Pistol Metallic Silhouette

Pistol Metallic Silhouette competition is a unique shooting sport in a number of ways. Targets are life-sized steel silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams. To score a hit, the targets, which are set at varying distances down the range, must be knocked from the stands they sit on.

Considering that the ram target in the Centrefire Big Bore competition weighs in at 23 kilograms and is set at a distance of 200 metres from the firing line, powerful handguns are required to achieve the accuracy and terminal energy needed to effectively score.

Competition Rules used are the NRA Pistol Silhouette Rules based on a Guide Booklet outlining the 11 events we focus on. Competitors are graded by ability and only compete against others of the same ability. Queensland Championship events are conducted annually on a rotational basis.

There are several categories in each match separated according to the type of handgun used.

They are as follows:

Long Range (Big Bore)
In this competition, full-sized targets are used. Chickens are set at 50 metres, pigs at 100 metres, turkeys at 150 metres and rams at 200 metres. Powerful centrefire handguns only, are used in this competition. These include .357 and .44 Magnum revolvers, specialised single-shot pistols chambered in rifle calibres including a variety of 7mm and .30 calibre wildcat cartridges.

There are four possible events which may be contested.

  • Conventional Pistol (Freestyle & Iron Sights Only)
  • Conventional Revolver (Freestyle & Iron Sights Only)
  • Unlimited Standing (Standing only but may be scoped)
  • Unlimited Pistol (Freestyle & Iron Sights Only)

Smallbore (Rimfire .22)
In this competition half-sized Chicken targets are set at 40m, 3/8 size Pigs at 50m, 3/8 size Turkeys at 75m and 3/8 size Rams at 100 metres. The .22 Long Rifle cartridge is the only calibre permitted. There are four possible events which may be contested.

  • Conventional Pistol (Freestyle & Iron Sights Only)
  • Conventional Revolver (Freestyle & Iron Sights Only)
  • Unlimited Standing (Standing only but may be scoped)
  • Unlimited Pistol (Freestyle & Iron Sights Only)

Hunter's Pistol (Field Pistol)
In this competition, all half-sized targets (slightly larger than those used in the .22 match) are set at the same distances as the .22 targets but, due to their increased size and weight, heavier calibre centrefire handguns need to be used to achieve knockdown. Standing is the only shooting position allowed in this competition to participate. The two events contested are:

  • Iron Sights category
  • Scoped category

Smallbore Hunter's Pistol Metallic Sights Standing (Rimfire .22 50m Iron Sights)
In this competition 1/5 sized targets are set at 20m, 30m, 40m and 50m and competitors must use the Standing position only.

NRA Pistol Metallic Silhouette competition offers a wide range of categories and skill levels to cater for any interested shooter. The shooting of a handgun over long distances with immediate visual results makes this sport both interesting and challenging and both the targets used and distances shot over, align directly with Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette (CLAS) enabling Branches to use the same targets for multiple disciplines to maximise member participation. S.S.A.A. (Qld.) Inc. NRA Pistol Metallic Silhouette is run separately to SSAA IHMSA, conducting separate State Championships and Postals.

Further Information

Hazel Bozic
07 4128 0467
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Rule Books*

Rule Book - NRA

* May be shot Subject to Range Approval. Approved firearms must still comply with Qld State Laws & Regulations.

National

National Competition Results

Newsletters

Results

2017 Qld Championships NRA Results

2014 Qld Championships Results

Additional

Grading Card - NRA Hunter's Pistol

Grading Card - NRA Long Range

Grading Card - NRA Smallbore

PMS NRA Guide

PMS NRA At a Glance

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