2015/2016

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UCD Rifle Club
PO Box 66,
Students Consultative Forum,
University College Dublin,
Belfield,
Dublin 4

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Concepts - 10 Metre Air-Rifle

Air Rifle and targert

Our main focus in the club.

Air-rifle target shooting is an Olympic sport. It is possibly the most accurate form of shooting, as there are no interfering effects such as gusts of wind or changes in light.

The rules: the shooters shoot at small paper targets from a distance of 10m. The targets are marked with concentric rings which correspond to various scores (see example left). For example, the outside ring is worth 1 point, whereas hitting the dot in the centre of the target is worth 10 points.

The calibre (internal diameter of the barrel) of the air-rifle is .177, and example of a pellet, a target pellet (aka wadcutter), is on the left in the image (not to scale with target!). The target itself is 4.5cm in diameter, with the ten scoring area only 0.5mm!

Two types or air-rifle are available in the range, hand-charger rifles and precharged rifles. Since the basic mechanism is to propel a lead pellet with air the distinction in the two classes is in how the air is put into the air-rifle. With hand-charged rifles the shooter must use a lever to compress air into the rifle, with a precharged rifle the air is compressed by a air-compressor (present at the range) and then decanted into the rifle, a significantly superior system. Beginners start with the hand-charged models (the most numerous by far) and then as the individual's skill increases graduate onto the precharged model.

In a competition, contestants fire 60 shots, so the scores are marked with a maximum of 600 points. The time allowed is 1h 45min's for men's and 1h 15min's for ladies.

For further infomation on the rules and regulations for 10 metre air-rifle please visit the International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) rule's page.

Concepts - 10 Metre Air-Pistol

Air Pistol and targert

A recent edition to our classes of shooting practiced in our range.

Use of the air-pistols is dependant on gaining experience with the air-rifles first, and ultimately is the decision of the range officer.

Some what more challenging in our experience than air-rifle for the beginner. However club members such have gone on to have great sucess in this displine.

In a competition, contestants fire 60 shots, so the scores are marked with a maximum of 600 points. The time allowed is 1h 45min's for men's and 1h 15min's for ladies.

The calibre (internal diameter of the barrel) of the air-pisol is .177, and example of a pellet, a target pellet (aka wadcutter), is on the left in the image (not to scale with target!). The target is bigger than those employed for air-rifle, with an diameter of 15.55cm and the ten ring diameter of 1.15cm.

For further infomation on the rules and regulations for 10 metre air-pisol please visit the International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) rule's page.

Concepts - .22 Shooting

.22 Rifle and targert

Due to restrictions of our range, .22 shooting is done off campus.

The club currently owns two .22 target rifles. The distance usually distance is 50 metres.

The calibre (internal diameter of the barrel) of the these rifles is .22, and example of a bullet with casing is on the left in the image (not to scale with target!). This ammunition is different from those used at our range because it is "live" - that is to say that the propulsion of the bullet is cause by combustion of the contents of the casing. The target is bigger than those employed for air-rifle, with an diameter of 15.44cm and the ten ring diameter of 1.04cm.

Concepts - Shotgun

Shotgun and Clays

No surprises that shotgun is also done off campus!

Different from the above displines due to the quickness of time to shoot the actual target, seen in the image as the clay. Trips are organised roughly every two months so keep your ears open and we'll let you know when we're next going.