Why do they call them "free" pistols when they cost almost $2000???
because, where-as other pistols have numerous restrictions on size, length, sight radius, grip
dimensions, weight, the .22 single shot used in the Olympic 50 meter event is relatively "free"
In this men's only event the shooter has 2 hours to fire 60 shots at a target 50 meters away. The
10 ring is about 2" across, the black is about 8" try it some time, set up an ~7" black at 50 yards and shoot ONE HANDED at it... how many shots can you keep ON the black let alone in the very center!
Those pistols are Morini CM84E, sold in the US by http://www.pilkguns.com/
currently listed at $1925 (at that price, buy two!)
that 50 meter target sure looks far away from this vantage point!
when it was all done, South Korean guy won, North Korean 2nd and the chinese guy 3rd.
Daryl Szarenski of the US was 14th place with a 555 and Jason Turner 21st with a 553 out of 600 in the qualifier. Neither made the finals
Free Pistol is a TOUGH event!!!! remember the rifle scores were in the 596-598 range, in FP 560-565 to get into the finals! FP has been part of the olympics since 1896!
We shoot this match monthly at PRGC, an official USAShooting registered match called a PTO (Preliminary Try Out) if any of you all are interested. You CAN shoot it with a ruger MKII if you like!