Free or Match pistols are the most exotic of the target pistols, because they have been allowed to develop relatively free of rules and restrictions. They are single shot pistols designed for the greatest possible accuracy at 50metres. Their origins lie in the early duelling and target/saloon pistols. They were a peculiar development of Europe. The USA initially went a different route by adapting their S&W revolvers for precision shooting. In the early years the USA shooters dominated the Olympics but as free pistols developed, the Americans lost their ascendency and the Europeans, and in particular the Russians started to dominate. The modern free pistol is a superb shooting instrument capable of grouping into .5 inch or less at 50m.
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The defining pistol for all other modern free pistols
The Modern Stable of Free Pistols