • SH3 – All participants may utilize adaptive equipment for the Prone event, such as sound-emitting targets.

  • Open – All participants will be in the prone position on the floor, and a shooting mat may be used.  A sling may be used. 

Air Rifle Standing

  • SH1 – Participants may rest one elbow on their hip to support the weight of the rifle. The participant may be standing up or seated, if required, but may not rest any part of the body or arms against the table.  A sling may be used in the standing competition.  

  • SH2 – If the participant is unable to support the rifle due to injury, the rifle will be supported by a spring stand (detailed rules on the IPC-Shooting Classification website). The participant may be standing up or seated, if required, but may not rest any part of the body or arms against the table.

  • SH3 – All participants may utilize adaptive equipment for the Prone event, such as sound-emitting targets.

  • Open – All participants will be standing and may rest one elbow on their hip to support the weight of the rifle.  A sling may be used in the standing competition. 

 Air Rifle Kneeling

  • SHI – Participants will be seated, resting one elbow on the table.  An elbow pad may be used to simulate the knee, and the other arm must not contact the table or stand.  

  • Open – Participants will be kneeling on one knee, resting one elbow on their knee.  A shooting mat may be used. 

* Slings may not be utilized if a competitor is utilizing a shooting spring/stand. 

Specific rules about the air guns, ammunition, targets, ranges and other competition equipment are available at the USA Shooting website:  www.usashooting.org 

Specific rules for participants with physical disabilities are available at the International Paralympic Committee’s shooting-specific website:  www.ipc-shooting.org 

For any questions regarding any PVA Shooting Sports event, please contact Andy MacDonald, Associate Director for Shooting Sports, at andym@pva.org or (202) 416-7620.