Metallic silhouette

Olympic Small Bore Rifle Shooting with Amanda Furrer - USA Shooting Team

NSSF's Bill Brassard discusses smallbore three-position rifle shooting with USA Shooting Team member and London Olympic gold hopeful Amanda Furrer. She also provides a tips that shooters of all ability levels can use to improve their performances, which, as you'll soon see, at this level of competition is 90% mental. (NSSF Video)

2017 Metallic Silhouette Small Bore and Field Pistol National Championships

Check out the Action from the 2017 Metallic Silhouette Small Bore and Field Pistol National Championships hosted by ACTPA and conducted at the SSPC, 3 - 5 March.






Something New by Joakim Karud
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Shooting 500 Meter Silhouette Rams

Scott Mann fires on his first bank of five metallic silhouette rams at a distance of 500 meters! Using a semi-custom handgun with open sights. Jim Harris as spotter, giving information about shots. For more information on Handgun Silhouette, see

Handgun Metallic Silhouette Shooting

Handgun Metallic Silhouette shooting, my first shot at HMS, not too bad, might start competing next year, quite a challenging sport.
i have 22 chickens at 25 mt, and some 50mt targets set up for my 22 and 38's.

PNZ HMS (Handgun Metallic Silhouette) Promotional Video

Welcome to the PNZ HMS (Handgun Metallic Silhouette) Action Shooting section.

WHAT is HMS Shooting?
HMS Shooting is a group of target shooting disciplines that involves shooting at metal cutouts representing game animals at varying distances. Metallic silhouette shooting can be done with airguns and black powder firearms or modern handguns. The targets used are rams, turkeys, pigs and chickens which are cut to different scales and set at certain distances from the shooter depending on the specific discipline.

Governing bodies
IMSSU is the international federation controlling Metallic Silhouette for both rifle and pistol competitions.

International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association(IHMSA) is a USA based shooting organisation. There are some minor differences between the international federations IMSSU rules and those of the IHMSA, but it is generally possible to compete in all with the same equipment. New Zealand shoots to both IHMSA and IMSSU Rules.

History
Metallic silhouette is descended from an old Mexican sport, dating back to the early 1900s, where live game animals were staked out at varying distances as targets. By 1948, this practice was stopped and metal cutouts of the animals were used instead of live animals, and the first metallic silhouette match was held in Mexico City. Because of its Mexican roots, in America the silhouettes are often referred to by their Spanish names, Gallina (chicken), Javelina (pig), Guajalote (turkey), and Borrego (ram).

Course of fire
Targets are set up in groups of 5 of each kind, with a silhouette's width between targets, laid out at the required distances for the given match. Each group of targets must be shot left to right; if a target is missed then the next shot is taken at the next target. Any target hit out of order is considered a miss. Targets are engaged in order of distance: chickens, pigs, turkeys, rams. The target must be knocked down or pushed off the target stand in order to score a hit; even a shot ricocheting off the ground in front of the target will count if it takes down the correct target. Shooters are allowed to have a spotter with them, who watches where the shots land and advises the shooter on corrections to make.

All disciplines require a minimum of 10 shots at each type of target, for a minimum of 40 shots per match; normal matches are 40, 60, 80, or 120 shots. To score a hit, the target must be knocked off its stand, so each cartridge used must provide sufficient momentum to knock the heavy metal targets over. Scores are recorded as the number of hits per rounds fired, so 30 hits with 40 shots would be a score of 30x40.

A tie can be broken in one of two ways: A knock out shoot-off, used at all National and large regional competitions and for the overall match winner. Master class and AAA shooters would shoot at Turkeys, AA class shoot at Rams, A shoots at Chickens and B class shoots at Pigs. To save time and effort, a reverse animal count can also be used (number of hits on hardest animal to easiest), Whoever hits the most Turkeys would be the winner. If a tie still exists whoever hit the most Rams would be the winner. This would continue to Chickens and finally Pigs.

For IHMSA competition, tie scores are broken by either Reverse target Count, or by Shootoffs, as determined by the match director, however, for State, Regional and International Championships, shootoffs will be used to determine the winners in all categories and classes. For Reverse target Count, scores are compared starting at rams...the shooter with the most rams is the winner. This procedure is used sequentially down through turkeys, pigs and chickens. If a tie still exists, a shootoff will be used to determine the winner. Shootoffs will be in banks of 5 targets and can be any type or size, placed at any distance out to the maximum ram distance for the competition. Shooting strings will continue until all ties are broken. Knock out shootoffs are not allowed.

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Continuing Savage B22 FV-SR Review: Smallbore Silhouette Match Shoot

More practical testing! This time I took the bone-stock Savage B22 FV-SR to a Smallbore Silhouette Match. Let's see how it performed!

