What kind of rifle do they use in biathlon?

What kind of rifle do they use in biathlon?

.22 caliber rimfire rifles
Biathletes use . 22 caliber rimfire rifles with peep sights. The rifle magazine may hold no more than five rounds, and ammunition must be standard velocity.

Who is the best biathlete in the world?

Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Bjørndalen also spelled Bjoerndalen, (born January 27, 1974, Drammen, Norway), Norwegian biathlete whose 13 Olympic Games medals are the most for any male Winter Olympian and who is widely considered the greatest biathlete of all time.

What rifle caliber is used in the Olympics biathlon?

Modern rules dictate biathletes carry a . 22-caliber rifle on their backs (previously, higher-powered cartridges were used before . 22 rifles were standardized in 1978). The rifle is to weigh 3.5 kilograms, or 7.7 pounds.

What country is best at biathlon?


Rank Nation Gold
1 Norway 6
2 Soviet Union 3
3 France 2
4 Germany 1

Has the US ever won a medal in biathlon?

This year’s athletes hope to change that. Biathlon is the only Winter Olympics sport in which the U.S. hasn’t won a medal. Innovations since the last games have Americans hoping to break through in the skiing and target shooting event.

Do biathlon rifles have scopes?

The rifles must have precise sights. There are no scopes are allowed—competitors don’t get the benefit of magnification or a reticle. Given that biathlon races take place outside in the snow, the rifle must not only be accurate in extremely cold conditions, but it must also function reliably.

What kind of bullet is used in biathlon?

.22 caliber rifle
The most basic description of the equipment is that it’s a . 22 caliber rifle with five-round clips and must weigh at least 3.5 kg (or 7.7 pounds).