These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

By Attila Nagy on at

Competitive target shooting is as old as shooting weapons, from bows to laser pistols. But air pistols went through impressive evolution in the past few decades, thanks to manufacturers putting amazingly futuristic arms into the hands of competitors. Some of them look like Han Solo should be shooting.

The 10 Metre Air Pistol is one of the most popular Olympic shooting events, in which women and men shoot with 4.5 mm (or .177) caliber pneumatic pistols at a distance of 10 metres (11 yards). The most interesting thing is that air pistols are not just practically recoilless and vibration free, but also highly customisable to the shooters' needs.

Since precision shooters can choose a wide variety of spring operated, gas spring-operated, pneumatic or pre-charged pneumatic air guns, the following list is far from complete; but hopefully provides a good overview of recently available arms made by the most popular manufacturers.

Record LP 1

A German spring-piston air pistol that was common during the first decades of the sport.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Wikimedia Commons


The Baikal IZH-46

A classic Russian sport pistol available since 1988.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Rostec


MR-651K-23

An upgraded version of the Baikal IZH-46.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Rostec


MP-672

Further modernisation of the Baikal IZH-46 led to this model.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Rostec


Benelli Kite

A pre-charged pneumatic air pistol designed for the 10m Air Pistol ISSF shooting event. Manufactured by Benelli Armi SpA of Italy.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Cjwoodfines/Wikimedia Commons


Steyr LP 10

One of the most popular single-shot pre-charged pneumatic air pistol among ISSF shooters. Made by Steyr Sportwaffen GmbH of Austria.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images


Morini Competition Arm S.A. 162 EI

Made in Switzerland.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images


Feinwerkbau Model P58

A German air pistol.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Feinwerkbau


Aeron ACZ-101 Spider

Made in the Czech Republic.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Aeron


The Italian Pardini FPM

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Pardini


Tesro PA10

Another German air pistol.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: Tesro


Hämmerli AP20

Made by Carl Walther, Ulm, Germany.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: carl-walther.de


Walther LP400

Made by Carl Walther, Ulm, Germany.

These Air Pistols Look Like Weapons from Star Wars

Photo: carl-walther.de


Top shot: Bob Leverone/AP