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#7073406 - 02/10/18 01:34 PM Olympic Biathlon
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Biathlon is the winter Olympic sport combining cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship. Alternating skiing and shooting, biathletes compete under the pressure of the clock that continues to run even as they stop to shoot. There is a penalty for each missed shot so biathletes must balance speed on the course and on the range with shooting accuracy. The athletes shoot from two positions - Prone and Standing - in various different sequences depending on the competition. In each shooting stage the athlete has five shots to hit five targets 50m (164 ft) down range. The target hit area for prone is 4.5cm (less than 2 inches) and 11.5cm (about 4.5 inches) for standing. When hit, the black target turns white showing everyone the shot hit the target - or not.

On NBCSN now if you care to watch.
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#7073413 - 02/10/18 01:44 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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Cool story Brah

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#7073453 - 02/10/18 02:10 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've never snow skied so I would probably shoot my self or a bystander....

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#7073464 - 02/10/18 02:18 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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These are obviously not your average off-the-shelf rifles. Still, shooting open sights while trying to run a ski race must be very demanding on one's shooting skills.

Any yet, we often struggle at hitting an area the size of a pie plate with a scoped rifle shooting from a window ledge while sitting in an old office chair.
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#7073479 - 02/10/18 02:39 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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Just watched it myself, pretty impressive with all that adrenaline.

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#7073505 - 02/10/18 03:07 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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#7073548 - 02/10/18 03:51 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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Those guys are beasts.
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#7073609 - 02/10/18 05:14 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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Biathlon gots nothing on JG's Hunters Rifle Challenge.


this is where the REAL athletes compete under excruciating pressure and conditions.
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#7073843 - 02/10/18 08:33 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Biathlon gots nothing on JG's Hunters Rifle Challenge.


this is where the REAL athletes compete under excruciating pressure and conditions.


roflmao
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#7074001 - 02/10/18 11:28 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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Targets are at 50 meters. When standing, targets are the size of a saucer. When laying prone at 45 degrees, the target is the size of a silver dollar.
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#7074070 - 02/11/18 05:17 AM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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I watched the women, and there are some very good shots. Googled the guns and they run about $3K - $4K and use .22LR...

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#7074221 - 02/11/18 08:15 AM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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I "practiced" for an elk hunt a few years ago by jogging around my place with a scoped air rifle and weighted back-pack. Had pie-tins and muffin cups set out as targets every 100 yards or so. Getting those cross hairs settled when out of breath and your heart pounding in your chest is challenging to say the least! Hats off to those athletes who can do it with such apparent ease. (No, I wasn't planning on running and gunning for elk. The idea was to get at least familiar with shooting while out of breath)
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#7074465 - 02/11/18 11:38 AM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: fray]
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Originally Posted By: fray
I watched the women, and there are some very good shots. Googled the guns and they run about $3K - $4K and use .22LR...


Almost all of them are shooting Feinwerkbau or Anschutz. Badazz target rifles. Very impressive iron sights shooting for sure.
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#7074601 - 02/11/18 01:32 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: dkershen]
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Originally Posted By: dkershen
Originally Posted By: fray
I watched the women, and there are some very good shots. Googled the guns and they run about $3K - $4K and use .22LR...


Almost all of them are shooting Feinwerkbau or Anschutz. Badazz target rifles. Very impressive iron sights shooting for sure.


And you would think they sleep with them by how easy they work and shoot them.
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#7074767 - 02/11/18 04:29 PM Re: Olympic Biathlon [Re: Texas Dan]
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Men are up now.
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