Sunday, August 26, 2012

Morini CM 80 Free Pistol

Shooter from Finland – Hannes Frigård – has sent following nice photos to me.

Credits: Hannes Frigård

More info about Morini CM 80 free pistol.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Olympic Champion Martynov Sergei

As you can see on this photo – Sergei has used Russian «Olymp» ammo (or better to say – USSR ammo).
Black/orange plastic box. Special production was started for Olympic Games in Moscow 1980.
After the Final Sergei confirmed in the interview that he has used «Olymp». Very old lot... from 1985.
«Where from? From there (laughs). Since Soviet times. It is my little reserve and this reserve is used very carefully. The cartridges from 1985. I use it for major competitions only. The Soviet ammo is still better than the modern» – expressed Sergei.
«Let’s not touch the ammunition theme, it is infinite story,... not just ours. There is no solution at the moment. No one produce ideal match ammo, and it is unlikely someone will produce. We have to test every available ammo and see which is better» – added Sergei.
Sergei’s rifle is from 1995.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Matt Emmons finally did it

Veni, vidi, vici

Newbies? Not bad.
Of course it is a joke. These athletes trained many many years, but anyway. Very interesting how it works.

Men's 50m Rifle Prone

COX, Lionel - BEL
Lionel is not professional shooter (according ISSF profile).

Men's 50m Pistol

CHOI Young Rae - KOR

WANG Zhiwei - CHN

Men's 10m Air Pistol


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Free Pistol Men Historical Results Comparison

I have found old almanac with historical results and  build following 50m free pistol comparison chart: USSR Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games.

Some notices and facts:
  • USSR Championship 1955. Efim Khaidurov on 2nd Place.
  • USSR Championship 1966. Anatoli Poddubny on 1st Place.
  • USSR Championship 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1974: two rounds (60 + 60). I divided the sum by 2.
  • USSR Championship 1979: actually guest shooter Harald Vollmar (East Germany) was with 574 on the 2nd Place.
  • 1986: the finals were added to shooting program. And therefore: you see three best qualification scores before(!) final.
  • World Championships 1990 and 1998: all eight finalist showed very high qualification results.
  • USSR Championships: I have best results only till 1980.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Alexei Klimov: poor eyesight doesn't allow me to shoot well in indoor ranges

I have searched for explanation what could happen during the rapid fire pistol final and found following Klimov’s post-event interview.
You have finished the qualification with new world record but you was unable to compete for medal in the final. What has happened?
I have only one explanation: poor eyesight doesn’t allow me to shoot well in indoor shooting ranges. Or demonstrate the same score level as in outdoor shooting ranges. The front sight merges with rear sight. Poor eyesight. My emotions were under control, good feeling. But poor eyesight. To shoot without seeing a thing – it’s horror.
The new final format and scoring system isn’t very fair. You have established new world record and in the same all scores zeroed in the final. Is it true that this «invention» was made because of your high scores?
I don’t like the new format but as we have heard – the reason for that was TV. Better for spectators, better comprehension what is happening. But in general it is infringing on rights of superior athletes... in this case – me. But I don’t want to blame those who invented new final format.
Had you better shooting conditions during the qualification?
Yes. It was sunny. Good light and I saw exactly what I did. But in the final – if my eyes were closed.
OK. Another question. How could you hit five times in the first final series?
By accident. And by accident three misses in last series. Unpredictable.
Is there any medical solution for your problem?
Scared to do any surgery. Different things can come out as post-surgery-effect. But probably I have to take risks.
Will you stay for the next Olympic cycle?
Of course. Without any doubt. It is not discussed.

UPDATE: I have found another point of view. Last Russian Olympic Champion Mikhail Nestruev commented Alexei’s interview: "he was there in the final hall in April" (during London Prepares World Cup and won with 590 + 33).
In another long interview Mikhail said that there may have been another reason for this failure... psychological. "I think team stuff who has surrounded Alexei in the last moment of time before the final did a huge mistake" - expressed Mikhail.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Olympians Pupo, Kumar, Cox, Narang and Al-Attiya

I hope all these shooters and Olympic medal winners,... I would say – unexpected medal winners – will help to bring shooting sport in their countries on a higher level than before. New shooting ranges? Better infrastructure? Higher popularity? More shooters? IMHO, it is good for shooting sport globally.

Congratulations! Outstanding performance on-demand, here and now...

A couple of next surprises may occur soon... half time in Olympic shooting.

I hope that ultimate rapid fire shooter Klimov Alexei won’t lose motivation and picks up his medal in Rio de Janeiro.
50th ISSF World Championship 2010