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Metallic Silhouette Shooting

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Metallic Silhouette Shooting - "Siluetas Metalicas"

Metallic Silhouette



b-ball2.gif   For shooters who enjoy instant gratification, this sport may be for you. There's no waiting here. A well-aimed shot results in a resounding clang as the metal target topples from its stand. A miss is just that, a puff of dirt kicking up behind the target, which remains insolently standing as if to taunt the shooter.

b-ball2.gif  For competitors and spectators alike, it's a fast-paced game that spells FUN! It's also a surprisingly easy game to play.

b-ball2.gif  Metallic silhouette shooting began in Mexico using live animals often positioned atop a high ridgeline to offer an outline or "silhouette." The shooter who killed the animal was awarded it as a prize. American riflemen, primarily along the border country of the Southwest, quickly replaced the live animals with life-sized silhouettes, hence the game's name. Originally fired only with high powered rifles, the sport enjoyed a modest popularity in this region, hampered only by the need for rifle ranges with the required 500 meter range.

b-ball2.gif  The sport increased dramatically in popularity in the early 1970s when the National Rifle Association of America incorporated it into its competition event schedule and created smallbore and air rifle classes that allowed the course of fire to be shot on smaller ranges. Today there are both handgun and rifle classes in the sport.

b-ball2.gif  Scoring is simple; if your round knocks the target completely off its stand, it's a hit. Anything else is a miss!

b-ball2.gif  The targets are metal silhouettes of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams of different sizes and positioned at different distances, depending on the particular event being shot. The objective is to shoot the targets off their rails in a specific sequence and in a set time. All targets have to be knocked over to score 1 point each. Each event consists of 40 shots being fired in 5 shot strings taken in 21/2 minute periods.


b-ball2.gif  There are 14 events that can be contested using handguns or rifles within the IMSSU [International Metallic Silhouette Shooting Union].

  • Big Bore Handgun - comprising of 4 events:
    • Revolver
    • Production
    • Standing
    • Unlimited
  • Small Bore Handgun - also 4 events:
    • Revolver
    • Production
    • Standing
    • Unlimited
  • Field Pistol - 2 events:
    • Scoped
    • Unscoped
  • Big Bore Rifle - 2 events:
    • Hunting
    • Silhouette
  • Small bore Rifle - 2 events:
    • Light
    • Silhouette

b-ball2.gif  There are also other events that are contested at local Provincial level within the country:

  • Air Rifle
  • Sport Handgun
  • Varmint Rifle

b-ball2.gif   All Big Bore Handgun events take place over 50, 100, 150 and 200 metres

b-ball2.gif   Small Bore Handgun and Field Pistol events are at 25, 50, 75 and 100 metres

b-ball2.gif   Big Bore Rifle matches take place at 200, 300, 385 and 500 metres

b-ball2.gif   Small Bore Rifles shoot over 40, 60, 77 and 100 metres

b-ball2.gif   All rifle events are shot in a standing position without any artificial support (including slings).

b-ball2.gif   Provincial Championships are held around the country each year

b-ball2.gif   A National Championship is hosted towards the end of every year with teams from each Province competing.

b-ball2.gif   World Championships are hosted every 2 years.

b-ball2.gif   More information as well as rules can be obtained by contacting the National Body - SAMSSA [see below for details.

b-ball2.gif   For links to other sites dealing with shooting, as well as some results from around the world, please go to my links page.





b-ball2.gif   IMSSU is the World Body that governs the sport. SA was a founding member of this world body in 1992. The headquarters are based in France. The first World Championships were held in Grasse, France in 1994, the 2nd in Cape Town, South Africa in 1996, the 3rd was hosted in Porvo, Finland during June 1998 the 4th in 2000 in Brisbane, Australia, the 5th in France in 2002, the 6th in South Africa in 2004, the  7th also in South Africa in 2006 and the 8th in Finland in 2008. The secretary is Mr. Jean Pierre Beurtheret and he can be contacted on e-mail at: beurtheret@fftir.org.

For More Information Contact:

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SAMSSA -[National Body]

Fax        : +27-86-6705337
Cell        :
082 921 2112
E-mail     : bmssk@polka.co.za

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