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Metallic silhouette


Outdoor Speed Silhouette @ Extreme Benchrest

Fast and full of action, the Speed Silhouette competition is an exciting event filled with extreme competition! 16 shots from 30 to 60 yards, the event is timed and the timer stops whenever the shooter finishes their final target by knocking it down. This event is a blast to shoot, and may even be more fun to watch live, as the results unfold within seconds of each relay start!

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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.

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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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.

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!

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) #LetsGoShooting #NSSF

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.

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Shooting Smallbore Rifle Chicken Silhouettes

Here I am at BRC Shooting Club, Dublin, Ireland. Getting in some practise on smallbore rifle silhouettes. In this video I am knocking over a bank of 5 Chickens.


Pistol Silhouette World Championship in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

45/70 rolling block knocking down metallic silhouette targets

This was shot at the same time as the rest of my Black Powder vids. The range is only 100m. the little targets like the rabits head and the cat are close to real size. As you can hear in the early part of the vid my mate is shooting along with me using his 243. The 45/70 waith cast lead projectiles and black powder really do deliver a heap of downrange energy and the little targets really get thrown.

Umarex CP 99 - CO2 pistol & Introduction to the Air Silhouette Shooting - Part 1

A short review on accuracy test done on this Umarex CP 99 - Co2 pistol...after that, a little tuning has been done. A quick introduction to the Air Silhouette Shooting with air guns...many other videos will come.
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Continuing Savage B22 FV-SR Review: Smallbore Silhouette Match

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 skills in three stances. Now for something very different, and very difficult.

Silhouette competition 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 competing 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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Introduction to the Silhouette Shooting - Part 2

Part 2 of this new adventure.
Today I used two different airguns to shot the silhouette. A PCP air pistol with a scope, the ARTEMIS PP700 and a PCP air Match rifle with diopter sights.
Needless to say that regardless of the model used, the fun is guaranteed.

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Steelplinker FT Airgun Targets

Free standing knockdown silhouette targets for airgun training. Target easily resets by pulling cord or shoot to reset paddle. Constructed of heavy-gauge 3/16 in thick steel. Includes CNC stencil set which allows easy and beautiful painting to keep as new! Rated for from 10 to over 100 ft/lbs!. Do not use with steel BBs or alloy pellets as they may cause ricochet. Shooters and spectators should always wear proper eye protection. Always be sure the area behind your target is safe. Always secure and maintain a safe backstop to protect from ricochet.

- Long-lasting heavy-gauge abrasion resistant plate steel
- Capable of proper function with 10 fpe to over 100 fpe with no adjustment!
- CNC cut stencils for easy re-paint included
- Made in USA!

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.

Bloopers from the 2010 IHMSA West Coast Championships's Field Correspondent Gretchen Martin stutters over her words reporting from the field at the 2010 IHMSA (International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association) West Coast Championships 10th Anniversary in Grants Pass, Oregon, hosted by the Josephine County Sportsman Association. Clip also includes announcement of the 2010 IHMSA West Coast Championship winners!

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Long Range Target Shooting - Smallbore Rifle Silhouette

Smallbore Rifle Silhouette can improve your ability to shoot offhand. Find out more at
When shooting in a Rifle Silhouette match you're not seeing how close your bullets were to the center of a targets, it is a matter of if you hit the targets.  The scoring is as simple as you have knocked it down, or you missed.  You shoot at 4 different targets which are Chickens, Pigs, Turkeys and Rams, all set at different distances.  The arcade aspect of the competition is appealing to most everyone.  If you hit where you wanted, you see the target fly off of the stand.  There are disappointing moments seeing your misses just off the edge or between the legs of the Ram and the moments where you feel fortunate because you nicked it just enough to make it topple over.  You can get mentally involved with the pressure to hit that 5th in a row or 10th in a row to win a pin.  You already know you have the 4th or 9th consecutive and you know you will need the next one to complete it. That can be a nice feeling to see the last one fall completing 5 or 10 in a row and getting a little bit of a boost in the personal challenge the sport has to offer.  It is a tough sport in the beginning but do not be discouraged by your initial results.  The average shooter will start with a score of less than 30% of the targets knocked down.  There is no telling how well or how fast any individual will progress but, everyone improves their shooting ability with the experience.   The skills learned here can be very useful in other sports as well as hunting.  It builds coordination with the rifle and skill with the trigger pull helping to keep the shots on target.  There is an excellent handicap system.  There are 5 different classes based on the amount of targets you can knock down.  You will be competing against others with your same skill level.  As a your skill level increases you will move up in classification. Personally I started in the Hunter rifle in B Class (lowest) and the Standard Rifle in the A Class (second lowest).  Over time with practice and experience I was able to work up to Master Class in both rifles.  Only similar practice and experience will determine which level will be your best.  NOTE: It does not take expensive equipment to try this sport.  In the beginning your ability to hold steady on target and fire correctly will be the biggest factor in determining your score. This is offhand shooting training at Rifle Silhouette target shooting. Rifle Silhouette is long range target shooting at steel targets. More info at

Perth Handgun Metallic Silhouette Club

Perth Handgun Metallic Silhouette Club 2010

Silhouette shooting with my cap and ball pistol at PSC

The first silhouette match of March 2014 allowed cap and ball pistols so I took mine. I had only shot 12 rounds with it before. Lots of noise and smoke from this one.

Precision Pistol Shooting - Competitive Shooting Tips with Doug Koenig

Champion pistol shooter Doug Koenig covers how he approaches precision pistol shooting events. He shares a few tips that help him succeed in precision shooting competitions including stance, natural point of aim, grip and practice routines. (NSSF Video)

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Crosman 1701P (Full Review) SILHOUETTE Target PCP Pistol

The Crosman 1701P, otherwise known as the Crosman Silhouette, is a .177 caliber PCP Target Pistol that is approved for IHSMA and NRA Silhouette competition. This high quality PCP target air pistol is guaranteed to do .25 inch groups at 10 meters right out of the box! Spoiler Alert: It's more like 1/8 inch groups! Amazing accuracy! If your looking to get into competitive Silhouette shooting, The Crosman 1701 P is an affordable way to start!

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