Shooting is a competitive sport involving tests of proficiency (accuracy and speed). It is an Olympic sport and is categorized by the type of firearm, target and distance at which targets are shot at. All the events are individual and require shooters to adopt different positions: standing, kneeling or prone, where shooters lie on their fronts. Rules vary according to the different disciplines, with distance, types of target, arm, firing position, number of shots and the time within which the shorts have to be fired. The weapons used in Singapore are air weapons, pistols, rifles and shotguns. Shooting can only take place at a certified shooting range and one must be a registered shooter belonging to one of the affiliated clubs or a guest of a registered shooter.
Fun fact -The oldest Olympian ever was Oscar Swahn, a Swedish shooter in the 1920 Antwerp, Belgium Olympics. He was 72.
Fun Fact - The Olympics has 3 major shooting disciplines. The pistol, rifle and shotgun.
In all of the rifle and pistol events, round targets are used. These targets consist of concentric circles, with each successively larger circle scoring fewer points. The size of the targets varies according to the distance from the shooter to the target. Hitting the center circle of the target, usually referred to as a bull’s eye, is the main goal and is worth ten points. At the end of the round, scores are totalled to determine the winner of each round. The winner is the one with the highest scores.
For the shotgun events, clay targets are thrown into the air and the main goal of the shooter is to break each target. The winner is the shooter who breaks the most targets.
Try out Shooting today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Breathable T-shirt, dri-fit shirt (Shirt must have sleeves)
- Pair of sports shorts or pants
Close-toed shoes, running shoes are recommended
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Guns can be rented from the range and ammo is sold there