Rimfire Silhouette

A Rimfire (also called small bore) Silhouette Match consists of shooting a total of 40 steel silhouette targets at various distances using a scoped rimfire rifle. Traditionally the match is shot in the standing position at different size animal silhouettes at 40, 60, 77, and 100 meters.  Lately at Sanners we've been running a non-traditional "steel egg challenge" where the animal targets are replaced with small steel egg-shaped targets which are shot at from a seated position. Additionally, the 100 meter targets have been moved to 100 yards due to range limitations.  Typically rifles used are either bolt-action or semi-auto. It is very helpful to have your rifle sighting info for 40, 60, 77 meters and 100 yards prior to the match. Sighting shots are not allowed during the match; however, typically a short sighting-in period is offered prior to the match.  The match at SLSC is unsanctioned but generally follows NRA Rifle Silhouette rules.

Upcoming Silhouette Events

Latest Match Report

Sanner’s Lake Silhouette Match Report

October 2023

The morning rain cleared early and the sun made occasional appearances as gusty winds blew the afternoon clouds around...challenging conditions for any rimfire match, but a full house of eight shooters stepped up to the challenge at the October silhouette match at Sanner’s Lake.  The winds definitely caused some of those tiny .22 bullets to stray from their intended target resulting in several grazed eggs, some of which were pushed sideways or even turned around...but if it doesn’t fall, it doesn’t count!  In the end, though, it was Greg Banta and his Vudoo once again coming out on top, knocking down every single egg to take the overall win with 40 eggs dropped.  Not only was this his second clean-egg match in a row, but to do it under gusty conditions was that much more impressive...congrats to Greg!  Further down the standings, it was all about the long shots, with the 100 yard scores defining the order and breaking the ties...see the all the scores and details in the match report link on the right. 

This was the last Silhouette match for this year, so be sure to check the SLSC website for next year’s schedule of matches when the calendar gets published later this year, and we’ll see you at the range in 2024!

Match Photos

Match POC

Mark Swierczek

Record Board

High Score (traditional silhouette): 22 by Jake S on May 2016 and May 2017

"In A Row" Pins Earned:

5 Chickens  - Jake S on May 2016

5 Pigs - Jake S on May 2017

*Note - "In a Row" pins are given for a complete bank - crossing banks for 5 in a row does not count.

First person to hit all 40 eggs:

Joe Mund - June 2019

First person to hit all 40 eggs two matches in a row:

Greg Banta - October 2023

More Info

Match Director

Match Description

  • 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. 



  • Second Saturday of the Month; March – November
  • Gate opens around 12:15PM; match starts at 1PM.  


  • $3

Equipment Needed:

  • .22 (S/L/LR) Rifle with Scope and sighting info for 40, 60, 77 meters, and 100 yards 
  • 40 rounds ammunition plus any for sighting-in period (required)
  • One 5-round magazine is sufficient but 2 is more efficient (required)

Course of Fire Details

    • Two strings with five steel targets each at the following distances:

      • Chickens – 40 Meters

      • Pigs - 60 Meters
      • Turkey - 77 Meters
      • Rams - 100 Yards
      • Eggs at all distances

    • 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.

    Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
    PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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