The barrel

The barrel of the Scheibenpistole is one of the most important parts of a target pistol. Its purpose is to direct the lead bullet onto the target, preferably where the shooter wants it. It should be light and made very accurate. The barrel usually screws into the frame or receiver, but sometimes moves up-and-down as in the Kipplauf pistols. In this case a metal link is fixed underneath the barrel. This is fastened with a release catch to the receiver. The barrel length is usually between 20 and 30 cm long. This is only done to give a longer aiming sight between the front and rear sight. The Scheibenpistole weighs in at about 1 kg or more.

The chamber and rifling are very similar to the Target rifles; they are short and rather shallow since they are made to fire only lead bullets. The thickness of the barrel wall is anything between 3 – 4mm, with usually a little thicker at the breech and end of the muzzle for better stability.