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Modern Pentathlon Equipment and history

   

Equipment

   

History

Laser pistol

A pistol that is identical in weight and pistol grip to the air pistol, but uses a laser-based barrel powered by one AA battery instead of a gun barrel.

Airpistol

A pistol that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.

Target

Manual or Electronic targets marked with concentric circles.

Epee

Descended from the duelling sword, similar in length to a foil but heavier, with a larger guard and a much stiffer blade.

 
Obstacle

An object a horse must clear to complete the course, such as a fence, gate or water jump.

 
Piste

Fencing mat made from metal, metallic mesh or some substance with a base that is conductive.

 
Pool

50m long and a minimum 21m wide with touch panels of electronic timing equipment at starting end. Pool must be 1.80m deep throughout.

 
Competition area

A riding course of 350–450m length consisting of 12 obstacles, a combination of two elements (a double) and another of three elements (a triple).