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Tryouts for the 2018-2019 season in progress!

Category : Blog , Theme meta posts

The MIT Sport Pistol team kicked of tryouts with a total of 29 promising puppies seeking to become part of this year’s team. Tryouts will continue through Saturday, September 30, and will culminate in a practice match taking place that same day.

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About MIT Sport Pistol

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Where we shoot: Basement of DuPont Gymnasium: Building W31.

Interested in Joining?
No prior shooting experience is necessary.

All members of the MIT student community are eligible to try out to join the team. Undergraduate members are eligible to compete. Recruitment happens during the beginning of the school year with the Athletic Midway which is held during Rush/Orientation week.

The pistol season runs from September to March, with the first match in October. Practices are held Monday through Thursday. The range is open for the team from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (except on Tuesdays, when it closes at 6:30).

As with other sports, practice is required, absences must be excused, and participation at home matches is expected. As your level of proficiency increases, you will be asked to go to away matches. You must be patient as it takes as much time to develop proficiency in pistol as it does in any other sport. However, if you practice and stick with it, maybe you can join the ranks of our All-Americans, All-Stars, and nationally ranked teams!

If you are a grad student or employee, you may consider joining the MIT Pistol and Rifle Club instead of the Sport Pistol Team, because you will be eligible to shoot in competitions and the membership dues are less expensive. PRC practices on Tuesday nights and goes to local competitions.

If you are interested in competitive rifle shooting, you can find information on the undergraduate MIT Rifle Team here.

Take the P.E. class
There is a pistol P.E. class available for undergraduates, but slots are limited. Sign-ups are on P.E. registration days twice a semester. For more information on signing up for the class, please visit the MIT Athletics page.

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MIT Sport Pistol Team

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Safety – Excellence – Tradition

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Pistol team featured in MIT’s newspaper The Tech

Category : Blog , In the News

Written by team members Jennifer Hsu and Francisco Garcia, and coach Steve Goldstein.

Article found in The Tech volume 134 number 19, published on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, starting on page 16 (Sports section):

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2014 Nationals Results and All-American Awards

Official 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championship Results

All-American Awards

Congratulations to Jackie Wu, who got Air Pistol Honorable Mention, Sport Pistol First Team, and Standard Pistol Second Team!

Congratulations to Jennifer Hsu and Kristine Kim, who both got Sport Pistol Honorable Mention!

Official Results on NRA Blog

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2014 Nationals Day 2

Day two is over (finally!).  Today there were three events.  The first was a “fun shoot” – 30 shots of sport rapid for the guys.  I’m not sure how accurately score was kept, and the range officers were rather cavalier about scoring system malfunctions, but MIT will definitely win the award for best costuming if one is given.

The Standard Pistol match came next.  We had six individuals qualify in this event, which made selecting a team of four quite challenging.  Coaches Yakov and Steve, with help from YinFu, chose our most experienced and usually best shooters, but everyone shot a bit below their averages and we ended up in sixth place as a team.  Our best shooter was Rebekah Cha ’16, a first-year shooter as a sophomore and not listed scoring on the team, with a 524, which was good for ninth overall.  The one consolation, I suppose, is that even if our four highest-scoring shooters had been listed as the team we still would have ended fourth and out of the awards.

After yet another delicious Subway lunch the day continued with the Women’s Sport Pistol match.  This turned out to be an entertaining and exciting event, and the team match was very closely contested.  Jackie Wu and Jennifer Hsu qualified for the finals in 6th and 8th, finishing is 7th and 8th overall. There was a tie for first in the team event, with Ohio State and Army both scoring 1590 (OSU won on the tie-breaker) and MIT in third *one point* behind. All three of our shooters feel badly about that one or two more points they might have gotten, but that is tempered by the fact that we won the Women’s Aggregate thanks to our strong performance in yesterday’s Women’s Air Pistol match.

