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  • 50 metre pistol, formerly and unofficially still often called free pistol, is one of the ISSF shooting events. It provides the purest precision shooting among the pistol events, and is one of the oldest shooting types, dating back to the 19th century and only having seen marginal rule changes since the 1930s. Most of the changes concern about distance, Caliber, Type of pistol, and time allowed, and the most recently, format of the finals. This event, along with the 300m Free Rifle, are the only ones whose targets have never changed since the event's inception. The pistol used must be in caliber .22, using .22 Long Rifle ammunition, may only be loaded with one round at a time, and have conventional "open" or "iron" sights. It must also be operated by one hand and not supported by any other part of the shooter's body. Apart from that, there are practically no rules for the pistol, explaining the former name of the event. Trigger weight may be as low as the shooter pleases, the grip may be designed in any way to enhance comfortable ergonomic fit as long as it does not touch the wrist for support, and there are no restrictions on size and weight.

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