If you’re feeling inspired by Olympic shooting or a local shooting event and want to get involved check out this quick guide. Our introduction to the Olympic shooting will tell you everything you need to know to get started in the sport including the rules and what kind of equipment you’ll need. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Rifle and Pistol in Olympic 2020 can get Olympic Rifle and Pistol Tickets online.

Shooting is a sport that requires good physical and psychological conditioning. As shooters strive to achieve technical perfection a steady hand and nerves of steel are a must for success. Olympic shooting competitors have normally put in many years of practice and training to reach the exceptionally high standard required for competition shooting.

Introduction and overview of Olympic Shooting
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However, competition aside shooting is a sport that is open to people of all ages and it is not unusual to find talented teenagers competing against people old enough to be their grandparents at some local events. Shooting has been contested at most of the Olympic Games appearing first in 1896. In addition, several of the events on the program remained mixed open to both men and women.

By 1996 in Atlanta the shooting program was segregated with men’s events being completely separated from the women’s. The events at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China contained just 15 of the Olympic Shooting Sports disciplines instead of the previous 17. The 10m Running Target Men and Double Trap Women were omitted from the program and will not be continued at future Olympic Games.

Introduction and overview of Olympic Shooting
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The remaining 15 Olympic shooting events are divided into three main groups Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol the shotgun events see competitors shoot at clay targets propelled in different directions and the rifle and pistol events are held on shooting ranges with competitors aiming at targets from distances of 10m, 25m and 50m.

Olympic Shotgun Events:

The shotgun event at the Olympics is intended to simulate bird shooting. Competitors stand in stations and fire at clay targets. The contestant who hits the most targets in their shooting wins. A ‘hit’ counts when any visible piece of the target is shot off. The shotgun games consist of 3 separate competitions the trap, double trap and skeet.


Considered the most long-range of the Olympic shotgun events there are three different areas that can release the target but the shooter is unaware which one it will come from.

Double trap:

Considered the medium-range event two targets are released simultaneously from the same bank of traps.


The shortest range of the Olympics shotgun events. Two targets are released from different traps at either end of a semicircle.

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