A Rimfire (also called small bore) Silhouette Match consists of shooting a total of 40 steel silhouette targets, at various distances, while standing using a scoped rimfire rifle. Typically rifles used are either bolt-action or semi-auto. It is very helpful to have your rifle sighting info for 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters prior to the match. Sighting shots are not allowed during the match; however, typically a 30 minute sighting-in period is offered prior to the match. The match at SLSC is an unofficial match run in accordance with the NRA Rifle Silhouette rules.
Latest Match Report
Sanner’s Lake Rimfire Silhouette Match
Weather: Spitting rain and gusting winds
Number of competitors: five with two relays
An unsettled forecast resulted in uncertain conditions with unrelenting wind gusts and a few unfortunate raindrops but that didn’t stop the surplus of shooters who showed up for the first Sanner’s Lake Rimfire Silhouette match of 2018! The firing line included several novice silhouette shooters who stepped up to the line to test their skill (and equipment) and see if they could send some steel flying. After fiddling with his vintage Savage during the sighting-in period, Andrew H accepted Mary P's offer of a loaner gun and scored an excellent 12 hits to take second place. Meanwhile, Joe M determined that caffeine and silhouette shooting do not mix, forsook his morning coffee, and squeaked by Mary to take third place with 8 hits, a new personal best. Terry W was another new shooter using an untested gun but powered through and managed to score 2 hits, while Tom V showed up for sighters but reluctantly elected to retreat, regroup, and rejigger his rifle before stepping up to the line, hopefully at the next match. All the details are in the April Match Report.
Thanks to all the shooters (and even one volunteer!) for making it out to the range in spite of the unsettled conditions and helping with setup and teardown. Hope to see more new shooters come out to give it a try...it’s challenging but supremely satisfying when you send a silhouette skittering up the sand! The next match is on 20 May 2018, same time, same range. See you there!
High Match Score - Jake S - 22 (May 2016 and May 2017)
"In A Row" Pins Earned:
5 Chickens - Jake S (May 2016)
5 Pigs - Jake S (May 2017)
*Note - "In a Row" pins are given for a complete bank - crossing banks for 5 in a row does not count.
A relay of 4 shooters shoot the course of fire for their respective targets/distance then rotate to the next station and repeat until all four stations have been completed. More details are in the Course of Fire below.
- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – all ages, under 18 with an adult. All skill levels are welcome but note that a sighted in rifle makes for a much more enjoyable match.
Course of Fire Details
Two strings with five steel targets each at the following distances:
Chickens – 40 meters
Pigs – 60 meters
Turkeys – 77 meters
Rams – 100 meters
Targets are shot in order and no extra shots are allowed.
A string (5 targets) is allowed 2 mins 30 sec to complete.
Minimum of 30 seconds between strings.
After the 10 targets at the current distance have been shot, the shooters will rotate to the next distance and repeat until all four distances have been completed.
No sighting shots are permitted during the match.
A target knocked over counts as one point with a maximum of 40 points per match.
A turned target does not count for score it must fall.