Metallic silhouette 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, black powder firearms, modern handguns, or modern .22 Rimfire rifles.  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.

Match Dates

Matches are held the 4th Saturday of every month, starting at 9 am. It is recommended you arrive approximately 45 minutes before the start time, if you would like to practice. Otherwise, please allow for time to register. Matches are held on the Silhoutte Bay.

Matches are currently scheduled for the following dates:

  • July 23, 2016
  • August 27, 2016
  • September 24, 2016
  • October 22, 2016

Additional Information

Chicken, pig, turkey, and ram, scaled to appear as they would if placed at the correct distances from the shooter.

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 inertia 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. At DPC only cartridges on the approved cartridge list may be used.

A tie can be broken in one of two ways: A sudden death 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 whomever hit the most Rams would be the winner.  This would continue to Chickens and finally Pigs.


Silhouette shooting with modern rifles is split into categories by weight, so that heavier target rifles with bull barrels were not competing against lighter hunting rifles. The basic NRA rifle classes are:
  • .22 Rimfire cowboy lever action rifle
  • .22 Rimfire Smallbore rifle, light
  • .22 Rimfire Smallbore rifle, heavy
  • Open Air Rifle
  • Target Air Rifle
  • Sporter Air Rifle
All but the black powder classes allow any type of non-laser sights, and high power telescopic sights are normally used.

NRA pistol

NRA pistol classes are:
  • Hunter's Pistol
  • Smallbore Hunter's Pistol
  • Air Pistol

All matches at DPC are currently fun matches only.  When competitors desire we will begin sanctioned matches.  Any person who wishes to shoot is welcome to shoot any .22 Rimfire rifle or pistol (in approved calibers) to try the match format.

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