The Championships conclude tomorrow with the Open Air Pistol match in the morning, followed by the awards banquet in the evening where we’ll collect our swag and, we hope, a few All-American awards as well.

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2014 Nationals Day 1

Two events were contested on the first day of competition – Women’s Air Pistol in the morning, and Open Free Pistol in the afternoon.  Our day started in great fashion with Jackie Wu (361), Jennifer Hsu (360), and Kristine Kim (359) combining to take first place in the team event, 9 points ahead of second-place North Dakota State University, with Ohio State third, Navy fourth, and Citadel fifth.  Jackie was our only individual qualifier; she finished fifth in the match and fifth after finals.  Jennifer and Kristine both shot well enough to make the finals, but because they hadn’t prequalified as individual competitors (qualification was based on Sectional scores) they were ineligible.

Our Free Pistol team consisted of individual qualifiers Jackie Wu and Nico Fine, plus Thuan Doan and Kristine Kim.  Unlike last year, where temperatures were in the high 30s or low 40s and everyone wore every scrap of clothing they could find, today was sunny with a light breeze and temperatures in the low 70s, with short sleeves the uniform of the day.  Three of our shooters were at or above average, but one encountered some serious difficulties that led to a low score, and we finished well out of the awards (this wasn’t actually surprising as we had qualified low).  It was a tough afternoon following such a good morning, but it’s over and behind us.

We’re looking forward to the Standard and Sport Pistol matches tomorrow.

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2013-2014 season highlights

Category : 2013-2014 Season , Blog


  • MIT Beat USCGA 6054 to 5950 Open, 2666 to 2653 women’s
  • MIT beat Merchant Marine 5958 to 5638 Open
  • MIT beat Yale 4108 to 3750 (air and standard)
  • MIT sets season record match score at sectionals, with a 6160 open and a 2701 women’s

Individual Scores:

  • Nicholas Fine Shoots season air high of 546 at USCGA
  • Nicholas Fine Shoots Season Free high of 500 at USMA
  • Jackie Wu shoots season standard high of 536 at USMA
  • Jackie Wu Shoots women’s air high of 365 at USCGA
  • Jackie Wu Shoots women’s sport high of 565 at MIT against USCGA

Sectionals Results:
Individual Qualifiers:
Congratulations to Jackie Wu who qualified in all 5 events!

  • 5 qualifiers for standard (Jackie, Yinfu, Kristine, Jennifer, Rebekah)
  • 1 qualifier for free (Jackie)
  • 1 qualifier for open air (Jackie)
  • 3 qualifiers for women’s sport (Jackie, Kristine, Jennifer) and 2nd alternate (Yinfu)
  • 1 qualifier for women’s air (Jackie) and first and second alternates (Yinfu and Jennifer)

Team Qualifications:
Qualified for all 5 events. Congratulations to the MIT women’s team for winning women’s aggregate!

  • 1st in women’s air
  • 4th in women’s sport
  • 4th in Standard
  • 6th in Free
  • 8th in Open Air

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2013 Collegiate National Championships – All-American awards

Category : Blog , Championships

Now that the Awards Banquet is over we know who got All-American
honors and in what events.

Christie Chiu ’13 received Second-Team All-American recognition in Air Pistol.

Wen Chyan ’13 received Second-Team recognition in Free Pistol,
First-Team in Standard Pistol, and Second-Team in Air Pistol.

Eddie Ha ’13 received Honorable Mention in Air Pistol.

As a final note, our Open Air Pistol team finished 7th out of 11
teams.  Interestingly, the 2nd-place team was North Dakota State, not
an academy or Ohio State.  It was nice to see more civilians on the
podium.  Let’s hope that next year we have even more, including a few
from the small vocational school on the Charles.


Our Coaches

We wouldn’t be able to exist, much less be so successful, without our awesome volunteer coaches!

Huge thanks to our coaches for all the time and effort they put into helping our team!

Doug White
Yakov Ostrovsky
Steve Goldstein
Louis Matnog

Our Sponsors

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