Sarnobat’s German Friend

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Shooter Rahi Sarnobat qualified for the London Olympics by winning bronze in the 25m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, US. In Mumbai, the 20-year-old gave some insights into her weapon.“It’s a German-made Feinwerkbau AW93,” she said. The gun costs nearly Rs 90,000. Asked how many she carries to an event, Sarnobat says, “Like most shooters, I carry only one gun to tournaments. Changing guns is a big decision. It takes time to adjust to a new gun. You don’t do it in the middle of a tournament.”

Sarnobat is supported by the Pune-based Lakshya Sports Foundation and practises at the Gun for Glory shooting academy in the same city. She plans to change her gun after the next World Cup a few weeks later. “It will be the same model, but as usual I will get the grip customised by the academy gunsmith (Anatoliy Fedorchenko).”