It is illegal to own hand guns and pistols of any type in the UK apart from air pistols. Consequently British hopes of any 50m pistol medals are pretty remote and now the only pistol discipline that can be practiced in the UK is 10m air pistol. Pistols can be spring powered but normally run on compressed air or CO2 . Targets are quite small and like 10m air rifle this is not an easy event.
The only exception is a “Long Barrelled Pistol “
This is a .22 pistol that has a barrel length of 12 inch’s and an overall length of 24 inch’s. It also has counterweight arms that extend behind it. These arms mean that because of the overall length of the weapon it is actually classed as a rifle despite the fact that it is fired one handed.
Shooting disciplines range from single handed slow fire Precision, to the Olympic Standard pistol course of 5 shots in 10 seconds. There are even competitions where optical sights can be used (which can be very helpful if your eyesight is not 20-20).
Whilst the law permits long barrelled pistols to be shot at KTS, we are not allowed to own such pistols and therefore this type of shooting is only available to existing owners of long barrelled pistols.