Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best sport shooters from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Sports shooting is a sport of precision and concentration. It is practiced with a firearm or compressed air. All the rules are governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation, an international organization based in Germany. The practice of this sport requires the use of personal protective equipment, protective goggles and hearing protection.
Shooting, as a sport, has its roots in Europe and dates back to German shooting clubs over 500 years ago. The sport’s local popularity grew with the creation of the National Rifle Association in 1871.
A sport shooter we will always keep in our memories is Edwin Vásquez Cam, who conquered the gold at the London 1948 Olympic Games, giving Peru one of his most precious victories. Moreover, he also won the gold medal in the free pistol category at the Buenos Aires 1951 Pan Am Games. Carlos Hora also became a top-ranking sport shooter, after taking home a gold medal at the Caracas 1983 Pan Am Games. Currently, Francisco Boza is considered one of the best athletes in this precision sport, and in recognition of his achievements, he had the great honor of bearing the Peruvian flag at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It is worth mentioning that Peru’s Marko Carrillo claimed the 50 m bronze medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, bringing more joy to our country.
Air pistol: A pistol that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.
Air rifle: A rifle that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.
Air gun: A rifle or pistol that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.
Bunker: A long concrete structure in front of a firing line from which machines throw clay targets in trap shooting: also known as a trench.
Clay target: A saucer-shaped target of clay.
Double trap: A trapshooting event where two targets are released at the same time and the athlete must fire a shot at each.
Pistol: A short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.
Rifle: A shoulder firearm with spiral grooves cut in the inner surface of the gun barrel to give the bullet a rotating motion and render its flight more accurate.
Shotgun: A smooth bore firearm for firing round shot.
Shoot-off: A tie-breaker in a shooting competition.
Sighter: A practice shot fired at the beginning of a match to check sight adjustments.
Skeet: In this event, athletes only take one shot at a target.
Trap: A device for suddenly releasing or tossing clay targets into the air in trapshooting.