The rimfire egg challenge was a lot of fun. I liked how it challenged my shooting skills in three stances. Now for something very different, and very difficult.

Silhouette shooting allows only one stance - standing, offhand. No muzzle devices are allowed. No slings. No supports of any kind. The steel targets are very small, and located at four distances. You have chickens at 40 meters, pigs at 60 meters, turkeys at 77 meters, and rams at 100 meters. Keep in mind that you may only use .22LR ammunition or slower, and no specialty ammo like CCI Stingers are allowed.

Serious competitors choose a heavy target rifle and a high-magnification scope. In my case, I've using a Savage B22 FV-SR and a 5-20x50mm Weaver Grand Slam Multi-Stop scope that was a brilliant choice for this match. The Multi-Stop elevation turret let me easily spin up to the color-coded elevation points, and then I handled windage with the MOA hash marks in the modified target-dot reticle. I had a lot of fun shooting in two relays, but I did score pretty low. 14/40 in the first relay; 11/40 in the second. With a heavy stock to add mass and re-balance the rifle, I could probably pick up quite a few more points. The plastic stock works well as a compromise between hunting and range purposes. A dedicated B22 silhouette rifle needs a more vertical grip, and a better balance toward the rear of the gun. Hopefully soon we'll start seeing aftermarket stocks from Boyds.

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Awards Ceremony 2015 California State Smallbore Metallic Silhouette Championships

My coach took 1st in AAA hunter gun, his son took 1st B hunter gun, I took 1st B standard gun.

SILHOUETTE PISTOL SHOOTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PKG

Pistol Silhouette World Championship in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

Silhouette shooting

Collection of video and stills of silhouette shooting with air pistol and air rifle, outdoor. Dealing with wind, rain, variable distances and human error makes for fun shooting !

More details for New Zealand silhouette shooting at

Gabriola smallbore metallic silhouette match day

Finally made it over to Gabriola for their monthly metallic silhouette match. After a quick ~20 minute ferry ride out of Nanaimo, and a ~10 minute drive from the ferry, we arrived at the Gabriola Rod, Gun & Conservation Club for a day of smallbore metallic silhouette shooting. Was a good day of shooting, despite the rain. They've got a pretty nice range, in a great location. Gonna have to make it a monthly thing!

High Power Silhouette - Ram Hits

A selection of bullet hits on full size metallic silhouette animals using centerfire rifles in 7mm-08 and 30-06 calibers. Filmed from the firing line at target distances of: 200m (chickens), 300m (pigs), 385m (turkeys), 500m (rams). The camera is a Casio EX-ZR200 running at 480 frames per second.

NRA Rimfire Silhouette Match

Jay does an awesome job explaining the procedures for the match.

World Championsships 2008 Metallic Silhouette Shooting

Big Bore Contest,

Perth Handgun Metallic Silhouette Club

Perth Handgun Metallic Silhouette Club 2010

Shooting Silhouette Chickens @ 200 Meters

Scott Mann and Jim Harris use their long barreled handguns to shoot in a Rifle Silhouette match at Ojai,CA. Shows shooting at life size steel chicken targets placed at 200m. For more information on the sport of Handgun Silhouette go to

High Power Silhouette, Jan. 6, 2013

Short high speed video showing the recoil from a .308 ram load, and several hits on pigs and turkeys.

Mt Lindesay NSW – metallic silhouette range

A beautiful little range at Mt Lindesay NSW. They shoot many disciplines there: shotgun, metallic silhouette, action and IPSC.

Silhouette shooting

Some video of centerfire silhouette shooting near the Riverhead range, Auckland. Distances is 200m only, so the other targets are scaled to match. Usually rams the last target is set at 500m away.

If you think you're an ace shooter, try silhouette shooting sometime. 200m+, free standing with no slings, gloves or shooting aids. Sorts out the COD players from real shooters :-)

The quieter shots in this video are from a suppressed Remington 700 in 223, and a suppressed Howa 1500 in 223. The vapour trails seen are from the 223's, both zeroed to 200m and used in the other videos on long range rabbit sniping.

Slo motion shots recorded on Casio EX-FC100, music is from Freemusic.

High Power Silhouette Target Video - Preview HD

A selection of bullet hits on full size metallic silhouette animals using centerfire rifles in 7mm-08 and 30-06 calibers. Filmed from the firing line at target distances of: 200m (chickens), 300m (pigs), 385m (turkeys), 500m (rams). The camera is a Casio EX-ZR200 running at 480 frames per second.

Pennsylvania State Championships Silhouette Video 2011

A brief smallbore silhouette shoot followed by a few minutes of high power silhouette at Ridgway Pennsylvania, September 2011

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